January 11, 2019

Paul’s gospel of reconciliation is irreconcilable with the death-dealing, Robo-Jesus who will arrive later in these books. The god of Left Behind is a destroyer, not a reconciler. Read more

January 10, 2019

Two recent stories from the evangelical world might seem like positive, hopeful first steps. But keep in mind the difference between “John quit smoking on Saturday” and “John quits smoking on Saturdays.” Read more

January 7, 2019

It’s weird that no one is even bothering to attempt to say that Oklahoma isn’t stolen property. The argument, instead, is just “Yeah, well, what’re you gonna do?” Plus: Yet another “ex-Satanist” grifter; Fred Rogers, warts and all; and the absurdity of swearing oaths on a book that forbids swearing oaths. Read more

January 6, 2019

Some Christians balk at this notion of God learning. An almighty and omniscient being, they say, doesn’t need to learn. But this is part of the story. The story tells us this happened too. Read more

January 4, 2019

Originally posted August 14, 2009. You can read this entire series, for free, via the convenient Left Behind Index. The ebook collection The Anti-Christ Handbook: Volume 1, is available on Amazon for just $2.99. So when do we get to see the tax returns? Volume 2 of The Anti-Christ Handbook, completing all the posts on the first Left Behind book, is also now available. Volume 3 is coming soon(ish). Tribulation Force, pp. 73-74 Usually the organist began playing near the end of Bruce’s prayer… Read more

January 4, 2019

In lieu of one of those New Year’s “Top 10 Posts of Last Year” posts* I decided to just review all of them and let you pick which 10 you liked best. Read more

January 3, 2019

It’s still Christmas season, liturgically if not commercially, so let me recommend a nice little Christmas reflection from Paul at the Disoriented/Reoriented blog, discussing the scandalous implications of “The Radical Incarnation.” Paul’s post focuses on Celsus the Epicurean, a member of the religious right back in the late Second Century who wrote a scathing attack against the new religious movements threatening traditional morality. The tricky and kind of fun aspect of this is that we don’t actually have any surviving copies… Read more

January 2, 2019

Twice a week, every week, anyone who needs a meal can sit down and eat, together, for free, thanks to some good people in central Massachusetts. Some folks are getting it right. Plus: Some other folks are still NOT getting it right. Read more

January 2, 2019

“Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist.” Read more

December 31, 2018

• It’s New Year’s Eve, so I hereby give you permission to give yourself permission to empty your inbox. As in “Select All” followed by “Delete.” Think of it as email Jubilee: And ye shall hallow the fifty-second week, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every one unto their possession, and ye shall return every person unto their family. A jubilee shall that… Read more

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