30. What others are saying about Left Behind, by denomination

Basically what it says it is. Your host (TOM) remembers when everybody was talking about these books but nobody was evaluating them. Now you have options that your host didn’t have, back in the day.

We have left the links in open (ugly) format so that if a link breaks, you have its address to type into the Wayback Machine.

Why are people reading LEFT BEHIND other than denominational considerations?

*Multiple personal reasons that involve doomsday stories.

POTLUCK. The Old Maid. On world-building and Things Go Boom: https://potluck2point0.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/on-world-building-and-things-go-boom/

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*As evangelical porn (i.e. commercializing the transcendent for entertainment and profit).

(NOTE: This website has moved at least twice. Readers should consider printing the articles. These links are from the internet Wayback Machine.)

(SECOND NOTE: This article references both the 16-volume adult and 40-volume children’s series.)

THE MATTHEW’S HOUSE PROJECT. Kenneth R. Morefield. LEFT BEHIND as Evangelical Pornography: http://web.archive.org/web/20051216182433/http://www.thematthewshouseproject.com/criticism/leftbehind.htm (part 1)

http://web.archive.org/web/20051221192607/http://www.thematthewshouseproject.com/criticism/leftbehind2.htm (part 2)

http://web.archive.org/web/20050422134633/http://www.thematthewshouseproject.com/criticism/leftbehind3.htm (part 3)

http://web.archive.org/web/20050426050353/http://www.thematthewshouseproject.com/criticism/leftbehind4.htm (part 4/end).

If all else fails, ask the author directly at http://kenmorefield.blogspot.com/2009/01/left-behind-as-evangelical-pornography.html

 

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Related articles making the same argument appear as links in one article.

SLACKTIVIST. Fred Clark.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/filmchat/2005/04/left-behind-evangelical-pornography.html

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Vancouver Sun reviewer looks at the Kirk Cameron film series: http://web.archive.org/web/20010405164532/http://www.vancouversun.com/newsite/hotsites/stories/010224/5116324.html

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Michael Joseph Gross. Because it “appropriates and baptizes worldly standards”:

http://lists.topica.com/lists/dadl-ot/read/message.html?mid=2000678203

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Pro/fan of the series (denominational affiliation of the writer/blogger will be listed when known)

(Note: TOM does not necessarily endorse articles but includes each because of unique argument.)

BELIEFNET.COM An Exclusive Interview with Jerry Jenkins. http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/2004/04/God-Prepared-Me-For-This-Interview-With-Jerry-Jenkins.aspx (part 1)

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/2004/04/God-Prepared-Me-For-This-Interview-With-Jerry-Jenkins.aspx?p=2 (part 2)

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/2004/04/God-Prepared-Me-For-This-Interview-With-Jerry-Jenkins.aspx?p=3 (part 3/end)

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LEFT BEHIND.COM OFFICIAL SITE. Includes the new Nicholas Cage film trailer.

http://leftbehind.com/

The same website’s charts of the timeline of the series:

http://leftbehind.com/04_free/timeline.asp

The same website’s Discussion Guides for:

PDF “Left Behind,” Volume 1: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_LeftBehind.pdf

PDF “Tribulation Force,” Volume 2: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_TribulationForce.pdf

PDF “Nicolae,” Volume 3: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_Nicolae.pdf

PDF “Soul Harvest,” Volume 4: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/guide_soulharvest.pdf

PDF “Apollyon,” Volume 5: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/guide_apollyon.pdf

PDF “Assassins,” Volume 6: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_Assassins.pdf

PDF “The Indwelling,” Volume 7: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/guide_indwelling.pdf

PDF “The Mark,” Volume 8: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_Mark.pdf

PDF “Desecration,” Volume 9: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/guide_desecration.pdf

PDF “The remnant,” Volume 10: http://www.leftbehind.com/media/pdf/Guide_Remnant.pdf

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TED THE THIRD. Ted Atchely. Volume 16 (“Kingdom Come”): http://tedthethird.com/book-review-kingdom-come-jerry-b-jenkins-tim-lahaye/

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GOOD READS. Assorted posters. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30820.Kingdom_Come

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RAPTURE READY. Various authors. LEFT BEHIND letters. (i.e., pre-written letters for Rapture believers to leave for non-raptured persons to find after the Rapture.)

http://www.raptureready.com/lbl/leftb37.html

The same website’s FAQ of many other topics according to rapturism: http://www.raptureready.com/faq/rap23.html

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Con/anti (denominational affiliation of the writer/blogger will be listed when known)

(Note: TOM does not necessarily endorse articles but includes each because of unique argument.)

 

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MOUSE’S MUSINGS. Mouse. A multi-year ongoing skim-summary of the LEFT BEHIND: THE KIDS series (which is 40 volumes long). (NOTE: the site will ask if you wish to continue in case of content. This may just be a default setting.) http://mousehole-mouse.blogspot.com/

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EVOLUTION AND SCIENCE BLOG. Jason Rosenhouse. Specifically Volume 16 (“Kingdom Come”): http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2008/10/29/the-left-behind-series/

 

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NATHAN DICKEY’S BLOG. Nathan Dickey. The subcultural apocalypse.

(NOTE: the blogger addresses the Olivet Discourse, translational disputes, and literal vs. literalistic.)

http://journeymanheretic.blogspot.com/2011/06/subcultural-apocalypse-critical.html

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LAUGHED BEHIND (NUTWATCH). Queen of Swords. (this one swears the most, most cruel, most funny)

Laughed Behind (volume 1): http://www.ludd.luth.se/~asmodean/nutwatch/reviews/laughed.html

Tribulation Farce (volume 2): http://www.ludd.luth.se/~asmodean/nutwatch/reviews/farce.html

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LATE REVIEWS AND LATEST OBSESSIONS. The Critic. Preposterous: Credo quia absurdum.

(NOTE: This review covers VOLUMES 1-3.)

http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2004/05/preposterous-credo-quia-absurdum.html

Volume 3 (“Nicholae”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2004/05/slipshod-dress-of-thoughts.html

Volume 4 (“Soul Harvest”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2005/06/apocalyptic-placeholder.html

Volume 5 (“Apollyon”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2005/06/sociopatholical-eschatology.html

Volume 6 (“Assassins”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2005/06/90-less-fat.html

Volume 7 (“Indwelling”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2006/12/less-tricky-than-dicky-nixon.html

Volume 8 (“The mark”): http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2006/12/if-sparrow-falls-trib-force-sees-it.html

Volume 9 (“Desecration”): Best. Apocalypse. Ever. http://latereviews.blogspot.com/2006/12/best-apocalypse-ever.html

 

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BIBLE DISCERNMENT MINISTRIES. Pastor Kevin Beier, Bible Believer’s Baptist Church.

February 3, 2000 review: https://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/lbehind.htm

January 2005 review: http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/BookReviews/left.htm

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NORTHERN LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST, February, 2004. Thomas Williamson. Should we promote the LEFT BEHIND theology? http://thomaswilliamson.net/left_behind.htm

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SLACKTIVIST. Fred Clark. (Warning: time sink! Also, comments board is unmoderated and open-table.) This ultra-liberal Baptist either got a calling or OCD which hath led him unto compulsion to blog about the series, “shredding” LEFT BEHIND both as theology and as literature. (That was someone else’s word describing it to TOM when TOM was first directed to the website. It should be noted that TOM saw someone else direct Jerry Jenkins to the site in summer 2015, without a spoiler hint of the sight to meet his eyes. Mr. Jenkins seemed taken aback but politely declined to engage, stating that the only criticism worth addressing was the charge of triumphalism, with which he disagreed.)

Slacktivist started from Volume 1, page 1 … in 2003 … over a decade ago. So far the blog covers all of Volume 1, Volume 2, and the first two Kirk Cameron dramatizations. At that rate, if the Lord tarries His coming, the blogger would have finished Volume 16 some time around the year 2048. However, as of Christmas 2015 Slacktivist has been bogged down in Volume 3, at about page 350, for about half a year as of Sept 2016. So it’s year 2049 now.

Master index of Slacktivist’s posts through Christmas 2015: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2015/11/05/left-behind-index-the-whole-thing/

Slacktivist’s posts (without audience comments) compiled as an e-book:
His Volume 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TXWK43Y

His Volume 2: http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Christ-Handbook-Vol-Horror-Hilarity-ebook/dp/B017TJV66G

Slacktivist’s Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/slacktivist?ty=h

Can also read Slacktivist in reverse order by:

Category: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/category/left-behind/

or Tag: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/tag/left-behind/

 

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER ( http://www.catholiceducation.org ). David Bristow. Questioning the LEFT BEHIND Rapture. http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/apologetics/ap0144.html

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CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS. Dr. Carl Olson. The Best-Selling Bigotry of LEFT BEHIND. Printed in CATALYST, December 2004.

http://www.catholicleague.org/the-best-selling-bigotry-of-left-behind/

Reprint of the article as Tim LaHaye: The LEFT BEHIND series. Posted December 19, 2004.

http://www.catholicleague.org/tim-lahaye-the-left-behind-series/

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CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT. Carl E. Olson. Five Myths about the Rapture and the LEFT BEHIND Industry. Posted September 29, 2014.

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3396/five_myths_about_the_rapture_and_the_left_behind_industry.aspx#.VDA_QPk2txY.blogger

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Fr. Gary Coulter (Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska). “Critical Resources for the LEFT BEHIND novels.” http://frcoulter.com/presentations/leftbehind.html

 

 

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BURLESON CHURCH OF CHRIST, Hamilton, AL. Travis Quartermous (Pacific, MO). “Review of the LEFT BEHIND novels.” Contains Volumes 1-8 as of September 2014.

Preacher Todd Clippard welcomes your questions at http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com

General index of articles: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles-leftbehind.htm

Volume 1: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind1.htm

Volume 2: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind2.htm

Volume 3: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind3.htm

Volume 4: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind4.htm

Volume 5: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind5.htm

Volume 6: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind6.htm

Volume 7: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind7.htm

Volume 8: http://burlesonchurchofchrist.com/articles/leftbehind/leftbehind8.htm

 

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A ready-reference with easy charts and definitions: http://www.saintpaulsvergennes.org/assets/applets/Revelation.pdf

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ST JAMES’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, West Hartford Center, CT. The Rev. Curtis Farr. Leaving Rapture Theology Behind. http://stjameswh.org/leaving_rapture_theology_behind/

 

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Some Australian home church (?) site whose homepage may have been hacked (i.e., just don’t click the link to their HomePage), but the LEFT BEHIND articles are still there to be printed.

 

LEFT BEHIND Series: The Supernatural. Mostly about Volume 1: http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/The_supernatural.html

Volume 3 (“Nicolae”): Left Behind and pro-abortion propaganda. http://libertytothecaptives.net/left_behind_abortion.html

Volume 4 (“Soul Harvest”): Servants of the Antichrist. http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/Servants_of_the_antichrist.html

Volume 5 (“Apollyon”): Wells without water.  http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/Wells_without_water.html

Volume 6 (“Assassins”): Part Two: the Prince of Peace. http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/Prince_of_peace.html

Volume 7 (“The indwelling”): Child murder and suicide: options for Christians during the Tribulation? http://libertytothecaptives.net/murdering_children_an_option.html

Volume 7 (“The indwelling”): Left Behind: New Age imagery helps popularize prophecy. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/prophecy.htm

Volume 8 (“The mark”): The Mark. http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/The_mark.html

Volume 8 (“The mark”): Tim LaHaye: false Mark of the Beast doctrines. http://libertytothecaptives.net/tim_lahaye_are we_living_in_the_end_times.html

Volume 11 (“Armageddon”): Torture and the Virgin Army. http://cust.idl.net.au/fold/Left_Behind_series/Torture%20and%20the%20Virgin%20Army.html

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Equip.org (a.k.a. Christian Research Institute: EQUIP). Gene Edward Veith. When Truth Gets LEFT BEHIND. Posted Volume 24 / Number 4, 2002.

http://www.equip.org/articles/when-truth-gets-left-behind/#christian-books-2
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THE KNIGHT SHIFT. Christopher Knight. An ex-fan of the series. Specifically Vol. 16 (“Kingdom come”): http://theknightshift.blogspot.com/2007/04/review-of-kingdom-come-final-left.html

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EVIDENCE FOR GOD. Rich Deem. (Yes, the “hehind” spelling is correct.) http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/left_hehind_answered.html

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BOOK 8, KINGDOM COME, LIVEBLOG. Lawful Good Wonk. The MST-3000 approach for the entire book. Not a fan, in other words. http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Tripocalypse.KingdomCome

 

 

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HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH. Bryan Wolfmueller. “Dispensationalism: What and Why Not.”

http://www.hope-aurora.org/pages/DispensationalismWhatandWhyNot.html

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THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD. “Concerning the Coming of Our LORD Jesus Christ and our gathering to Him: A Lutheran response to LEFT BEHIND” (a.k.a. “A Lutheran response to LEFT BEHIND”). [Note: this is the one I cited in my Potluck: Introduction post as having heard of it and having been unable to find it. Now I have found it. Here it is. It is 27 pages. Google also has a cached HTML version.]

[PDF] http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=406

CONCORDIA SEMINARY. Dr. Reed Lessing, Associate Professor of Old Testament. “Concerning the Coming of our LORD Jesus Christ and our Being Gathered to Him … A Lutheran Response to the “LEFT BEHIND” Series Bible Study: A Bible Study Companion to the Commission on Theology and Church Relations Report (CTCR) prepared by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.” A handy HTML 10-page outline of the 27-page PDF listed above.

http://www.issuesetcarchive.org/issues_site/resource/archives/lessing.htm

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A LUTHERAN LAYMAN. Jeffrey K. Radt. “Why I Left Behind The ‘LEFT BEHIND’ Mindset (Amillennialism: The Lutheran Perspective On Bible Prophecy).”

http://www.lutheranlayman.com/2014/08/why-i-left-behind-left-behind-mindset.html

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LUTHERANS ONLINE. Not listed. “The Minor Prophets (Hosea,Amos, Jonah) & Miscellaneous Issues. OT48—Response to LEFT BEHIND series.”

http://www.lutheransonline.com/servlet/lo_ProcServ/dbpage=page&mode=display&gid=20101503103106233701111555&pg=20120115921407261901111555

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WAYBACK MACHINE. Rev. A. J. Loeschman.

Concord TX Lutheran lost reviews:

Book 1: http://web.archive.org/web/20070203185757/http://www.concordtx.org/cpapers/leftbehi.htm

Book 2: http://web.archive.org/web/20070205040322/http://www.concordtx.org/cpapers/tribforc.htm

Book 3: http://web.archive.org/web/20070203184619/http://www.concordtx.org/cpapers/nick.htm

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WORLDVIEW EVERLASTING. Rev. Eric J. Brown. “In Case of Rapture, Can I Have Your Car?” Posted in “We Got Answers.”

http://www.worldvieweverlasting.com/2013/09/23/in-case-of-rapture-can-i-have-your-car/

 

 

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ASSOCIATED MENNONITE BIBLICAL SEMINARY. Loren Johns. Left Behind series: Description and critique. Posted 27 October 2002. http://ljohns.ambs.edu/Leftbehind.htm

 

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AMERICAN METHODIST UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST COMMUNITY. Mark Schaefer. Will There Be a Rapture? Posted May 20, 2011. http://www.aumethodists.org/devotional/will-there-be-a-rapture/

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BAD METHODIST. Bad Methodist [blog retired]. Skittles Theology. Posted January 28, 2005.

http://bad-methodist.blogspot.com/2005/01/skittles-theology.html

 

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ORTHODOXYTODAY.ORG. David Carlson. “LEFT BEHIND” and the Corruption of Biblical Interpretation.”

http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/CarlsonPremillenial.php

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NYSSA’S HOBBIT HOLE. Nyssa. Grew up in Pietistic Evangelical/Fundie circles. Now an Orthodox as adult.

General index of all LEFT BEHIND reviews: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/

Volume 1: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/left-behind/

Volume 2: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/tribulation-force/

Volume 3: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/nicolae/

Volume 4: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/soul-harvest/

Volume 5: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/apollyon/

Volume 6: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/assassins/

Volume 7: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/indwelling/

Volume 8: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/mark/

Volume 9: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/desecration/

Volume 10: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/remnant/

Volume 11: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/armageddon/

Volume 12: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/glorious-appearing/

Volume 13/Prequel 1: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/rising/

Volume 14/Prequel 2: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/regime/

Volume 15/Prequel 3 (“The rapture”): http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/book-reviews/rapture/

Volume 16/Sequel 1 (“Kingdom come”): http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/kingdom-come-left-behind-review-part-1-old-testament-law-reinstated/

And a general squawk about a character in particular: http://nyssashobbithole.com/wordpress/left-behind-novel-rapture-portrays-child-abuser-godly-woman/

Closing thoughts

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POTLUCK. (Technically Potluck 2.0 now.) The Old Maid (or TOM, if you prefer). Includes spoilers and study guide questions for Volumes 1, 2, 7, 11, and 16 (“Left Behind,” “Tribulation Force,” “Indwelling,” “Armageddon,” “Kingdom Come”). Trying to keep our words truthful but kind, because we all hope to meet in Heaven! https://potluck2point0.wordpress.com (formerly http://oldmaid.jallman.net )

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Here’s a lovely letter written to the followers of Harold Camping (a Rapture date-setter) and all who wait for that which has not yet come to pass, our deliverance and our home:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2011/05/21/a-letter-to-harold-camping-and-those-who-expected-judgment-day/

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