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False Accusations in Jesus-Land in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #150, Ch. 30)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! It being Monday, we turn our attention to Frank Peretti’s cringefest 1986 novel, This Present Darkness. In this installment, we discover the literal only reason that anybody ever accuses TRUE CHRISTIANS™ of serious crimes. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the theology of false accusations in toxic Christianity. (Please click here to find […]

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Unchurched: Lee Strobel, the Atheist Whisperer

Reading Time: 9 minutes Allo allo! Lately, we’ve been talking about Lee Strobel’s 1993 Christian book, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. In it, he pushes very hard on his pre-conversion life as totally-an-atheist-y’all. However, it didn’t take long for me to notice that his version of atheism doesn’t look anything like actual atheism. That striking incongruence gets really dramatically […]

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Unchurched: Lee Strobel’s Semi-Sales Reveal the Truth

Reading Time: 6 minutes I noticed something recently about the way he talks about sales success, and now I can’t un-see this very dishonest-seeming way he has of describing what little success he enjoys with his very own strategy. In fact, his few successes can be described better as semi-sales rather than closed deals. Today, let me show you what I saw.

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Unchurched: The Coin Lee Strobel Offers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! Let’s turn now to an important idea in Lee Strobel’s 1993 book, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. A big part of the book involves Lee Strobel’s sales strategies for Christian flocks. And a big part of his suggestions there involve Christians creating a sense of social obligation in […]

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Fixing Evangelicals’ Broken Authoritarianism

Reading Time: 10 minutes Recently, we encountered Ronald J. Sider’s 2005 evangelical classic, The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience. In it, the author explored what he viewed as evangelicals’ signal failure: their utter unwillingness even to pretend to care about what Jesus told them to do during their finite lifetimes. However, Sider offered a downright galaxy-brained solution to this terrible problem. Indeed, he was completely positive that this solution would totally fix everything. Yes, truly! Today, I’ll show you how Ronald J. Sider totally and permanently solved the problem of evangelical hypocrisy through the simple magic of authoritarianism.

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