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A Bible camp staffer performed a useless exorcism on an injured child

Reading Time: 2 minutes Update: The CBC has more information on the camp and none of it makes the Christians running it look good. The person who performed the exorcism was a self-described “apostle” Carlos Doerksen. One mother whose child witnessed the exorcism says “her 14-year-old son is now in counselling.” Another says the other Christian leaders defended the […]

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The VelociPastor: 1.21 Gigawatt Review!

Reading Time: 20 minutes HI and welcome back! Last post, I put up the pre-movie chatter post. Today, let’s have the full review! I loved it. And amazingly, it actually turned out to be incredibly relevant to our interests. The VelociPastor is, simply put, the most amazing bad movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a labor of love with a serious story […]

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The Exorcism of the Man in Black (LSP #145, TPD Ch. 25)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! We return now to our longform examination of Frank Peretti’s literary hairball, his 1986 fantasy novel This Present Darkness (TPD). In this installment, Bernice’s attacker has his very own Gerasene Demoniac moment, ending with a(nother) dramatic exorcism. Today, Lord Snow Presides over a millennia-old story retold again. (Please click here to find the […]

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A Wingnut Meeting Gets Completely Out of Hand in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #138, Ch. 21)

Reading Time: 10 minutes In Chapter 21, Frank Peretti skipped merrily across a whole bunch of plots, giving us a little taste of each one, George R. R. Martin style. I only touched on each of those plot vignettes last week. So now, let’s zero in on one of the most interesting of the lot of them. Today, Lord Snow Presides over just how easy it is for wingnuts’ meetings to get completely out of hand.

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An Exorcism in Christian Fantasy-Land in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #128, Ch. 15)

Reading Time: 11 minutes In this installment, a TRUE CHRISTIAN™ wages honest-to-goodness spiritual warfare–and he wins, because of course he does, because this is a cringe-inducing Christian fantasy based around the idea of Jesus Power being a real thing that actually really exists and actually really does stuff in the real world. Today, Lord Snow Presides over an imaginary battle for imaginary stakes that today’s fundagelicals still think is all in deadly earnest.

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