Angel Impersonators

simple angel figure

Do you know what an angel is? Are you sure? I watched a TV documentary (and also read further) about a certain cult group. One report said that the leader claimed to have died and come back, and so he wanted his followers to know that could be their reality. To that end, he “prophesied” the deaths of a couple…

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Beatles and the Bible?

Man playing guitar

When I see the Beatles song title “I Should Have Known Better,” I can’t help thinking that if Samson had written a song about his relationship with Delilah, that would be a good title. Another Beatles song title conveys how the demon-possessed man from Gadara must have felt after his encounter with Jesus: “Glad All Over.” If you’d like to…

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Fake Spirituality Leaves You Hungry

plate with small scrap of bread

Because of the success of the Jesus Calling books, we should expect to see other writers showcasing what God supposedly spoke to them. I just read one such book. I’d rather not name it, but here’s what I got from it: There was a—let’s call it a constipation—as far as progress. On so many pages God keeps having to back…

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Kiddie False Prophets

vintage sunday school photo

At a certain church years ago, a new associate minister’s wife visited the 5-year-olds’ Sunday school class. She was shocked to learn that for the past couple of years, the children had been receiving no Bible teaching at all. Rather, they were just being babysat with Sesame Street material. Wonder why church leaders had not been overseeing the spiritual growth…

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Precious Book and Angel Band

the author as a little girl with her sister, mother, and grandmother

When my kid sister (Jenna) and I were very young children, Grandma Lena Henry (1884–1966) had pet names for us. I was Precious Book. Jenna was Angel Band. Whenever our family pulled up to our grandparents’ home for a visit, Grandma would be waiting on the porch. Then she’d shout across the yard (and into the next county!), “Here they…

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