Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday's Contest: Make a New Word!

We'll, we're inching closer to the alleged date of the "rapture," which - for some reason - is now being labelled the "Day of Judgment." My guess is that if all of the billboards across the nation said "Day of Rapture," the results would be less striking than the reactions to the "Day of Judgment." First of all, people might start scouring their Bibles to find where the reference to the "rapture" is. What a puzzle it will be to find that it is not there! (I have a perfectly sound explanation to why the word "rapture" is not in the Bible in my book, Left Behind and Loving It, being published by Wipf & Stock later this summer.) The other reaction might be one of relief. The world might be a pleasanter place without the likes of Harold Camping and his followers. At least then we could get on with the work of doing justice and walking humbly before God, without the distractions of trying to detect the sounds of God's shuffling feet on the welcome mat of the earth's front door.

Ah well, on to today's contest!
Tuesday's contest is to define a new word that describes the May 21 "Judgment Day" phenomenon.

Here is my example: "Errogance"
er·ro·gance / aer er gÉ™ns / noun
the inverse relationship between being correct and being certain.
“The May 21st prediction was errogance at its worst.” 

Okay, peeps, you can either post your entries here on the blog or as comments on my facebook page. And special thanks to Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register for reading the blog and finding it mention-worthy!

Entries are due by Tuesday, May 17, at midnight (CST)


  1. What about apocacryptic? (the secrets of the end times are only known to a select few)

  2. Love it Chris! And Mark, I think if all the posters said "The rapture is coming" people's minds might not go first to scripture.

  3. Did anyone see the picture of the controversial billboard that was recently put up by another spiritual group near Family Radio’s headquarters? It directly challenges them about May 21. Here is a picture of it:


  4. Wow, Mayra, I had not seen that before. December 21? 144,000? It feels like a re-run, with higher stakes added.

  5. Faux Horsemen- Harold Camping, Tim LaHaye, Edgar Whisenant, and Hal Lindsey's apocalyptic supergroup.

  6. Ohh, nice one Johnny Arson.

  7. Johnny Arson: You are the winner of a copy of Left Behind and Loving It when it is published later this year. If you send me your address, I will send you the book when I receive it. Congratulations,
    Mark Davis davisfolk@aol.com


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