The Skeletons In God's Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War by Joshua Ryan ButlerThe Skeletons In God's Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War by Joshua Ryan Butler

The Skeletons In God's Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War

byJoshua Ryan Butler

Paperback | October 21, 2014

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How can a loving God send people to hell? Isn’t it arrogant to believe Jesus is the only way to God? What is up with holy war in the Old Testament?

Many of us fear God has some skeletons in the closet. Hell, judgment, and holy war are hot topics for the Christian faith that have a way of igniting fierce debate far and wide.  These hard questions leave many wondering whether God is really good and can truly be trusted.

The Skeletons in God's Closet confronts our popular caricatures of these difficult topics with the beauty and power of the real thing. Josh Butler reveals that these subjects are consistent with, rather than contradictory to, the goodness of God. He explores Scripture to reveal the plotlines that make sense of these tough topics in light of God’s goodness. From fresh angles, Josh deals powerfully with such difficult passages as:

 

  • The Lake of Fire
  • Lazarus and the Rich Man
  • The Slaughter of Canaanites in the Old Testament

 

Ultimately, The Skeletons in God's Close uses our toughest questions to provoke paradigm shifts in how we understand our faith as a whole. It pulls the “skeletons out of God’s closet” to reveal they were never really skeletons at all.

Rick McKinley was educated at Multnomah University and earned his Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. However, most of his education has come from pastoring Imago Dei Community since 2000 with his wife Jeanne in Portland, OR. Imago Dei is now a large congregation situated in the heart of the city, reaching out to Portla...
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Title:The Skeletons In God's Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0529100819

ISBN - 13:9780529100818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best apologetics books I've read. Butler draws on great theologians like Augustine, Lewis, Newbigin, and Volf as well as a myriad of significant scripture passages to develop a coherent and comprehensive response to the church and its critics on the doctrines of Hell, judgment, and holy war. This is narrative theology at its best, and a neew go -to resource for my campus ministry work.
Date published: 2015-04-03