Is God a sadistic torturer? Coldhearted judge? Genocidal maniac? There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked. Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are "skeletons in God's closet," tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God. And we aren't comfortable with the answers we've been given.
In this book, we'll pull these bones out into the open to exchange popular caricatures for the beauty and power of the real thing. We'll discover these topics were never really skeletons at all . . . but proclamations of a God who is good "in his very bones," not just in what he does, but in who he is. We'll fling the wide the closet door and sing loudly, boldly and clearly: God is good and coming to redeem his world.
This group is intended for people who find themselves grappling with these questions, and who would appreciate some honest and thoughtful conversation on the matter. Josh Ryan Butler’s book, The Skeletons in God’s Closet, will be the text for the group.
Everyone in the group will need a copy of the book and read the assigned portions in anticipation of each session – discussions will flow out of the reading.
(most) Tuesday Nights, 7-9pm – starting Oct 13th Dates: Oct 13, 20, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1 (and 8, if needed)
Location: TBD – ideally in person (physically distant) or if necessary, over Zoom
Cost: buy the book (assistance available for those who need it)