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For all those seeking more authentic ways to hold and practiceChristian faith, Brian McLaren has been an inspiring,compassionate—and provocative—voice. Starting with theaward-winning A New Kind of Christian, McLaren offered alively, wide-ranging fictional conversation between Pastor DanPoole and his friend Neil Oliver as they reflected about faith,doubt, reason, mission, leadership, and spiritual practice in theemerging postmodern world. That conversation widened to includeseveral intriguing new characters in the sequel, The Story WeFind Ourselves In, as Dan and friends continued to explorefaith-stretching themes from evolution to evangelism, from death tothe meaning of life. Now, in this third installment of theiradventures, Dan and his widening circle of friends grapple withconventional Christian teachings about hell and judgment and whatthey mean for our relationship with God and each other. Is there analternative to the usual polar views of a just God short on mercyor a merciful God short on justice?  Could our conflictedviews of hell be symptoms of a deeper set of problems –misunderstandings about what God’s justice and mercy areabout, misconceptions about God’s purpose in creating theworld, deep misgivings about what kind of character God is and whatthe Christian gospel is for?

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