David C Cook – 2011 – ISBN: 978-0-7817-0725-0
Francis Chan responds to all the books floating around about hell by calling us back to the basics. In this book, Chan looks at several things that I think we need to take into account. I did not realize that I have picked up a direct response to Rob Bell’s book. I know what you are thinking. This guy is really dense. He must be living in a hole for the last few months.
You are probably right! I just missed the connection.
Chan’s work is augmented by Preston Sprinkle’s New Testament scholarship. They made a decision to write from Chan’s point of view and the book is better for it. This allows them to look at the first century viewpoint of hell, along with Jesus’ and the disciples’ while maintaining a consistent of voice.
This book is good but I feel like it does not go far enough. Trevin Wax does a great job of explaining. Francis Chan just gives us a Jesus said it so we should just deal with it. We need to learn to use our ability to explain it to people in a way that touches them at the core of who they are and why Jesus is so adamant about God’s justice and mercy together.
This is an important book and needs to be explored. We also need to identify what it is that makes people miss out on God because of his wrath. We can then meet them on level ground culturally.