If God is love . . . Why are so many Christians fearful? Why do so many Church leaders sound hateful? Why does religion often create more pain than healing? What would it take for our world to become more gracious? In If Grace Is True, pastors Philip Gulley and James Mulholland revealed their belief that God will save every person.
They now explore the implications of this belief and its power to change every area of our lives. They attempt to answer one question: If we took God's love seriously, what would our world look like? Gulley and Mulholland argue that what we believe is crucial and dramatically affects the way we live and interact in the world.
Beliefs have power. The belief in a literal hell, where people suffer eternally, has often been used by the Church to justify hate and violence, which contradict what Jesus taught about love and grace. The authors present a new vision for our personal, religious, and corporate lives, exploring what our world would be like if we based our existence on the foundational truth that God loves every person. Gulley and Mulholland boldly address many controversial issues people in the pews have wondered about but churches have been unwilling to tackle. For too long, the Christian tradition has been steeped in negativity, exclusion, and judgment. Gulley and Mulholland usher us into a new era -- an age where grace and love are allowed to reign.
About the Author
PHILIP GULLEY is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country. Visit the author online at www.philipgulleybooks.com.
Praise for If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World…
“Warm, gentle, profound, and moving. Gulley and Mulholland have touched the deep recesses of God...” -John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a New World
“A welcome antidote to so much contemporary religion that is coercive, intolerant, and finally unbearable.” -Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
“Uncommonly readable, insightful, and persuasive.” -Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
“Anyone searching for a ‘graciousness primer’ might look on this book as a commensense example of such a manual.” -Booklist
“This book details well Christ’s command to love others and how to live that out.” -Publishers Weekly
“[T]hrough clear and accessible storytelling, Gulley and Mulholland present a comforting and at times challenging message.” -Indianapolis Star
“[H]ow to live full of God’s grace in a world that is desperately in need of gracious Christianity.” -Presbyterians Today