J.D. Greear pastors one of the fastest growing churches in America, but his new book promises to rattle some Christians' cages.

Shifting our understanding of “salvation”: An interview with J.D. Greear

Note: Each Friday, “On Faith & Culture” will feature an exclusive interview with a Christian thought leader or a voice of importance to the American Christian community. Thirty-nine-year-old J.D. Greear pastors The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., which has been named one of the top 25 fast-growing churches in America for several years by Outreach magazine. Here Greear discusses his new book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (B&H Publishing, February 2013), which unpacks the sticky questions of surrounding Christian salvation and the sometimes-misleading presentation of it in the church today. JM: Author and pastor David Platt drew much controversy when he called the sinner’s prayer “superstitious” and “unbiblical.” Do you agree with that perspective? JG: For what it’s worth, I think David’s words have been taken out of context.

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Filmmaker asks whether hell is real, and who goes there

(RNS) The questions posed by the new film “Hellbound?'' — does hell exist and if so, who goes there? — are no longer so anxiety-producing for filmmaker Kevin Miller. His faith journey has taken him to embrace a gentler view of hell that isn't a place of eternal torment, and holds that all souls will be saved. By Lauren Markoe.

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Film traces Southern preacher’s trip to hell and back

ATHENS, Ala. (RNS) A new film, “Hell and Mr. Fudge,'' follows the story of Edward Fudge as he began an intensive study of the Bible and the doctrine of hell. What he found made him question one of the bedrock doctrines of Bible-based Christianity — and nearly got him run out of town. By Kay Campbell.