[Part 2 & 3 are below]
I thought this was terrible Bible teaching. Greg speaks well, and has strong opinions, and that's fine, but he's lacking big time when it comes to teaching the context of the Lord's words, the truth of God.
Maybe I'm too critical. And I am at times. But, this to me was Greg just saying how he would like to have the truth. He doesn't seem to like the words, and so says this what I think they mean. And that's scary.
This is why we have homosexual pastors. This why we have Fred Phelps saying, "God hates fags!", out in public. And on and on it goes, when we twist the Bible.
Let the truth be the truth. And the true loving heart will rejoice in the truth. We can rejoice in God's love for sinners, and rejoice that He has mercy on rebels. And we can rejoices that He is a just God, and He has, and will do justice. But He is also long-suffering, and kind, beyond all what we could ever imagine. And Greg believes in Christ, that he rose from the dead, and he died for our sins.
So is he my brother in Christ? I believe so. And so I pray for him to rethink how he taught our Lord's precious words, which can be deep for sure.
I heard John R.W. Stott's teaching on 'annihilation' and let me tell you, it was very different than Greg Boyd's. I do see it in the Bible, but the fear Stott has for the Word, and his respect for the history of the Church helped to balance him out, I thought.
Actually, though I disagree with Annihilation as a doctrine, I'd encourage you to read Stott's teaching, if you like.