Josh Butler headshot 360Pastor of Local & Global Outreach

Josh is Imago Dei’s Pastor of Local & Global Outreach, overseeing our local ministries in Portland and international partnerships in Vietnam and Cambodia. Josh is also a worship leader who enjoys writing many of the songs we sing at Imago Dei, striving to infuse theological depth and poetic imagination into the worship of the church. He has also worked as a sheepherder on a Navajo reservation for six months (no, seriously, he did). Josh holds a BA from the University of Oregon in International Studies and History, and an MDiv in Theological Studies from Multnomah Seminary. Josh, his wife Holly, and their daughter Aiden enjoy hanging out with good friends over a good meal.



The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home

Is God lost? Many of us feel that way. It’s as if God’s gone missing, out in the universe somewhere–and we must pick up the hunt, following any trail of breadcrumbs to go find him. We speak of “searching for God,””exploring spirituality,” and “finding faith.” But what if we have it backward and God is the one pursuing us?What if our job is not to go find God, but to stop running and hiding?Not to discover the light, but step out of the shadows? Not to earnGod’s love, but simply receive it?

Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, huntingdown his world for reconciliation. And the question we’re left withis not whether we’ve been good enough, jumped high enough, orsought hard enough…The question is: “Do we want to be found?”

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God’s Closet: Confronted by the Love of the Risen King

Is God a sadistic torturer? Coldhearted judge? Genocidal maniac? Unfortunately, our popular caricatures often make him out to be. There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked. Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are “skeletons in God’s closet,” tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God. And we aren’t comfortable with the answers we’ve been given.

In this book, we’ll pull these bones out into the open to exchange popular caricatures for the beauty and power of the real thing. We’ll discover these topics were never really skeletons at all… but proclamations of a God who is good “in his very bones,” not just in what he does, but in who he is. We’ll fling the wide the closet door and sing loudly, boldly and clearly: God is good and coming to redeem his world.

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