The last time I featured one of John Stott's books was back in August 2007
Honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). He has written many books which have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. A hallmark of Stott's ministry has always been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Here is a book written by one who for a lifetime has followed Christ with heart, mind, soul and strength.
The first selection this month is "The Incomparable Christ."
Stott examines four viewpoints of Jesus:
The Original Jesus-- How does the New Testament witness to Jesus in the Gospels, Acts and Letters?
The Ecclesiastical Jesus-- How the church has presented him from Justin Martyr, Benedict and Anselm, to Thomas á Kempis, Luther and Jefferson, to Guitierrez, Wright, and the Edinburgh and Lausanne missionary confessions of the twentieth century.
The Influential Jesus-- How he has inspired people from St. Francis to Tolstoy, from Gandhi to Roland Allen, from Father Damien to William Wilberforce.
The Eternal Jesus-- How he challenges us today through ten visions from the book of Revelation.
In recent years numerous books have been written on Jesus, books that are shaped by faith or skepticism or follow the Western academic quest for the historical Jesus. The result has been a kaleidoscope of Jesuses, a thicket of viewpoints, some troubling to faith, some puzzling to the intellect, and a few that enrich our vision as they explore familiar terrain from new and promising angles.
But the criteria of Scripture's testimony and the effective power of Jesus in lives and history point to a multidimensional Christ who defies categorization and measurement. Jesus is the one figure who, like no others, has changed lives, shaped culture and offers one sure hope for the future. He is the incomparable Christ.
This is the Jesus who is like no other--worthy
of our worship, our confession and our obedience as we follow him into the future.
Purchase your copy here and here.
The second selection this month is "The Cross of Christ."
Stott says, "I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross... In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?"
With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world---a world in which our world is shaken everyday by tragedy of some sort.
Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? What does the cross mean for us today?
In his eminently readable style, one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day brings a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. The cross where the majesty and love of God is disclosed, and the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.
* A masterpiece from one of the most respected Christian teachers which explores all the facets of the cross and its implication for our lives.
* A classic study on the heart of the Christian faith that examines Scripture, tradition and modern experience with regard to the cross.
* Biblically precise, thoughtful, thorough and filled with practical passion.
Purchase your copy here or here.
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