John R. W. Stott’s “The Cross of Christ”

Is it possible for D.A. Carson, Mike Horton, Tony Jones, and Shane Claiborne to all agree on the same thing? Turns out it is.

On Wednesday, I wrote  of John Stott’s upcoming 90th birthday. I mentioned only briefly his classic, The Cross of Christ, 20th Anniversary ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006. As it is Good Friday and we contemplate the work of Christ on our behalf, consider getting and reading this book to discover the depth of the Cross and its implications for our lives.

The following are just a few endorsements for the book.*

J. I. Packer, Regent College:

“John Stott rises grandly to the challenge of the greatest of all themes. All the qualities that we expect of him–biblical precision, thoughtfulness and thoroughness, order and method, moral alertness and the measured tread, balanced judgment and practical passion–are here in fullest evidence. This, more than any book he has written, is his masterpiece.”

D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

“Rarely does a volume of theology combine six cardinal virtues, but John Stott’s The Cross of Christ does so magnificently. It says what must be said about the cross; it gently but firmly warns against what must not be said; it grounds its judgments in biblical texts, again and again; it hierarchizes its arguments so that the main thing is always the main thing; it is written with admirable clarity; and it is so cast as to elicit genuine worship and thankfulness from any thoughtful reader. There are not many ‘must read’ books–books that belong on every minister’s shelf, and on the shelves of thoughtful laypersons who want a better grasp of what is central in Scripture–but this is one of them.”

Michael Horton, professor of theology and apologetics, Westminster Seminary California:

“As relevant today as when it first appeared, The Cross of Christ is more than a classic. It restates in our own time the heart of the Christian message. Like John the Baptist, John Stott points us away from the distractions that occupy so much of our energies in order, announcing, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'”

Tony Jones, author of The Sacred Way:

“For those who want an evenhanded and robust defense of the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement, John Stott’s The Cross of Christ is the benchmark. With a deft hand, Stott has given us a classic articulation of this influential, evangelical doctrine that is both vigorous and readable. Books like this stand the test of time.”

Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution:

“In our world of war and terror, there is nothing more important to contemplate than the cross of Christ. May Stott’s reflections give us the courage to fight, with all the love within us, the war of the slaughtered Lamb. The cross teaches us there is something worth dying for but nothing worth killing for, that we can conquer evil without mirroring it. So grab this book and get ready to live real good and get beat up real bad. It is the story of our faith.”

[*all quotations taken from the IVP website for the book. For more see here.]

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