Author Archives: St. John Studies

Getting Out of the Nursery

I wrote “In my last post on this book [this week’s], Stott explains the Christian’s responsibilities.” quote from my previous post on September 22… I lied… This post was supposed to be the “last post” on John Stott’s book Basic … Continue reading

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I Am A Child Of God…

I am a child of God. What does that statement mean?  It is obviously an identity statement.  I could say “I am David Carter.”  I could say “I am a golfer.”  I could say “I am a teacher.”   However, when … Continue reading

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Being A Christian

As I have “ping-ponged” back and forth between The Cross of Christ and Basic Christianity,  I have been heading toward conclusions, the final summaries of each book.  The Cross is considered by many theologians as John Stott’s magnum opus, the … Continue reading

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But What About Evil People?

Right in the middle of the next to last chapter of John Stott’s book The Cross of Christ (a chapter entitled “Loving Our Enemies”), he has a discussion of a topic I really don’t care to write about. Most Christians … Continue reading

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Easy to do? No, but essential…

It seems that peace in this world today is elusive. Yet the call to Christians today is the same as it always was.  Matthew 5: 9 says we are called to be peacemakers.  First Peter 3: 11 tells us to … Continue reading

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Come In Jesus…

In the previous post entitled “The Decision to Open the Door” [August 19, 2022] I refer to John Stott’s use of the image of Christ at our door, knocking to get in.  One can look at the famous painting entitled … Continue reading

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The Decision to Open the Door

Open the door.  Making decisions can be difficult, even deciding to open the door.  We always know we can keep it closed. You are raised in a Christian home.   You never missed church.  Your parents drilled the Gospels into you … Continue reading

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Spheres of Service for Christians

John Stott closes Chapter 11 of his book The Cross of Christ with a section called “Spheres of Service.”  “The community of Christ is a community of the cross and will be marked by sacrifice, service and suffering, how will … Continue reading

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The Quest for Power in the Church

“The worst and most blatantly self-centered prayer ever prayed” [John Stott, The Cross of Christ].  Those words by Stott describe the following sentence by the sons of Zebedee, [ the apostles James and John]: “Teacher,” they said, “We want you … Continue reading

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Having a Double Attitude…

The double attitude. We are new; Christ has redeemed us… We are fallen; we continue to sin… In my previous post I stated that this double attitude would be the focus of my comments this week.  As John Stott heads … Continue reading

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