Author Archives: St. John Studies

Christ and His Suffering: Impassibility?

On October 15 I began my discussion of the last chapter of John Stott’s The Cross of Christ. In that post I quoted Stott regarding human suffering: “The fact of suffering constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith….Its … Continue reading

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Job the Sufferer

As I finish discussing John Stott’s connection between the sufferings of Jesus on the cross to our suffering [Chapter 13 in The Cross of Christ], I am not surprised that number five of his final six examples of connection is … Continue reading

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The Hope of Glory

As I finish commenting on Chapter 13 of The Cross of Christ, I am faced with having to explain the fourth way that Christ’s suffering relates to ordinary human suffering.  John Stott is ending his book trying to answer the … Continue reading

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Jesus The Suffering Servant

“The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” [John 12: 25].  This Biblical scripture has always confused me.  Why would anyone who loves … Continue reading

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Maturity Through Suffering?

Now I know it may seem strange, but the second way the cross of Christ relates to human suffering is human suffering matures us; it can make us more holy. It may even be more strange, but John Stott posits … Continue reading

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Patient Endurance

As we consider Chapter 13 of John Stott’s Cross of Christ we find ourselves confronted by what he calls “the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith.”  That is the idea that the world [a world created and ruled by … Continue reading

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The Last Chapter: The Biggest Problem

John Stott* cites the story of Joseph Parker [1830-1902], an English Congregational minister who was consumed with the desire to preach God’s word to as many people as he could.  Parker would draw thousands of people to his evangelistic events … Continue reading

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Thanks Professor Stott: You Answer so Many Questions

It may not be humble, but let me quote myself: “our efforts at private growth are the bedrock of everything else”.* Let me quote John Stott regarding this same matter: “The Christian life is not just a private affair of … Continue reading

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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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