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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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Living at the Extremes…

Chapter Eleven of The Cross of Christ is entitled “Self-Understanding and Self-Giving.” In Chapter 10 John Stott called the community of the cross a community of celebration, a place of “boldness, love and joy.”*   Besides providing a place of celebration, … Continue reading

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Man’s Response

The “Call”… To be called is to decide to have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  God “calls” us to do this.  Circumstances of our lives may exacerbate the call and those circumstances may be the … Continue reading

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Those Meddling Preachers…

As I look back on last week’s post entitled “Take Up Your Cross” [June 30, 2022] I realize that John Stott’s comments on a Christian’s commitment to Jesus are generally vague.  I wrote that he thinks Christians should not follow … Continue reading

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Take Up Your Cross

As I get closer to finishing my series of comments on John Stott’s books The Cross of Christ and Basic Christianity, it is evident that both books are heading to the major reasons the author had to write each book.  … Continue reading

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Where You Will Find Boldness, Love and Joy

On June 16, 2022, I commented on Chapter 8 of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity.  That part of his book dealt with what Stott calls the main goals accomplished due to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  One … Continue reading

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Where You Will Find Hypocrites, Sinners, Beggars and…

“The tendency of sin is centrifugal.  It pulls us out of harmony with our neighbors.  It estranges us not only from our Maker but from our fellow-creatures too.  We all know from experience how a community, whether a college, a … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit as Change Agent

Sunday June 5th, 2022… This past Sunday was the day of Pentecost, the day the church celebrated the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had been with His Disciples through three years of ministry and John Stott* states that notable … Continue reading

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