The Contemporary Christian Paperback

An Urgent Plea for Double Listening

by John Stott;

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The Contemporary Christian

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The Contemporary Christian is John Stott's definitive and passionate plea to the church. Before we attempt to teach or evangelise, he urges, we must listen to God's Word and God's world. Only then will we be able to communicate the authentic gospel effectively.John Stott himself models this 'double listening' as he tackles five key questions:* Amid scepticism inside the church as well as outside, what is the authentic gospel?* In a world torn by pain and need, what characterises the obedient disciple?* Now that the Bible is often set aside as culturally irrelevant, how can we relate it with integrity to contemporary society?* Given the church's general lack of credibility, what is her calling and how can she fulfil it?* In a pluralistic society and a hungry world, what is the church's mission?

The Contemporary Christian by John Stott was published by Intervarsity Press in September 1992 and is our 4211th best seller. The ISBN for The Contemporary Christian is 9780851109732.

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"So the book is a expository treat. It is really a pastoral essay, a sermon on paper aimed at changing people rather than the advancement of learning as such. Bible based and well researched, intimate and magisterial in style. passionately calm and generous to a fault, this is a finely arranged and beautifully written contribution to what Stott calls 'BBC': balanced biblical " J. I Packer, in 'Christianity Today'

"The whole book is designed to stir up Christians to action. In the final chapter he contrasts the Christians who are sunny optimists and who see no work to be done in the world with those who are gloomy pessimists and who feel it is pointless trying to improve the world. The realists are those who want to give equal weight to what Christ has already done and what He is going to do .. (Stott) makes a strong plea for Christian involvement in the world." Donald C. Macaskill

"The book is a collection of 22 papers grouped under the themes of gospel, disciple, Bible, Church and world. The essays here are lucid evangelical statements about issues as inclusive as human nature and the Cross, evangelism, renewal and social action, ecumenism and purity, spirituality and the now and not yet, hermeneutics and preaching. (The book) is a model of balanced evangelicalism and a humble yet confident exposition of that position within the wider church. It should be compulsory reading for all theologians so that they can learn to write without obscurity." Derek Tidball, in 'Baptist Times'

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Details for The Contemporary Christian

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (September 1992)
Number of Pages432
Thickness33 mm
Height230 mm
Width143 mm
Product Code10972
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