The Contemporary Christian   -     By: John Stott
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People today reject Christianity not because they think it is false but because they believe it is irrelevant.

John Stott knows otherwise. In this book he challenges all of us to move with the times while standing firmly on the truth of God's Word. "To be 'contemporary' is to live in the present," Stott writes. "To be a 'contemporary Christian,' however, is to ensure that our present is enriched both by our knowledge of the past and by our expectation of the future."

The challenge, then, is to be both conservative and radical---conservative in guarding God's revelation and radical in applying that revelation to the realities of the contemporary world: space travel, homelessness, genetic engineering, pollution, war, health care, gang violence, education and more.

Opening our eyes to the Word and the world, Stott shows how Christianity can speak effectively and relevantly to the contemporary world. He includes chapters on the human paradox, authentic freedom, mind and emotions, evangelism and social action, the pastoral ideal and dimensions of renewal.

For those familiar with Stott, The Contemporary Christian is a "must-read" book. For those who have not yet benefited from his insight and passion, The Contemporary Christian affords the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with one of the most widely read and respected Christian thinkers at work today. Recipient of a Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 1.05 X 5.50 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0830818642
ISBN-13: 9780830818648
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Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award winner 1993 Christian Booksellers Association/Europe Book of the Year Award winner People today reject Christianity not because they think it is false but because they believe it is irrelevant. John Stott knows otherwise. In this book he challenges all of us to move with the times while standing firmly on the truth of God's Word. "To be 'contemporary' is to live in the present," Stott writes. "To be a 'contemporary Christian,' however, is to ensure that our present is enriched both by our knowledge of the past and by our expectation of the future." The challenge, then, is to be both conservative and radical--conservative in guarding God's revelation and radical in applying that revelation to the realities of the contemporary world: space travel, homelessness, genetic engineering, pollution, war, health care, gang violence, education and more. Opening our eyes to the Word and the world, Stott shows how Christianity can speak effectively and relevantly to the contemporary world. He includes chapters on the human paradox, authentic freedom, mind and emotions, evangelism and social action, the pastoral ideal and dimensions of renewal. For those familiar with Stott, The Contemporary Christian is a "must-read" book. For those who have not yet benefited from his insight and passion, The Contemporary Christian affords the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with one of the most widely read and respected Christian thinkers at work today.

Author Bio

John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stotts best-known work, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include and a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in series of New Testament expositions. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queens New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

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"Every church should buy a copy, every church bookstall should stock it, and every minister should read it!"
"Vintage Stott, with all that that implies. In it, as usual, we find him digesting and deploying a wide range of material with a symmetry matching that of Mozart, a didactic force like that of J. C. Ryle, and a down-to-earth common sense that reminds on of G. K. Chesterton. It is really a pastoral essay, a sermon on paper aimed at changing people . . . an outstandinglly good book."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 3, 2000
    Rich Menninger
    In this insightful book, Stott, clearly one of the most influential evangelical writers of our day, discusses many important topics for Christians today. He addresses subjects such as the gospel, discipleship, the Bible, the church, and the world. Stott's overriding thesis is that Christians must develop skills in double refusal' and double listening.' Christians must refuse the temptations to withdraw from or conform to the world, and must learn to listen both to the Word of God and to the world. Stott holds these thoughts throughout his book, striving to keep before the reader the challenge to avoid compromise and yet remain relevant. He does a good job of integrating his thesis with the material examined. He demonstrates a great understanding of the topics discussed, as evidenced by his knowledge of the writings of others in these subject areas. Those readers who have read Stott before and have come to expect great things from him will not be disappointed with this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking direction regarding the difficult task of making an impact on the world for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
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