Thursday, September 8, 2011

What I'm Reading - The Cross of Christ

One of the books I am presently reading is The Cross of Christ by John Stott. It is "the work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith" (back cover).

It was selected by Tim Challies of challies.com as the latest book for his Reading Classics Together, so I decided, since I recently purchased the book, that this would be a good time to read it. So far, I have read four chapters, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. The third chapter, "Looking Below the Surface," has been a great help to me this week in my sermon preparation. I'll be preaching on "The Cup" (the agony in Gethsemane and the cry of dereliction on the cross).
"John Stott rises grandly to the challenge of the greatest of all themes. All the qualities that we expect of him--biblical precision, thought-fulness and thoroughness, order and method, moral alertness and the measured tread, balanced judgment and biblical passion--are here in fullest evidence. This, more than any book he has written, is his masterpiece."--J. I. Packer