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Since John R. W. Stott’s death in July 2011, interest in The Cross of Christ has been revived, particularly through the 20th anniversary edition (2006). Although it’s only been around 25 years since first published, The Cross of Christ has already been recognized as a Christian classic. It was on my list of Christian classic to-reads, along with older authors as Athanasius, Augustine, and Luther.
Like a skilled jeweler carefully examining and detailing the many facets of a gem, John Stott goes th
It is hard to overstate how much I enjoyed this book. It was hard work, shouldering through the dense material (which I started on August 18). It’s not impossible reading, but it does requires careful thought. Stott shows the significance of the cross and why certain doctrines are important, and he outlines many implications stemming from those doctrines. Lots of brilliant insights.
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Quotes that stood out to me as I read:
Ch. 2 WHY DID CHRIST DIE?
“Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself.” (pg. 57)
“So [the Jewish leaders] felt threatened by Jesus. He undermined their prestige, their hold over the people, their own self-confidence and self-respect, while leaving his intact.” (pg. 58)
“We resent [Jesus’] intrustion into our privacy, his demand for our homage, his expectation of our obedience. Why can’t he mind his own business. we ask petulantly, and le