Tag Archives: John Stott

the embarrassment that matters

“…we cannot escape the embarrassment of standing stark naked before God. It is of no use for us to try and cover up like Adam and Eve in the garden. Our attempts at self-justification are as ineffectual as their fig leaves. We … Continue reading

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He could not save himself

“So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. … Continue reading

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We were there, plotting and scheming

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? “‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ the old spiritual asks. And we must … Continue reading

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brightness at midnight, darkness at noon

“At the birth of the Son of God, there was brightness at midnight; at the death of the Son of God there was darkness at noon.”  Brightness at midnight “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the … Continue reading

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Why did Christ die?

“God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loves us.” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ) ____________________________

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Envious?

“Envy! Envy is the reverse side of a coin called vanity. Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself.” (The Cross of Christ, John R.W. Stott) What seems basic to John Stott takes me a while … Continue reading

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A scapegoat for you

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, they were never meant to reenter the way they’d left — that way was guarded by angels and a flaming sword (Gen.3:24). God, instead, would provide a new way into … Continue reading

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Job’s confusing catastrophe teaches us we’re asking the wrong question

“… Job was a godly man.  Both the author and the Lord himself make that clear up front (1:1, 8; 2:3).  In fact, it was Job’s faithfulness to God that got him into trouble (1:8; 2:3).  So the entire book … Continue reading

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the question mark, stamped over

“I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the cross. The only God is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as ‘God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who … Continue reading

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