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Inter-Varsity Press The Contemporary Christian

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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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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