I love recommending books. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a pastor; to put good books in peoples’ hands. So one of the things I’d like to do with this blog is periodically recommend some books that I believe will encourage your soul and sharpen your mind. Each book I recommend will be available for checkout in the CBC library.
So what book does one recommend first? You could do worse than John Stott’s classic The Cross of Christ. It is one of the great modern works on the central accomplishment of Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, you (hopefully) been hearing and thinking about the cross of Jesus since you first stepped foot in a church. Still, I’m willing to bet Stott will teach you something new about the Gospel and Jesus’ life-saving death. If you have questions about why Jesus had to die, how God could forgive sins and remain just, why the cross is central to our faith, how the cross defeated evil, and what it looks like to be a people of the cross, then Stott’s work is for you.
It’s not the simplest read in the world, nor is it the shortest (a little over 300 pages), but you will be enriched by Stott’s words. And fair warning, this more of a theological work, so it may take some reading and rereading for many. But it’s good and healthy for us to be stretched. Here’s a sample quote;
“If we bring God down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone a radical atonement to secure it. When, on the other hand, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we tremble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely “hell-deserving sinners,” then and only then does the necessity of the cross appear so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before.”
You can find more info on the book here. And as I said above, there is a copy in the CBC library. I hope some of you will check it out!
 Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 111