Christians tend to polarize. Some have an intellectual faith, while others are more emotional. Some focus on structure while others focus on freedom. And some champion evangelism while others advocate for social action. John Stott’s classic statement of balanced Christianity shows how we can hold these tensions together in biblical, faithful ways. Also included is an interview with John Stott with further reflections on the need for balance in contemporary evangelical Christianity.
“Let me take one example, the exercise of faith. Many imagine that faith is entirely irrational. But Scripture never sets faith and reason over against each other as incompatible. On the contrary, faith can only arise and grow within us by the use of our minds.” (Page 16)
“Uncritical iconoclasm is as stupid as uncritical conservatism” (Page 34)
“Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire.5” (Page 23)
“Here trusting in God and staying the mind on God are synonyms, and perfect peace is the result.” (Page 16)
“their trust springs from their knowledge of the trustworthiness of God’s character.” (Page 16)
John Stott is known around the world as a preacher, evangelist, and writer. He was one of the main contributors to the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and the founder of Langham Partnership, which seeks to equip a new generation of Bible teachers around the world.