John Stott is the author of the Romans volume in the Bible Speaks Today commentary series. He was also the edited for the series.
Stott died in 2011.
The volume was originally published in hardback with a maroon cover. This version can be found used, but it is no longer published.
Later, the commentary became part of the Bible Speaks Today series. It was originally published as a paperback with a brown cover design. The cover was later redesigned with a green, black, and white color scheme.
The content for each of these editions is the same.
The Message of Romans was one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year.
Tom Schreiner recommends it, noting that it’s “a meaty exposition with application to today.”
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Series: Bible Speaks Today (Book 106)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: IVP Academic (June 1, 2001)
John Stott joins a chorus of distinguished voices of the church who have pondered and lived the great themes of Romans, and who have tuned our ears to hear its rich harmonies and meditate on its broad vision. In the classic tradition of great Christian leaders who have commented on Romans, Stott expounds Paul’s words, themes and arguments. The power of the gospel, the righteousness of God revealed from heaven, is clearly addressed to today’s men and women who have answered its summons.
Not only is Stott deeply acquainted with the text and context of Romans, he is also conversant with the most recent Pauline scholarship. Even more important, he views Romans from his own pastoral and missionary perspective, an outlook shaped in turn by the great vision of the apostle. Here is a commentary for those who live on the edge of the third millennium, a commentary spanning the two worlds of Romans—Paul’s and ours.
Stott explained that The Bible Speaks Today series has three purposes:
- To expound the biblical text with accuracy. The Bible Speaks Today commentaries address the text passage-by-passage, yet most sections involve discussion of individual verses and even single words when they are important to understand the meaning of the text.
- To relate it to contemporary life. Volumes in the BST series value application suggestions and devotional insights. Many writers, such as Stott, are highly quotable making volumes in this series great for preachers and Bible study leaders.
- To be readable. BST commentaries are not technical; meaning, writers seldom include in-depth discussion on the details of the original languages of Scripture. Furthermore, authors do not interact with current biblical scholarship.
The Bible Speaks Today series is complete as of 2015 and now covers all 66 biblical books. Stott edited the series along with Irish biblical scholar, J.A. Motyer (d. 2016).
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