Stott has been working this ethics book for years (at least in terms of editions). Before he died, he updated this fourth edition in 2006. So, this isn't too far off the mark of what is going on in the world today, though it seems like in many ways the issues the church faces has really sped up in the past five or six years. The snowball is gaining snow as it continues to speed down the hill. So, this is still pretty relevant for an introduction to Christian ethics.
This work is divided into four parts. Part One concerns textual issues, Part Two concerns global issues, Part Three social issues and Part Four personal issues. So, Part One opens up with foundational issues discussing the nature of evangelical concern in its relation to society at large and the Christian witness to the world. The rest of the book moves from big to small. Part Two deals with the big global issues: war and peace, creation care, global poverty and the nature of human rights. Part Three zooms in just a bit focusing on the social issues of work, business relationships, ethnicity and the Christian lifestyle. Finally, Part Four looks at the more common personal issues of Christian living - relation between the sexes, marriage, abortion, biotechnology (by John Wyatt) and same-sex relationship issues.
All chapters are pretty thorough. Stott lived in the UK, so the American reader will get a good look at many of the issues that were going on in England a few years ago (and still today). But he is also knowledgeable of the American context as well. So the reader from the States won't feel far from home. I wish he were still alive today to update this work because I have found this text to be the best introduction to Christian Ethics that I have read so far. I have *almost* no complaints and I am glad to see that John Wyatt wrote the chapter on bioethics. Clearly it's a recognition from a wise man that he was not likely the best choice to write thoroughly on the issue. I might have preferred to see this done with the chapter on economics and global poverty as well, for this is such a tough topic for the theologian to handle. Regardless, this is still an excellent work and I highly recommend it.