John Stott has died…

John Stott, an icon of passionate, clear-thinking evangelical faith, died today at age 90 in London.  I read his book, Basic Christianity, as a young believer, and it had a powerful impact–one that I passed on by recommending it to all new believers.  He had a passion and commitment to evangelism, and to linking the church worldwide for that task.  He was a significant force in shaping evangelicals in Britain and around the world to address issues in modern society, yet lived humbly and simply himself. He wrote other books like Your Mind Matters, The Cross of Christ, and The Contemporary Christian–for a total of fifty volumes.

I was honored when Wings of Light got to do a concert at All Souls, Langham Place in central London (where he was rector, then rector emeritus) after a Sunday night service where he preached back in 1980!  He has left an incredible legacy through both his life and writing. Praise God for his faithfulness!!

Check out the article for background, and then check out this memorial video his ministry posted on YouTube today:

John Stott Has Died | Christianity Today

What have you read of John Stott’s writings?  You may want to find Basic Christianity and start!

2 Replies to “John Stott has died…”

  1. Fred, I’ll answer your question in a display of fun convergence. Your father attends a weekly study that I teach, and for the last several months we have been studying the Holy Spirit. Among the books I have been reviewing for the purpose of this study is John Stott’s Baptism & Fullness, a balanced look at the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and in the church. “Uncle John” sure has been a great source for me in this study and many others through the years!

    1. Jeff, that’s quite a fun convergence, I’d say! The Lausanne Movement (which Stott played a major role in) made way for much better relationships between evangelicals and charismatics–at least in understanding dialogue, if nothin else. You might find it interesting to read Jack Hayford’s address to the Lausanne Conference in Manila in 1989–in a book called “A Passion for Fullness.” Look at this excerpt, and there’s also a link to get a copy. Without the openness that leaders like Billy Graham and “Uncle John” brought to international, inter-denominational evangelical movements like Lausanne, we would have been deprived of thoughtful, learned commentary on the Holy Spirit like Hayford’s address. Well worth reading!

      On another note, it’s my Dad’s birthday today, so you might drop him a note! ;-> Blessings to you!

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