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