A tribute to John Stott.


Many of you have probably already heard that John Stott died yesterday

The Reverend John Stott, who died on July 27 aged 90, was one of the most influential clergymen of the 20th century; indeed in 2005 Time magazine declared him to be one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  read the Telegraph report here

He was certainly one of the most influential people in my life, helping me to expand and deepen my understanding of faith.  I first read his works in my early 20s and continued to find his writing challenging and provocative throughout my life.  I well remember one time he spoke here in Seattle saying –

The answers we get depend on the questions we ask… reading the bible in new contexts and new cultures should always challenge us to ask new questions and find new fresh answers from the bible.

John was probably one of the first people who challenged me to think outside the box of traditional conservative Christian faith.  His perspectives and understanding have always encouraged and guided me.  he will be sorely missed by many of us

5 Responses

  1. he leaves behind a wonderful legacy…of which you are a part of.

  2. Amen – someone like this challenges me to reflect on what kind of a legacy I want to leave behind too

  3. I agree Christine. In my teens his writings made me realise Christianity had to be constructively engaged with the world, and that social issues and political and environmental concerns were areas where scripture had something to say, and that as God’s people we had a mission to work out the truths of God’s Kingdom in these spheres. We forget now how revolutionary that idea was for evangelicals in the twerieth century. (although our 18th & 19th century forebears would have understood his thinking as a natural outworking of the gospel). Through the Lausanne movement he has helped to rengafe the final evangelical church with the world. What a legacy!

  4. We all loved “uncle John”. Most for his ability to remain humane whilst advocating the evangelical approach. He approached his theology as one who had discovered what it was to be loved by God and that God’s first instinct is to love and not to judge. Many evangelicals would do well to follow his example and walk in his ways. He, and his teachings, make it possible to be an evangelical still.

  5. He will be missed by me also, Christine. Thanks for the tribute.

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