In Memory of John Stott (1921-2011)

 Yesterday one of our fellow brothers went to be with the Lord. He was 90 years old. Christianity Today’s article explains far better than I could. He was a renowned evangelist and an accomplished author. Many of his books still stand as forces in the Christian and academic world. Though his time on this earth was not always cordial, his influence stretches far beyond anything we can even comprehend at this point in history. He is today with his Lord and Savior, and will be celebrated yet sorely missed.

Who is John Stott?

In his own words, Stott described his coming to Christ like this, “As a typical adolescent, I was aware of two things about myself, though doubtless I could not have articulated them in these terms then. First, if there was a God, I was estranged from him. I tried to find him, but he seemed to be enveloped in a fog I could not penetrate. Secondly, I was defeated. I knew the kind of person I was, and also the kind of person I longed to be. Between the ideal and the reality there was a great gulf fixed. I had high ideals but a weak will. . . . [W]hat brought me to Christ was this sense of defeat and of estrangement, and the astonishing news that the historic Christ offered to meet the very needs of which I was conscious.”

From Christianity Today:

“An evangelical is a plain, ordinary Christian,” John Stott told Christianity Today in an October 2006 interview. From his conversion at Rugby secondary school in 1938 to his death in 2011 at 90 years old, Stott exemplified how extraordinary plain, ordinary Christianity can be. He was not known as an original thinker, nor did he seek to be. He always turned to the Bible for understanding, and his unforgettable gift was to penetrate and explain the Scriptures. As editor Kenneth Kantzer wrote in CT’s pages in 1981, “When I hear him expound a text, invariably I exclaim to myself, ‘That’s exactly what it means! Why didn’t I see it before?'”

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