A Tribute to John Stott; One of the C20’s Greatest Theologians, Authors and Preachers

It was announced publicly yesterday that the Rev. John Stott, one of the UK’s greatest authors, speakers, preachers and theologians of the twentieth century had died on Wednesday (27th July, 2011). John Stott was the author of many, many books, one of his most famous being Basic Christianity; a book which guided people through the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. I has been translated into more than 60 languages.

I had found out the news about Rev. Stott yesterday, and tweeted on the news:

John Stott has passed into glory, aged 90. What a man of God.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

I still stand by what I said. What a man of God. Apparently, he passed away just after reading scripture with his family and listening to Handel’s Messiah. What a way to enter eternal glory!

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said:

The death of John Stott will be mourned by countless Christians throughout the world. During a long life of unsparing service and witness, John won a unique place in the hearts of all who encountered him, whether in person or through his many books.He was a man of rare graciousness and deep personal kindness, a superb communicator and a sensitive and skilled counsellor. Without ever compromising his firm evangelical faith, he showed himself willing to challenge some of the ways in which that faith had become conventional or inward-looking.It is not too much to say that he helped to change the face of evangelicalism internationally, arguing for the necessity of ‘holistic’ mission that applied the Gospel of Jesus to every area of life, including social and political questions. But he will be remembered most warmly as an expositor of scripture and a teacher of the faith, whose depth and simplicity brought doctrine alive in all sorts of new ways.

Rev. Stott, who was based for many years at All Souls, a large Anglican church in central London, was arguably second only in influence in the growth of evangelicalism to the US preacher Billy Graham.

Mr Graham responded to news that he had died on Wednesday night, saying:

The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisers. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to heaven.

Simon Hughes, the Welsh-raised deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

John Stott was one of the best preachers and teachers in the Christian church in England in the last 50 years. Many people came to faith or stronger faith directly as a result of his leadership. Many young people found John a great guide, friend and inspiration.

And I completely agree. He was and is definitely an inspiration to me as a studying theologian, an Anglican, and more importantly, as a Christian.

The Church in Wales also has a lot to thank Rev. Stott for; the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales (EFCW) was founded in March 1967 at the Hookses, Rev. Stott’s house in Pembrokeshire.

I’m sure he will be missed, but this Christian legend will continue to have such an impact on the evangelical world. Indeed, I’m sure God will still use him, whilst departed from this earth, to bring people to eternal salvation in Jesus. What an honour. I can’t say how much I agree with Billy Graham in saying that I cannot wait to meet him in heaven and have a chat with him.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about