John Stott (1921–2011)

John Stott passed into eternal glory this morning. He was 90 years old. Stott was a bachelor, a hard worker from what I hear, a prolific writer, and a well-respected pastor. I am grateful to God for this man for many different reasons, perhaps most for helping his generation better appreciate the theological significance of our Savior’s death.

While in Wheaton, IL a few years back and touring the Billy Graham museum I noticed Graham’s personal underlined copy of The Cross of Christ was on display. I took a picture of the book (it was behind glass).

This picture gives me chills. What influence Stott was entrusted with for the glory of the Savior!

I’m thankful to God for his life and legacy.

I Believe in Preaching

John Stott, I Believe in Preaching (1982), page 69:

It is difficult to imagine the world in the year A.D. 2000, by which time versatile micro-processors are likely to be as common as simple calculators are today. We should certainly welcome the fact that the silicon chip will transcend human brain-power, as the machine has transcended human muscle-power. Much less welcome will be the probable reduction of human contact as the new electronic network renders personal relationships ever less necessary. In such a dehumanized society the fellowship of the local church will become increasingly important, whose members meet one another, and talk and listen to one another in person rather than on screen. In this human context of mutual love the speaking and hearing of the Word of God is also likely to become more necessary for the preservation of our humanness, not less.

The Living Church by John Stott

Book announcement
The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor
by John Stott

“Young pastors with a love for Jesus’ church will be blessed by this timely gift from one of the most important evangelical voices.” Mark Driscoll, pastor, Mars Hill Church, and president, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

“Vintage Stott: faithful, rigorous biblical exposition; crystal clarity; challenging contemporary applications with plenty of punch; great wisdom.” Vaughan Roberts, author, God’s Big Picture

“I have relied on John Stott’s books for decades as both guides to practice and nourishment to belief. Our church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, has attempted to incarnate all that I, and a generation or more of Christians, have learned from him. This new book promises to be just as helpful in navigating modern controversies and issues.” Dr. Timothy Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City