A remembrance of John Stott

Below is an interview with Alistar Chapman whose book, Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement, has just been published.  The book is a bit too pricey to buy, but I’ll get a copy when I can at the library.

I remember the first time I heard John Stott preach. It was at the missionary convention sponsored by Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Urbana, 1967. I was a college freshman.

When John Stott spoke each day of the Book of Second Timothy, I was stunned. I had never heard such preaching, and ever since, Stott has been a rich resource for me. He is the example of a broad, main stream evangelical churchman – irenic, intelligent, courageous, Christ centered and Bible focused. He was an Anglican his entire life but served Christ far beyond denominational boundaries. He sought the center even as he practiced his faith as a member of the Church of England. It’s hard to imagine Stott getting caught up in the minutiae of the multitude of internecine strife that afflicts the body of Christ.

He had he moxie to not be moved by Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ separatism. Lloyd-Jones was a fierce force in his day and his full Calvinism and separationism seemed to carry the day among evangelicals in the UK. Lloyd-Jones’ refusal to support the Billy Graham Crusade was a sort of demarcation line. But Stott just seemed to move ahead without rancor or public reference to the inter-tribal disputes.  I look forward to finding out more about this part of his journey in Chapman’s book.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/35502975?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”220″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/35502975″>Alister Chapman</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/oakhillcollege”>Oak Hill College</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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