John R. W. Stott went to be with the Lord early this morning (3:15 PM London time, 2:15 AM New Zealand time). Stott was one of the most influential evangelicals of the last century, leading an evangelical resurgence in England and shaping the faith of Christians worldwide through his writing and preaching.
The news was announced on the the website of All Souls Langham Place, the church where he served as reactor and curate. President of John Stott Ministries, Benjamin Homan, said that Stott’s family and close friends were at his bedside reading Scripture and listening to Handel’s Messiah when he passed away. Stott was aged 90.
Here are some of the tributes to the man whose passion for Christ and the cross of Christ has impacted so many:
“Uncle John, was a great influence in my own theological development. His commitment to biblical orthodoxy, global mission and unity in the body of Christ were foundational in my own spiritual journey.” – Geoff Tunnicliffe
“The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen. I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven.” – Billy Graham
“I am grateful to God for giving us this scholarly gentleman, full of grace and biblical determination. His last book, published only a year or so ago, The Radical Disciple is a testimony to a man who maintained his biblical convictions to the very end.” – Derek Thomas
“I consider John Stott the sanest, clearest, and most solidly biblical living writer on theological topics in the English language.” – Mark Noll
“His leadership was effective because of his personal integrity and his Christian life. People who knew him always came back to these points. He was known all over the world, but when you met him he was a most devout, humble Christian man. His private life was no different from his public life. It was the same person. That’s another way to say that he had integrity. There was no posing.” – David Wells
“In an evangelical world tempted to rely on proof texts and emotive stories, Stott drilled down deep into Scripture to display its power. Many people, hearing Stott preach for the first time, said they had never heard the Bible expounded with such clarity and depth. His passion was to learn what God said, and to let it shape life. Stott’s preaching and writing renewed faith in the inspiration of Scripture—not only because he defended it, but because he displayed it.” – Tim Stafford
Langham Partnership have posted a brief memorial video of his life:
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There were will be a New Zealand memorial service at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 446 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland (further details to come).