John Stott RIP

THE DEATH OF JOHN STOTT is undoubtedly a massive loss to the world of Christian bookselling and publishing as well as to the wider church. Please feel welcome to post any tributes to him here.

Liz Cook writes:

I just wanted to post on the news of the death yesterday of the Rev. Dr John Stott – known to many of us who were/are at All Souls’ Langham Place as ‘Uncle John’.

He taught me to read the Bible intelligently, to spend time each day with God, to read Christian books – in short to be a ‘thinking Christian’ and to use my brain. His love for the Lord was apparent, whether he was preaching at the annual doctors’ service in All Souls or simply having a chat with a very new Christian.

My husband was introduced to John on a hillside in Keswick in July 1973. When Rob told him he was coming to London to work in September John said ‘you must come to my church’. Rob duly turned up at All Souls and after the service John greeted him by name! This small gesture led to Rob returning the following Sunday and giving his life to Christ soon afterwards.

Rob was instrumental in bringing me to the Lord and so the story continues. Many well known people became Christians as a result of John’s teaching – and many ordinary people did as well. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

6 thoughts on “John Stott RIP

  1. Cross posted from the Facebook page of GLO General Director, Stephen McQuoid.

    I want to pay tribute to John Stott who died today. One of the most outstanding evangelicals of our time. I heard him preach only half a dozen times, but always great and a truly humble man of God. His books have also inspired Christians around the world, myself included.

    We received an order from France for ‘The Radical Disciple’ this morning. As the KJV would say – ‘….he being dead, yet speaketh.’

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  6. I would like to remember John Stott with gratitude for his willingness to go on record twenty or so years ago with his tentative embrace of conditional immortality, an alternative view of the doctrine of hell. The truly dreadful doctrine of eternal conscious punishment had always been an area of extraordinary difficulty for me, and the realisation that there were other ways of understanding the nature of hell that were being opened up by someone with such weight in the evangelical world was of huge help.

    Eventually the debate (now rather forgotten in the new debate over Rob Bell’s book) led to the recognition by the Evangelical Alliance in the U.K. of conditional immortality as a ‘significant minority evangelical view’. It’s interesting that Francis Chan, in ‘Escaping Hell’ his recent rather predictable response to Rob Bell, seems to grudgingly allow the possibility of conditional immortality as a way of understanding the duration of hell, and I suspect we have John Stott to thank for that.

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