I was saddened to learn today of the death of the Rev. Dr. John R.W. Stott, an Anglican priest, Biblical scholar, and a living example of generous-spirited evangelical Christianity whose ministry will have a lasting impact upon my life, and that of my family for years to come.
In the nascent years of an adult awakening to the reality of Christian discipleship, Stott’s book, “Basic Christianity” provided me with a solid framework for the development of a clear understanding of the power of the Gospel to transform human life radically for the better.
Over the years I have respected Stott’s emphatic concern for evangelicalism to reclaim its heritage of engagement with the social issues of the day. Post modern evangelicals like Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne, and Brian McLaren, stand on the shoulders of this wise and tested pastor and theologian.
I have fond memories of my father, The Rev. Canon David Lord, reading Stott’s The Cross of Christ, what many consider to be Stott’s magnum opus, a summing up of the Anglican evangelical tradition seasoned by the mature characteristics of a “generous orthodoxy.”
John Stott leaves a remarkable legacy for those who seek to follow God in the way of Christ today. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
The John R.W. Stott Memorial web site can be found here.