John Robert Walmsley Stott CBE (27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011) was an English Christian leader and Anglican

cleric who was noted as a leader of the worldwide Evangelical movement. He was one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974. In 2005,Time magazine ranked Stott among the [1] 100 most influential people in the world.
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1 Life

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1.1 Childhood and family 1.2 University and theological college 1.3 Ministry 1.4 Retirement 1.5 Death

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2 Influence

1.5.1 Posthumous tributes

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2.1 Writing 2.2 Anglican evangelicalism 2.3 Honours 2.4 Controversy

3 Personal life 4 Bibliography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

[edit]Life [edit]Childhood

and family

Stott was born in London to Sir Arnold and Emily Stott. Sir Arnold Stott was a leading physician at Harley Street and an agnostic, while his wife was a Lutheran churchgoer who attended the nearby Church of England church, All Souls, Langham Place. Stott was sent to boarding school at eight years old—initially [2] [3] prep school at Oakley Hall. In 1935, he went on to Rugby School. While at Rugby School in 1938, Stott heard the Reverend Eric Nash (nicknamed "Bash") deliver a sermon [4] entitled "What Then Shall I Do with Jesus, Who Is Called the Christ?" After this talk, Nash pointed Stott to Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Stott later described the impact this verse had upon him as follows:

[edit]Ministry Stott was ordained in 1945 and went on to become a curate at All Souls Church. 'Seeing ourselves and Roman Catholics [7] as fellow-Christians. I realise that that simple step has changed the entire direction. and was appointed "Rector Emeritus". on the other side of the door. a retirement community forAnglican clergy but remained as Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church. in response to increasing demands on his time from outside the All Souls congregation. I went to church. ."Here. Langham Place (1945– [6] 1950) then rector (1950–75). I was holding Christ at arm's length. Following his chairmanship of the second National Evangelical Anglican Congress in April 1977. At university. While in this position he became increasingly influential on a national and international basis. which claimed. Stott was mentored by Bash. This was the church in which he had grown up. In 1975 he resigned as Rector. advising him on how to develop and grow in his Christian life. He registered as a conscientious objector. and tried to be good and do good. [edit]University and theological college Stott studied modern languages at Trinity College. I had been baptized. In 1974 he founded the Langham Partnership International (known as John Stott Ministries in the US). he appointed a vicar of All Souls. read my Bible. I knew that to open the door might have momentous consequences. often without realising it. to train for ordination as an Anglican cleric. [5] course and quality of my life. Looking back now over more than fifty years. Cambridge where he graduated with a double first in French and theology. This aroused controversy [8] amongst evangelicals at the time [edit]Retirement Stott announced his retirement from public ministry in April 2007 at the age of 86. But all the time. who wrote a weekly letter to him. of which he remained honorary president until his death. After Trinity he transferred to Ridley Hall Theological College. most notably being a key player in the 1966-67 dispute about the appropriateness of evangelicals remaining in the Church of England. is the crucial question which we have been leading up to. we repent of attitudes that have seemed to deny it'. I am profoundly grateful to him for enabling me to open the door. the Nottingham statement was published. where the executive committee considered him too invaluable a person to be asked to commit his time by joining the committee. I had regularly struggled to say my prayers through the key-hole. He took up residence in The College of St Barnabas. he was active in the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU). and in which he spent almost his whole life. In 1970. and keeping him outside. to enable himself to work on other projects. had high ideals. For. Cambridge. as well as practicalities such as leading the Christian Union at his school. Lingfield. apart from a few years spent in Cambridge. I had believed in Jesus all my life. and in 1982 the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Surrey. he remained at the church. intellectually speaking. I had even pushed pennies under the door in a vain attempt to pacify him. Have we ever opened our door to Christ? Have we ever invited him in? This was exactly the question which I needed to have put to me. and the then vicar was appointed in his place. yes and confirmed as well. then.

and I have lost one of my close personal [10] friends and advisors. to the fastest growing part of world Christianity that it is today. During a long life of unsparing service and witness." (Billy Graham) "The death of John Stott will be mourned by countless Christians throughout the world. An obituary in Christianity Today reported that his death was due to age-related complications and that he had been in discomfort for several weeks. His remarkable ministry spanned the whole of the second half of the century and even in his eighties he was making an impact on the 21st. whether in person or through his many books. (November 2011) Stott died on 27 July 2011 at the College of St Barnabas in Lingfield at 3:15pm local time. fostered and strengthened can be read in the biographical pages of this website. arguing for the necessity of 'holistic' mission that applied the Gospel of Jesus to every area of life. His books have challenged and nourished millions of Christians into a balanced and thinking biblical faith.Archbishop of Canterbury) "It will not be possible to write the history of the church in the 20th century without reference to John Stott. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven. The obituary described him as "An architect of 20th-century evangelicalism [who] shaped the faith of a [10] generation. whose depth and simplicity brought [14] doctrine alive in all sorts of new ways. Obituaries were published in the Daily Telegraph and the New York Times. Without ever compromising his firm evangelical faith." His status was such that his death was reported in the secular media. His leadership of the evangelical movement. His legacy through the global impact of the Langham Partnership International and the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity is incalculable. Please help improve the article byediting it to take facts from excessively quoted material and rewrite them as sourced original prose. a superb communicator and a sensitive and skilled counsellor." (Rowan Williams. The BBC referred to him as someone who could "explain complex theology in a way lay people could easily [11] [12][13] understand". He was surrounded by family and close friends and they were reading the Bible and listening to Handel's [9][10] Messiah when he peacefully died. including social and political questions. But he will be remembered most warmly as an expositor of scripture and a teacher of the faith. he showed himself willing to challenge some of the ways in which that faith had become conventional or inward-looking. He was a man of rare graciousness and deep personal kindness. . was a major factor in moving it from rather narrow-minded fundamentalism after the Second World War. both in the Anglican Communion and in wider interdenominational settings. [edit]Posthumous tributes Tributes were immediately paid to Stott by a number of leaders and other figures within the Christian community: "The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen. John won a unique place in the hearts of all who encountered him. It is not too much to say that he helped to change the face of evangelicalism internationally. Consider transferring direct quotations to Wikiquote.[edit]Death This section contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. The list of movements and institutions he founded.

St. . He had a humble mind and a gracious spirit. Korean or Spanish. he was one of the greatest leaders God has given to his people. but his Christian character was a model of truth and godliness. United States. and yet at the same time. Like Moses. College Church. Sydney. New York Times columnist David Brooks cited Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center as saying [22] that "if evangelicals could elect a pope. He was a pastor-teacher whose books and preaching not only became the gold standard for expository teaching. Canada. a book which seeks to explain the message of Christianity. Stott is the person they would likely choose. [20] . Asia and Latin America. . and convince its readers of its truth and importance. [edit]Influence Stott has had considerable influence in evangelicalism. One of these is Basic Christianity (ISBN 0-87784-690-1). correspondent. He remained celibate his whole life." [edit]Writing He wrote over 50 books." (Justin Brierly.a much loved friend. It was reported that the church was full with [19] people queuing for a considerable time before the service started. Wheaton. London. Auckland. [18] [9] Stott's funeral was on 8 August 2011 at All Souls' Church. [21] Paul's Bloor Street. . [17] Premier Radio Presenter. writing in Christianity Magazine) Further tributes from current and former clergy at All Souls' Church were also published. Toronto. lived modestly. John Stott Ministries) "We are deeply grateful for this long publishing partnership and friendship with one of the most influential and beloved evangelical leaders for the past half-century. President. and poured royalties from book sales into the work of raising up church leaders in developing countries." (Chris Wright. Stott continued to exert enormous influence on global Christianity. a walking embodiment of the simple beauty of Jesus. We will miss 'Uncle John' but we celebrate his life and writings as an extraordinary testimony of one who was abundantly faithful to his Lord Jesus Christ. . he was simply 'Uncle John' . He was instrumental in framing the 1974 Lausanne Covenant . . Australia. however. Memorial services for Stott were held at St Paul's Cathedral." (Bob Fryling. to whose prayers we will never know how much we owe. John Stott was not only revered. [15] Langham Partnership International Director) "I think he set an impeccable example for leaders of ministries of handing things over to other leaders. .For the vast majority of people whose lives he influenced profoundly. He imparted to many a love for the global church and imparted a passion for biblical fidelity and a love for the [10] Saviour. St Andrew's Cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral. he was loved. In a November 2004 editorial on Stott. for all of us who knew him. as well as in cities across Africa. one of the humblest men on the face of the earth. whom he loved above all else. Illinois. some of which appear only in Chinese. InterVarsity [16] Press publisher) "Stott is credited with leading the post-war resurgence of the British evangelical movement. and brother. as well as many articles and papers. As well as inspiring generations of evangelical within and beyond the Church of England he worked in partnership with Billy Graham in his groundbreaking UK missions from the 1950s onwards . He was. New Zealand. A memorial website remembrance book attracted comments from over 1000 individuals." (Benjamin Homan. After retiring .

He was also the author of The Cross of Christ (ISBN 0-87784-998-6). rejecting the [24] separationist approach proposed by Lloyd-Jones. The following year saw the first National Evangelical Anglican Congress. he continued to engage in regular writing until his death:  In 2008. He was chairing the National Assembly of Evangelicals in 1966. which act as a summation of his thinking. [edit]Honours Stott was appointed a Chaplain to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1959 and. In 2005. he produced The Anglican Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism with J. they undoubtedly caused the two groupings to adopt diametrically opposed positions.   In 2007. Although there is an ongoing debate as to the exact nature of Lloyd-Jones's views. essential for evangelicalism. [edit]Anglican evangelicalism Stott played a key role as a leader of evangelicalism within the Church of England. evangelical Anglicans committed themselves to full participation in the Church of England. At this conference. on his retirement in [27] 1991. Upon his formal retirement from public engagements. a dialogue with the liberal cleric and theologian David L. and evangelical Anglicans regarded Stott similarly. and was regarded as instrumental in persuading evangelicals to play an active role in the Church of England rather than leaving for exclusively evangelical denominations. These positions. though not scheduled as a speaker that evening. he saw the launch of what would explicitly be his final book: The Radical Disciple. at the age of 88. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in [26] . Edwards. as Stott. I. These two conferences effectively fixed the direction of a large part of the British evangelical community. The two leaders publicly disagreed. [23] An introduction to his thought can be found in his two final substantial publications. a convention organised by the Evangelical Alliance. which was held at Keele University. Both were published by the publishing house with which he had a lifelong association. This view was motivated by a belief that true Christian fellowship requires evangelical views on central topics such as the atonement and the inspiration of Scripture. and the resulting [25] split. Lloyd-Jones was a key figure to many in the Free Churches. It concludes with a poignant farewell and appeal for his legacy to be continued through the work of the Langham Partnership International. saying that his opinion went against history and the Bible. continue largely unchanged to this day. "No [citation needed] other treatment of this supreme subject says so much so truly and so well. In January 2010. of which J. an Extra Chaplain. Packer stated. when Martyn Lloyd-Jones made an unexpected call for evangelicals to unite together as evangelicals and no longer within their 'mixed' denominations. used his role as chairman to refute Lloyd-Jones. his reflections on the life of the church: The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor. Alec Motyer. he produced Evangelical Truth. over whether what Evangelicals hold as essential should be seen as such. largely due to Stott's influence. which summarises what he perceives as being the central claims of Christianity. There were two major events where he played a key role in this regard." Other books he wrote include Essentials. IVP.

[edit]Controversy Stott publicly espoused the idea of annihilationism." Stott's favourite relaxation was birdwatching. but held to it somewhat tentatively. insisting only that it be accepted as a legitimate evangelical option: "the ultimate annihilation of the wicked should at least be accepted as a [30] legitimate. although to be sure God is faithful in supporting those He calls. He said." This led to a heated debate within mainstream evangelical Christianity: some writers criticised Stott in very strong terms while others [31] supported his views. He received a number of honorary doctorates. "The gift of singleness is more a vocation than an [32] empowerment. He was not dogmatic about this position.the New Year Honours 2006. [edit]Personal [28] life Stott remained celibate his entire life. although he did not believe they should be in positions of headship. [33] . which is the belief that hell is incineration into non[29] existence. as well as a Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity. Stott also supported the ordination of women deacons and presbyters. rather than everlasting conscious torment (the traditional Evangelical approach). biblically founded alternative to their eternal conscious torment. his book The Birds Our Teachers draws on this interest.

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