John Stott has been described as “a renaissance man with a reformation theology,” intelligent and humble, with a passion for evangelism, Christian unity, and social justice – including care for the world’s poor and the environment.
He was not a great orator, but as Sydney Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen put it, “he spoke with such a spiritual vibrancy [in preaching] that you could immediately tell that the biblical text was shaping … his walk with God.”
John Stott was also the author of some 50 books, among them Basic Christianity, The Cross of Christ, and Issues Facing Christians Today (now in its fourth edition). Chris Wright, Director of Langham Partnership International, which Stott founded to assist Christians in the developing world, said “his books have challenged and nourished millions of Christians into a balanced and thinking biblical faith.”
If anyone consistently modelled what it means to “advance a Christian perspective” in the world today (the mission statement of the NSW Council of Churches), it was John Stott.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, Sunday 31 July 2011.