Wednesday, April 25, 2007

John Stott


A few days ago I bought a DVD teaching series by John Stott on the The Bible and The Christian Life. Six Lessons on the authority, interpretation and use of Scripture. When I was a new believer, two authors really helped me out. One was Josh McDowall and his "Evidence that Demands A Verdict Vol. I and II" and the other was John Stott and two smaller books called "Understanding The Bible" and "Basic Christianity". At the time, I was taking advanced level chemistry classes but my mind had a hard time wrapping around basic theology. But with Stott's books, I didn't have any problems with. Perhaps because they were only 100 or so pages long. Mentally, that was a lot less intimidating.

I have Stott's biography waiting to be read. I was looking forward to hearing him speak at Urbana a few years ago, but he was sick. So, now I have the DVD and even though I got a pretty good grasp on the subject, it would be nice just to see and hear Stott teach.


Here is what Billy Graham says of Stott:




John Stott
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Teacher of The Faith By BILLY
GRAHAM

JILLIAN EDELSTEIN FOR TIME
FROM THE TIME
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My association and friend-ship with the Rev. Dr. John Stott began in 1954,
when we were both young men. I was an unknown evangelist, and John and the
church he led at All Souls, Langham Place, gave our team an unreserved welcome
before our first crusade in London and helped with my ministry at Oxford and
Cambridge. He became one of my closest friends, advisers and confidants.

In the early '60s, John created the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican
Communion. From the outset, it offered training scholarships in the West to
potential future leaders in Asia, Africa and South America—many of whom took up
high positions when they returned to their own countries. Today they are in
charge of church movements with millions of members; John's work is a
significant factor in the explosive growth of Christianity in parts of the Third
World.

Despite numerous opportunities to be appointed bishop, archbishop or to
head some of the world's finest theological seminaries, John Stott, 84, has held
true to what he sees as a wider calling—the equipping of leaders in countries
where resources and experience are limited. His provision of theological books
for these regions is financed in large measure with the royalties from his
considerable—and popular—writings. The modesty of his lifestyle is evidenced in
the simplicity of his living quarters, limited to a two-room flat in London's
West End, and a renovated farm on the Welsh coast, where he has written his
books.

I can't think of anyone who has been more effective in introducing so many
people to a biblical world view. He represents a touchstone of authentic
biblical scholarship that, in my opinion, has scarcely been paralleled since the
days of the 16th century European Reformers.


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