Evangelical leaders in Brazil have joined the chorus of voices around the globe mourning and commenting on the death of one of the greatest evangelical leaders the world has ever seen, John Stott.
Church leaders from Brazil have reacted to the news of his death by describing Stott as providing the world with one of the greatest commentaries on the book of Romans ever; alongside theological legends such as Martin Luther and Karl Barth.
Evangelist and Biblical scholar John Stott passed away Wednesday afternoon in England. The respected evangelical leader has left behind a host of close friends and bothers-in-Christ in Brazil, who have described Stott to The Christian Post as a “spiritual leader and friend.” more >>
“I’m not certain that John Stott would want people to remember him,” said John Stott Ministries President Benjamin Homan.
Those puzzling words about the man described as the architect of the evangelical movement in the 20th century make sense when you talk to more people who knew him. One of the most popular words used to describe Stott, who passed away Wednesday aged 90, is humble.
“Over and over again as people have described their interactions with John Stott, it is one of humility, and one of not pointing people to himself but to Jesus,” Homan said from Colorado. “The ministries that he began were never about promoting his works or his teachings. They have been about drawing the Church’s attention to the work of Christ around the world, how the Church is growing and how it needs to grow in depth and maturity around the world. I think he will be remembered as a global Christian.” more >>
The journalist who famously described John Stott as the presumptive “pope” of the evangelicals also complained that the world knew so little about the man who had won exceptional honors and was celibate, humble, articulate, and once even controversial.
“The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors,” said Billy Graham, paying tribute to the Rev. John Robert Walmsley Stott, who died at the age of 90 Wednesday.
A year before Time magazine ranked John Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005, Jewish journalist David Brooks from The New York Times said the reason “why so many people are so misinformed about evangelical Christians” in America is that their critics, namely the media and the Democrats, could not identify “authentic representatives” of the global evangelical movement, pointing to Stott. more >>
Although John Stott has left this earth and gone to his eternal reward, there will be something of John that will remain in the hearts and minds of the many thousands of people who have met him, heard him speak or read his books.
Among his greatest legacies is the building of solid foundations for evangelical Christians to proclaim of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, and his ability to do so while also building bridges of Christian unity.
When Stott and Billy Graham first met in 1946 at the end of World War II the world was in ruins physically, emotionally and spiritually. The truths of the Bible were doubted by many church leaders. Most evangelicals were a despised minority in Western Europe and the United States. Both men set out to proclaim the biblical Gospel boldly. Both were faithful to their call. Both worked together in their different spheres for the next sixty years. more >>
Evangelical Christian leaders from around the world are mourning the death of evangelical figure John Stott, who died Wednesday at the age of 90.
Stott, known for shaping 20th century evangelicalism through his writing and preaching, died 3:15 p.m. in his retirement home at St. Barnabas College, located 30 miles away from London. He was surrounded by his longtime secretary Frances Whitehead and close friends who read Scriptures and listened to Handel's "Messiah" when he passed.
An Anglican theologian from the U.K., Stott was the chief architect of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant and the author of over 50 Christian books in which he took complex theology and explained it in a way lay people could understand. One of his most popular books was Basic Christianity (1958), which has been translated into more than 60 languages, according to Christian book publisher InterVarsity Press. He has also influenced millions of Christians through other well-known titles including Christ the Controversialist (1970), Issues Facing Christians Today (1984) and the one he always considered his best: The Cross of Christ (1986). more >>
World-renowned evangelist and Biblical scholar John Stott died Wednesday at 3.15 p.m. local time in London (10.15 a.m. EST), according to John Stott Ministries President Benjamin Homan.
Homan has reported that Stott’s death has come following a few weeks of discomfort, and that the death was simply related to complications related to old age.
Stott, who died at 90, retired from public ministry in 2007 when he was 86 years old. He spent his retirement in the College of St. Barnabas, Lingfield, which is a residence for retired Anglican clergy. more >>