The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Tributes

Remembrance Book

It is amazing how God used one man to touch the lives of so many people throughout the world. LICC's remembrance book allows the friends of John Stott to express their joy and memories of his life, What are your personal memories of John and his impact?

 

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My wife Eileen and I live in Winnipeg. In 2003 John Stott visited our city on a cross-Canada tour with Chris Wright. I took the day off work in the export grain industry, to chauffeur John to various functions. I cannot describe the blessing of those 36 hours. I was already a fan of John's wonderful writing. But to meet this humble, kind, generous, warm, man of God, was a blessing my wife and I will cherish forever. And we got to hear him expound the Scriptures too! We were doubly blessed! Thank you for this chance to share our happy memory, John Dean

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    2013-11-14 17:08:28

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    John Dean

Uncle John, as he was commonly called by many of us, was an inspirational man who knew and lived God's Word. I came to know him in person in 1998 when I attended the CMW at LICC that changed my devotional life and I will never forgot his down to earth lifestyle and teaching. Being invited to his house with Jennipher, my wife, a few years after our first meeting impacted our lives and ministry in a way that we will ever be grateful. He was indeed a servant who lived such a simple life that challenges the prevailing arrogance, selfishness and a lack of servanthood among many of us preahcers in today's world. Uncle John, we are thankful to God that we were privileged to have met you and our lives nad ministry forever changed.

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    2012-09-29 09:42:55

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    Enocent Silwamba

My father, Daniel Collier, quietly and out of his professional accountancy skills assisted John and the church at All Souls' with the financing of the Crypt renovation in the 60's, when the marvellous inverted arches were discovered. We knew Dad was involved and the excitement over this project. We also heard of Dad's admiration for John and his ministry. We did not know till after Dad's death in 1990 that this was Dad's gift, a response from his own Christian faith. When John came to speak at a book signing in Cambridge in the 90's I queued to have a word with him and to get my copy signed! I wanted to convey how much it meant to my mother that he had written so movingly after my father had died. She had been so moved to receive this letter from John with such a glowing tribute to my Dad. John's face shone at the mention of Daniel Collier's name and he added many words about his love and regard for him. The queue was long but at this moment the conversation seemed as important to John as it did to me, as if he had all the time on the world to focus on this one special person. It was a 'sacrament of the present moment' which I will never forget. Thank you God for such a man as this.

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    2012-01-10 17:48:08

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    Revd Deborah McVey

I met Uncle John at LICC in fall 2000 for the CMW course. I had read some books by him, and meeting this especially blessed missionary was a rebirth for me. It is when I got to know that I am one of the many millions that he called his children around the world. And in our close moments he called me Prophet Jeremiah. His deeply inspiring expose of the Bible and description of the World that is our mission space was a great inheritance at his feet. He did inspire me to write my experiences into memoirs, and I would have asked him to do a foreword. I have quoted him. Time with him not only helped you to understand the mind of God, but also to worship God through His creation. Eleven years after we last met, I still cherish the vivid memories of fellowship at LICC. And what changed me at LICC? I was moved to change career focus into humanitarian industry, working with non- Christian needy people, and eleven years later, I have grown in faith, and risen to head major operations for World Vision in the Horn of Africa, with the skills learnt at LICC on double listening. He has been so fruitful influential in the spiritual lives of many, tha his resting becomes a new beginning of teaching without speaking. His God is my God: the Contemporary Christ!

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    2011-11-03 19:05:09

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    Jeremiah Mwai Kibanya, Kenya

It was such a pleasurable learning experience to learn under John Stott. I was a fresh college grad from a small Bible college in the Berkshires (Massachusetts, USA) whenI attended LICC in 1986. He taught me how important it is to remember a persons name, even today I haven't come near to mastering his skill, but I do try. He was such a Godly man..I was in awe of his love for God and God's creation. I remember hearing that many a woman had her eye on him his whole life, but he claimed that God needed his whole attention for God's work. His openness about his personal life, celibacy, remaining pure, and dating...impressed me as a young Christian woman. Many years later I met him at a talk in Lexington Massachusetts at Grace Chapel that I attended with my dad, and John remembered my name immediately. I was very touched. The world is a better place bc of John....unfortunately they broke the mold after they made him.

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    2011-10-24 10:22:25

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    Paula Brueggemann (Spencer)

It was in 2004 tat I met Uncle John after 7years of reading some of his books that made enormous impact on me and challenged my worldview. After I met him, I was challenged again by the double listening mindset and your mind matters. That literally kicked me out of the box I had been staying for nearly a decade of becoming a Christian. It was such a great privilege. His Life and works will linger on I believe till the Lord returns. His works will follow him.

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    2011-10-20 19:11:22

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    Victor Obeng

John’s hospitality was a constant and, like himself, quiet, generous and without any imposition. My first experience of this was as a volunteer counsellor for Care and Counsel, the Christian counselling agency he encouraged Myra Chave Jones to set up, with support from six London churches. Those of us involved in early days, sometimes met in John’s flat to pray for the emerging organisation and those in need of its help. He was President, but faithful as ever, glad to share in the essential prayer base. Around the same time my flat mate recounted John’s generosity with his house in Wales where she had been for a group holiday for folk from All Souls. Much later, newly widowed, I experienced brotherly kindness and understanding at Pilgrim’s Hall on a LICC arts focussed holiday retreat. He also showed the slides that eventually became the pictures in The Birds our Teachers and we heard his delight in the variety and beauty of the Lord’s creations. The inner stillness and patience required for effective bird photography were apparent in John spiritually as well as through his hobby. For many, his teaching, wisdom, and clear sighted challenges came as an answer to their prayers for understanding or increase in faith. He contributed all those to my life. In a delightful and memorable way, God also used him to answer a simple prayer while I was on the C.S. Lewis course LICC organised in London and Oxford. Located in the same hall of residence as I, was a needy, unhappy course member, who would catch me on my way up or down the stairs, for long drawn out harangues. I spent some time each day alongside, endeavouring to shift perspective. The course finished with a special dinner. Dreading this discontent as my companion for the meal, I prayed for an alternative. I escaped the building uncaught, and in the dining hall found myself in the penultimate chair of a long table. There was still room for my problem to continue, but, unwittingly, I had chosen to sit opposite two of John’s long-standing friends. “Is it all right if I join you here?” John asked with typical humility. Lively discussion ensued. Truly an answer to prayer! John’s gentle humour, kindness and steadfastness remain as enduring memories of a great man, who never seemed fully to recognise what the Lord’s grace had accomplished in him.

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    2011-10-17 11:50:24

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    Claire Wendelken

Unforgettable memories i cherished when i was in LICC 1995. Uncle John loved calling me as little birdie...still those words of love linger in my heart and thoughts. How can i forget the treasure i earned at LICC through his teachings and his special concern for me.

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    2011-09-27 12:09:49

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    susana subash

Jeni and I heard the news of Uncle John's death with mixed emotion: sad because we have parted, proud in remembering his achievement, and a big question "what kind of world without John Stott?". He might not remember both of us, eventhough I have had personal interaction with him. Only two times of interactions with this "giant of faith" but the memory stays forever. In 1995/96 Jeni and I lived in London and regularly churched at All Souls where he led. During my study at UCL, Jeni attended the CMW (Christian In the Modern World) founded by John Stott. One day I attended a short course there with John Stott as the speaker. In 1995 John Stott was 75 years, he was already a famous person in the UK and all over the world and I am "just an Indonesian student who live in London". I was surprised when during the break, Uncle John approached me and started a question and a talk and asked me to sit in the same table during lunch time, only the two of us. Uncle John did not "lecture" me during lunch, instead he asked an listened. Can you imagine how I felt, who am I that a world renowned reached out to me and made himself available to listen to me. The second time when we attended the service with him preaching, there were many from overseas visitors to shake hand with him after the service and we queued, and when we shook hands, he again invited us to have tea in his apartment. Certainly this was a private invitation that I could not decline. I heard that this was his habit to reach out to new people. So we came at the designated time and were with about 4 others from different countries in the tea time. John Stott's apartment was simple, in line with his humbleness. At the tea time, he didn't talk much. Every one of us was asked to share and he would summarize with a few words and he closed with a prayer. I don't know how many times during his life time he had done this proactive act to reach out to others, foreigners who he met in his ministry, ordinary people compared to his achievement. The unknown reached out by the well-known, that's John Stott. The small thing that he has done is a great unforgettable thing in my life. The Lord has allowed me to meet a role model of Christ likeness. To describe John Stott this is what I would summarize 'Loving God, Humble and Great Achiever.' John Stott died and returned to meet the LORD that he had served. He didn't leave a descendent or wealth, but memories, role-model, changing lives and writings that I believe would be read by many even when after he died. Good bye Uncle John, may your example be the inspiration for many across generations and in this age and the ages to come...."

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    2011-09-17 14:59:21

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    Antonius and Jeni Tanan

It has been a wonderful privilege to have been able to sit under the ministry of John Stott at All Souls LP since the mid 1970s; to have been able to attend many of his 'Saturday Specials' at St Peter's Vere Street and to have followed his August sermon series at All Souls over the years. His emphasis on 'thinking Christianly' in every situation was an important lesson for me to learn. His humility and approachability meant so much to so many of us. He lived under the shadow of the Cross of Christ and because of this we came to understand how important the Cross is to an individual's faith. My faith in Christ has been greatly enriched through John Stott's ministry.

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    2011-08-18 23:16:14

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    Joy Lyons

I had the privilege to attend CMW course LICC in 1996 where I met Uncle John Stott for the first time. I was deeply impressed by his humbleness and simplicity that he left his dining table to come and meet me. I was so much blessed by his lectures at CMW specially on "hermaneutics and double authority of the Bible". His books "Essentials for Evangelism","Issues facing Christianity" are very helpful to me. His writings have impacted my life so much so that my attitude towards the other faith specially for Hindus have changed. After I came back to India, my zeal for the Gospel to Hindus have increased. I read his commentaries on Bible series. He is a great lover of the nature that he had shown videos on Birds in Falkland island during our course in LICC. Thank you Lord for such a wonderful witness for using him throughout the world.

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    2011-08-07 16:01:50

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    Ravikumar Kati

At Somerville College Oxford in 1962 someone lent me a copy of Basic Christianity and at last I came into a living relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, my friend and Lord of my life from that day to this. I went home and lent it to my sister who became a Christian and has spent her life on the mission field, and lent it to everyone who needed help in understanding the Christian faith, with incalculable results. Many years later my husband worked with Dr John Stott and I met this lovely, gracious man for myself. When I read his biography it helped me to understand my own father who was at Cambridge shortly before he was. I cannot overestimate the effect this man has had on my life and that of my family and friends. He showed the church how Christianity ought to be practised - please God let the lesson continue to be learned.

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    2011-08-06 18:14:30

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    Dr Hazel Lucas

The influence of Uncle John started many years before I meet him in person. As a student in theological college I came to appreciate his writings and this motivated me to go to LICC and do the CMW course in 2003. During my time at LICC we spent a lot time talking about his Zambia when he had come to teach at my former college. I enjoyed his classes and they have had a profound impact on my understanding and interpretation of issues. Ii learnt a lot from him. when reading his works you would encounter a theological gaint, but when you met him in person you come face to face with a fellow human being. I thank God for his life and the legacy that he has left behind.

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    2011-08-06 16:49:42

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    Martin Kapenda

21 years ago i met John Stott in Chennai & he helped me get the UK visa to attend the summer session at LICC. He one day invited me to have tea with him in his home in London not very far from the institute & the words of encouragement he gave & the confidence he instilled in me is so very fresh in my mind. Great servant of Jesus who tirelessly worked for the growth of Jesus Kingdom all over the world. He is now in a better place & his good work will continue. Praise god for the life of John Stott

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    2011-08-05 07:19:40

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    John Bennett Victor

John Stott, uncle John, was certainly a Christ-like man. I admired his integrity and faithfulness, and very especially the way he surrendered his life to God. Many people from all places around the world, including myself, were blessed and will continue to be blessed because of the choice he made to follow God's calling. He's truly an example to people all ages. Thank you God for his life. May we all learn from him. Yvonne Nunez, Dominican Republic. LICC alumnus

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    2011-08-05 02:13:19

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    Rossa Yvonne Nunez

I began to be blessed with the writings of John Stott when I was a teenager. John Stott Ministries benefited the Theological Seminary of Church of God in Brazil where I serve as Principal with many books for our library. Today, as a Christian minister and theology professor, I owe what I learned about the Christian faith to him. Besides being a fantastic writer and biblical expositor he was primarily a pastor/shepherd that looks like the Good Pastor/Shepherd. Thank you Uncle John because you blessed Brazil! John Stott is in heaven! Blessed he is! Sincerely in Him, in whose Grace John Stott rests!

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    2011-08-04 22:35:14

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    Rev Estevao Chiappetta

I happened to attend (from Ghana) the LICC program in 2000, I met John Stott in one of the sessions of the course, he was just a fantastic man of God whose knowledge of the word of God was beyond my understanding. He is such a great man of God and it is my prayer that the Lord God Almighty will find a better place of rest for him. May he rest in a perfect peace.

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    2011-08-04 16:06:39

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    Ebenezer Addai

In the summer of 1986 when working at St Aldates Coffee Shop in Oxford after my A' levels, a helpful friend introduced me to the gospel as it was explained by our dear brother John Stott in his book "Basic Christianity". For the first time in my life, through reading John's lucid explanation of sin and how the death of Jesus could atone for my sin, I finally understood what the gospel was. My two years' quest for life's meaning and who God was then came to an end as I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour. At Keswick 2000 I was glad to have the opportunity to thank John for his vital book and ministry and I'm sure that I'm one of millions who would join me in gratitude to him. Whilst John is now enjoying his heavenly rewards, the Christian and God-seeking community will continue to learn from one who 'yet dead, still speaketh'. Thank you Lord for putting Brother John Stott across my path!

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    2011-08-04 15:06:30

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    Verna Hammond

In 2001, God sent His message to me through John Stott's sermon in my crucial moment. And later I met Uncle John in person when I took the CMW course in 2004. I told him how God uses his words to heal me and I gave him a big hug with tears. All are so memorable. I will continue to learn listening to the Word, and listening to the world, dear Uncle John. My tribute to the godly man.

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    2011-08-04 14:50:57

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    Dorothy Wong

Just after LICC had started I and the other UCCF London staff were invited for a tour and to learn of the vision. I can't remember who spoke to us but I do remember that a little later John Stott came to speak with us. He enquired as to who I was and I explained. At this point to my utter amazement he apologised for not knowing me as he had been in the UCCF office many times where our photos were displayed. I was stunned by this Christlike humility. On a separate memory I remember us having a male staff retreat at the cottage in wales - again the generous provision of John. For me personally those few days were vital for my continuing student ministry. Indeed in him we saw Christ and it impacted our lives. May we all be inspired to show Jesus to others as John did to us.

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    2011-08-02 10:18:01

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    Daryl Jones

On January 23 1954 I gave my life to Christ at a Tom Rees ralley in the Albert Hall and was refered to All Souls. I was immediately drawn into their centre of teaching which included 'Nursery Classes' for young Christians, Confirmation classes and training for Christian work within the Church and Parish. During this latter class I had the joy of visiting the people of large tenament flats with Mr Stott and saw his love and gentleness at work among these less privileged folk. What a privilege to sit at John Stott's feet and be taught the most important things of life in a way that I could understand and which challenged the very depth of my Christian belief. In the holiday times when a student at Ridgelands Bible College I cooked and cleaned at the Rectory and so met John Stott in his home. Wherever he was and whatever he did his attitude was that of a courteous, Christian man with a great sense of humour and I admired him greatly. His was a life shared in every sense of the word and he will be greatly missed but never forgotten by those whose lives he touched throughout his long life.

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    2011-08-01 10:32:18

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    Jean Bird

His Vision for the Church in the Last days can be described amongst other ways as PROPHECTIC. A clear revelation, indicative of the Mind of God concerning. Its engagement with world. This He championed as a cause through his work at LICC. As a world citizen, in far away Africa-west, I have been greatly impacted by this work. I had hoped on meeting this great saint and minister in person, have him pray for me, hopefully annoint by the laying of hands, sending me to fulfill this vision in my region. May God continue to Bless his work in bringing to perfection that which HE has started through this great man of Faith.

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    2011-07-31 20:46:03

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    williams Yomi

My wife and I had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of Uncle John when we attended the 'Christian in the modern world' course at LICC in 2001. we have been fans of John Stott since then! his life of simplicity and humility,challenge to practice 'Double Listening' - listening to the Word & the World and his many writings have had a huge impact on our lives and our church ministry in Chennai, India. He finished well. A remarkable life and legacy that inspires us to finish well too.

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    2011-07-31 15:54:04

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    Jeyakaran Emmanuel from India

Unknown to him (though he knows now), he was my mentor from my conversion in 1960, through ordination and ministries of various kinds, right up to this present moment. I thank God for him and for the influence he has had on so many for so many years. May the Lord raise up more like him to lead and feed his Church.

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    2011-07-31 12:16:06

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    Michael Fox

I first came into contact with Rev. John Stott´s writings through the Brazilian student movement "ABU". What attracted me the most was his concern for bringing Christianity into dialogue with all aspects of the world (from culture to politics). In 2004, I spent some months in the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC, which was founded by Stott and others). That was a defining season for me, as it strengthened my understanding that it takes no "über" attitude or position in order to "make a difference where you are". From the perspective of my own path ever since, I would suggest changing that for "make a difference WHEREVER you might be". Though I can hardly say that I relate to the whole of John Stott´s worldview (wider criticism of Western tradition and more openness to interfaith celebration would not have been unwelcome), I join others in gratitude and respect for his life - whose humbleness will always challenge many a pompous leader. In a world of ever-shifting allegiances (sometimes, necessary), I´m deeply impressed by the example Rev. Stott set out by deciding to stay in the Anglican Communion. May he fly like the birds he so cherished watching.

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    2011-07-31 04:10:44

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    Elter Nehemias S Barbosa

John Stott, with others, prepared me for confirmation at All Souls when I was 15 years old. What a wonderful foundation for my faith that was though I don't think I realised it then. He has always been our example of what it means to live a Christ-like life. We will be the poorer for the loss of him. Thank God for his writings.

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    2011-07-30 13:54:07

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    Jenny Yohannes

LICC began its life at St. Paul's Robert Adam Street before St. Peter's Vere Street was completed. I was a lay assistant (1982-83) and touched by John Stott's humility. At one conference the church was hosting for LICC I was trying to clear up behind the scenes, and clearly flustered. John Stott, who had far more important things to do, and people to network with and mentor, came up to me and offered to help with the washing up in the kitchenette. He was a genuinely humble man, who noticed the small things as well as the large. He radiated the character of Christ. I will be profoundly and eternally grateful for his gracious example, scholarship, clarity, incisiveness, and passion for the world church, and my shelves would be much emptier but for his writing...

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    2011-07-30 10:01:26

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    Nigel Taylor

Among people he stood, he listened to the cries of the human heart (and mind). He brought the ordinary people into the extraordinary power of God and His Gospel. From listening to the very diverse and often complicated situations, present in the not so prestigious places, he paused in prayer and reflection, and only then did he began to introduce the Biblical truth into the lives of those who chose to listen to him. He spoke with conviction, and over his entire life, he nurtured future leaders with such an unique care and grace, that the living Gospel emanated anywhere he traveled. Where 'Uncle John' journeyed, the Gospel of Christ was walking with Him. In a sort of a way, he became a gospel of Christ, a witnesses of the living Christ in then context where he was called to minister God's truth. While everyone wanted a handshake or an autograph, he draw along those ordinary people, those whom he thought that were not important in the eyes of todays world. His leadership mirrored the impact of those leaders that choose to intentionally invest in his life. His podium was the living church, the church which, by the time that he was called to serve alongside, spread so widely across the continent. He was small in stature, yet amazingly influential around the world. His legacy was the Gospel of God walking and living among the people of God. This is the greatest legacy he has left with us. We all must continue to future promote this reality within the context in which we have been called to serve the living Christ. I am in deep sorrow today, and I will continue to be as such. We have lost one of the most persuasive voices; one of the most humble and gracious pastors; one of the greatest missional followers of Christ; one of the most ordinary Christians that presented to the whole world the extraordinary God. I am in sorrow, and yet, I am also incredibly thankful that his writings about God and His Gospel will continue to be the central voice when we consider the Gospel of God and the amazing truth about Jesus Christ. Cosmin Pascu, Friends International, Belfast

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    2011-07-30 08:27:34

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    Cosmin Pascu

I did an Alpha course when I had my first child and John Stott was one of the recommended books. Clear, helpful and with a writing style and stance that made sense to me, he introduced me to reading for faith and that meant I read around my faith even today. My thoughts and prayers are with those who knew him and for whom it is a great loss.

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    2011-07-30 07:44:18

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    Jo Kneale

I think I really came to know John Stott through my friend Gavin Ludlow Thompson who had an enormous amount of respect and admiration for this man who was a true follower of scripture. And so, it is with great sadness that we have received the news of his passing away. Much has already been attributed to this wonderful man of God--the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac and though he is not here in body, as Christians, we celebrate his spirit being with his heavenly father. We are grateful for his lectures, sermons, his passion for Christ, his love for humanity and the wonderful legacy he left concerning the truth about Jesus in the London Lectures 2000 "The Incomparable Christ". We thank God for John Stott and pray that this day many will come to know Jehovah God through his many teachings.

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    2011-07-29 17:04:52

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    Elizabeth C Negus

I came to faith in 1983 down here in Brazil by the hands of Intervarsity (ABU Brasil), my first years with Christ were strengthened by John Stott’s books. Although I’ve never had a chance to be with him, his death is like a death of a very close friend. I’m in tears now, and grateful to Jesus for the opportunity He gave me to read Stott’s literature. See you in heaven my friend. Pedro Siena (Campinas, SP, Brazil)

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    2011-07-29 15:51:23

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    Pedro Siena Neto

John R W Stott was more than Anglican but not less. Earthed in his ‘beloved’ Church of England, his influence has percolated throughout the world-wide evangelical movement, through preaching, theological reflection, writing, statesmanship, and personal contact. As well as the two volume biography by Timothy Dudley-Smith, 'John Stott: the making of a leader' (IVP, 1999) and 'John Stott: a global ministry' (IVP, 2001), it will be worth reading next year Alister Chapman's profoundly perceptive biography 'Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement' (OUP, 2012), which combines erudition with concise comment. With full access to Stott’s private papers, Chapman writes out of a hinterland of historical perspective, comprehensiveness and scholarly critical distance. From August 1977 to August 1978, I was a caretaker at All Souls Church Langham Place, living at the back of the church. I first met John Stott then and benefited immensely from his reading group, which discussed contemporary literature and film. His royalties helped towards the funding of Langham Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America who studied for PhDs, usually in Britain. These include, among hundreds of others: John Chew, Archbishop of South East Asia and Bishop of Singapore, who visited him at the College of St Barnabas, Lingfield, near London on 16 July, soon before his death on 27 July 2011; Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester; Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Archbishop of Kaduna, Nigeria; Michael Poon, Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity College, Singapore; and Joseph Galgalo, Vice Chancellor of St Paul's University, Limuru, Kenya. At the end of an interview published in Christianity Today (13 October 2006), John Stott concluded with a breathtaking breadth of mission: 'My hope is that in the future, evangelical leaders will ensure that their social agenda includes such vital but controversial topics as halting climate change, eradicating poverty, abolishing armories of mass destruction, responding adequately to the AIDS pandemic, and asserting the human rights of women and children in all cultures. I hope our agenda does not remain too narrow.' I thank God for his life, ministry, mission and writing.

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    2011-07-29 10:21:54

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    Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne

my faith journey drastically changed after reading his books and from attending LICC . What i do today - serving God through an organisation which works for children in poverty contexts and being part of a church ministry addressing issues of social justice - are all outcomes of the influences he and his writings have had on me. one of his quotes which always stirs me '... if the meat goes bad and becomes inedible, there is no sense in blaming the meat; this is what happens when bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is, ’Where is the salt?’ thank you Lord for a life well lived!

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    2011-07-29 08:29:35

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    Joy Christina

He was an amazing man indeed! He revolutionized my thinking on 'engaging with the world'. I am grateful to God I had the opportunity to meet him and hear him speak. My life has never been the same since my time at LICC. I will never forget the moment I received my course certificate with my project entitled "Is the Gospel Good news to Women?" He looked at me and said,"indeed, the Gospel is good news to women!"His work will continue to influence many. Such is the legacy of a Godly man!

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    2011-07-29 06:17:41

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    kavitha Emmanuel

Twenty years ago, I was introduced to John Stott through his writings while I was a Bible College student. Imagine my surprise, then, as a new missionary in PNG to have him as our conference guest speaker in PNG. I was in awe of this godly man and his gracious ways. May God's name continue to be proclaimed and expounded through John's legacy to the world in Christian writing.

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    2011-07-29 01:40:34

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    Marilyn Schache

John Stott was introduced to me, well, his writings, when I was a Bible College student 20 years ago. Ever since then, his writings have been shaping my understanding of God's Word in wonderful and delightful ways. Imagine my surprise when in mid 90's as a new missionary in PNG, attending my first conference, and John Stott was our guest speaker - still remember being in awe of him, yet what a gracious and godly man he was and is. May many meet God through John's writings in the years to come.

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    2011-07-29 00:24:09

  • Author:

    Marilyn Schache

Tina and I have been reading John Stott's Bible Readings on Ephesians all this week, so it was sad news to learn of John's death. The Bible Readings were given at Keswick in 1975, but haven't dated, and formed the basis of his book in the Bible Speaks Today series on God's New Society. I met John once, when he gave a series of Saturday evening Bible Readings to CICCU (the Cambridge University Christian Union). One evening he came early, to enjoy supper with the executive committee of CICCU. Although I was not a member of that group, I was there because I shared rooms with the president, and the meal was held in our rooms. So I was there as "presidential housekeeper". John spoke on the Sermon on he Mount, and again the material appeared in print in the BST series. My notes from those Saturdays, and the subsequent appearance in print, have been a great help in my Christian walk. A couple of years later, I was at the Keswick Convention, when the morning Bible Readings were also by John on the Sermon on the Mount. As I sat listening, the man next to me nudged me and offered me pen and paper: "Young man, you should be taking notes; this is one of the prophets". I hope that my reply that I had heard it before was made graciously. That was the convention where two of my friends, in their late sixties, were walking hand-in-hand out of the tent after John's Bible Reading. Suddenly they were stopped by a hand on Roland's shoulder, and the words "I am thrilled to see that Christians are not ashamed to show their affection and love in public" from John. As for John's books, I am ashamed to say that I have only read about half of them. All have been of blessing to me. Once, in Lagos airport, I found the clerk who collected the departure tax reading a copy of Basic Christianity, so we enjoyed fellowship on that basis. Another copy was being read in a seat next to mine on Eurostar, which led to further fellowship. And a final memory - not mine, but a comment made by a student who had been in a group of international students who met John; "He personalised us", referring to his ability to care for the individual.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 22:19:11

  • Author:

    David Smith (Exeter, UK)

Issues Facing Christians Today is one of two books that changed the way I looked at the world as a Christian. "Uncle John" invited all LICC students to his flat, treated us to dinner, then showed us slides from his birdwatching trips, all the while jangling the coins in his pockets (in one of his blue suits). This will be the enduring memory I have of him, a truly wonderful example of a disciple, ever gracious, pointing us to Jesus.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 20:44:57

  • Author:

    Siew-Peng Lee

I had the privelidge to photograph 'Uncle John' a number of times and he was a man who 'walked the talk', lived a humble life and was a great influence in my first years as a Christian. His book, Basic Christianity is essential reading for the new Christian. One of the pictures I did of him has been widely reproduced, which John graciously said 'I can see it's a great photograph but it's not how i see me'. I knew what he meant and other pictures have been used. For me to have been in the presence of a truely great man is an honour. To have known him I will remember for as long as I live. Thank you Lord for John and surely know he is with you.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 19:47:05

  • Author:

    Adam Greene

I had the priviledge of meeting Uncle John at LICC oxford street during one of the last Wide-Open month long conferences in July 2000.I was struck by the simplicity and humility of a man i considered a spiritual(and intellectual)giant.I remember one of us asking him about the prospects of marriage at the time and he calmly smiled and told us he was still open.I did not get to meet him there after but i continued enjoying his books to this day.I remember coming back to Africa with a suitcase full of his books-to the shock of airport officials who thought i had fancy gadgets like many of my fellow 20 somethings returning from europe at the time.Thank you Lord, for the ministry of John Stott.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 18:58:12

  • Author:

    Collin

Fifty-one years ago, as a young medical student, I was reading 'Basic Christianity' on the number 71 bus from Glasgow to East Kilbride. Passing through Farme Cross and entering Rutherglen, I suddenly realised that our Lord had actually died on that cross for me personally - not just for humanity. I have to thank John Stott for that early explanation of the gospel along my life's way and praise God for John's remarkable ministry. I am sure it will continue in the written word. Well done, good and faithful servant

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 18:49:43

  • Author:

    Dr Harry Gray

The influence of John Stott in my life began many years before I was born. After my father returned to work at the BBC in Langham Place following Navel service during WWII, he began to attend lunchtime meetings held by John Stott in All Souls, Langham Place. John and these meetings were instrumental in leading my father to Christ. When my father's work brought him north to Manchester in the mid 1950s and he was deciding where to best to live he was advised to find a church first. So my father brought his family to live in Marple near Stockport and now Amelia Grace, who would have been his Great Granddaughter, has become the 4th generation in his family to be brought to worship at All Saints, Marple. I met John Stott for myself when he came to speak to the CU in Lampeter one Freshers' Week about 30yrs ago. It was a great joy then to be able to thank him for his faithfulness and for the good foundation he helped to lay in my father's life on which he continued to build. My Father died when I was 12 but his, and John Stott's legacy lives on in our family even to the third and fourth generation. Praise be to God for the life, witness, work and writings of John Stott, surely one of the Lord's good and faithful servants.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 18:01:43

  • Author:

    Jill Taylor

I well recall reading "Men Made New" in the summer of 1967 just a few months before I left my teens behind. I had already noticed that I was becoming more aware of the seriousness of sin and had been beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with me. Then I read the comment in "Men Made New" that a Christian who has reached that point must be a Christian of some maturity. That, needless to say, was a great encouragement.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 17:39:24

  • Author:

    John Humphrey

Having promised in a life threatening situation that if the Lord would save me I would search for Him and if I could find Him I would try serve Him, I spent the next ten years looking for Him. Eventually I was reading "Basic Christianity" and particularly Chapter 10 - "Making a Decision.". There, referring to the Holman Hunt Painting and the verse that inspired it, Rev 3 v20, John wrote, The key question is "Which side of the door is Jesus ? Is he on the inside or outside? That is the question." I saw that I had been praying through the keyhole as it were and obeyed the command "If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I WILL COME IN." So I did and He has been in my life ever since. Thankyou Lord that John with his mighty intellect could make the key decision so wonderfully simple.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 16:41:40

  • Author:

    Sir Laurence New

It speaks volumes to me that the only time Uncle John ever took me (with my fuzzy-wuzzy postmodern theology) to task at LICC was over a bird. A red-necked Grebe, in fact, which I claimed to have spotted close to my home on a lake. "I'm afraid you did NOT see a red-necked Grebe," he said, fairly, but fairly firmly. "Not in Rickmansworth." Needless to say he was, of course, right.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 14:51:31

  • Author:

    Brian Draper

Every summer I took Wheaton grad students to London for a graduate course in British media. All Souls was "my" church and a wonderful place of worship and love. Uncle John brfriended me, had me to his flat for lunch with others from around the world, invited me to his film disussion group; in many ways he was loving and encouraging to me and continues to be a a consumate example of Jesus' presence and loving care. I am so gratefuls to have known him both in my nisits to All Souls and the London Institute, and his memorable visits to Wheaton College.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 14:41:27

  • Author:

    Myrna Grant

I am utterly shocked and deeply saddened! I was a student at Damascus University when I heard Uncle John’s sermons on cassette tapes and read one of his books. That changed penetrated into my soul and changed my thoughts to be a firm follower of Christ. I did not know then that one day I am going to meet this giant (I am sure he does not like this word to describe him) and even to have several meals with him in London. It was beyond belief when he accepted my wife’s and my invitation to spend few days with us at Schneller Institute, Beqaa, Lebanon and to accompany him on a bird watching trip in the Syrian Desert in 1997. Uncle John has shaped my life and ministry in so many ways. He was so gracious to encourage and support an Arab Christian young pastor to purse PhD studies. Couple of weeks ago I completed a book on governance and leadership with a dedication to him. I will always in debt to Uncle John and will miss him greatly. His legacy of dedication to Christ, His Word, and His World will live forever.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 13:51:06

  • Author:

    Revd Dr Riad Kassis

I remember I first met John at the Malaysian Fellowship in the late 60' in London. such a gracious man. Than I heard him spoke at the Keswick Convention in '75 ,such humility. The last time we met was at the opening of the Chinese Overseas Mission Headquarter at Milton Keynes, when he was at the age of 80. John was full of grace, and his message was full of power. and with such clarity .As I mourn in hearing his passing into the glory, I thank God for his gracious life, his great contribution to the evangelical world and the Kingdom of God on earth,, his love for life and his great humility , we shall miss him greatly..

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 13:43:29

  • Author:

    Pastor Kim Y.F.Chan

I only met John Stott once in a group when he preached at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, in the early 1980s. The presence of Christ in him was so remarkable at that timethat John Stott became for me a touchstone of my then new Christian faith. His life and work inspired me over and over again in many seasons of my Christian journey. As a humanities university professor in a post post modern secular intellectual world, I meet many challenges--and feel a continual pressure from my environment. Just thinking about John Stott always centered me and his life served as an encouraging light on a sometimes very dark journey. I thank God for this amazing brother in Christ who has influenced me and so many people around the world.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 13:38:26

  • Author:

    Dr. Mararet Cullen

I only met John Stott once in a group when he preached at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, in the early 1980s. The presence of Christ in him was so remarkable at that timethat John Stott became for me a touchstone of my then new Christian faith. His life and work inspired me over and over again in many seasons of my Christian journey. As a humanities university professor in a post post modern secular intellectual world, I meet many challenges--and feel a continual pressure from my environment. Just thinking about John Stott always centered me and his life served as an encouraging light on a sometimes very dark journey. I thank God for this amazing brother in Christ who has influenced me and so many people around the world.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 13:38:03

  • Author:

    Dr. Mararet Cullen

Since trying to be a follower of Christ since 2007, the men's house group that I joined have been through several different studies, but it seems to me that nothing has struck the group as much as our present study of The Radical Disciple. John puts his thoughts across with such clarity that I would say it is impossible not to be seriosuly challenged to do more for Jesus. Obviously a remarkable man, and one who is presently having a big impact on me and our group. Thank you, and may God bless you John.

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 13:25:00

  • Author:

    robin summerell

I have blogged this morning about a gracious encounter I had with Dr Stott approximately twenty years ago at Holy Trinity Church, Platt, Manchester: http://bigcircumstance.com/2011/07/28/my-memory-of-john-stott/

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 12:56:18

  • Author:

    Dave Faulkner

Thirty-two years ago, as an eleven year old boy, I met Jesus. My dad had a John Stott gospel booklet on his bookshelf. One winter evening in South Africa the Holy Spirit used John Stott's clear, uncompromising presentation of the gospel to bring me to the foot of the cross - to repentance and faith in Jesus. In the years since, John's many writings have continued to help me to grow in understanding and in my love of God and others. John was my Philip when I was on the desert road. Thank you, Father, for your servant John Stott. May many more meet Jesus on their desert road through his witness and go on their way, rejoicing!

  • Date:

    2011-07-28 11:45:27

  • Author:

    Mark L Nieuwoudt

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