Gottfried Osei-Mensah and I were privileged to be guest speakers at the Norwegian Lausanne Conference near Oslo over the first weekend of September. This visit to Norway was for me an occasion of special pleasure because my ancestors were Vikings. Since Stut is Norwegian for a bull, it is presumed that they were cattle-breeders who on one of their raids in the North of England decided to stay. I am thankful not only to have piratical blood in my veins, but also that my pagan Norse forebears were introduced to Christ in England.
There is another link between Norway and England of which I enjoyed reminding my Norwegian friends, namely that while Norsemen were plundering England, the English were evangelizing Norway. True, the first Scandinavian converts had been won by Anskar, “the apostle of the north” (A.D. 801–865). But it was King Olaf Tryggvasson and King Olaf Haraldsson, both originally Viking chiefs, who after their conversion at the beginning of the eleventh century, invited English clergy to evangelize and teach their people. Canute (1016–1035), king of England and Denmark (which then included Norway), completed the process of Christianizing Norway. Consequently, Kenneth Scott Latourette could write, “The Church in Norway was the offspring of the English Church.”
In the sixteenth century, King Christian II of Denmark and Norway championed the Reformation and the clergy quickly became Lutherans. Yet the religious revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries constituted a kind of second reformation. Its key figure was Hans Hauge (1771–1824). He was a farmer who had a profound evangelical conversion experience in 1796 and then, as Norway’s equivalent to John Wesley, traveled widely, preached and wrote about personal ...
John R. W. Stott (1921 – 2011) is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, author, and theologian. For 66 years he served All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London, England, where he pioneered effective urban evangelistic and pastoral ministry. During these years he authored more than 50 books, and served as one of the original Contributing Editors for Christianity Today. Stott had a global vision and built strong relationships with church leaders outside the West in the Majority World. A hallmark of Stott's ministry was his vision for expository biblical preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. In 1969 he founded a trust that eventually became Langham Partnership International (www.langham.org), a ministry that continues his vision of partnership with the Majority World Church. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."1
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