The death of John Stott last Friday elicited a broad range of tributes from Christian leaders throughout North America. But acknowledging the influence of Stott's ministry on North American Christians does not accurately portray the scope of his work. Stott's contributions to discipleship, biblical scholarship, and the equipping of leaders spanned the world, invigorating hundreds of nascent ministries in previously unchurched regions.
N.T. Wright, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, said Stott's personal approach helped forge a new landscape in British and global Christianity during the 20th century. "To say that we thank God for him is putting it much too gently … we have all benefited enormously; may we be worthy of that legacy," he said.
Stott's global legacy, Wright said, was manifest in his humble relationships and capacity for thorough thinking. He recalls a lunch gathering with Stott at Oxford in the 1980s:
"John invited himself to lunch one Saturday and I was flattered and delighted—I didn't know him very well then—and though it was clear in retrospect that this was a kind of 'mentoring' moment, he treated me as an equal, a partner in the gospel, throughout. He was of course the soul of courtesy. When it was time to go and he proposed that we pray together I was surprised and delighted when this great low-churchman proceeded to get up from his chair, turn round, and kneel down. He clearly knew, what many evangelicals have forgotten, a point C. S. Lewis makes: that what you do with your body both expresses and affects what you are doing with your heart and soul."
Stott's transparent, personal approach extended deep into Africa, where ...1
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