General, theology

Undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers and Christian writers of the last century, John Stott died last week on the 27th July.  When I attended seminary John Stott was compulsory for all us would-be preachers and every year the homiletics class made it’s annual pilgrimage to All Souls to hear him preach.  Although he was not the most dynamic speaker his sermons carried a power and simplicity that was unmatched and that we as young pastors could only aspire too.  Several of his books grace my shelves and which often get picked up.  His commentary on Romans is a favourite of mine.  Another book that I have read a few times which was published in 2007 is “The Living church” where he expands on a sermon he gave in 1974.  In this book he shares his thoughts on what it means to be a genuine living church.

John Stott will be sorely missed.  Here are some links below, worth checking out if you want to know more:

A memorial site has been set up.

John’s obituary in Christianity Today.

John Stott’s own website.

A collection of memorial posts From Adrian Warnock

Hymns

I’ve found a Friend;
O such a Friend!
He bled, He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life,
But His own self He gave me.
Naught that I have mine own I’ll call,
I’ll hold it for the Giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all,
Are His, and His for ever.

The words of a hymn by James G. Small, “I’ve found a Friend,” I hope you will find them encouraging at the start of a new week.