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John Stott’s death

July 29, 2011


John Stott, the gentlemanly and godly British Churchman who showed us how good evangelical Christianity can be, died on Wednesday at 90. I met him once. He’s one of few who sparked the thought, “I want to be like him.”

A paragraph from a Christianity Today write-up, with a link to the rest of the article:

“An evangelical is a plain, ordinary Christian,” John Stott told Christianity Today in an October 2006 interview. From his conversion at Rugby secondary school in 1938 to his death in 2011 at 90 years old, Stott exemplified how extraordinary plain, ordinary Christianity can be. He was not known as an original thinker, nor did he seek to be. He always turned to the Bible for understanding, and his unforgettable gift was to penetrate and explain the Scriptures. As editor Kenneth Kantzer wrote in CT’s pages in 1981, “When I hear him expound a text, invariably I exclaim to myself, ‘That’s exactly what it means! Why didn’t I see it before?'”

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