Thursday, July 28, 2011

John Stott (1921-2011)

John Stott passed into the presence of the Savior yesterday morning.

Certainly much more will be said regarding the impact of this great preacher of the Gospel in our generation, but we are indeed grateful for the life and ministry of John Stott. Now brother John enjoys the fruits of God's eternal grace, while we enjoy the fruits of God's grace in his life and ministry.

His last published words from a rare and accomplished ministry of writing:
As I lay down my pen for the last time (literally, since I confess I am not computerized) at the age of eighty-eight, I venture to send this valedictory message to my readers. I am grateful for your encouragement, for many of you have written to me. Looking ahead, none of us of course knows what the future of printing and publishing may be. But I myself am confident that the future of books is assured and that, though they will be complemented, they will never be altogether replaced. For there is something unique about books. Our favorite books become very precious to us and we even develop with them an almost living and affectionate relationship. Is it an altogether fanciful fact that we handle, stroke and even smell them as tokens of our esteem and affection? I am not referring only to an author’s feeling for what he has written, but to all readers and their library. I have made it a rule not to quote from any book unless I have first handled it. So let me urge you to keep reading, and encourage your relatives and friends to do the same. For this is a much neglected means of grace. . . . Once again, farewell! (The Radical Disciplepp. 136-137)
(HT: JT)

Though he is dead, he still speaks... may that continue for generations!

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