John Stott

Sad to hear that John has died, aged 90. It’s hard to overestimate his improtance to Evangelical Christianity in Britain. Almost singelehandedly, at first, he preached a robust and intelligent gospel with its roots in the Reformation and the Puritans, bypassing the anti-intellectual pietistic backwater into which it had declined during the 20th century.

 He also has a big hand in restating the vital importance of a faith that interected with the big issues of society as well as the big issues in Scripture. Stott made you think, but he made you think about things that matter.

 When I was at Cambridge around 1970-73 he seemed to be an almost permanent fixture in the Saturday Night Bible Readings  (for which  read “expositions”) in the Union Debating Chamber. I guess for him it was a short hop from London. For people like me it was a grounding in theology for life.

About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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