Portraits of a Radical Disciple: Recollections of John Stott's Life and Ministry

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John Stott has been a giant on the landscape of the worldwide church for more than half a century. Here, however, are almost three dozen brief, very human-sized portraits of a man who has been a radical disciple of Jesus all those years.

One of the outstanding gifts that God gave to John Stott was an incredible capacity for friendship. Never did the word single seem less appropriate than for this lifelong bachelor. So in these sketches by his friends, relatives, coworkers and ...

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Portraits of a Radical Disciple: Recollections of John Stott's Life and Ministry

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Overview

John Stott has been a giant on the landscape of the worldwide church for more than half a century. Here, however, are almost three dozen brief, very human-sized portraits of a man who has been a radical disciple of Jesus all those years.

One of the outstanding gifts that God gave to John Stott was an incredible capacity for friendship. Never did the word single seem less appropriate than for this lifelong bachelor. So in these sketches by his friends, relatives, coworkers and worldwide partners in the gospel, we see portions of his life and personality that many have not.

We see the small acts of kindness and service he performed such as regularly emptying wastebaskets and taking hours to find the old, toothless mother of a priest in India. We see the range of his interests, from Woody Allen movies to chocolate. And we see a poignant portrait of Stott as he continues to follow Christ in the midst of age and physical decline.

This volume, edited by Christopher Wright, includes contributions from many international leaders such as Michael Green, Keith and Gladys Hunt, Samuel Escobar, René Padilla, Ajith Fernando, Peter Kuzmic and Mark Labberton. We also find insight from others less well-known to the world but very well-known to one of the great international Christian leaders of our day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830838103
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is the international director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament.

An ordained pastor in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He is also the chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and he serves on staff at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London.

John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.

Stott's best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

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Table of Contents

Foreward by David Neff
Preface
Abbreviations
TimelineEarly and Formative Years
1. The Loving Uncle, Caroline Bowerman
2. The Wedding Sermon, Michael Green
3. The Compulsive Worker, but a Rare Spelling Mistake, John Eddison
4. The Young Defender of the Faith, Oliver Barclay
5. "Please Do Not Disturb Unless Urgent," Myra Chave-Jones
6 ."It Takes Just Seven and a Half Minutes," Timothy Dudley-Smith
7. Helpless with Laughter at The Hookses, Dick Lucas All Souls and the Wider Church of England
8. "I Would Not Wish to Have Had Any Other Calling," Frances Whitehead
9. A Curate in Need of Restraint, Ted Schroder
10. "I Have Got My Sins, You Have Got Yours," John Smith
11. "I Want You to Take Over from Me at All Souls," Michael Baughen
12. "Nothing Can Go Wrong; John Stott Is Here," Richard Bewes
13. "Dragged Screaming into the Modern World," David TurnerInternational Influence
14. Reaching Out to Touch the Ends of the Earth for God, Marcus Loane
15. The Prolific Author and His Midwife, Frank Entwistle
16. A Double Portion of Language Skills, Keith Hunt and Gladys Hunt
17. Mentor and Model to Emerging Younger Leaders, Ajith Fernando
18. On the Road with John Stott, Samuel Escobar
19. "Jesus Told Us to Wash One Another's Feet . . . I Can Clean Your Shoes," René Padilla
20. Breakfast by Appointment at the Stottery, David Gitari
21. God's Bright-Tied Angel of Protection, Michael Nazir-Ali
22. A Modern-Day Church Father, Peter Kuzmic
23. The Founding of John Stott Ministries in the United States, Dee Dee MacLean
24. The Boy with the Disappearing Eyes, David Jones
25. The Langham Partnership Is Born, Chris WrightWider Interests
26. Birding Before Dawn Around the World, Peter Harris
27. The Call of the Loon, Mark Hunt
28. Salt and Light in the World of the Arts and Media, Nigel Goodwin
29. The London Institute—Founded by "That Funny Man in the Floppy Hat," Andrew Kirk
30. Welcoming a Revolution in Music, Noel TredinnickThe Study Assistants
31. The Sermon on the Carpet, Mark Labberton
32. Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce, Toby Howarth
33. "Above All, Cling to the Cross," Corey Widmer
34. "Watch Out! I Used to Be a Boxer!" Matthew SmithThe Final Lap
35. "I Have a Living Hope of a Yet More Glorious Life Beyond Death," John Wyatt
Epilogue, Chris Wright
Notes

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