‘Inside Story should be compulsory reading in theological colleges’

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Mark Thompson, Head of Theology at Moore College in Sydney, has written: ‘It is universally acknowledged that evangelicalism worldwide owes an enormous debt to God for the life and ministry of John Stott. His influence is genuinely immense. His commentaries, books on Christian living, studies of doctrine, and his tireless promotion of evangelical ministry throughout the world all continue clearly and unmistakably to honour Jesus and to edify his people.

Timothy Dudley-Smith produced a two volume biography of Stott in 1999 and 2001. Now Roger Steer has produced a shorter, but no less inspiring, portrait of Stott the Christian, pastor, teacher and leader. It should be compulsory reading in theological colleges.

John Stott’s ministry spanned the last half of the twentieth century and much has happened over that time. The world and the churches are very different in 2009 than they were in 1949. Much of what Stott did at Langham Place, for instance, was deeply contextual. But his thoughtful and biblical approach to the challenges of pastoral ministry and his tireless example of service and that blend of confidence and humility which should characterise gospel men and women transcends all those differences. His trust in God and his word to transform lives was unshakeable. Here was