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John Stott Passes Away at 90

July 28, 2011

World-acclaimed and renowned author, evangelist, and Bible scholar Rev. Dr. John Stott went home to be with Jesus yesterday afternoon, July 27, 2011, in London, England. Representatives from Stott’s ministry said his death came as a result of natural causes of old age.

According to his ministry’s website, Stott was born in London in 1921 and educated at the Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge. He earned a Lambeth doctorate in divinity from Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and was awarded honorary doctorates from American, British, and Canadian universities. Stott was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People and was named a Commander of the British Empire in 2005. Stott’s books included Basic Christianity, The Cross of Christ, Issues Facing Christians Today, and Contemporary Christian. He retired from public ministry at age 86.

Memorial services will be held in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, and Australia. Several prominent Christian leaders remembered Stott on Twitter today: Pastor Tullian Tchividjian commented with Stott quotes, including “Worship without theology is bound to degenerate into idolatry. On the other hand, there should be no theology without doxology.” Pastor Jack Graham noted that “Billy Graham says John Stott was the most disciplined man he ever knew. We should always discipline our minds and bodies.” Pastor and Christian film producer Michael Catt commented, “Great men like John Stott dying…it seems we’re replacing these giant oaks w/shrubs. More concerned with cool than holy.”

Other Twitter memorials included contributions by Rick Warren: “John Stott, one of my closest mentors, just died. I flew to the UK recently just to pray for him & sit by his bed. What a giant!” Scott McKnight: “I’m saddened to hear this, and rejoicing in the resurrection. John Stott, man of God.” Albert Mohler: “You cannot explain English-speaking evangelicalism in the 20th century without crucial reference to the massive influence of John Stott.” Max Lucado: “The gracious scholar, John Stott, is with Jesus. Model for all pastors. Teacher for all students. Friend of all seekers. We’ll miss him.”

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