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John R.W. Stott (1921-2011)

Around 9:15am CST on Wednesday morning, John R.W. Stott’s great faith became sight.  The psalmist says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15, ESV).  How precious, indeed, must be the Lord’s sight of his servant, John Stott.  How precious, indeed, must be John Stott’s sight of his Lord.

Who knows the number of Stott quotations that have salted my sermons over the years.  I’ll never forget the impact of, “The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales” (from Authentic Christianity) the first time I quoted that in a sermon.  I remember the looks on the faces of my flock when that pearl was dropped.

Would you believe me if I told you that my print library of some 4,500 volumes, in a sense, has at its root a tattered little Tyndale series NT commentary by Stott on the Letters of John?  I purchased that little volume, and the fuse was lit.

Honor Stott’s memory by reading one of my favorites, The Cross of Christ.

You can also check out the following tributes at Justin Taylor’s and Tim Challies’ blogs:

 

Justin Taylor

 Tim Challies

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