Centenarul John Stott (n. 27 aprilie 1921)

Rev. John RW Stott (1921-2011)

Astazi, lumea evanghelica a celebrat centenarul unuia dintre patriarhii ei, anglicanul John Stott, plecat dintre noi, in glorie, acum zece ani.

Reiau mai jos un text publicat in 2011, pentru ca el aduna cele mai importante momente din interactiunea mea cu acest slujitor special al lui Dumnezeu, caruia ii sunt recunoscator pentru o sumedenie de lucruri.

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Elogiu lui John Stott

Miercuri 27 iulie 2011, dimineata devreme, a fost inaltat in slava robul lui Dumnezeu John Stott, la venerabila virsta de peste 90 de ani.

S-a nascut la 27 aprilie 1927 la Londra. Tatal sau era un medic agnostic, iar mama lui era o luterana credincioasa. La virsta de 11 ani a trecut printr-o experienta de convertire, in urma predicii capelanului scolii la care studia, numita Rugby School. Acelasi pastor a fost primul care i-a intreptat pasii pe cararea uceniciei crestine.

A studiat limbile moderne la Trinity College in Cambridge, cu specializari in franceza si teologie. A studiat apoi la Ridley Hall in Cambridge, pregatindu-se pentru slujirea pastorala in Biserica Anglicana. A fost ordinat in 1945 si a devenit pastor al Bisericii All Souls, din Langham Place, in centrul Londrei, in care crescuse ca copil. Stott a ales celibatul, pentru a-si putea dedica intreaga energie pentru slujirea Bisericii si a lui Cristos. Intrebat cindva peste ani daca are vreun regret pentru ceva ce n-a facut, John a recunoscut candid ca totusi regreta oarecum faptul ca nu s-a casatorit.

Incetul cu incetul vocea sa a devenit tot mai incarcata de autoritate intre evanghelicii din Marea Britanie, intr-o vreme cind acestia formau o minoritate dispretuita si incercau cu greu sa se desprinda de avatarurile radacinilor lor fundamentaliste. Intre acestia existau pe atunci foarte putini academici si foarte putine voci competente in a prezenta o evanghelie fara compromisuri, dar in termeni adecvati problematicii cu care se confrunta lumea contemporana.

Stott a fost implicat in diverse grade in conducerea unor organizatii si institutii crestine – precum Crusaders, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Asociatia Medicilor Crestini, Institutul Londonez pentru Crestinismul Contemporan etc. – care in timp au jucat un rol hotaritor in transformarea evanghelismului intr-o voce respectata, chiar daca nu neaparat pupulara, in contextual secular britanic. Principala institutie care este rezultatul viziunii lui John Stott si pentru care el este cel mai cunoscut in lume este insa Langham Partnership International, fundatie creata in 1974 pentru a sustine studii teologice postuniversitare pentru cei din tarile mai putin privilegiate ale lumii. Mai mult de zece romani au beneficiat si ei de sustinere Langham in studiile lor de teologie. Din pacate, din pricina patologiilor de care sufera in present evanghelismul romanesc, prea putini dintre acestia slujesc in institutele teologice din tara.

Stott vs Lloyed-Jones

In perioada 1966-1967 Stott a fost implicat intr-o acerba disputa cu aceia dintre anglicani, condusi de Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, care incercau sa sugereze ca evanghelicii n-ar trebui sa ramina in Biserica Angliei, din pricina a ceea ce ei percepeau a fi indepartarea acesteia de bazele Evangheliei (mai ales in contextul in care se oficializase ordinarea femeilor). Lloyd-Jones si gruparea din jurul lui s-au despartit de Anglicanism si au devenit independenti, inchinindu-se mai departe in Westminster Chapel. Aceasta biserica a cunoscut la inceput o crestere masiva, care s-a redus serios dupa moartea lui Lloyd-Jones, iar acum membrii ei pot fi numarati pe degete. Stott a ramas rector (pastor principal) la All Souls si a avut in anii care au urmat o influenta din ce in ce mai mare asupra lumii evanghelice, mai intii in Marea Britanie si apoi in lume.

John Stott a fost, alaturi de Carl Henry si Harold Ockenga in Statele Unite, unul dintre promotorii miscarii nou-evanghelice, care incerca sa se indeparteze de disputa desueta intre promotorii asa-zisei „evanghelii spirituale” (predicata de fundamentalisti) si asa-numita „evanghelia sociala” (promovata de liberali). Noii evanghelici sustineau in mod argumentat ca evanghelia lui Isus Cristos are un character holistic, ea incluzind atit dimensiunea relatiei omului cu Dumnezeu, cit si pe aceea a responsabilitatilor sociale ale crestinului.

Bily Graham & John Stott – Lausanne 1974

In 1974, John Stott impreuna cu Billy Graham, cu care se cunoscuse si se imprietenise cu citiva ani inainte, au initiat Congresul de Evanghelizare Mondiala de la Lausanne. Declaratia de la Lausanne este primul document programatic important al miscarii evanghelice internationale. Urmatorul congres al Miscarii Lausanne, cel de la Manila din 1989, a adaugat un nou document programatic, chiar daca mai putin consistent decit cel dinainte, urmat si el de un nou text, extrem de bine articulat, Angajamentul de la Cape Town, formulat ca urmare a celui de al treilea congres al miscarii, organizat in Africa de sud in 2010.

John Stott a scris peste 50 de carti. Dintre acestea, cea mai cunooscuta ramine Basic Christianity [Esentialul crestinismului], una dintre primele lucrari crestine introduse prin colportaj in Romania in perioada comunista. Cred ca in acea perioada am distribuit in tara sute de exemplare din aceasta carte. Cu modestia-i caracteristica, si atit de diferita de aroganta carateristica multor lideri evanghelici, de la noi si de aiurea, Stott, desi foarte erudit sub raport teologic, nu se considera teolog, ci mai degraba invatator. Poate ca cea mai articulata teologic dintre cartile sale este Crucea lui Cristos, care este tradusa si in limba romana, alaturi de citeva dintre comentariile sale. In principiu, trebuie sa marturisesc faptul ca nu sunt foarte impresionat de stitlul cartilor lui Stott. Poate ca este de vina editorul cu care a lucrat. Ele imi par aride in comparatie cu stilul cald si personal, dar la fel de bine structurat, al predicilor sale.

Pe Stott l-am cunoscut personal pentru prima data in mai 1987, cind a vizitat Biserica baptista din Oradea, la invitatia lui Paul Negrut, pastoral bisericii. John, care era un mare pasionat de pasari (a si scris o carte pe aceasta tema) a fost convins sa vina in Romania prin promisiunea (implinita apoi) de a i se permite sa viziteze paradisul acvatic din Delta Dunarii. A tinut citeva predici in biserica din Oradea (nu-mi amintesc daca l-a tradus Paul Negrut sau Nick Gheorghita), dar in afara acestora am avut, un grup dintre noi – echipa Navigatorilor din Romania, citiva lideri de la Campus Crusade si InterVarsity, alaturi de citiva pastori, oarecum in secret, departe de ochii securitatii, am avut o serie de intilniri cu el in anexele bisericii oradene.

Iata ce scriam cu ceva vreme in urma pe blog in legatura cu aceasta intilnire:

Stott a vorbit atunci despre relevanta Evangheliei si s-a folosit, daca-mi aduc bine aminte, de textul Epistolei intiia catre Tesaloniceni. Era prima data cind auzeam o abordare biblica atit de solida si echilibrata a acestui concept foarte strain de universul conceptual al evanghelicilor romani, dominat in cea mai mare parte de sentimentalism pietist si izolationism cultural. Metafora centrala a prezentarii lui a fost aceea a podului pe care creştinii sunt chemati sa-l construiasca între lumea principiilor biblice si framintarile lumii contemporane. A fost pentru noi o experienta care ne-a marcat in mod hotaritor gindirea si a jucat un rol important in decizia unora dintre noi de a studia teologie, ca instrument de formare personala, in vederea articularii unei angajari evanghelice relevante din punct de vedere cultural in spatiul romanesc. Nu mi-am inchipuit atunci ca aceasta avea sa fie doar prima dintr-o serie de nenumarate intilniri, dintre cele mai interesante, cu acest cel mai respectat lider al evanghelicilor britanici.

In perioada in care am studiat la Londra, 1993-2004, am mers cit de des imi permiteam – un bilet de metrou pina in central Londrei era o avere pentru un student sarac – la slujba de inchinare la All Souls, pe care am considerat-o a fi ‘biserica mea’ in acea perioada si am avut ocazia de a-l asculta predicind de mai multe ori. De fiecare data cind predica Stott, All Souls era arhiplina, atit in sala principala si in balcoane, cit si in sala mare de la subsol, la care slunba era transmisa prin televiziune cu circuit inchis. Caldura mesajelor lui John Stott era coplesitoare. Impresia pregnanta pe care ti-o lasa acest om era aceea ca venea din prezenta lui Dumnezeu – aceasta este, in definitiv, calificarea esentiala a unui profet.

Traducindu-l pe John Stott in Biserica baptista din Oradea

In octobrie 1994, pe cind predam deja la Institutul Biblic Emanuel din Oradea, am avut ocazia de a-l intilni din nou pe John Stott, venit de data aceasta pentru a participa la o intrunire organizata de Oversees Council si dedicata viitorului scolilor teologice din spatiul postcomunist. Imi amintesc faptul ca Iosif Ton a incercat atunci, in maniera lui cunoscuta, de a impune anumite formulari in declaratia finala a intilnirii, si ca am intervenit la Stott pentru a impiedica acest lucru. Am avut, tot atunci, privilegiul de a-l traduce pe Stott la capela studentilor. Trebuie sa recunosc faptul ca nu-mi aduc aminte tema predicii lui. Probabil pentru ca m-am concentrat prea mult sa transpun cit mai fidel mesajul lui in limba romana.

La povesti, acasa la John Stott
O poza la despartire dupa vizita acasa la John Stott

In 1997, in timpul studiilor doctorale, dupa ce am devenit Langham scholar si am beneficiat de o bursa din partea fundatiei create de Stott, am avut sansa unica de a fi invitat, impreuna cu prietenul meu Silviu Rogobete, acasa la „unchiul John”, asa cum ii spuneau cu simpatie prietenii, la o masa speciala, alaturi de alte 10 persoane (am aflat mai apoi ca pastorul invita anual un grup de 12 persoane la masa). O doamna care avea o deosebita apreciere pentru el pregatea de obicei un somon mare la gratar si tot felul de alte bunatati. Am petrecut cu acea ocazie citeva ore incintatoare alaturi de amabila noastra gazda, care si-a facut timp pentru a discuta pe indelete cu fiecare dintre noi.

Pr. Stelian Tofana, in vizita la John Stott

Patru ani mai tirziu am fost implicat impreuna cu John Stott in realizarea unui proiect foarte indraznet, acela de a facilita accesul unui biblist ortodox din Romania la resursele teologice unice ale Tyndale House. Cel ales de noi a fost Pr. Dr. Stelian Tofana, cu care ma imprietenisem inca din 1995, in perioada in care eram coordonator stiintific la institutul din Oradea. Asa cum povesteam intr-un alt post pe blog, in timpul celor doua luni cit a stat in Cambridge, Pr. Tofana si cu mine am avut sansa de fi invitati acasa la Stott, unde am povestit pe indelete despre contextul interconfesional din Romania si despre planurile noastre de a incuraja dialogul teologic intre evanghelici si ortodocsi.

John Stott a fost un adevarat gigant. In anul 2005 a fost desemnat de revista Time printre cei mai influenti 100 de oameni din lume. Potrivit unui editorial dedicat lui Stott in noiembrie 2004 de New York Times, Michael Cromartie, de la Centrul pentru Etica si Politici Publice din Washington DC a afirmat ca „daca ar fi ca evanghelicii sa aleaga vreodata un papa, atunci Stott ar fi foarte probabil acesta”. In 2006, la retragerea sa din activitate, regina Elisabeta a Marii Britanii i-a acordat lui Stott titlul de Comandor al Ordinului Imperiului Britanic (CBE).

In anii in care au urmat l-am mai intilnit de citeva ori pe Stott, mai ales la All Souls si am observat ca este din ce in ce mai fragil, ca incepe sa uite si ca anii multi de munca asidua isi spun cuvintul. Ultima data cind l-am vazut acolo, n-a mai iesit ca de obicei sa dea mina cu noi la usa, semn ca era deja prea slabit pentru acest efort. In aprilie 2006, la virsta de 86 de ani, John Stott a anuntat retragerea sa din activitatea publica si s-a mutat intr-o comunitate pentru clericii anglicani aflati la pensie. In perioada aceea am devenit membru al Comisiei teologice a Miscarii Lausanne, care era condusa de Dr. Chris Wright, desemnat de Stott ca succesor la conducerea fundatiei Langham. Cu ocazia intilnirilor comisiei mai aflam cite ceva despre sanatatea subrezita a lui Stott, dar si despre prospetimea spiritului sau. Ultima data i-am auzit vocea la Cape Town, unde a transmis pentru participanti un mesaj inregistrat.

In ziua in care a pasit in glorie, unchiul John era inconjurat de citiva dintre cei dragi. A inchis ochii inspre eternitate in vreme ce in camera se auzeau acordurile oratoriului Messiah de Haendel, iar prietenii ii citeau din Scriptura. „Frumoasa este inaintea Domnului moartea celor iubiti de el.”

La aflarea vestii despre moartea lui Stott, Billy Graham a afirmat: „Lumea evanghelica a pierdut pe unul dintre cei mai mari reprezentanti ai ei, iar eu am pierdut pe unul dintre cei mai apropiati prieteni si sfatuitori. Astept cu nerabdare sa-l vad din nou cind voi merge in ceruri.”

De asemenea, Dr. Rowan Williams, Arhiepiscopul de Canterbury, conducatorul Bisericii Anglicane, in care a slujit toata viata, a spus despre el: „Moartea lui John Stott va fi deplinsa de nenumarati crestini de peste tot din lume. In timpul unei lungi vieti de slujire si marturie neobosita, John si-a cistigat un loc unic in inimile tuturor celor care l-au intilnit, fie in persoana, fie prin cartile lui. A fost un om de o rara gingasie si de o profunda bunatate, un superb comunicator si un sfatuitor sensibil si inzestrat. Fara a face vreodata compromis cu ferma sa credinta evanghelica, el s-a aratat gata de a pune sub semnul intrebarii unele dintre modurile in care acea credinta a devenit conventionala si orientata spre sine. Nu exageram daca afirmam ca el a jucat un rol esential in schimbarea la fata a evanghelismului in plan international, argumentind pentru necesitatea unei misiuni holistice, care aplica adevarurile evangheliei lui Isus in toate domeniile vietii, inclusiv chestiunile sociale si politice. El insa va fi amintit in modul cel mai cald ca un predicator expozitiv al Scripturii si ca un invatator al credintei, a carui profunzime si simplitate au facut ca doctrina sa capete viata in tot felul de noi sensuri.”

A plecat dintre noi un mare om, un adevarat model pentru noi, intr-o vreme in care modelele sunt tot mai putine si mai nedemne de incredere. Intr-o vreme in care lideri crestini mai mult sau mai putin importanti sfirsesc in penibil cariere promitatoare, John Stott straluceste ca un luceafar intre stele.

Fie ca memoria lui sa fie binecuvintata pe veci, si ca el sa se bucure cu sfintii, al caror exemplu de viata l-a urmat. Imi imaginez  ca Sf. Apostol Petru l-a intimplinat la poarta cerului strigindu-i cu bucurie, Axios! Vrednic esti! Intra in bucuria stapinului tau.

Femi Adeleye on Langham Preaching in Africa


Watch at the link below an excellent presentation made by my dear friend and former WVI colleague dr. Femi Adeleye, coordinator of Langham Preaching Africa.

https://p.widencdn.net/1eqwzq/2017-Vision-Weekend-Preaching-video

Was John Stott interested in Orthodoxy?

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Translating for John Stott in Oradea, Romania, 1994

This blog post was prompted by a recent text written on his blog by my virtual friend Carson Clark, who argued, controversially, as he often does, that ‘it seems to him’, ‘Christians need to stop affirming the centrality of the cross’.

Intrigued? Good. Here is Carson’s (I believe) convincing argument:

In the christian life it shouldn’t be the crucifixion, then the rest of Jesus’ story around it. Instead it should be the crucifixion alongside everything else. This alternative framework in no way mitigates the importance or necessity of the crucifixion. It’s not removing the crucifixion from the center. It’s rather putting the putting the other elements beside it in the center.

And he concludes:

I propose a substitution. Instead of the “centrality of the cross,” I suggest the “centrality of Christ”–all of His story recorded in the New Testament, including His incarnation, life and ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension as well as His anticipated Second Coming. Surely the Bible’s entire redemptive narrative points to, culminates in, and centers on Jesus.

On his Facebook wall, Carson invites me and our common virtual friend Charles Twombly, to comment on this, and also includes in the discussion John Stott’s book The Cross of Jesus Christ and his relationship with Orthodoxy.

Here is my response. After a short comment on James R. Payton’s book Light from the Christian East. An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition, I write:

Returning to your initial discussion on the evangelical ‘centrality of the cross’. I have to say I fully agree. Let me translate here what I have written on my blog on my own theological identity (the text there is in Romanian and I have never translated it; maybe I should). What I do there, among other things, is to present modified definitions of Bebbington’s four descriptions of evangelicalism. Here is how I redefine crucicentrism.

Trinitarian Christocentrism – a theology rooted in the reality of the Holy Trinity, made accessible to us in the person of Christ, the son of God – fully God and fully human, who was revealed to us through his incarnation for us in history, through the virgin Mary; through his sinless life; through his sacrifice in our place on the cross; through his resurrection which overcame death; and through his ascension, which made possible the coming of the Holy Spirit, through whom Christ is ever present in and with us,in order to sanctify and transform us, as members of his mystical body, the Church, according to his image.

I admit it is quite convoluted, but, as you can see, my main contention is that the entire work of Christ, the Son of the Father, from his incarnation in the power of the Spirit, to the sending of the Spirit following his ascension – not just the redemptive sacrifice on the cross – should be at the centre of our theology.

Charles responds too to Carson’s invitations, commenting on Stott:

Danut knew “Uncle John” better than I did (being one of his “boys”), but we’re both strong admirers, I’m sure. Stott must be measured in terms of his time: he worked within the limits of his experience (as we all do).

While studying theology at Cambridge, he basically skipped the lectures and studied on his own since he was out of sympathy with many of his teachers. A shame in a way, since CH Dodd and Charles Moule were among them.

Eastern Orthodoxy wasn’t on his radar, I’d guess, even though there was a thriving interchange between Orthodox and Anglicans in England in those days, represented most especially by the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.

Interestingly, Michael Harper (a one-time curate of Stott’s at All Souls) moved on to be a major leader in Britain’s charismatic movement and then moved on again, years later, to become an Antiochean Orthodox and prominent in the “move East” of Brits and others. Not sure Stott paid much attention to either of these.

I think he had the “English disease” when it came to theology. Despite his great book on the cross, his interests and reading were almost wholly exegetical (as represented by the books in his study, which I examined–see next paragraph). Historical or systematic theology was not high on the priorities list.

My most precious memory of him was the forty-five minutes he gave to me in ’73 when I visited his townhouse and discussed with him my possible call to the “priesthood” (a term he didn’t like). He is a great hero to me, though I’ve moved in different directions.

I must confess I have the same feelings as Charles for ‘uncle John’. I have great respect and admiration for him, but I have moved theologically in a quite different direction than him.

Here is what I have added, in response to Charles’s comments:

Yes, Charles, as a Langham scholar, I had the undeserved privilege to meet uncle John a number of times in my life, twice of these in his home close to All Souls in Langham Place, which was my church during my theological studies.

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Talking with uncle John is his office

The first time I have visited him together with another Langham scholar, my friend Silviu Rogobete, who wrote his PhD on Staniloae’s ‘ontology of love’.

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Uncle John & Fr Stelian Tofana

The second time I have visited uncle John with another dear friend, the Orthodox Fr. Stelian Tofana, the most important Romanian Biblical scholar, who was supported financially by John Stott to spend two months at Tyndale House in Cambridge. One Sunday, since I was myself working on my doctorate at London School of Theology, uncle John suggested that I should bring Fr. Stelian to meet with him.
Besides these visits, I have listened to him many times preaching, both in Romania, before the fall of communism, and after, when I translated for him during his visit at Emmanuel University in Oradea, where I was teaching, and many other times at All Souls.

I was always fascinated with his sermons. He impressed me as a person who was coming from the presence of God – that is what I would call a prophet. He was clear, warm and confident in his sermons. When he preached at All Souls, the church was absolutely full – sanctuary, balconies and the hall downstairs.

I must confess I was never attracted by his books. They seemed to dry to me compared with his live sermons. I think he could have done better with a less stiff editor (whoever that was).

Although he was very knowledgeable theologically, uncle Stott never pretended to be more that a Bible teacher. I tend to agree. This was not a statement of humility (although he was a very humble man), but one of reality.

I never got the impression that Stott was interested at all in Orthodox theology or, as Charles rightly says, generally in systematic or historical theology. We all have our blind spots, don’t we?

The Day Evangelicalism Shook over Hell

The Day Evangelicalism Shook over Hell.

Scot McKnight about John Stott’s annihilationism, the thing that ‘shook evangelicalism’. Stott was the the first evangelical leader to pint out to the the strange interest, if not love, that evangelicals have for hell.

One may require a little bit of psychoanalysis in order to understand that.

The Willowbank Report – A Lausanne Consultation of Gospel & Culture

The complex and often ambiguous relationship between Gospel and culture was discussed a lot since the beginning of the Christians Church and continues to trouble many Christians, as a recent debate among Romanian evangelical, around the legitimacy and compatibility of pos culture – whatever we mean by that, and the Christian ethos.

The Willowbank Report, an important Lausanne Movement document, in which the hand (and mind) of John Stott is very obvious and which I have translated into Romanian about 30 years ago from the French translation, remains a standard for all those interested in this topic.

You may read the text online HERE. I could also sens anybody interested a copy  of the text in .mobi, which could be read on a Kindle. Just ask

God bless.

Howard Snyder – John Stott’s Celibacy

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Howard Snyder, whom I had the privilege of meeting in person two years ago in Bethlehem, has written a very hearty text on Stott’s celibacy. You will find many gems in this text. I also hope that some of my friends, men and women who, Uncle John, expected to get married, but did not, will find comfort and encouragement in their faithful following on Christ in their unmarried state.

Here is the first part of Snyder’s text:

Occasionally over the years I’ve heard people question John Stott’s sexual identity, since he never married. That the question would even be raised says more about current culture than about Stott.

Anglican churchman John Stott was the leading evangelical figure of the 20th century. Pastor, preacher, and teacher; author of many books; the genius behind the Lausanne Covenant. The man of whom New York Times columnist David Brooks once wrote, “If evangelicals chose a pope, they would likely select John Stott.”

Roger Steer’s 2009 biography, Basic Christian: The Inside Story of John Stott (IVP) clarifies many things about this remarkable man, including the question I raise here. Stott was born in 1921 and died in 2011, and Steer’s biography was written with Stott’s consent and collaboration.

Gist of the matter: Stott wanted to be married, but the right person never came along. Twice he had girlfriends, but neither relationship led to the altar. Continue reading “Howard Snyder – John Stott’s Celibacy”

A Rocha – Why Should Christians Care for Creation?

With John Stott’s. commendation.

About three years ago, during one of the meetings of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, I had the privilege of spending a few days in Lebanon with Peter Harris, founder of A Rocha – a Christian organisation dedicated to the care of creation, whose passion for the a Christian view of ecology impressed me a lot.

Since then, I have made a priority that care for creation become an important component of the strategies for my work in World Vision in all the countries where I work.

If you have never thought carefully about your responsibility for God’s creation and have been brain washed by the perverted abusive view of creation promoted in the West, including the Christian West, this si for you.

John Stott: A Uniter and a Divider | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

John Stott: A Uniter and a Divider | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

I have expected a biography of John Stott that goes beyond eulogy. So, here it is.
It may not be the definitive one, but it surely deserves the attention of those who have had the privilege to meet and respect ‘uncle John’.

John Stott on Singleness | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

John Stott on Singleness | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

This is an article that I think all Christian singles past 25 should read.

J.I. Packer: John Stott Was ‘Most Modest of Men’ | Liveblog | Christianity Today

J.I. Packer: John Stott Was ‘Most Modest of Men’ | Liveblog | Christianity Today.

Packer’s tribute to John stott at the memorial service on 5 August.

Mark Galli, John Stott and the Weary Evangelical

I will spare you this time my usual apology for the texts of Mark Galli. It is past midnight here and I have said it all already (if in doubt, search for Galli on my blog).

I will just add a few quotes from a text you should read if you are,, even if to a little degree a ‘weary evangelical’. If you are not, don’t bother. It may trouble your senseless contentment. Continue reading “Mark Galli, John Stott and the Weary Evangelical”

John Stott Memorial Video – Lausanne Congress Cape Town 2010

My Ten Favourite Books by John Stott

The list I submit here, at the request of RomGabe, is highly subjective and does not involve any hierarchy. It is somewhat random in terms of order and may also exclude some valuable titles that did not necessarily resonate with me.

I have to also say that I do not particularly like John Stott’s writings. They seem somewhat dry to me (this may simply be because of the editors he used), especially when compared with the warmth of his live messages.

So, here are my favourites, for what it matters: Continue reading “My Ten Favourite Books by John Stott”

Elogiu lui John Stott – UPDATE

John Stott & Billy Graham

Miercuri 27 iulie 2011, dimineata devreme, a fost inaltat in slava robul lui Dumnezeu John Stott, la venerabila virsta de peste 90 de ani.

S-a nascut la 27 aprilie 1921 la Londra. Tatal sau era un medic agnostic, iar mama lui era o luterana credincioasa. La virsta de 11 ani a trecut printr-o experienta de convertire, in urma predicii capelanului scolii la care studia, numita Rugby School. Acelasi pastor a fost primul care i-a intreptat pasii pe cararea uceniciei crestine.

A studiat limbile moderne la Trinity College in Cambridge, cu specializari in franceza si teologie. A studiat apoi la Ridley Hall in Cambridge, pregatindu-se pentru slujirea pastorala in Biserica Anglicana. A fost ordinat in 1945 si a devenit pastor al Bisericii All Souls, din Langham Place, in centrul Londrei, in care crescuse ca copil. Stott a ales celibatul, pentru a-si putea dedica intreaga energie pentru slujirea Bisericii si a lui Cristos. Intrebat cindva peste ani daca are vreun regret pentru ceva ce n-a facut, John a recunoscut candid ca totusi regreta oarecum faptul ca nu s-a casatorit. Continue reading “Elogiu lui John Stott – UPDATE”

Nicholas Kristof – An Eulogy to Stott and NonFundamentalist Evangelicals

Nick Kristof, writes in the Sunday Review of New York Times a superb eulogy to the noble decency of John Stott as compared with bullies of the Religious Right in the US, like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Here is what he writes:

In these polarized times, few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as “evangelical Christian.”

That’s partly because evangelicals came to be associated over the last 25 years with blowhard scolds. When the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson discussed on television whether the 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on feminists, gays and secularists, God should have sued them for defamation. Continue reading “Nicholas Kristof – An Eulogy to Stott and NonFundamentalist Evangelicals”

Funeral Service for John Stott « România Evanghelică

Funeral Service for John Stott « România Evanghelică.

Here is the announcement on the funeral service for John Stott

Monday 1 August 2011, 12.15pm at All Souls, Langham Place, London.

I wish I could be there for a last good bye to this great man of God.

Two John Stott Stories

During the summer of 2001, while I was doing my PhD studies at London School of Theology, with support from Langham Scholarship, uncle John agreed to support an unusual project: providing funding for an Eastern Orthodox Biblical scholar from Romania for spending a number of weeks in doing research at the Tyndale House in Cambridge. Continue reading “Two John Stott Stories”

Dr. Silviu Tatu despre intilnirea lui cu John Stott

Multumesc lui Alin Cristea pentru link.

Observ ca pe acest clip apare si o fotografie a mea cu John Stoto, in timpul unui prinz la el acasa, in vara anului 1997.

Archbishop Rowan Williams Remembers John Stott

Thursday 28th July 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, remembers the life of the Revd John Stott, and has delivered the following tribute in response to news of his death last night.

‘The death of John Stott will be mourned by countless Christians throughout the world.  During a long life of unsparing service and witness, John won a unique place in the hearts of all who encountered him, whether in person or through his many books.   He was a man of rare graciousness and deep personal kindness, a superb communicator and a sensitive and skilled counsellor.  Without ever compromising his firm evangelical faith, he showed himself willing to challenge some of the ways in which that faith had become conventional or inward-looking.  It is not too much to say that he helped to change the face of evangelicalism internationally, arguing for the necessity of ‘holistic’ mission that applied the Gospel of Jesus to every area of life, including social and political questions.  But he will be remembered most warmly as an expositor of scripture and a teacher of the faith, whose depth and simplicity brought doctrine alive in all sorts of new ways.

We give thanks to God for his life and for all that was given to us through his ministry.’

(Source, HERE.)

John Stott – The Conservative Radical

Rev. Stott served as a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine, when it was known as The Post American, and wrote this article for the November/December, 1973 issue of the magazine.

It seems to be a characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon mind to enjoy inhabiting the “polar regions” of truth. If we could straddle both poles simultaneously, we would exhibit a healthy balance. Instead, we tend to “polarize.” We push some of our brothers to one pole, while keeping the other as our own preserve.

What I am thinking of now is not so much questions of theology as questions of temperament, and in particular the tension between the “conservative” and the “radical.”

By “conservative” we are referring to people who want to conserve or preserve the past, and who therefore are resistant to change.

By “radical” we are referring to people who are in rebellion against what is inherited from the past and who are therefore agitating for change. Continue reading “John Stott – The Conservative Radical”

John Stott | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

John Stott | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

You will find collected at the link above Christianity Today’s coverage of Stott’s life and ministry.

Doug Birdsall & Lindsay Brown – John Stott, Home with the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

For all of us who were together in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, we will remember the moving tributes given to the two giants of The Lausanne Movement, Billy Graham and John Stott. They were personal friends who loved and admired one another, and they were the defining figures of global evangelicalism for the last sixty years.

Today (27 July 2011) “Uncle John” went home to be with the Lord. (Read more) He is now with the One who he served all his life and in whom he had total confidence.

John Stott impacted the church around the world in many ways. Perhaps his greatest contribution was to articulate clearly and to defend robustly the evangelical faith which he always understood to be biblical faith, grounded in the New Testament. Evangelicalism was to Stott an expression of historic, orthodox Christianity. Continue reading “Doug Birdsall & Lindsay Brown – John Stott, Home with the Lord”

Chris Wright – John Stott goes to be with the Lord

27 July 2011

Dear Langham Scholar,

We are sure that, as a Langham Scholar, you would wish to be among the first to know that today at 3.15pm (UK time), John Stott went to be with the Lord. Close family and friends were with him during the morning, and they listened together with him to selections from Handel’s Messiah, including “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, and read through 2 Timothy. He died very peacefully during the afternoon. He had become very weak and weary in recent months and we thank God for a merciful and peaceful ending to his earthly pilgrimage.

During his lifetime, John Stott became known worldwide for the clarity, faithfulness and relevance of his writing and preaching, combined with extraordinary integrity and humility. Countless people around the world can testify to the personal encouragement they have received from ‘Uncle John’. As a Langham Scholar you are among the 300 men and women around the world in the Fellowship of Langham Scholars who are indebted to his great vision and commitment to the cause of theological education and godly leadership. Continue reading “Chris Wright – John Stott goes to be with the Lord”

John Stott Memorial Video

John Stott la All Souls

Reiau aici si acesl text mai vechi despre John Stott, in memoria acestui mare om al lui Dumnezeu.

John Stott la All Souls

Curând după sosirea la Londra am dorit cu toţii să vizităm Biserica All Souls, ca să ne întâlnim din nou cu John Stott. Paul este cel care ne-a dus acolo, căci el se ştia foarte bine cu Stott. Nu-mi amintesc foarte multe lucruri despre acea slujbă. Ştiu că m-a impresionat foarte mult calitatea şi versatilitatea orchestrei, care putea cânta cu aceeaşi uşurinţă de la imnuri la negro spirituals şi de la muzică clasică la jazz. Predica „unchiului John” a fost la fel clară şi de solidă ca întotdeauna. Am fost uimit să văd că cu mult înainte de începerea slujbei nu numai sanctuarul bisericii, dar şi sala mare de la subsol, la care slujba se transmitea prin televiziune cu circuit închis, erau înţesate de oameni, mai ales tineri, dar nu numai, şi de cele mai diverse rase. Mi s-a spus că aşa este întotdeauna când predică Stott acolo. Continue reading “John Stott la All Souls”

John Stott Has Died | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

John Stott Has Died | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

An obituary.

John Stott in vizita la Oradea

 

Dat fiind anuntul legat de trecerea in glorie a robului lui Dumnezeu Joihn Stott, reiau aici povestea prime mele intilniri cu acest om special al lui Dumnezeu.

Prima întâlnire cu John Stott – Oradea, mai 1987

Numele lui John Stott era foarte cunoscut evanghelicilor din România în perioada comunistă. Prima lui carte tradusă în româneşte a fost Esenţialul creştinismului (Basic Christianity), o prezentare succintă şi clară a credinţei creştine, care a fost introdusă în ţară în mod ilegal şi distribuită probabil în mii şi mii de exemplare.

În primăvara lui 1987 am avut însă şansa de a petrece câteva zile extraordinare la Oradea, în prezenţa acestui mare om al lui Dumnezeu. Bănuiesc că ideea invitării lui în ţară a aparţinut lui Paul Negruţ, care era şi atunci pastor al unei biserici baptiste în Oradea. Sunt sigur că unchiul John n-a fost uşor de convins, dat fiind programul lui foarte încărcat. Ceea ce ştiu bine că l-a ispitit şi l-a convins până la urmă să vină a fost promisiunea unei calatorii în Delta Dunării, unde putea observa câteva dintre speciile de păsări pe care nu le văzuse niciodată. Se ştie că ornitologia este marele hobby al lui Stott. A şi scris cu ani în urmă o fascinantă carte despre păsări.

Continue reading “John Stott in vizita la Oradea”

A Prayer for the Eternal Rest of John Stott – UPDATE

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant John R. W. Stott, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Jonathan Anderson on Facebook.)

This morning, Rev. John Stott, one of the fathers of modern Evangelicalism, went to be with the Lord in Glory. May he rest eternally with the saints!

Update!

HERE you can find an official announcement on the Christianity Today site. There are so many accessing it at this time that you may not be able to connect until later.

Billy Graham on the death of The Reverend John R. W. Stott, July 27, 2011: “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven.” (Posted on Facebook)

Urme pe nisip – John Stott – III

John Stott la All Souls

Curând după sosirea la Londra am dorit cu toţii să vizităm Biserica All Souls, ca să ne întâlnim din nou cu John Stott. Paul este cel care ne-a dus acolo, căci el se ştia foarte bine cu Stott. Nu-mi amintesc foarte multe lucruri despre acea slujbă. Ştiu că m-a impresionat foarte mult calitatea şi versatilitatea orchestrei, care putea cânta cu aceeaşi uşurinţă de la imnuri la negro spirituals şi de la muzică clasică la jazz. Predica „unchiului John” a fost la fel clară şi de solidă ca întotdeauna. Am fost uimit să văd că cu mult înainte de începerea slujbei nu numai sanctuarul bisericii, dar şi sala mare de la subsol, la care slujba se transmitea prin televiziune cu circuit închis, erau înţesate de oameni, mai ales tineri, dar nu numai, şi de cele mai diverse rase. Mi s-a spus că aşa este întotdeauna când predică Stott acolo.

Continue reading “Urme pe nisip – John Stott – III”

Urme pe nisip – John Stott – II


Studentii romani la LBC – Absolvire 1994
In picioare, de la stinga la dreapta: Mircea Mitrofan, Silviu Rogobete, Geoprge Ille, Petru Bulica, Peter Cotterell (LBC Principal), Gina Bulica, Alex Nadaban, Dorin Axente, Corneliu Boingeanu, Daniel Bulzan
Jos: Alex Neagoe, Florin Rete, Cristian Sigheartau, Costel Gott, Marius Mazuru.

London Bible College

În septembrie 1993 am început un program de masterat în hermeneutică biblică şi modernă la London Bible College (LBC – o şcoală teologică evanghelică interconfesională asociată atunci cu Universitatea Brunel din vestul Londrei). Programul a început în ascuns, înainte de 1989 şi a continuat ca program la distanţă după căderea comunismului. Fiecare dintre cursanţi primea o serie de cărţi pe care trebuia să le citească până la sosirea profesorului din Anglia. Atunci câne venea profesorul, petreceam cu el două-trei zile într-o casă, ascultând preşegerile acestuia şi discutând despre subiectul prezentat. la plecare primeam o temă de eseu, pe care trebuia s-o predăm următorului profesor pentru a-I fi transmisă spre corectare, precum şi cărţile pentru următorul curs. Dintre cei 42 de cursanţi, împărţiţi în grupuri care se întâlneau în şapte oraşe diferite, circa 20 au terminat cursul în vara anului 1993. Şaptesprezece dintre aceştia au acceptat să meargă mai departe la studii în Anglia şi zece dintre ei primit până în prezent titlul de doctor în teologie. Despre acest program sper să povestesc mai multe altă dată.

Continue reading “Urme pe nisip – John Stott – II”