Thursday, 28 July 2011

John Stott

Sad news that John Stott died yesterday, not sad for him but sad for others. Such an influential figure in the evangelical world, his work and his person will be an influence for many a long year in the future.

I did meet him once. We were eating lunch at All Souls when we were in a meeting there as part of a UCCF team. He came over to talk to the table and shake each of us by the hand. In my ignorance I barely knew who he was, but we came across as gentle and humble and interesting in what we were doing.

Found out in his biography that he went to school in the same town as me too, though mine was the comprehensive, his was the prep school. Less than a mile apart but miles apart.

A good man, he is reported to have died while listening to Handel's Messiah. What a way to go!

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