Remembering John Stott (1921-2011)

John StottLike many Christians in the UK and around the world, the ICC community would like to pay tribute to the life and ministry of John Stott who died on Wednesday at the age of 90.

His ministry of both writing and speaking was well known world wide, and we were privileged to have him visit the college in 2003 when he spoke on the way in which students could maintain the balance between a commitment to academic excellence and to spiritual passion. Many of his books are on reading lists for a number of our classes thanks to his ability to mix evangelical scholarship with genuine pastoral care.

"His desire to hold together solid scholarship, practical application and spiritual fervour is a goal to which I believe all of us as staff and students here should aspire ... The world is a richer place for John Stott having been here, and we give thanks to God for his life."
Richard Tiplady - Principal

John Stott was not only concerned with the church in the UK, however. A number of international students coming to ICC over the years have been supported by the Langham Partnership, an initiative begun by Stott in 1969 in order to support church leaders from the Global South studying at UK universities. The ultimate aim was the building up of the church globally, with well trained, theologically literate leaders involved in the rapidly growing churches of the Global South.

John StottICC’s Principal Richard Tiplady said “John Stott epitomised the commitment to Gospel truth and its gracious presentation by word and action. His desire to hold together solid scholarship, practical application and spiritual fervour is a goal to which I believe all of us as staff and students here should aspire. Much has been made of his significance as a leader of the church in the 20th century. However, through the lives of those he touched and particularly through his writing and through the work of Langham Partnership International, I believe his influence will be significant well into the century that lies ahead of us. The world is a richer place for John Stott having been here, and we give thanks to God for his life.”

We join with many around the world who are saddened by the death of John Stott, but at the same time celebrate the life of a person who lived wholly in service to God and who is now enjoying his “Sabbath rest”.

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