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August 02, 2011

John Stott

John Stott

In one of the great lines about God and man, St. Augustine observed, “You have formed us for yourself, O God. And our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Yesterday we reflected on Amy Winehouse whose chaotic life and untimely death was mourned last week. Also passing last week was a much less familiar person, British pastor and theologian John Stott.

Stott’s stability and influence was a shaping force of 20th century evangelicalism. David Brooks of the New York Times suggested in 2004 that Stott was evangelicalism at its best – kind and caring, but willing to stand on his faith and take it to the public square.

Frederich Nietzsche once said life was a long obedience in the same direction. That’s certainly true of both Stott and Winehouse. But the difference in their directions are a stark contrast between a heart that is perpetually restless, and a heart perpetually at rest.

Further Reading

Who Is John Stott?
David Brooks | New York Times | November 30, 2004

We Shalll Not Stop at Evangelism
Randy Balmer | Religion Dispatch | July 28, 2011

Evangelical Christian Leaders Pay Tribute to John Stott
Katherine T. Phan | The Christian Post | July 28, 2011

Confessions of St. Augustine
Saint Augustine of Hippo | Imagine | 1960


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