In honor of John R. W. Stott, 27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011.
It was 1998 when I first read John Stott in a small group. Our leader selected Basic Christianity as our book of study for the year. I had certainly heard of John Stott before as my father had studied Theology and Church History and often would mention St. Francis, Stott, Luther, and other leaders of Christian thought over dinner. However, as a teen my perception was that Stott was just an old guy that wrote some books.
As we studied and discussed Basic Christianity I quickly realized how wrong I was. Stott had put on paper God's truth in plain language. It was impactful to say the least. And it helped form the foundations of my faith and formed my desire to learn more and more.
Years later I had an opportunity to pay this foundation forward, as I led a group of young men in a similar study and discussion.
It is sad to hear of John Stott's passing today. Yet, I am reminded to rejoice in the legacy and impact that he has had on entire generations of Christians. I trust that he heard the words, "Well done good and faithful servant."
-Caleb Williams, Zondervan Internet Team