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Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement
British Christian leader John Stott was one of the most influential figures of the evangelical movement during the second half of the twentieth century. Called the pope of evangelicalism by many, he helped to shape a global religious movement that grew rapidly during his career. He preached to thousands on six continents. Millions bought his books and listened to his sermo ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Oxford University Press (UK)
(first published November 11th 2011)
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As a college student in the early 1970s who was tuned in to InterVarsity and the Urbana Missionary Conferences, and then worked with the IFES affiliate in the Philippines in the late '70s, I grew up with John Stott's writings and preaching. Working now at the Billy Graham Center Archives, Stott's presence is widely felt there in our collections (primarily in the Lausanne Committee, and InterVarsity records, as well as the yet-to-be-processed records of IFES). So I was grateful for Chapman's exam ...more
This book was annoying on two fronts: 1) I am pretty sure that every fith or sixth sentence began with "Stott," producing a bullet point feel: Stott...Stott...Stott's...Stott...etc, (although maybe Stott's name just sounds annying phenetically, but whose name wouldn't after such repetition); and 2) contrary to the remarks in the introduction of "seeing things their way," whenever there is room for interpretation the author consistently picks the one that raises questions and doubts about Stott's ...more
A concise, judicious analysis of the ministry and influence of John Stott. The book is a good corrective to both blowhards who wish to dismiss everything John Stott ever did as a result of his error on eternal punishment (which he only ever held tentatively), and hagiographers who think of him as the evangelical equivalent to Pope John Paul II. Personally speaking, I enjoyed reading several of his commentaries some years back, but will have to really make at point of reading his writings on soci ...more
Chapman's biography of John Stott is a very helpful look into a man and a movement in the UK in the middle to late 20th century. As Chapman describes the challenges, joys, and trials of Stott's life and ministry, and especially the pain he underwent from fellow evangelical Christians, I was reminded again of why I describe myself as an "evangelical catholic" instead of just an "evangelical."
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