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Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement

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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, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press (UK) (first published November 11th 2011)
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Paul
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Donald Lewis
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A helpful take on one of the 20th century's most influential Christians. ...more
vittore paleni
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Daniel
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jason
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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." ...more
David Griffin
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Good sketch on John Stott and how he dealt with the changing face of the UK in the mid-twentieth century.
Chris Schutte
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great window not only into John Stott, but also the Evangelical "party" within the Church of England, and evangelicalism in general, in late 20th century. ...more
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