Richard Bewes writes about the Founder of The Church of England Evangelical Council, and the Evangelical fellowship in the Anglican Communion
John Robert Walmsley Stott, born on April 27th, 1921, was called to rest on July 27th, 2011, after a lifetime of church leadership, Bible teaching, evangelism and writing – stretching across a canvas that covered every continent. In the minds of thousands of pastors and students of Scripture worldwide, he has been the unofficial holder of the Blue Riband in Bible exposition.As one theological college Principal
JRWS on safari. (Photo: Richard Bewes)
commented to me, “When called upon to expound a Scripture passage, I would refrain from consulting John’s published comments too early, because no sooner had I read them than it seemed there was simply nothing left to explain!” When embarking upon his commentary on the letter to the Romans, it is no exaggeration to state that John Stott read every major work available – including all fourteen volumes of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ influential expositions.
EFAC Australia recognises with great sadness the passing of John Stott, the driving force and inspiration behind the founding of EFAC in London in 1961- exactly 50 years ago.
John was renowned around the world as the author of more than 50 books including Basic Christianity (translated into 63 languages), the Cross of Christ, Issues Facing Christians Today, and commentaries on many books of the New Testament in the Bible Speaks Today series. He was one of the authors of the Lausanne Covenant and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2005.
The President of EFAC Australia, Archbishop Peter Jensen, has written the following about the influence of John Stott.
There are a few, a very few, who deserve to be called a Prince among the people of God. John Stott was one such.
From "Eternity" Magazine
5:17pm Friday, 13th May 2011
Opposition to Christian Religious Education in Victorian schools is heating up, after the Age ran a front page story today accusing the CEO of ACCESS ministries of going against national guidelines by promoting evangelism in the classroom.
The article refers to a talk given three years ago by CEO, Dr Evonne Paddison, at the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion national conference in Melbourne. She's quoted as saying "we need to go and make disciples" in schools.
The Victorian and Federal Governments are investigating whether ACCESS is in breach of the National Schools Chaplaincy Guidelines, which bans "proselytising".