Happy 90th Birthday, “Uncle John”!

A week from today, Wednesday April 27th, marks the 90th birthday of one of Evangelicalism’s most noble and beloved leaders, John R. W. Stott.

I first encountered John Stott’s work when I picked up his commentary on the book of Acts in 1994. I was impressed with his seamless combination of scholarship and his passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ. D. A. Carson has said of this commentary that Stott’s “modeling of the move from exegesis to exposition is sans pareil.*” He has authored over 50 books, including eight New Testament commentaries. His book, The Cross of Christ is more than a classic, it is a masterful treatment of the Cross and of Christ’s substitutionary atonement accomplished there:

“We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ which does not have at its centre the principle of ‘satisfaction through substitution’, indeed divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution” (The Cross of Christ, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986, p. 159).

I had the opportunity to hear John preach in person on the “three crucifixions” of Galatians 6:14 in 1994: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal 6:14).

There is much, much more I could say about our beloved pastor, leader, scholar, author, and friend. I can do no better, however, than to direct you to his brief biography on the Langham Partnership International website (an organization he founded; known in the U.S. as John Stott Ministries):

His biography

His bibliography

About the Langham Partnership International and John Stott Ministries

You, too, can celebrate John Stott by wishing “Uncle John” a happy birthday here or here.

*French lit. “without similar”; meaning “without equal”


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