April 27, 2008
Happy Birthday, John Stott
The senior evangelical statesman turns 87.
A weekend e-mail from John Stott Ministries called attention to the April 27 birthday of "Uncle John." The senior evangelical statesman turned 87 on Sunday.
Stott retired from all active public ministry just one year ago and moved into a retirement facility for Anglican clergy. JSM president Ken Perez reports that Stott is happy and doing well in his new surroundings:
I asked how he was finding his living situation, which has been his home for about a year now. Uncle John shared that he has a number of evangelical friends in the retirement community, including one man whose friendship with John goes back 70 years when they were students at Rugby School! Uncle John related that he is often asked whether he is happy. His response is that while he would not say that he is happy (I would imagine that he misses many people, the activity of his ministry, his home in London, and the ability to travel abroad), he is content, citing Philippians 4:11, "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Read Perez's full account of his visit on the JSM website.
In 2006, Christianity Today marked Stott's 85th birthday by publishing "Evangelism Plus," an interview by Tim Stafford.