Living Radical Discipleship
Inspired by John Stott
John Stott’s legacy of faithful Christian discipleship continues to impact Christians on every continent and in every sphere of life. This book pays homage to that legacy and to Stott’s unwavering commitment to Christ’s transformative Lordship over all facets of existence, especially those we may find particularly convenient to ignore. In this collection of essays, integral mission scholars and practitioners from around the world – many of whom knew John Stott personally and worked with him extensively – reflect on several of the concerns that developed and deepened over the course of Stott’s life, reminding us that Christian obedience must include caring for God’s creation, engaging in social action and advocacy, and supporting church leadership of the Majority World. Living Radical Discipleship calls us to repentance, to recommitment, and to wholehearted discipleship.
This volume, like the ever modest giant it commemorates, is simple and yet profound. Those who read and ponder this book will find their spirits encouraged, their minds renewed, and their faith invigorated.
Jonathan J. Bonk, PhD
Executive Director Emeritus,
Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
This collection of essays deepens and expands John Stott’s efforts for social justice rooted in biblical preaching, so that the global church might be salt and light in a world torn by racial and ethnic strife.
Lynn H. Cohick, PhD
Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Professor of New Testament,
Northern Seminary, Lisle, Illinois, USA
These essays are more than a fitting tribute to John Stott’s memory and legacy. They present a powerful challenge to our complacency, shameful compromises, and meaningless polarizations. This is a book to be pondered by all who care for the credibility of the church in our contemporary world.
Vinoth Ramachandra, PhD
International Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement,
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
One significant moment in my life was when I met John Stott in Cambridge during a course that Inter-Varsity UK organized. His ministry was crucial in the development of the Lausanne movement around the world.
J. Samuel Escobar, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Missiology,
Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA
This volume brings together an exceptional group of international scholars to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important Christian thinkers of the recent past. Stott’s life and work will continue to transform Christian witness for generations to come.
George Kalantzis, PhD
Professor of Theology, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA
Director, The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
This book of reflections on the life and work of John Stott is both a tribute to his legacy and a live conversation on the theological themes that occupy us. The talks and remembrances are a testament to the depth of his friendships and the breadth of his concern for the global church.
Melba Padilla Maggay, PhD
Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture
Arguably, no other evangelical leader has had more influence in shaping global evangelicalism in recent centuries than John Stott. His life and legacy has impacted leaders young and old on every continent.
Las G. Newman, PhD
Global Associate Director for Regions,
The church needs a thoughtful relevant guide to become a community that reflects God’s kingdom. This book is a critical resource for those who desire biblically grounded and socially informed ways forward to living in this world as the body of Christ.
Rev. Sandra Van Opstal
Founding Director, Chasing Justice
This volume has probing reflections on costly, uncompromising discipleship by global leaders shaped and nurtured by the life and ministry of John Stott. These essays from all parts of the global church help us understand how to apply the gospel to every area of life.
Ronald J. Sider, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy,
Palmer Seminary at Eastern University, St David’s, Pennsylvania, USA
As a publisher who has translated and published forty titles by John Stott, I heartily recommend this book to the global Christians living between and in two worlds, especially to the young generation, for the formation of radical discipleship.
Publisher, Korea InterVarsity Press
Table of Contents
- Foreword Ruth Valerio
- Preface Laura S. Meitzner Yoder
- Part 1: Commitment to Majority World Church Leadership
- Between Two Worlds?
- The Gospel in the Life of John Stott Mark Labberton
- “All the Churches of Christ Greet You” (Rom 16:16)
- Recognizing, Resourcing and Receiving Global Church Leaders – Celebrating the Legacy of John Stott Christopher J. H. Wright
- Part 2: Christian Social Engagement
- The Image of God and Justice Myrto Theocharous
- The Gospel and the Public Square
- Our Social Responsibility, as Believers and Citizens, in the World David Zac Niringiye
- Relentless Love and Justice in Radical Whole-Life Discipleship Jason Fileta
- Part 3: Creation Care
- Intertwining Roots for Just Conviviality Ruth Padilla DeBorst
- Loving Our Neighbour in God’s World Kuki (Lalbiakhlui) Rokhum
- Seeing God’s World
- Proximity and Political Ecology within the Lordship of Christ Laura S. Meitzner Yoder
- List of Contributors