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ISBN: 9781839730719
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 7
Publication Date: 31/01/2021
Pages: 134
Language: English

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.

Author Bios


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,
Lausanne Movement

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.

Hyoun-Ki Shin
Publisher, Korea InterVarsity Press

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword Ruth Valerio
  2. Preface Laura S. Meitzner Yoder
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Part 1: Commitment to Majority World Church Leadership
    1. Between Two Worlds?
      1. The Gospel in the Life of John Stott Mark Labberton
    2. “All the Churches of Christ Greet You” (Rom 16:16)
      1. Recognizing, Resourcing and Receiving Global Church Leaders – Celebrating the Legacy of John Stott Christopher J. H. Wright
  5. Part 2: Christian Social Engagement
    1. The Image of God and Justice Myrto Theocharous
    2. The Gospel and the Public Square
      1. Our Social Responsibility, as Believers and Citizens, in the World David Zac Niringiye
    3. Relentless Love and Justice in Radical Whole-Life Discipleship Jason Fileta
  6. Part 3: Creation Care
    1. Intertwining Roots for Just Conviviality Ruth Padilla DeBorst
    2. Loving Our Neighbour in God’s World Kuki (Lalbiakhlui) Rokhum
    3. Seeing God’s World
    4. Proximity and Political Ecology within the Lordship of Christ Laura S. Meitzner Yoder
  7. List of Contributors


Ruth Padilla DeBorst

RUTH PADILLA DEBORST (PhD, Boston University) is a wife of one and mother of many, a theologian, missiologist, educator, and a storyteller. She has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. She works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI), a learning community with Master’s and Certificate level programs. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (The International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation) and serves on the board of Arocha. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband, James, and fellow members of the Casa Adobe intentional Christian community. Her education includes a Bachelor’s in Education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a PhD in Missiology and Social Ethics from Boston University.

Jason Fileta

JASON FILETA serves as the Vice President of Tearfund USA. An author, speaker, and editor, Mr. Fileta was also the Director of the Micah Challenge USA. He has a BA in Sociology and International Development from Calvin College.

Mark Labberton

MARK LABBERTON is Lloyd John Ogilvie chair for preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute for Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Previously Labberton served as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Berkeley, California, for sixteen years. Labberton received his doctorate in theology from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission. He has published articles in Leadership Journal and Radix magazines.

David Zac Niringiye

DAVID ZAC NIRINGIYE holds a PhD in Theology and Mission History from the University of Edinburgh, UK an MA in Theology from Wheaton College, USA as well as a Physics Honours degree and Teaching Diploma from Makerere University, Uganda. He is a leader with national and international acclaim and has experience as a church leader, theologian, peace and social justice activist and an organizational development consultant. Bishop Zac who previously served as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, is now engaged in full-time civic-political activism in his native country of Uganda. He is married to Theodora and they have three children.

Lalbiakhlui “Kuki” Rokhum

LALBIAKHLUI “KUKI” ROKHUM serves as the Director of Training and Mobilization with the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR). Ms. Rokhum focuses on seeking solutions to issues of justice by working with the poor and marginalized. She has a BA in Intercultural and Biblical Studies from All Nations Christian College.

Myrto Theocharous

Dr Myrto Theocharous (PhD, University of Cambridge, UK) is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Greek Bible College, Greece. She is President of the Nea Zoi Anti-Trafficking Ministry.

Ruth Valerio

RUTH VALERIO serves as Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund UK. A speaker, author, social activist, and environmentalist, Dr. Valerio writes on justice, environment, and lifestyle. She has a PhD from Kings College London on simplicity and consumerism. She is also Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral.

Christopher J. H. Wright

CHRISTOPHER J. H. WRIGHT is Global Ambassador and Ministry Director ofLangham Partnership. He was formerly principal of All Nations Christian College,Ware, UK, after he taught at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. His books includeOld Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, Knowing God –The Trilogy, The Mission of God’s People and several commentaries in The BibleSpeaks Today series.