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InterVarsity Press The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

At the 150th anniversary of the dedication of his church, John Stott gave voice to his dream for All Souls, London, and all souls everywhere: "I have a dream of . . . a biblical church . . . a worshiping church . . . a caring church . . . a serving church . . . an expectant church."

Reflecting on his more than sixty years of service at All Souls and a worldwide ministry that led Time magazine to acknowledge him as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," Stott alerts a church that is in transition to the marks of a church that is living.

The Living Church is the full articulation of Stott's dream for the body of Christ in the world today. To the people of God who inherit the global church he has helped to build for the past sixty years, he bequeaths this calling: "There is such a thing as goodness: pursue it. The postmodern mood is unfriendly to all universal absolutes. Yet the apostle says there is such a thing as truth: fight for it. And there is such a thing as life: lay hold of it. May God enable us to make an unabashed commitment . . . to what is true, what is good, and what is real."

John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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Date:October 22, 2010
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Christ died so the church can live but we can get so stuck in the mud. John Stott, even at his advanced age continues to challenge us to change, to grow, to be fresh. A very worthwhile book that shows great respect for the church but at the same time encourages her to be relevant.
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Date:November 2, 2009
This is a must read for any pastor who serves in the ministry. Stott's insight and convictions are a challenge and a call to seek the Spirit of God in awakening any and all churches who desire to be what God has called His Church to be.
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Bruce Flickinger
Long time Anglican pastor, evangelist, and worldwide renowned Bible teacher and expositor, John Stott has given his substantial writing career a real tour de force with this poignant and deceptively small book. There is a lot of substance here for thought and for use in the service of aiding the local church being all that it is called to be by the Lord Jesus.
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Stott offers very practical advise. Yet he is as much as a theologian as N.T. Wright. Just an inspiration for the CHURCH!
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Lori Broschat
I've never been disappointed in John Stott, and so this book is a welcome addition to my shelf. His wisdom is so down to earth.
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