Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

27 July 2011 A.D. Anglican Churchman and Pastor, Mr. (Rev.Dr.) John Stott, dies

27 July 2011 A.D.  Anglican Churchman and Pastor, Mr. (Rev.Dr.) John Stott, dies.

The Rev. Dr. James Innes Packer Preaches the Memorial Service, 5 Aug 2011, in Vancouver for the Rev. Dr. John Stott, Due for Burial 8 Aug 2011 from All Souls, London

This sermon was preached as a memorial service for the late Rev. Dr. John R. W. Stott (April 27, 1921 - July 27, 2011).  The Rev. Canon Dr. James I. Packer preached. 

A scholarly Anglican, Dr. Packer, who knew Dr. Stott for years, offered his sage insights. 

As an aside, a digression, even the New York Times eulogized Dr. Stott as an honorable Evangelical Anglican rather than an “Evangelical Blowhard” [read: American evangelical]  See.

Part 1 of 3 from Dr. Packer’s sermon:

The biblical text: Hebrews 13:7-8.  Over 3 parts, the sermon is almost 34 minutes. 

The youtube post is dated 5 Aug 2011.  It was posted by the Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd, Vancouver, BC, Canada.  This parish is in the Anglican Network in Canada, a split-off from the liberal Anglican Church of Canada. 

Two quick take-ways from Part 1.

A side note, in the Anglican tradition, Dr. Packer is vested as an Anglican in cassock, surplice and stole with a clerical collar…standard vestments for centuries. As such, we are reminded of our Anglican heritage.  Architecturally, the pulpit is to the left, again, a consciousness of our great past when order and decency was prescribed for worship and music.  Dr. Packer speaks with careful measure and thought—no enthusiasm.  No crudity or enthusiasms like American blowhards. We are thankful for deliberative, cautious and  common sense exposition.  While insignificant to most, given American enthusiasm, these minor side notes represent long bridges to the wider matters of Anglicanism with deep taproots deep in history and common sense.

On a different and superior note than the above, important as it is, Dr. Packer offers a worthy exegetical and expository on the biblical text…a commendable interplay between the biblical text and Dr. Stott’s life.  May this style and approach never be forgotten.  Faithful Anglican Churchmen are a Bible-people. Our thoughts are registered at: Some excellent comments are offered by Dr. Packer on the intransigency of liberalism, pride and obstinacy of unbelief in the mainline churches.  We are long acquainted with it.  In context, as Dr. Packer informs us, Dr. Stott stood as a faithful witness in the liberal Anglican context.  As such, Dr. Stott reminded us of our great Bible heritage.  An Anglican heritage…of standing in theological storms like Cranmer, Ridley, Hooper, Rogers, Bilney, Coverdale and others. 

Dr. Stott advocated for serious worship that was not sloppy or casual.  Little might Dr. Stott have known in modern America with the moderns.  Dr. Stott lived a life of quiet discipline.  Dr. Stott was constant in Bible study, prayer, self-discipline, love, patience, and the extension of encouragement to others.  Dr. Stott spent 25 years in the pastorate at All Souls, Langham, resulting in well-trained parishioners as well as salutary influences in the Church of England.  We are not sure to what degree Dr. Stott advocated old Prayer Book Churchmanship, but this is an aside. 

Dr. Packer calls Dr. Stott an “unconsecrated Bishop” with world-wide influence in the Anglican communion as well as the wider, non-Confessional,  Revivalist and non-liturgical evangelical world [Ed. “American” sense of evangelical, e.g. Billy Graham, Anabaptists, Christianity Today] .

Dr. Stott influenced, by turns, GAFCON 2008, an international gathering of Anglican Bishops, and the coming to life of Confessional Anglicanism.  The fruits of GAFCON remain to be seen.  We do notice an uptick of interest in the Protestant and Reformation Articles, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion.  Dr. Stott had an “enlarged vision of the Church.”  Dr. Packer calls auditors to “pick up the torch” and “carry on” what John began.  We concur. 

1.      We list some resources on the Rev. Dr. John Stott (1921-2011) whose recent passing has invoked numerous comments.   (Put in Memorial service URL here after that’s posted) 

2.      50th Anniversary of John Stott's “Basic Christianity” is explored at:   


a.      “Basic Christianity” began as an evangelistic set of lectures at Cambridge University, his alma mater.  The book is quite basic.  So basic, for this scribe, that it was quickly read and dismissed.  After all, Dad gave me Hodge’s 3-volume Systematic Theology and Berkhof’s Systematic Theology at age 18, gently commending 10 pages per day with 10 chapters from the OT and 10 chapters from the NT for daily reading, atop my science major in university. 

b.     Dr. Stott published 50 volumes with Inter-varsity Press.

c.      True to Anglican Churchmanship, Dr. Stott wore a “dog collar,” or, the Anglican collar.  We understand that in his later ministry, he merely wore a suit, no collar and no vestments.

d.     Dr. Stott and Dr. Packer influenced evangelicalism.

e.      The “Brits,” like Dr. Stott and Dr. Packer, advocated careful thinking. 

3.      John Stott on "When I Feel Most Alive”

a.      Take-aways:

b.     “I feel most alive in worship.” 

c.      Dr. Stott speaks “Prayer Book language” from the Holy Communion, a language that informed his worship.

d.     “THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

e.      HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of, hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory:  Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.” 

f.       Given the widespread worship disorders, we wish that Dr. Stott might have been known for advocacy of old school Prayer Book worship, doctrine, and piety…pointing to better ways for the in-disciplined and indecorous elements in evangelical enthusiasm.   

4.      The London Institute for Contemporary Christian is site with a wealth of information on Dr. Stott—with an introduction, tribute, biography, “remembrance book,” resources, and “John Stott Memorial Website” (hosted by Langham Partnership). 

5.      Dr. Stott’s funeral will be held at All Souls Church in Langham Place on 8 Aug 2011 at 1215 P.M.. 

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