Stott was much in demand as a speaker on university campuses. Rather than resorting to emotional appeal, he made a reasoned case that let students encounter the Bible as a divinely inspired message with immediate relevance to contemporary life. He challenged his hearers to listen both to the word of God and to the world around them.
This “double listening” made him a leader and architect of evangelicalism. Invited by Billy Graham to address the International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974, he helped delegates to see preaching and social action, hitherto frequently contrasted, as equally important and interdependent aspects of the Gospel mandate. This was a defining moment in world evangelicalism, cemented in the Lausanne Covenant, a pivotal document owing much to his pen. Stott continued to broaden evangelical horizons for decades, insisting on responsible engagement with issues from medical ethics to ecology.
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