On Monday, members of the Theological Resource Group of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) were granted a rare privilege of meeting the Revd Dr John Stott at the College of St Barnabas in Lingfield, Sussex.
Our visit coincided with the publication of Inside Story, a new biography of John Stott written by Roger Steer, with which John said he is particularly pleased.
I thanked John for allowing me to include an unpublished sermon of his delivered many years ago at All Soul's, Langham Place, on 'The Place of Israel' in my own book Zion's Christian Soldiers.
Although now frail, John was delighted to meet our group of Bishops, theologians and church leaders from Australia, Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, the UK and USA from the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.
On behalf of the group,The Right Revd Dr John Akao of Nigeria, gave thanks for John's life long ministry, and its worldwide impact and together we prayed with him.
It was a moving occasion and one we will long treasure.