John Stott

John Robert Walmsley Stott was an English Anglican priest and theologian, noted as a leader of the worldwide evangelical movement. He was one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974. In 2005, Time magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world. John Robert Walmsley Stott was born on 27 April 1921 in London, England, to Sir Arnold and Emily "Lily" Stott, his father was a leading physician at Harley Street and an agnostic, while his mother had been raised Lutheran and attended the nearby Church of England church, All Souls, Langham Place. Stott was sent to boarding schools at eight years old to a prep school, Oakley Hall. In 1935, he went on to Rugby School. While at Rugby School in 1938, Stott heard Eric Nash deliver a sermon entitled "What Then Shall I Do with Jesus, Who Is Called the Christ?" After this talk, Nash pointed Stott to Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, knock: if any man hear my voice, open the door, I will come in to him, will sup with him, he with me."

Stott described the impact this verse had upon him as follows: Here is the crucial question which we have been leading up to. Have we opened our door to Christ? Have we invited him in? This was the question which I needed to have put to me. For, intellectually speaking, I had believed in Jesus all my life, on the other side of the door. I had struggled to say my prayers through the key-hole. I had pushed pennies under the door in a vain attempt to pacify him. I had been baptized and confirmed as well. I went to church, read my Bible, had high ideals, tried to be good and do good, but all the time without realising it, I was holding Christ at arm's length, keeping him outside. I knew. I am profoundly grateful to him for enabling me to open the door. Looking back now over more than fifty years, I realise that that simple step has changed the entire direction and quality of my life. Stott was mentored by Nash, who wrote a weekly letter to him, advising him on how to develop and grow in his Christian life, as well as practicalities such as leading the Christian Union at his school.

At this time Stott was a pacifist and a member of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship. In life he withdrew from pacifism, adopting a'just war' stance. Stott studied modern languages at Trinity College, where he graduated with double first-class honours in French and theology. At university, he was active in the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, where the executive committee considered him too invaluable a person to be asked to commit his time by joining the committee. After Trinity he transferred to Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, to train for ordination as an Anglican cleric. Stott was ordained as a deacon in 1945 and became a curate at All Souls Church, Langham Place rector; this was the church in which he had grown up and where he spent his whole life apart from a few years spent in Cambridge. While in this position he became influential on a national and international basis, most notably being a key player in the 1966–1967 dispute about the appropriateness of evangelicals remaining in the Church of England.

In 1970, in response to increasing demands on his time from outside the All Souls congregation, he appointed a vicar of All Souls, to enable himself to work on other projects. In 1975 Stott resigned as rector and Michael Baughen, the vicar, was appointed in his place. In 1974 he founded Langham Partnership International, in 1982 the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, of which he remained honorary president until his death. During his presidency he gathered together leading evangelical intellectuals to shape courses and programmes communicating the Christian faith into a secular context, he was accompanied by a leading paediatrician, John Wyatt, the institute director, the broadcaster Elaine Storkey, when they spoke across the country to large audiences on "Matters of Life and Death". Following his chairmanship of the second National Evangelical Anglican Congress in April 1977, the Nottingham statement was published which said, "Seeing ourselves and Roman Catholics as fellow-Christians, we repent of attitudes that have seemed to deny it."

This aroused controversy amongst some evangelicals at the time. Stott announced his retirement from public ministry in April 2007 at the age of 86, he took up residence in the College of St Barnabas, Surrey, a retirement community for Anglican clergy but remained as Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church. Stott died on 27 July 2011 at the College of St Barnabas in Lingfield at 3:15 pm local time, he was surrounded by family and close friends and they were reading the Bible and listening to Handel's Messiah when he peacefully died. An obituary in Christianity Today reported that his death was due to age-related complications and that he had been in discomfort for several weeks; the obituary described him as "An architect of 20th-century evangelicalism shaped the faith of a generation." His status was such. The BBC referred to him as someone who could "explain complex theology in a way lay people could understand". Obituaries were published in The New York Times. Tributes were paid to Stott by a number of other figures within the Christian community.

The American evangelist Billy Graham released a statement saying, "The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, I hav

Durrës Castle

Durrës Castle is the fortified old city of Durrës, Albania. It is enclosed by city walls built in the late 5th century, repaired and reinforced in the Middle Ages and early modern periods; the castle was built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I. At the time, Anastasius made the city one of the most fortified cities on the Adriatic; the ancient walls were devastated in an earthquake in 1273, had to be extensively repaired. The medieval walls stand at nearly 15 feet in height and the three entrances of some of the fortification towers are preserved in nearly one-third of the original length of the city walls; the castle was reinforced with several guard towers by the Republic of Venice and during the period of rule in Albania by the Ottoman Empire the wall was reinforced. On 7 April 1939, Albanian patriots fought the Italian invasion of Albania. In Durrës, a force of only 360 Albanians gendarmes and townspeople, led by Abaz Kupi, the commander of the gendarmerie in Durrës, Mujo Ulqinaku, a marine official, tried to halt the Italian advance.

Armed only with small arms and three machine guns, they succeeded in keeping the Italians at bay for several hours until a large number of light tanks disembarked from the latter's naval vessels. After that, resistance diminished and within five hours the Italian forces had captured the entire city. Today the castle is coffe bar Durrës History of Albania Venetian Albania Anastasius I Thopia family Karl Thopia Italian invasion of Albania Mujo Ulqinaku Tourism in Albania List of castles in Albania Architecture of Albania

Nicollet Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota

Nicollet Township is a township in Nicollet County, United States. The population was 511 at the 2000 census. Nicollet Township was organized in 1858, was named after the county in which it is located. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.4 square miles, of which 33.1 square miles is land, 0.3 square miles is water. At the 2000 census, there were 186 households and 149 families residing in the township; the population density was 15.4 per square mile. There were 191 housing units at an average density of 5.8/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 100.00% White. There were 186 households of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 19.4% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.10.

Age distribution was 27.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.0 males. The median household income was $50,000, the median family income was $52,656. Males had a median income of $34,732 versus $26,094 for females; the per capita income for the township was $21,451. About 2.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over