I’m indebted to John Stott for all that he’s taught me through his books. The prayer in his short but excellent little book Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life
grabbed me over 20 years ago and is my prayer today as well:
I pray earnestly that God will raise up today a new generation of Christian apologists or Christian communicators, who will combine an absolute loyalty to the biblical gospel and an unwavering confidence in the power of the Spirit with a deep and sensitive understanding of the contemporary alternatives to the gospel; who will relate the one to the other with freshness, authority, and relevance; and who will use their minds to reach other minds for Christ.
Update: I posted this quote from Stott shortly after the news came out that he had passed away.