Yesterday was one that will be hard to forget: the funeral of an extraordinary man of God. It was an occasion full of gratitude and even joy, but also overwhelming at moments to say goodbye to Uncle John (or as we were reminded in the service, it is only Au Revoir). There was great pathos to think that, as his coffin was carried out, he was leaving All Souls for the last time.

I knew him for much less than many there of course, but still, his impact on my life since reading his books and then first meeting him as a very callow undergraduate over 20 years ago, has been immeasurable. So here are a few random thoughts after I got home yesterday, including a look at rather a special item I was given from his library.

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  1. What a wonderful book.

  2. Well done Mark. What a great explanation of Uncle John. We were caught up in a family funeral yesterday and couldn’t make it to All Souls but thank you so much for this wonderful tribute. Glory to Jesus. Paul & Liz Blackham.

    1. thanks Paul – sorry to miss you yesterday. The service was recorded so should be available soon…

  3. Thanks very much for this Mark – for those of us a long way away, it helps to feel a part of the celebration of Uncle John’s life. Much appreciated.

  4. Thanks for the thoughtful reflection, Mark. What a great “illustration”! I pray that we may follow the faithful and humble example of Uncle John as a servant of Christ seeking to live in a manner worthy of the calling.

  5. Thanks so much for a very encouraging tribute, Mark. To think that we each have a book just like that (though maybe with ‘very many’ volumes, not just many like Uncle John’s) ….. oh the depths of the wisdom and knowledge of God!……

  6. Thank you Mark.

  7. Thank you! This was a super illustration!!!!

  8. Thank you, Mark, for taking time to make this video; a genuine blessing when reflecting on the life of Christ in Uncle John. One Easter I heard him preach on Heaven. He said in conclusion: “All I really need to know about Heaven, is found in the last verse of Ezekiel, which says:’And the name of the place shall be called: THE LORD IS THERE’!” Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

  9. Thanks, Mark. Moving and encouraging! Good job!

  10. Wondeful reflections. Thank you Mark and God bless you! Take courage! (Joshua 1:5b and Heb. 13:8)

  11. Thank you, Mark. I had hoped to come. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing the book with us.

  12. Mark thank you. Thanks for sharing with us John’s book. A powerful reminder for us all. One I will take with me for many years.

    Mark Ashton taught me not long before he died to live each day as it it might be my last day on earth so serve Him accordingly.

    Combine the two lessons and we might have the key to living here on earth.

  13. John was a great man.His influence on Christendom is awesome,God bless his heritage.

  14. Not sure how I missed this post, but I am so grateful to have read this today. I just finished reading (and blogging about) Roger Steer’s biography of Uncle John. Very inspiring, comforting, thought-provoking, much like the man himself. Thinking about that “unwritten” book just underscores my impressions. Thanks for sharing it!

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