Theologian and churchman J.I. Packer dies at age 93

"Packer authored hundreds of Christian books and articles over more than half a century, but he’s perhaps best known for his 1973 work Knowing God. Publishers have sold more than 1.5 million copies since the book’s release and have translated it into more than a dozen languages." - WORLD

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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It’s hard to describe the impact Knowing God had on me. It’s time I reread it.

This one, much later, was also a real eye opener into what the Puritans were really like… though a bit of a slog in places!

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josh p's picture

I highly recommend Packer’s class on the Puritans on itunesu. May have been RTS.

TylerR's picture

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I have read nothing by Packer.

UPDATE: I forgot, I have read Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Don't know why I forgot about that one. The best of it's kind available.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

G. N. Barkman's picture

It's time to expand your literary landscape.  Packer is outstanding!

G. N. Barkman

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It's just one of those things. I haven't read Jonathan Edwards, either. I tried to read something, once, and found it incredibly boring. Packer isn't boring, at least. I've almost finished a short, word study book he wrote about being a pastor. It's an older book. It's good.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

Not reading Packer can be forgiven but Edwards? I would have thought that someone who reads legal minutia all day would salivate to read Edwards.

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I've never understood the enthusiasm about Edwards. I may never try to read anything by him again. Not that I dislike the guy; it's just that he's completely uninteresting to me. He's right up there with The Three Little Pigs on my "must-read" list.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

AndyE's picture

I've read far more Edwards than I have of Packer.  Edwards is not an easy read, but I normally find the effort very fulfilling.  Piper's, God's Passion for His Glory is a great introduction to the thinking of Edwards.  It includes the text to Edwards' The End for which God Created the World, along with helps on how to read him. I don't always agree with Edwards but I have found him very helpful and convicting.

josh p's picture

In my copy of “Charity and It’s Fruits” it has an appendix with this sermon and it’s excellent. I recommend it to people who have lost believing loved ones.