How Well Do You Know J. I. Packer?
J. I. Packer stands as one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth-century. Ever since the publication of Knowing God—an international best-seller—Packer has exerted a steady, albeit generally quiet, influence on contemporary Evangelicalism.
As Leland Ryken writes in the foreword to his new biography of Packer:
Packer’s career has been a case study of entering the open doors that God and people have placed before him. This is obvious in the academic positions that he has held, the books and essays he has published, and the speaking engagements he has discharged. Relatively few of the items that appear in Packer’s vita were part of a planned program or professional path. Instead, Packer has trusted to providence in accepting invitations that were placed before him, governed by the impulse to minister to God’s people.
J. I. Packer: In His Own Words
In honor of Packer’s life and legacy, Crossway is producing a short video documentary entitled, J. I. Packer: In His Own Words. Featuring never-before-seen interviews with Packer, the film explores the childhood events that shaped the rest of his life, important theological influences that continue to nourish his soul, and what he views as his most significant contribution to the church as looks back on decades of faithful service.
J. I. Packer: In His Own Words—an intimate look at the preeminent “latter-day Puritan” of our time—will premier on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, accessible free of charge at JIPacker.com. There you’ll also find other videos featuring Packer discussing timely topics related to the Christian life, including the nature of saving faith, the importance of the church, the centrality of sound doctrine, and the person of the Holy Spirit.
Join us in celebrating a man who was, in his own words,
called by God, as a sinner saved by and owing everything to his grace, to serve his people as a minister-teacher who is as a communicator of life-giving Bible truth concerning the providence, goodness, and knowledge of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and hereby a furtherer of spiritual formation and a helper of troubled souls.
Finally, be sure to check out J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life by Leland Ryken and Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit by Sam Storms.