Video: J. I. Packer's Life and Legacy

In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Sam Storms and Leland Ryken to discuss the life and legacy of an evangelical titan: J. I. Packer. Storms is the author of Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit, which is part of Crossway's Theologians on the Christian Life series. Ryken is the author of J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life, a brand new biography featuring an afterword by Packer himself.


  • 00:00 - Why did you [Ryken] write this new biography of Packer? What were you trying to accomplish?
  • 00:57 - Why did you [Storms] want to write on Packer for the Theologians on the Christian Life series?
  • 02:00 - What life-changing thing happened to Packer in 1933 when he was just seven years old?
  • 04:06 - What role did the Puritans play in Packer's life and scholarship?
  • 06:24 - Why does Packer refer to himself as a "theological exegete"?
  • 09:25 - What kind of theologian is Packer? What is his vision of theology?
  • 10:50 - Why is Packer most often referred to by his initials rather than his full name?
  • 11:20 - How and where does Packer do his writing?
  • 12:24 - What are the big contributions that Packer has made to discussions of sanctification?
  • 15:31 - What role has the Bible played in Packer's life and scholarship?
  • 17:15 - Why has weakness become an important theme for Packer in recent years?
  • 19:27 - Why hasn't Packer written his long-awaited systematic theology?

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