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R.I.P. JI Packer [message #13508] Sat, 18 July 2020 02:07 Go to next message
Mark L  is currently offline Mark L
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He died today at 93. He wrote on a lot of practical issues and was probably the foremost theologian today on Puritan life and theology.

His legacy for me personally was that it was mostly him that provided a ladder big enough for me to see over the walls the faith message had built around me. Walls of fear and pride and maybe other issues as well. I don't think HEF intended it that way and I'm not trying to be critical but I think he was a little too unaware of what was going on in his own ministry and following.

He was on my mind today and then I logged on and saw he was gone. Even though I know where he is it leaves me a little sad as he has been such a fixture in my life.

Anyway I'd thought I would post for anyone else that is interested.
Re: R.I.P. JI Packer [message #13509 is a reply to message #13508] Sat, 18 July 2020 04:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
william  is currently offline william
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Yes, he was a certainly a formidable Christian!

I just read an article from Christianity Today that had this quote about him:

In both writing and speaking, his content was always thoughtful, logically packaged, clear, and substantial, and he routinely overestimated the amount of time he had available to present the extensive amount of material he had prepared.

He'll be missed but his writings will always be in vogue for Christians everywhere!


I want to believe!
Re: R.I.P. JI Packer [message #13511 is a reply to message #13509] Wed, 22 July 2020 23:40 Go to previous message
james  is currently offline james
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A group of men at our church did a study of his book "Knowing God" a couple years ago, it was interesting to see and heard others takeaway from his understanding of intimacy with God.
He had a full long life.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,”
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