J. I. Packer, Author, Preacher and Teacher has Died at 93

Jul 19, 2020 by

by David Virtue DD, Virtueonline:

World renowned evangelical theologian, author and preacher, the Rev. Dr. J. I. Packer has died. He was the author of such bestselling books as Fundamentalism and the Word of God and Knowing God, books that were read and brought lumination to millions of Christians. He is thought to have died of natural causes.

He was a friend of VOL. Over the years, when our paths crossed, he graciously afforded me interviews. The last one I did can be found here: https://virtueonline.org/latrobe-pa-anglican-patriarch-ji-packer-still-going-strong-87 The interview garnered more than 6,000 reads and, as the interview says, he was still functioning strongly in his 87th year.

In my interview with JIP, I asked him what his favorite book was. He said A Quest for Godliness. “It expresses so much of the Puritan understanding of Christian spirituality which has been an enormous inspiration to me since I first discovered the writings of John Owen in 1946.”

Packer believed that the most important project of his life was the English Standard Version of the Bible.

Dr. J. I. Packer died today at the age of 93. He was a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America, and helped develop the official catechism titled “To Be a Christian.”

On his passing, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach commented, “This is a great loss for the Church on earth, and a great joy for the Church in Heaven. He was a man who walked his talk and impacted all those around him to be more like Jesus. His books, especially Knowing God, impacted me greatly.”

Christianity Today described Dr. Packer as one of the most famous and influential evangelical leaders of our time: “When asked late in life what his final words to the church might be, Packer replied, ‘I think I can boil it down to four words: Glorify Christ every way.'”

Read here

See also: J.I Packer’s great legacy, from Gafcon (with links to a number of other obituaries etc)

J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93by  Leland Ryken, Christianity Today


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