James Innell (J. I.) Packer
J. I. Packer was born July 22, 1926, in Twyning,
Gloucestershire, England to James (a clerk) and
Dorothy Packer. He was educated at Oxford (BA,
1948, MA and D.Phil., 1954). He began his career
as an Anglican clergyman and served as assistant
curate in Birmingham, England in 1952 then as a
tutor at Tyndale Hall, Bristol, England, a
librarian and later, warden, at Latimer House,
Oxford, England. He returned to Tyndale Hall, as
principal, in 1970; then associate principal at
Trinity College, Bristol from 1971-79. He has
been on the faculty at Regent College, Vancouver,
British Columbia since 1979. Dr. Packer published his
first book, Fundamentalism And The Word Of
God in 1958 and has written many
excellent books over the years, one of his most
famous being Knowing God, featured
below, which has been published in several
languages. He has served as a senior editor for
Christianity Today since 1985. Still going
strong in his seventies as far as I know. Profit
from his wisdom with any of the books or articles
offered here this month!
classic guide to discovering and knowing the God
revealed in Scripture. Packer presents the
Christian faith in an engaging style. John Stott,
featured here in July, writes "the truth he
handles fires the heart. At least it fired mine,
and compelled me to turn aside to worship and
pray." All I can say is: Me, too!
Christianity. In this fast-paced,
secular world, Christians can find themselves
swimming against the stream. We need to be sure
of the foundations of our faith and have the
specifics firmly anchored in our minds. This book
centers on those fundamentals of the faith.
Honouring The Written Word of God This is a collection of Packer's shorter writings on the authority of Scripture, his principles of interpretation and the importance of preaching from the Word of God.
God Has Spoken:
Revelation And The Bible. Packer sees
the church suffering from a famine of hearing
God's Word, just as the prophet Amos predicted
long ago, resulting in Christians who are
confused about what to believe and do. He urges
the church to return to preaching the Word,
teaching vital doctrines, and following the real
person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the
A Guide To Historic Christian Beliefs.
This book sets out in brief the permanent
essentials of Christianity, a belief system and a way
of life. Asserting that theology must be both for
doxology and devotion - for the praise of God and the
practice of godliness.
Keep In Step With The Spirit. Here's a classic on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit from a Reformed view. Each chapter deals with a unique ministry of the Spirit of God based on Scripture. It's easy to read Theology updated for today. There's a wonderful chapter on errors concerning the Work of The Spirit that refutes the idea of "Christian Perfection", Baptism in The Spirit, and etc., where Packer shows how these beliefs lead to an unbalanced view of the Person of The Spirit. This chapter alone makes the book a worthwhile read!
J. I. Packer Online
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Quest For Godliness - The Puritan Vision Of
The Christian Life
Packer's Introduction to John Owen's The Death Of Death In The Death Of Christ. From Grace Online Library.
An Interview with J. I. Packer
from The Founder's Journal, Spring
Freedom and Authority
an article by J. I. Packer courtesy of The
Highway - a site we like with lots of great
Sola Fide: The Reformed Doctrine
Another article at The Highway