This month J.I. Packer went home to be with the Lord. He was a teacher, theologian, and author, and was part of a little circle of people the Lord raised up in the 20th Century (like, say, Billy Graham) to guide and bless his church all over the world. If you’ve never heard of him and want a synopsis of his life, there’s a great one here.
His classic work is Knowing God. I highly recommend it.
And finally, I ran across a great post, “40 Quotes from J. I. Packer (1926–2020)” Here are six:
“The Scriptures are the lifeline God throws us in order to ensure he and we stay connected while the rescue is in process.”
“The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God’s presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God’s word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.”
“Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”
“The Christian’s motto should not be ‘Let go and let God’ but ‘Trust God and get going.’”
“I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is.”
“Readiness to die is the first step in learning to live.”
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