A Packed Life

packerI just learned that J. I. Packer is now “absent from the body; present with the Lord.”

I never met him; never heard him in person; but he remains a significant mentor.

His Knowing God and  Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God are two of the very few books I read more than once…and both of those are typically read once a year.

If you, friend, have not read those two; I urge you to add them to your life-is-limited-by-covid reading list.

A brief bio available here.

He was, unlike many pastors and theologians, unafraid to address the controversial subjects; but his heart was warm as evidenced by this, “I should like to be remembered as one who pointed to the pasturelands.”

And in one of his final interviews he was asked what his last words to the Body of Christ would be…the interviewer writes “After a 10-second pause he said, “Glorify Christ.” Then adding “every way.”

“Glorify Christ in every way.” Not a bad “job description” for all.





Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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