All theology is doxology.
Anglican theologian J. I. Packer was one of the most widely respected Christian writers of the twentieth century. Author of over forty books and named one of the most influential evangelicals by Time magazine and the readers of Christianity Today, Packer’s impact is immense. He was known for profound theological writing that was always lively and worshipful.
Pointing to the Pasturelands recovers several decades of Packer’s contributions to the pages of Christianity Today. This includes his editorial columns, longer articles, and brief answers to readers’ theology questions. The book concludes with a profile of Packer from Mark A. Noll. Enjoy timeless insights from a man whose life was devoted to knowing God and making him known.
Some writers find it difficult to be boring; Jim Packer was one of them. How many evangelicals do you know who could (or would) write a column titled “It’s wrong to eat people”? Or there’s Jim avowing that he is God’s plumber and sewage man. I think I read every one of these pieces when they first appeared; I am grateful beyond words that this new format allows me to read them again.
—D. A. Carson
Years ago I bought access to Christianity Today’s digital archive simply to harvest the best of J. I. Packer’s columns and articles. The painstaking work yielded bushels beyond what I expected—nearly six decades of gold. But if I was a more patient man, I could have just waited for this collection, an indispensable volume for any Packer reader.
—Tony Reinke, journalist, and author of Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ
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J. I. Packer (1926–2020) was educated at Oxford and ordained a priest at St. John’s Harborne. In 1970 he became principal at Tyndale Hall, and joined the faculty at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada in 1979. He served as Honourary Assistant at St. John’s Anglican Church in Vancouver for thirty-seven years.
Packer wrote over forty books, including Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Knowing God, and A Quest for Godliness. He co-authored over a dozen other books, was an editor at Christianity Today for more than thirty years, and served as general editor of The English Standard Version Bible. Time magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005.