Joy comes to Happy Jack

Religion | In rural Arizona, congregants at two churches forsake rivalry to pursue unity
by Victoria Johnson
Posted 10/08/20, 03:50 pm

They will know we are Christians by our love,” sang 40 gray-haired members of Blue Ridge Community Church in Happy Jack on a brisk Sunday morning. The refrain could be the motto of the church, but it wasn’t always so.

Happy Jack, an unincorporated area in rural northern Arizona, is home to about 900 year-round residents (mostly retirees or semi-retirees), not including the hunters, campers, and snowbirds.

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Hearing J.I. Packer again

Theology | Remembering an interview with the great theologian
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/24/20, 01:25 pm

In the 34 years since we published the first issue of WORLD Magazine, perhaps half a dozen names leap off the pages as truly memorable one-on-one interviews I was privileged to pursue with notable people. And of those half-dozen interviewees, none ranks higher than the British-born theologian J.I. Packer, who died on July 17.

Which makes it more embarrassing to tell you of my carelessness with that interview. 

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Theologian and churchman J.I. Packer dies at age 93

Obituary | “God saves sinners” was his simple summation of the gospel
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/17/20, 10:16 pm

J.I. Packer, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, died on Friday, July 17. He was 93.

Packer authored hundreds of Christian books and articles over more than half a century, but he’s perhaps best known for his 1973 work Knowing God. Publishers have sold more than 1.5 million copies since the book’s release and have translated it into more than a dozen languages. 

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