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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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Theologian J.I. Packer dies

by Mickey McLean
Posted 7/17/20, 10:09 pm

He had one of the tersest definitions of Christian belief—“God saves sinners.”—and was best known for one of the most readable books on that subject, Knowing God. J.I. Packer, who died on Friday just five days short of his 94th birthday, was a lifelong Anglican and a Puritan scholar who was highly regarded in Reformed circles. He started his ministry in his native England and later moved to Canada but had his greatest influence in the United States.

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Womanly beauty and grace

Books | Four recent books on womanhood
by Mary Jackson
Posted 7/16/20, 03:58 pm

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher: Starting in Genesis, Fitzpatrick and Schu­macher guide readers through the Biblical story in order to illustrate the essential role women play in God’s redemption plan. Women have worth because they, like men, are God’s image bearers. Many Christian women struggle to see their worth after being ignored, abused, dismissed, and disparaged, even within the Church. God uniquely called women to be “priestly helpers,” and Scripture is filled with unlikely and humble heroines.

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