“How Can I Be Sure I am Saved.” Some time ago, a member of the church wrote to tell me that they were confused on the issues of works and salvation. The following is a copy of an e-mail correspondence that resulted. I wrote the e-mail to help clarify the issues of works versus grace … More How Can I Be Sure I am Saved?
The author has heard more than a few sermons. There is a richness to his writing that is saturated in phraseology shaped for the ear of a congregation. But this is not a preachy book. It is a helpful echo of the best parts of all those messages you have heard in the past, collected … More 10 Strategies for Thriving in Hard Times
Sixty two years ago. Before the Space program. Before President Kennedy was elected. Before air travel was common place. (That’s back!) Before TV had more than three stations. J.I. Packer was writing about the importance of Biblical Authority and the doctrine of inerrancy. He was right then and he is more right now. His words … More The Authority of Scripture — In Every Generation, It will be Attacked
J.I. Packer continues to be a hero of mine. I only met him once. I had 40 minutes alone with him one year when he came and spoke at my seminary. He needed a ride to the airport after chapel and I don’t think I ever raised my hand faster to volunteer for something. … More “Godliness is the True Humanness”
“Evangelism is not a matter of . . . imparting information (only). Evangelism includes the endeavor to elicit a response. . . . It is communication with a view to conversion . . . not merely informing but also inviting.” J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God “To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus … More Great Quotes Series — June 2017
Great quotes from classic texts. “God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners whereby, having identified Himself with their welfare, He has given His Son to be their Saviour, and now brings them to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relation.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 111. How wonderful and marvelous is … More The Marvelous and Dangerous Love of God
Thursday is for Discipleship “The God of the Bible has spoken in His Son. The light of the knowledge of His glory is given to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Do I look habitually to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ as showing me the final truth about the nature … More Do I Look Habitually to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ?
Sunday Afternoon Musing Our multi-tasking, distracted, overly busy, never-slow-down, rarely rest, anti-intellectual, un-reflective culture is killing our souls. But here is a remedy, if we will take our medicine. “How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is that we turn … More What is Biblical Meditation?
Saturday is for Devotion I am rereading one of the best and most influential books of the 1970’s-1990’s. J.I. Packer’s Knowing God was Christianity Today’s book of the year in 1973. In 1981, I had the privilege of taking Dr. Packer to the Ontario, California airport and an uninterrupted 40 minute conversation over the book … More All the Purposes of God are Centered in Christ
Weekend Reading Quotes David Clarkson, preaching at John Owen’s Funeral: As a preacher, Owen bowed before his own maxim, that “a man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul.” J.I. Packer’s introduction to John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin: A Puritan’s view of How to Deal with Sin … More Quotes to motivate and inspire