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Finishing Our Course With Joy

J I Packer
Finishing Our Course With Joy
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Finishing Our Course With Joy

J I Packer

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Now well into his 80s, renowned theologian J I Packer offers a compelling vision for engaging with the adversities of aging while pressing on in godliness. Packer offers pastoral encouragement and personal examples that will help readers to embrace lifelong learning, purposeful planning, and running the race to the end.

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Now well into his 80s, renowned theologian J I Packer offers a compelling vision for engaging with the adversities of aging while pressing on in godliness. Packer offers pastoral encouragement and personal examples that will help readers to embrace lifelong learning, purposeful planning, and running the race to the end.
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Thinning hair, failing eyesight, and arthritic hands reveal the inescapable truth that we are only getting older. Instead of sitting back and taking it easy, however, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer—now in his mid-80s—offers us a compelling vision for lifelong learning, purposeful planning, and running the race until the end despite the many challenges that come with aging. Packer’s pastoral words and personal examples encourage us to press on toward the upward call of God with endurance and grace—that we might finish our lives with joy and glorify Jesus no matter how old we are.


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Meet the Author

J I Packer

James Innell Packer was born in Gloucester, UK, in 1926, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he obtained a BA (1948), MA (1954), and PhD (1954). It was at Oxford that Packer attended lectures by C.S. Lewis, whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.

After briefly teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, Packer entered Wycliffe Hall to study theology and was ordained in the Anglican Church, becoming a presbyter in 1953. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Packer held several academic positions at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and Oxford. During this time, he became recognized as a leader in the evangelical movement in the Church of England. In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed the conservative position on inerrancy, although he is not a literalist with regard to the creation narratives of Genesis. On the matter of ministry roles in the church, Packer is a complementarian. His theology is Reformed, though he is open to ecumenical rapprochement with Anglo-Catholics, which has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. He famously parted ways with Martyn Lloyd-Jones over this issue in the late 1960s.

In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to take up a position with Regent College, where he would become Professor of Theology, a position he retains beyond the age of 90, even though his vision is now seriously impaired. Since 2009, Packer has been theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America.

During a ministry career spanning over six decades, and through his prolific written output, Packer has distinguished himself as one of the leading theologians and church historians of our time. His book Knowing God (1973) has become a modern classic, and he has done much to stimulate wider interest in the great works of Puritan spirituality - a great passion of his. He has been a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971. His other books include, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness.

Packer and his wife Kit have three adopted children. Packer rises early at four in the morning, and until he lost his eyesight wrote by means of his old manual typewriter. He loves seriously hot and spicy food, and his favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.

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Another classic from an old saint
4 stars By Bis, Mar 09 2014
As the title suggests this is another classic from a modern day saint and master theologian. He expands on Paul's words, "I have finished the race and kept the faith; there awaits for me a crown of righteousness " (my own paraphrase). Packer encourages Christians to finish strongly and focus on the fact that what we have done for Christ will last. This will bring indescribable joy which will get past the weakness and frailty that comes with age. Perhaps not suited for new or young Christians but certainly a must read for mature age Christians and those entering the twilight of their lives in Christ.
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  • Catalogue Code 388636
  • Product Code 9781433541063
  • ISBN 1433541068
  • EAN 9781433541063
  • Pages 112
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category Mid-life & Retirement
  • Publisher Crossway
  • Publication Date Jan 2014
  • Sales Rank #68167
  • Dimensions 177 x 127 x 7 mm
  • Weight 0.105kg

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