Influences: J I Packer – Spiritual Mentor and Guide

By Stephan van Os

Looking back on some 40+ years of Christian discipleship there are various significant marker points which on reflection turned out to be not only significant but life changing. Such was my encounter with the work of J I Packer. To this day I can recall the moment when I was browsing through the theology department of the Otago University library and spotted what looked to be a new book in the midst of a whole bunch of fairly old and dusty tomes. It was the recently published hardcover edition of Packer’s Knowing God.

At that time I had not been a Christian all that long. The title looked promising so I checked it out of the library and took it back to my digs. There I proceeded to devour its contents. It was life changing. Continue reading