Theologian J.I. Packer Talks About His Writing Ministry

J.I. Packer is a famed theologian who is still making an impact for Christ at age 86. A native of Great Britain, he studied at Oxford and heard lectures by C.S. Lewis. Packer taught theology in England until 1979 when he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to teach at Regent College. He is one of the most revered theologians in North America.

His first book, Fundamentalism and the Word of God (1958) was well-received, and he went on to write forty other books on popular theological topics. In addition, he co-wrote or contributed to another thirty books.

He was the General Editor of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible,  which has become extremely popular translation. He was also Theological Editor of the Study Bible version of the ESV.

In this video clip, he answers the question, “Where did your desire to write originate?” Many new Christian writers feel the Lord must lay the writing mantle upon them, but Packer reminds us that good Christian writing comes from trying to meet the needs of the times. He started writing simply because someone asked him to do it.

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