Carl Trueman Interviews J. I. Packer

Carl Trueman spends about 15 minutes interviewing J. I. Packer, asking him questions about how he came to faith in Christ, how he was introduced to the Puritans, and the influence Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Packer’s favorite Puritan writers are John Owen, Richard Baxter, and John Bunyan. Trueman’s final question is to ask Packer what advice he would give young men who are beginning to set out for a life of ministry.

Packer makes one statement that is striking.  He tells young men to dig deep, and to expect to find resistance within the church, because the church is generally superficial, and superficiality doesn’t always recognize itself, nor see it’s need to go deeper.

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J. I. Packer says today’s gospel is ‘too helpful’

Quoting Packer, at Old Truth, ‘Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach men to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and His ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. ‘

This is taken from Packers excellent introductory essay to John Owen’s ‘The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.’