Just yesterday I received word that J.I. Packer had passed away. This was especially poignant news for me, for I had been Jim’s student back in the late 1980s at Regent College, (Vancouver, British Columbia).
For a number of months we did Directed Study together as part of my Th.M. program. Jim would assign me a book, I’d read the book and write an essay, and we’d discuss what I’d written in his office. I recall Jim handing me Augustine’s City of God—over one thousand pages. “Augustine, Chris. The City of God. Read the whole book.”
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