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March 23, 2009

Packer By Name

As Jim Packer has said about his own writing, “Packer by name. Packer by trade.” He can put a lot into a very few words. The quotable Packer was certainly in his usual fine form at Christian Book Expo in Dallas last week. Here are just a few:

“Karl Barth is an eccentric evangelical not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, as some would make him out to be.”

“I read and reread C. S. Lewis. My esteem for him goes up and up.”

“Ethics and reading a menu have much in common. Never let the good be the enemy of the best.”

Reflecting on the head injury he received as a seven-year-old when a truck hit him requiring portions of skull bone to be removed,

“I know better than most when I say, ‘I need that like a hole in the head.’”

Posted by Andy Le Peau at March 23, 2009 12:14 PM Bookmark and Share


I once heard Dr. Packer speak about his head injury at Regent College, and perhaps the best part of the story is the name of the boy who chased him into the street where the truck hit him: Oliver Cromwell.

Comment by: Mike Hickerson at March 23, 2009 2:27 PM

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