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The J. I. Packer (1926-2020) Tracker For The Google Generation

Duke Jeyaraj uses acronym P-A-C-K-E-R to pay tribute to the great evangelical Bible Scholar and asks questions of self reflection for the Google Generation

P-uritan Packer:

J.I. Packer was a puritan. He stressed on personal holiness. Search YouTube for ‘J.I. Packer Personal Holiness’ and hear what he has to say about this neglected topic (he clubbed repentance also with personal holiness). The ‘eggs on his face’ he got for preaching this did not ever deter him from preaching this! What do you regularly preach from the Bible? Just the things that will make you popular, win the crowd’s approval, and garner social media hits/likes/loves?

A-ccident-Scared Packer:

A child-hood accident left a clearly-visible-on-the-forehead mark on his face. He could have moved away from God post this traumatic accident. But, instead, he chose to move closer! Do troubles drive you away from God?

C-anada Moving Packer:

Stirred by the Spirit, he moved to Canada even though he was very successful as a theologian in England. Do you listen to God’s voice when it comes taking life big decisions? Or do you just follow your whims and fancies?

K-nowing God writing Packer:

Packer wrote the classic book, Knowing God. Our life’s ultimate purpose is not wealth-accumulation or comfort-creation. It is to know God and to bring him glory (Jer. 9:23-24)!

E-SV Gifting Packer:

The English Bible Version which wed original-text accuracy and the much-loved KJV-like English (sans the ‘thous’, ‘arts’, etc) was the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. J. I. Packer gave visionary leadership to the A-class, Awesome team of Bible Scholars from different Church denominations who gave us this Bible serving as the General Editor for this accurate-to-the-original yet understandable-for-the-modern-English-reader. This Bible Version has a robust, never-crashing, even-can-be-used-when-offline SmartPhone App, the ESV App which I keep recommending to non-Christian friends I meet-up in my journeys!

R-eached by a Campus Ministry Packer:

Packer came to Christ when he attended an Inter-Varsity meeting in 1944 in Oxford University. This “E.U” (as InterVarsity Fellowships were called) reached great heights as a theologian and Bible Scholar! Do you invest in youth/campus ministry? Do you have time for young people?

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, G4 Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org).

By dukewords

Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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