Arranging to interview Dr. J. I. Packer, one of Can- ada’s most celebrated evangelical scholars, involved phone calls, faxes, more phone calls and another
fax or two.
In an age of immediate electronic communication,
Packer prefers to do things offline, the less instant way.
Even the writing for which he is so well known (his
classic book Knowing God, originally written as a five-year
series of articles for The Evangelical Magazine, turned 40
last year) is carefully composed on a manual typewriter.
Although that bit about the typewriter is the least of
the many insights Packer shared with Faith Today in this
issue’s exclusive interview, it’s still a delightful peek behind
the scenes at the work of a wise and unique evangelical
(By the way, we’re offering a free copy of Packer’s latest
book Weakness Is the Way along with every new subscription purchased before the end of February. Pass the word
along to anyone you know who may be interested!)
This issue also includes a second major interview, a
follow-up to the Nov/Dec “Mean Streets” story about
Christian outreach to prostituted women. Glendyne Gerrard shares a bit of her own journey from pastor’s wife
to public activist, and helps us connect the dots between
prostituted women in Canada, human trafficking and, of
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