J.I. Packer’s 1978 Moore College Lectures

In 1978, J.I. Packer gave a series of lectures, 5 lectures in total, at Moore College in NSW Australia. These lectures were on the broad topic of the gospel, and more narrowly on the person and work of Christ.

What is the gospel?

In the the first lecture, Packer says that Christ crucified is the heart of the gospel. In the narrower sense, the gospel means “the work God has done as men’s savior on the cross, and that he does in bringing men to faith to know him now, and that he will do as he leads men on in that life that the Holy Spirit gives.” In the broader sense, Packer says, the gospel signifies “nothing less than the whole counsel of God; that whole divine plan which began in eternity and will only be completed in eternity from eternity to eternity, the plan of salvation not completed until the church is perfect in glory” (36:00).

In order, the lectures are as follows:
1) “We’ve a Story to Tell”
2) “The Man Jesus Christ”
3) “He Emptied Himself: The Divinity of Jesus Christ”
4) “The Wonderful Exchange”
5) “No Other Name: The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ”

I cannot recommend these lectures more highly. You may find them in full below.

As a bonus, I’ve also added a Q&A between Packer and Mark Dever, Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, at the end of this post.


Bonus Q&A between Dr. J.I. Packer and Pastor Mark Dever; Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 1999.

1 Is Too Many – America’s Sexual Assault Problem

The Good Fight

America is in a difficult position when it comes to sexual morality. From a divorce culture that celebrates promiscuity and adultery, no-strings-attached sex recommended nationwide as long as “protection” is used, and every form of sexual deviancy that is not just ignored but applauded, it’s clear we have a problem.

One of those problems is sexual assault.

President Obama and I disagree on a laundry list of issues dealing with sexual ethics, but we agree on this: sexual assualt is evil and it has to end.

We all play a part in ending this sex-on-demand attitude that leads to rape, abuse, sexual assault, and violence.

I am thankful for President Obama’s leadership on this issue.

 

Sexual Assault and Porn

I hope that President Obama will address one of the major contributing factors of sexual assault: pornography.

How pervasive is pornography? How serious is this problem?

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Research show that pornography has terrible effects on its viewers (See research).

Not only that, Pornography is a major contributor to sexual violence in America and the world. (See research)

 

Is anyone fighting this?

I’m really thankful for one group working on this called Unearthed Pictures.

What is Unearthed? Here’s their mission:

Our heartbeat is to see the hearts of men changed – and we want that change to result in a systemic shift in the landscape of sexual exploitation. Join the groundswell of men committed to killing sexual exploitation at its root.

Watch the video below for more information on what contributes to ‘rape culture’, what the demand for sexual assault leads to, and what we can do as Christians.

 

Groundswell from Unearthed on Vimeo.

 

See more and get educated at Pornharms.com and unearthedpictures.org

Also see, The Pornified Mind and the Gospel by Lore Ferguson.

Above all, pray to God to end this great evil in the hearts of men and women, as well as through legislative efforts worldwide.