Last week, Beeson Divinity School hosted a conference entitled "J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future." I'm wondering how many of the people who've pontificated about evangelicals in the past yearthe ones who have patiently explained the dire influence of Reconstructionism and other mysterious matters to a largely secular audiencewere in attendance.
Alas, I could not be there myself. On the other hand, Books & Culture's office is on the same hallway as the editorial offices of Christianity Today magazine, which means that over the last twelve years I too have been able to benefit from Jim Packer's frequent visits to that celebrated nonplace, Carol Stream, one of the nerve-centers of the evangelical conspiracy. And late last week I could walk down the hall to the office of CT's editor, David Neff, who was one of the speakers at the Beeson conference, for a firsthand report.
Among the distinguished speakers gathered to pay tribute and speak to subjects of common concern were ...1