Packer’s Caution to Web Devotees

The latest WORLD magazine discusses J.I. Packer’s impact on evangelicalism through his many years of ministry. Packer, now in his ninth decade, had this to say about web devotees:

I’m amazed at the amount of time people spend on the internet. I’m not against technology, but all tools should be used to their best advantage. We should be spending our time on things that have staying power, instead of on the latest thought of the latest blogger—and then moving on quickly to the next blogger. That makes us more superficial, not more thoughtful.

I realize the irony that I blog about the dangers of reading blogs! But I couldn’t agree with Packer more. How many of you (myself included) wish you spent more time on the blogosphere versus reading a book? On the contrary, I must admit my literary intake of books that have “staying power” has greatly diminished as the web’s tide continues rising.

So here’s a challenge, dear reader: instead of devoting time reading my mere transient thoughts, why not read a book with staying power, e.g. Packer’s Knowing God? There are few modern counterparts that will make you more thoughtful amidst living in an increasingly superficial culture.

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