By Garry Williams

The Benefits of Formal Study

There are some pastors who maintain the discipline of extensive wider theological study beyond preaching preparation on their own without any help, but there are few of them. Nor is it ideal to fly entirely solo, because it means missing out on external expertise and iron-sharpening-iron interaction. At the Pastors’ Academy we used to offer …

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How to Spot New Ideas in Theology—And Why it Matters

We should be alert to both the importance of fresh theological work and its danger. There is no doubt that new insights through history have taken the church into a deeper understanding of the Scriptures, often in the context of defending the truth against error. And yet much novelty has itself been error, and even …

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God, Freedom, and Self-Definition

Reflecting on God’s providence, John Webster writes: ‘God’s governance secures the creature’s freedom. If this fails to commend itself, it is because it contravenes a destructive convention according to which true freedom is indeterminacy and absolute spontaneity or it is nothing at all. To say that is to deny creatureliness. Freedom is existence in accordance …

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