Pastors' Academy

Reading Groups

Ethics Reading Group

Our online Ethics Reading Group is led by our Tutor in Christian Ethics, Matthew Mason. The group discusses classic and contemporary ethics texts, some of which are immediately accessible, some of which are more challenging.

The group is open to anyone interested in Christian ethics, but is especially intended to help pastors think about important ethical questions and to dig deeper into what they are reading. Together, we learn from the writings of wise guides about how to think about and teach important ethical topics in ways that help and enrich our congregations.

From September to November, we will read Niels Hemmingsen, On the Law of Nature (trans. E.J. Hutchinson; CLP Academic, 2018). Although he is little known today, the Lutheran theologian Niels Hemmingsen—‘The Teacher of Denmark’—was one of the most widely-read sixteenth century authors. This book is a classic exposition of the common Reformation teaching concerning law and virtue, and has much to teach us today about the classical Protestant understanding of law and justice in society.

All sessions run from 2-4pm

19th September

10th October

7th November

5th December

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The sessions are £17.50 each but you can purchase all four for £40. We will be happy to adjust the pricing accordingly if you book the set after the first session.

London Reading Group

Our reading group is open to any serious reader of Christian literature.

We meet several times a year to discuss classic and contemporary theological works. Our meetings are held at London Seminary in Finchley, from 11am to 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Discussions for the book that we are reading are sent out by email about two weeks before the group meets. The questions are prepared by a volunteer from the group, who then leads the discussion.

In 2018/19 the group has read Apostasy from the Gospel by John Owen (abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law), The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher, Calvin’s Company of Pastors by Scott M. Manetsch, and Thoughts on Religious Experience by Archibald Alexander.

To find out more about the group, and how to join, get in touch.