Pastors' Academy
Study Days & Hours

Ethics

Our in-person Ethics Study Days and online Study Hours, taught by Matthew Mason, consider what it means to live faithfully as God’s creatures in his world. Sometimes the focus is on a pressing cultural issue, sometimes the days consider more enduring questions of what it means to live a life that is pleasing to God.

These Days and Hours are grounded in the wisdom of the Scriptures, and enriched by the great teachers of the Christian tradition. They also pay careful attention to the roots and fruits of current philosophical and cultural trends. They will help you to understand more clearly and deeply the relationship of ethical questions to the doctrines of the gospel, and the practical implications for Christians and our families, friends, churches, communities, and institutions.

Ethics Study Hour

The Beatitudes 

‘Here is both usefulness and sweetness…a summary of true religion—the Bible epitomized. Here is a garden of delight…the golden key which will open the gate of Paradise. Here is the conduit of the Gospel, running wine to nourish such as are poor in spirit and pure in heart.’

—Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes

This Autumn, Matthew Mason is offering a series of five online sessions of teaching on the Beatitudes. The content will be equivalent to an in-person study day, but spread across five shorter sessions. There are two options: Tuesday mornings (10:45 – 12:00) and Thursday afternoons (3:45 – 5:00). The same material will be covered at both.

The Beatitudes have historically been near the heart of Christian preaching and teaching on living as a Christian—from patristic homilies to Reformation, Puritan and modern expositions, either on their own, or as part of series on the Sermon on the Mount.

Drawing on classic Christian readings of the Beatitudes, these sessions will set Christ’s teaching in the context of the canon of Scripture, and will pay close attention to exegesis, theology and ethics. We will consider what Martyn Lloyd-Jones called the ‘spiritual logical sequence’ of the beatitudes, and also the way they fit together as a harmonious whole. From this will emerge:

• the holy, righteous and merciful character of God;

• the delightfulness of Christ;

• the loveliness of true Christian character;

• the sheer goodness of the life of faith in this world;

• and the glories of our blessed hope when Christ returns.

The first fifteen minutes of each session will be set aside for introductions and informal conversations, including picking up any questions from the previous week. The week’s teaching will start promptly on the hour.

Dates:

Tuesdays, 10:45 – 12:00: 13th, 20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th October. Book here.

Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:00: 15th, 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th October. Book here.

Ethics Study Day

The Wounded It Heals: The Gospel and the Ethics of Transgender

Matthew Mason is still available to teach this day for groups around the UK. Please get in touch with us via email if you would like to find out more. 

Demands for public, total, and unreserved acceptance of transgender people and ideology have been bombarding our newsfeeds and Netflix watchlists, schools and universities, workplaces and churches. For some people, including some in evangelical churches, the issue is deeply and painfully personal. This study day will help us navigate the theological, philosophical, cultural, and pastoral issues involved, wisely and compassionately in the light of the liberating and renewing biblical gospel of Jesus Christ.

Matthew Mason, our Tutor in Ethics, introduces the day: