The Pastoral Letters

This module is a study of Paul the apostle’s ‘settled canon’ as, towards the end of his life and ministry he hands on the flaming torch of the Gospel to his trusted co-workers Timothy and Titus, and through them seeks to correct the leadership in Ephesus and the believers in Crete respectively. Throughout these units we shall – primarily, though not exclusively – study The ‘Pastoral’ Letters with the help of only one commentary: The Bible.

The aim of this module is to:

  • Demonstrate – on the principle that ‘the Bible is its own best commentary’ – the possibility and the absolute necessity of illuminating part of Scripture – in this case the Pastoral Letters – by means of “all Scripture” (Luke 24:27; 2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Discover why Paul’s “dungeon flamed with light” – even on death row!

The course is held over 10 Tuesday mornings, from 11.00 – 1.00, starting on 26th September.

There are two ways to get involved:

  • You can audit the course – simply taking part, enjoying the teaching and online fellowship, and benefitting from lots of notes and materials
  • you can submit assessments – completing an assignment for marking and gaining EBC study credits

You can download a Module Description: here

Please note that fees must be paid at least one term in advance. Registration is essential and can be done here.

If you have any questions or want more information, please email

Course Tutor:

David Andrew

Rev David Andrew is the Editor of Sword, an evangelical magazine which seeks to ‘restore the confidence of God’s people in the Word of God and the God of the Word’. He maintains that “…if God has put it on His page, we need to do something with it. There is no redundant Scripture. Only a whole Bible provides the whole truth.” A decade in editorial journalism with multinational engineering companies gradually fused with Christian ministry as David’s two pastoral charges, one Congregational, one independent, led him to accept the invitation to join Dr Clifford Hill in Bedford as Managing Editor of what was then Prophecy Today magazine. In 2003, David followed Cliff as Editor and, upon moving back to Scotland in 2004 to support an elderly mother, subsequently re-branded the magazine as Sword to reflect a perceived need to combat growing apostasy and encourage in the church a high view of God’s Word – a significant direction change from the previous focus on the ‘state of the nation’. David and his wife Agnes are members of Bellshill Baptist Church and live in Lanarkshire. Frequent preaching and conference speaking enable him to keep the magazine ‘earthed’ in the wider Christian community. They have two daughters, one married and three grandchildren. He holds an honours degree in theology from Edinburgh and a distinction level qualification in English Language teaching from St Andrews. Family life and music easily account for any leisure time.


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