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By Bryan Williams / Faithlife / 2009
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The Apostle Peter has always caught the imagination. He leaps out at us from the pages of the Gospels. He demands the attention of all readers of the New Testament. But as we move from the Gospels to the Epistles, we notice a great change in Peter. He has matured! The change is very much like that which God worked in other disciples. The brash fisherman of the Gospels has become a different man.
With this in mind, it would be tempting to call Peter “The Master Fisherman.” But that’s not what Peter would have wanted. It is not Peter, whatever his character and experience may have been, who takes center stage. It is not the fisherman, but the one who called Peter and the others to be “fishers of men,” whom Peter wrote about.
Bryan Williams was born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand. In 1958, he moved to England to attend London Bible College. In 1962, Williams gained a B.D. from the University of London and an ALBC diploma from London Bible College. At the invitation of the Bible Institute of South Africa, he began lecturing there in 1970, and held various positions there. In 1977, he completed his Ph.D. through the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. For years, he has led home Bible studies and served in various church committees. He has written numerous books, and has devoted his life to developing tools to help people study the Bible more fruitfully. Bryan and his wife, Barbara, live in Cape Town, South Africa.