Thessalonica is special. It is one of the few cities in the New Testament that has not only survived, but is thriving today. Yet Thessalonica during Paul’s time found itself in a complicated spiritual position. On the one hand, the Thessalonian church was gripped in fear about death, suffering, and the End Times. On the other, they had embraced the Gospel preached to them. The title, Now—and Then speaks to this spiritual dissonance. In this study, Bryan Williams highlights the contrast between the “now” of the present age and the “then” of the Lord’s return, the climax of history.
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.