Associate Professor of Theology Doug Koskela discusses one of the required courses at Seattle Pacific Seminary, “Vocational Discernment and Discipleship.” It is a critical question for all students — those who have questions about their vocation and those who have a clear sense of where God might be leading them — to address now and throughout their lifetime.
“The work of theological education is aimed at equipping people to stand in those gaps in which the power of God’s gospel so desperately needs to be seen and beheld. This work is of utmost importance – it is daunting work especially in the midst of the many pressures we face in pursuing it. But it is precious work – priceless work. I assume we are all here because we sense it is so. May we continue to not lose sight of this power and work in such a way as to do our part to render a witness to it, to be channels of it, and to be enlivened and enchanted by it.”
“Except for its title, this column has nothing to do with John Fogarty’s song about a riverboat queen. It has to do with a girl I once knew [….] [and] the events that caused her – the hard way – to grow up, to lose her girlish ‘innocence.’ [….] Her name was Mary.”
“Dr. Strong’s book, ‘Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage,’ is really a book within a book. It is a re-publication of the Donald Dayton essays originally published in what is now Sojourners Magazine, compiled into a book in 1976 and updated in 1988, with new commentary in 2014 from Dr. Strong relating it to 21st-century Christians. [….] These early evangelicals were grounded in Scripture and dedicated to the conversion of souls. But they didn’t stop there. Instead, they led major – often radical – social reform movements, work that today we would call ‘social justice.’”
“This book should be a must-read for both identified populations and many others. [….] It deals with so many of the questions I’ve heard and sought inadequately to answer over the years on the whole concept of God in three persons. From one who has studied and appreciated John Wesley, Dr. Castelo sprinkled in just enough to make me feel at home. He made the trinity come alive for me and I will be utilizing this as a resource, if not the resource, for an upcoming study.”
In his new book, “Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life,” Associate Professor of Theology Doug Koskela seeks to ease frustration people often feel when wrestling with their vocation and calling by distinguishing between “missional calling,” “direct calling,” and “general calling.”