Assistant Professor of Missiology David Leong recently wrote a Lectio on the overall topic of reconciliation — in particular, the concept of new creation. The text he focused on was Luke 4, where the gospel is preached with a particular emphasis on the social and economic order of the day being flipped on its head.
With their new book, “Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection,” Professors Dave Nienhuis and Rob Wall hope to impart a greater knowledge of a certain collection of New Testament books — ones that are largely neglected by both the church and the academy. Here they discuss more on the writings of Paul.
As the second intensive course for first-year seminarians, this course gets students outside the four walls of the classroom setting and into the community. This course helps give students a context for real-world settings in which to ask theological questions, questions that may not get asked in a small group or retreat setting.
This is the first course first-year seminarians take — a one-week intensive study at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, Wash. It introduces students to the spiritual practices associated with what John Wesley calls “works of piety,” such as organized corporate prayer, shared testimonies, and communion, to name a few.
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.”