As a Seminary student, you can choose from four Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and four Dual Degrees (MBA, MST) — as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies — all of which support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
Seminary News and Events
"Since 1978, the Palmer Lecture series has sought "to bring the best minds and hearts in Wesleyan theology and biblical studies to campus to discuss the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective.” This year’s lecturer, Dr. Stephen Fowl is SPU’s scholar in residence for the academic year. This year’s Palmer Lecture is entitled, How to Eat Until We are Full: Idolatry and Ways to Avoid It. Much of Scripture’s reflection on idolatry is in the prophets, Fowl says. When a prophet comes on the scene, things are already in a pretty bad way. Unless we are vastly different than our forefathers, then we too can be blinded by our other-than-god pursuits and unwilling to confess to our waywardness."
"Let me acknowledge at once that while a major reason for people’s discouragement with the church lies in their false expectations, an equally important reason lies in the church’s all too frequent failure to offer worship that is religiously inspiring, ethically challenging, aesthetically elegant and intellectually robust. Christian worship should be all of those things, and when it is not – for example, when the preaching is dry and shallow, or wild and shallow; when the music is dull and poorly performed, or trite but overly theatrical; when the ceremonies are stuffy and formulaic, or utterly lacking in dignity and decency – people can’t be blamed for voting with their feet. Or rather, people who are frustrated by the stupidity and tastelessness of what so often passes for Christian worship should demand better of their churches. If you go to a hardware store hoping to buy a hammer, and find that all the hammers in stock have splintered handles, you’d have good grounds for refusing to patronize that establishment again, or, better, for complaining to the store owner."
If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 20 and 21.
Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty, and students, along with others who are considering seminary.
“Every so often, a student will ask, ‘Why do I need to attend church? Doesn’t my salvation depend on believing what the church teaches—which should be nothing more and nothing less than what the Bible teaches?’ But the inference that participation in the church is unnecessary for a person’s salvation is wrong. And to see why it’s wrong, let’s tinker a bit with the thought experiment, using the basic story line from the movie, Cast Away (2000).”
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel who mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to the O Israel. We, the gathered in First Free’s sanctuary, are led by a 14-person worship team, sing after a welcome by SPU’s Chaplain Bo Lim, Dean of the School of Theology Doug Strong and Director of the John Perkins Center Tali Hairston. Ransom us, indeed, O Lord. How long will we be captivated by systems that benefit some at the expense of many? Lonely exile, indeed, Lord. How long will our black sisters and brothers be exiled from justice and thus of peace? Rejoice? Rejoicing is the hard choice we make in hope: You are who You say You are so we wait for You."
The Historical Society of the United Methodist Church is a voluntary membership organization to promote Methodist history. It is affiliated with the General Commission on Archives and History, an official arm of The United Methodist Church, but welcomes everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement.
Following up the presentations by the four SPU professors (Dr. David Nienhuis, Dr. Brian Bantum, Dr. Kimberly Segall, and Dr. Jorge Presciado), the floor was opened up for a Q&A session. Audience members participated by texting in their questions and Tali Hairston, the Director of the John M. Perkins Center, moderated.