Summer 2014 Theology Courses at SPU:
Open to Pastors and Church Leaders

2014 Summer Institute Courses

This summer, Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education offers two courses rooted in biblical and theological reflection for pastors and church leaders.

Biblical Ethics

June 23–27 (Monday–Friday), 9:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Location: Cremona 201 (SPU campus)
Cost: $80 (Seminary credit available)
Deadline: Registration closed.


Rob Wall

Robert Wall, ThD
SPU Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies

Anthony Robinson

Rev. Anthony Robinson
President of Congregational Leadership Northwest

Course Description: Christians have always turned to the Bible as their moral compass, whether as an inspired source of needed wisdom when trying to decide the right thing to do or when taking a position on a tough social issue. The goal of this class is to learn how to do this hard work better. Each day, class participants will gather around a different biblical text — a “text of moral density” — that congregations of every age and time zone have studied to help direct their vision of the good life. After mining these biblical texts for their moral good, participants will practice applying the ethics of Scripture to an urgent ethical problem facing the world today.

Creation/New Creation

June 30–July 2 (Monday–Wednesday), 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Cremona 201 (SPU campus)
Cost: $40 (Seminary credit available)
Deadline: Registration closed.


JJ Johnson Leese

J.J. Johnson Leese, PhD
SPU Instructor of Christian Scripture

Course Description: Creation/New Creation themes literally permeate the biblical narrative from beginning to end. In this course, we probe this theological thread to discover profound implications for the perplexing challenges we face in an effort to live as faithful people of God in the 21st century. Some questions we will explore: Where do we find a God-inspired hope to share in the midst of natural disasters and human tragedy? Does the Bible provide a compelling answer to the ecological crisis we face today? What is “new” about the new creation inaugurated by Christ? This course provides insights for people being transformed into the image of Christ while living in the already/not-yet overlap of the old and new creation.

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014