The 2015 Palmer Lecture

Palmer Lecture - How to Eat Till We Are Full
What might lead the people of God into idolatry and how can they avoid it? Explore this question with Dr. Stephen Fowl at the free 38th annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture, hosted by Seattle Pacific University's School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary.

Dr. Fowl, a professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland and SPU's 2014-15 theologian in residence, believes it is extremely rare for someone to wake up one morning and decide to begin worshipping a false god. But through the lens of Deuteronomy 6, the history of Israel and the Church testifies that God's people often erred into idolatry. This lapse is often the result of the small, incremental accumulation of dispositions, habits, and practices cultivated over time. By the time a prophet confronts someone over idolatry, it is almost impossible to recognize how he or she got there and how the individual might repent. 

DATE: Thursday, January 22, 2015

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Upper Gwinn Commons (SPU campus)

Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

An annual event at SPU since 1978, the Palmer Lecture Series "seeks to bring the best minds and hearts in Wesleyan theology and biblical studies to campus to discuss the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective." The lectureship is held in honor of Alfred Palmer, a pastoral leader in Western Washington for more than half a century. Questions? Email or call 206-378-5415.

Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015


The 2015 Palmer Lecture

Stephen Fowl and Rob Wall discuss how people can unintentionally become idolators over time.


Dinner with the Dean

Prospective Seminary Students are invited to join Seminary Dean Dr. Doug Strong for dinner before The 2015 Palmer Lecture, on Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 pm.  For more information or to RSVP, email by Wednesday, January 21.