Revelation in the Present Tense

Robert W. Wall, SPU’s Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, and ordained Free Methodist elder, is the speaker for this year's Paul T. Walls Lecture in Wesleyan Theology.

The Book of Revelation in the Present Tense

Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church
3200 Third Avenue W. (adjacent to campus)

The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Watch a webcast of the event (live or archived).

Robert W. Wall, Keynote Speaker

Rob Wall

In keeping with the purpose for the Walls endowment, Dr. Wall’s teaching and writing — whether for scholars or students, pastors or parishioners — seek to incline God’s people to a faithful reading of Scripture that makes them more wakeful to God’s word and more responsive to the leading of God’s Spirit. Dr. Wall enjoys an ecumenical ministry of preaching and teaching in congregations of various faith traditions.

Dr. Wall’s books and articles originate in the ferment of the university classroom and in conversation with his students and colleagues. In both his published research and his classroom teaching, Dr. Wall approaches the Bible as a sacred text — a “production of the Holy Spirit” —in a manner that forms a clearer understanding of God for the people of God.

A Seattle native, Dr. Wall is an avid sportsman and a dedicated Seattle Mariners fan.

About the Lecture

Reading Revelation as Scripture requires us to read it in the present tense — God’s word for God’s people — right here, right now. This year’s Walls Lecture offers a "present-tense" reading of Revelation 13 — John’s vision of the slugfest between the two beasts and faithful followers of the Lamb. Join us as we explore what living in the truths of Revelation looks like in our contemporary context.

Blake Wood, Respondent

Rev. Blake Wood, DMin, Senior Pastor, First Free Methodist Church

Paul T. Walls

Paul T. Walls spent 31 years on SPU’s Board of Trustees. Known for his integrity and financial acumen, a successful career in real estate cultivated the ability to help manage the growth of Seattle Pacific from a college into a university. So too did his life of strong and active service to the Free Methodist Church at both local and national levels.

Before his death in 1998, Paul and his wife, Vera, established an educational foundation to help students realize a seminary education that provides the intellectual and spiritual leadership to stimulate and strengthen the denomination into the future.

Pre-Lecture Dinner for Prospective Seminary Students

If you’ve been considering seminary, you're invited to a free informational dinner with Seattle Pacific Seminary Dean Doug Strong and current Seminary students before the Walls Lecture. More information.