Past Village University Offerings

Past VU Classes

Spring 2017
• God’s 7 Foundational Covenants (John Zweygartt)
• Finding Truth, Part II (Bob Bredemeier)
• Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Greg & Hannah Haskell)
• A Biblical Response to Sex-Trafficking (Melissa Leak, et al.)
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Fall 2016
• Biblical Models of Prayer (Jeremy Jones)
• Living Fruitful Christian Lives (Dan Esping)
• Race, Multiethnicity and the Bible (Cameron Hackett)
• Our Father’s World: Caring for Creation (Grant Spickelmier)
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Spring 2016
• The Sermon on the Mount (Jeremy Jones)
• What is the Gospel? (Cris Comp)
• Providential History of the Northwest (Vaughn Longanecker)
• The Essential Teachings of Dallas Willard (Shawn Lorenzen)
• A Blueprint for Aging (Cherie Henry, Beth Giles)
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Winter 2015
• The Book of Ruth: Redeeming Faith (Jim Langston)
• The Epistle of 1 Peter (Dan Esping)
• Bible Backgrounds: The Lands of the Bible (Shawn Lorenzen)
• A Biblical Response to Sex-Trafficking (Adrienne Livingston, Melissa Leak)
• Spiritual Parenting (Rob and Jean Lee)
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Fall 2014
• Lessons from Luke (John Zweygartt)
• The Parables of Jesus (Jim Langston)
• The Truth Project (Bill Lattin, Skip Centioli)
• The Principles and Practices of Spiritual Formation and Growth (Wade Vandenburg)
• The Daniel Plan (Julia Marrocco, Tim Brewer, Nell Zweygartt)
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Spring 2014
• The Life of Abraham: A Study in Obedience (Dan Esping)
• God’s Seven Foundational Covenants (John Zweygartt)
• Introduction to Theology (Tom Grey)
• Equipping for the Mission (Taylor Turkington)
• A Biblical Response to Sex-Trafficking (Adrienne Livingston)
• Achieving Financial Peace (Ken Greene)
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Winter 2014
• Philippians: The Epistle of Joy (Brian Leak)
• Martin Luther and the Reformation (Rob Pryor)
• The Christian Heritage of the NW (Vaughn Longanecker)
• Achieving Financial Peace (Ken Greene, Paul Davison)
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Fall 2013
• The Book of Daniel (Don Jensen)
• 1 and 2 Timothy (Dan Esping)
• Promise and Hope: A Survey of the Old Testament (Adam Christian)
• Trials and Triumphs in the Spread of Early Christianity (Harold Hasslock)
• Introduction to Spiritual Formation (Wade Vandenburg)
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Spring 2013
• Exploring the Book of Ephesians (Brian Leak)
• What Christians Should Know about Israel (Dan Sered)
• A Christian Perspective on the Visual Arts (Bob Bredemeier)
• Achieving Financial Peace (Ken Greene, Paul Davison)
• Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life (Skip Centioli, Jeanette Robinson)
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Winter 2013
• Ecclesiastes (Dan Esping)
• The End Times: Competing Views (Stephen Van Horn)
• What Christians Should Know about Israel (Dan Sered)
• My Neighbor’s House: Introduction to Worldviews (Jeremy Parra)
• Becoming Effective Leaders (John Johnson)
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Fall 2012
• The Book of James (Brian Leak)
• Scripture: Strategies for Effective Reading (Rob Pryor)
• A Tour of Theology (Tom Grey)
• Understanding the World of Islam (Tim Brewer)

Past VU Seminars

How the Bible Came to Be
Adam Christian
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9a-4p, Willamette A

This one-day seminar will examine the historical development and solidification of the Old Testament and New Testament canons (the group of books accepted as part of Scripture). If you’ve ever wondered “Why these books? Who decided? When were they chosen? On what basis?”, this is the seminar for you. Each of these questions will be discussed, along with why some denominations recognize books that others do not. Please join us as we discuss these important questions!

 

Biblical Genre Analysis
Adam Christian
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9a-3p, Columbia A

Genre analysis is one of the most overlooked but critical aspects of good Bible study. Everyday, we instinctively recognize different genres in movies, literature, or art, but when it comes to reading Scripture, it’s easy to ignore. When we flatten Scripture this way, we risk misinterpreting its intended meaning, and thus rob it of its intended impact. In this five-hour seminar led by Adam Christian (Th.M. in New Testament, Western Seminary), we will look at the importance of understanding genre, analyze key principles in genre analysis, and spend time practically applying them.

 

Christ, Creation, and the Question of Climate Change
Dr. A.J. Swoboda
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9a-12p, Columbia A

How should people who love Jesus process the question of climate change? Is there really a problem? If so, what can or should be done? Will God break into time and space to act on behalf of creation in its time of need? Or, if it’s all gonna burn, why should we even care? Join award-winning author, pastor, and professor Dr. A.J. Swoboda to hear about—and discuss—what it means to be a Christ-follower in the context of the debates about the threat of environmental crisis. Swoboda teaches at George Fox University and Fuller Seminary and pastors Theophilus Church in urban Portland, Oregon.

 

Israel: The Current Situation
Dan Sered, Jews for Jesus
Saturday, June 13, 2015
2-5pm, Columbia Rooms

Though only a tiny country with a small population of 8 million, Israel constantly and consistently finds itself in the news. Almost a year ago, a war between Israel and Hamas caused much hurt, damage and trauma to both Israelis and the Palestinians living in Gaza. Being surrounded by hostile nations, who themselves are faced with internal conflicts, creates instability for Israel and the entire region. And now with even U.S.-Israel relations in decline, and the potential threat of Iranian nuclear armament, we must ask ourselves more than ever, “What is happening in Israel?”. Israel attracts thousands of evangelical Christian visitors every year, yet Israel is unreached with the Gospel. What is the status of the church in Israel? What is God doing among the local believers? In this seminar you will be updated as to what is going on in Israel, both politically and spiritually, from the perspective of an Israeli believer and get an understanding about the current efforts to reach the Jewish & Arab people in Israel with the Gospel.

Dan Sered directs the branch of Jews for Jesus in Israel. He received his MA in Ministry and Leadership at Western Seminary. Born in Israel under a secular upbringing, he came to faith in Christ at age 14 through his now wife, Dinah. His family’s response to his faith has been negative, but Dan knows that God in his great mercy and love has “preserved me and kept me faithful to Him”. Dan and Dinah have three children. To see a more complete bio for Dan, please click here.

 

 

Immigration and the Bible
Dr. Daniel Carroll R.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
3-5pm, Columbia Rooms

Dr. Carroll is the distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary and is currently one of the leading scholarly voices speaking on immigration and the Bible. He is a member of the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which is the Hispanic arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, and serves as its national spokesperson on immigration. He is widely published, his latest book entitled Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. Join us for this special seminar designed to contribute to and challenge your thinking on a topic of vital importance for our society today.

“Immigration issues grip American politics and opinions. But what does the Bible say? What is at the heart of the Christian view on immigration? Danny Carroll’s voice on this issue is like no other. He is bilingual and bicultural; he is a Bible scholar and a committed Christian. Let him help shape your thinking and challenge your heart to be thoroughly Christian.” ~Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals

 

Questions and Answers about Religious Extremism
Dr. Grant Porter
Saturday, March 14, 2015
3 to 5 pm in the Columbia Rooms

Led by Grant Porter, a 32 year Lebanon resident and Lead Facilitator for the Near East Initiatives network, and Hikmat Kashouh, Lebanese Pastor and Academic Dean of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.

In light of recent developments, the topic of this Special Seminar (and others to follow in coming months) have been expanded to explore the urgent global crisis in Syria, Iraq and surrounding region. Hear answers to your Near East questions from regional experts. Who are the different groups that are fighting? Where are they coming from and what is their goal? Do they really believe they are ushering in the End Times? Where do different groups in Lebanon fit into the picture? And, most importantly, what is happening to the Church? All Villagers are invited to attend this Special Seminar on Saturday, March 14 from 3 to 5 pm in the Columbia Rooms.

 

Estate Planning Made Simple
Gene Christian
October 18, 2014

Have you wondered where, and how, to begin to get your estate affairs in order? Do things like wills and trusts confuse you? Based on the significant response and positive feedback received in the past, we are again offering this informative class presented by expert Gene Christian, who has been helping members of our church and other local churches for the past several years. This very easy to understand presentation will outline the five things everyone must do to get their affairs in order. And given the uncertainty of life, it’s never too soon to start. There will be plenty of time for questions. No insurance products or investments will be promoted or sold. (Childcare will be unavailable for this session.)