Bible Interpretation: Understanding the Role of Context
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm, Columbia A
In this full-day seminar, Adam Christian (Th.M in New Testament, Western Seminary) will explore the importance of context in reading Scripture well. Attention will be given to literary context as well as historical, cultural, and geographic contexts. We will also discuss resources to aid in reading Scripture within these contexts. A great seminar to enhance and deepen your personal study of God’s Word!
Estate Planning Made Simple
Saturday, March 24, 2018
9:00-10:30am, Columbia A
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 seminar presented by expert and friend of Village 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.
Bible Translations – How we Got Them & Why so Many?
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm, Willamette A
If you have ever wondered why there are so many different Bible translations, or what makes one different from another, you do not want to miss this upcoming seminar. Adam Christian (Th.M in New Testament, Western Seminary) will explore these questions and more, giving you a much better appreciation for the value of different translations and helping you to choose the best one for your needs.
How the Bible Came to Be
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm, 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
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00am-3:00pm, 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
9:00am-12:00pm, 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
2:00-5:00pm, 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.
Immigration and the Bible
Dr. Daniel Carroll R.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
3:00-5:00pm, 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
3:00-5:00pm, 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?