CHLS 2015 Team Photo

Students Experience the Holy Land – CHLS Bible Lands Tour 2015




Vanguard students join 100 students from 7 universities for 28 days in Israel and Jordan, studying abroad in the Holy Land. From archaeology lectures and digs to adventures like cave exploration, jeep treks, hiking in the wilderness and swimming in the Dead Sea, this trip has a little something for everyone. Students experienced personal transformation as they solidified their faith by following the footsteps of the patriarchs, the kings, the prophets and even Jesus Himself. The Bible Lands program truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the Bible in the land of its origin with some of Israel’s top scholars and archaeologists.


Religion Department Colloquium

Religion Department Colloquium

Topic:  Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture

Speakers:  Dr. Richard Mouw, President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary

and Dr. Jason Sexton, Co-editor of the Volume and Faculty member at Cal State Fullerton, Honors Department

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time:  4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Great Commission Hall, Vanguard University


Refreshments will be served

Chapel credit


VU ITALIA Information Meetings

 VU ITALIA Summer’ 15 – One month in Italy






Three Required Information Meetings:

October 8th         4:00 pm                Heath 103

October 10th       2:00 pm                Heath 103

October 13th       10:00 am              Heath 105

Attendance required in order to pick up an application and participate on the trip.

Required classes:  Intercultural Studies, Christian Heritage & Art History Elective
Juniors & Seniors Preferred


Travel to the Bible Lands


Have you ever wanted to walk where Jesus walked and experience the land of the Bible?
Monday, October 13 @ 10:00 am in Heath 102, you can learn more about the Israel/Jordan study tour May 18-June 12, 2015. Scholarships and 3 transfer units may be available. Visit 


Brochures are available in the Department of Religion office.

Diana Wahlstedt, X6341
Administrative Assistant




cookies & punch

Greet & Treats!

admin office & studentsOn Monday, August 25, 2014 the Department of Religion hosted an Open House.  All Religion majors and any interested students were invited to a time for Greet and Treats!  Each student received an information packet and traveled office to office to meet the Religion professors.


westbrook & topherWe are so excited for this new school  year!  It was a wonderful time meeting returning students and welcoming new students!


cookies & punch


Questions – Contact Diana Wahlstedt,
Administrative Assistant, Department of Religion



Author: Gary Tyra, D.Min
Publisher: IVP Academic
Date: 2013

A Missional Orthodoxy: Theology and Ministry in a Post-Christian Context, Gary Tyra, D. Min

A MissionDr. Gary Tyra, Professor of Religion in our Professional Studies program published a new book A Missional Orthodoxy: Theology and Ministry in a Post-Christian Context

The emerging and missional church movements have raised decisive questions about what it means to embody the Christian faith in a post-Christian and postmodern world. A common reactionary response denies the significance of the context and reasserts the supremacy of classical orthodoxy. An equally common position at the other end of the spectrum involves a rejection of orthodoxy as contextually insensitive and incapable of being inclusive and missional at all. The one asserts its orthodoxy at the expense of being missional and contextual; the other emphasizes generosity at the expense of its fidelity to “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3). The church today needs a theology that is both orthodox and missional–doing justice to both aspects. Gary Tyra has written just such a book. In A Missional Orthodoxy he critically engages with the works of Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg for the sake of developing a comprehensive missional theology that retains what he calls the “four Christological verities” at the heart of Christian doctrine. Tyra discusses the methodological question of contextualization, offering an incarnational model of recontextualization that unites the postmodern insights of the culture with the truths of the biblical text. On the basis of this missional foundation, he examines all the major Christian doctrines in order to overcome the false antithesis between a fighting fundamentalism and a too-accommodating liberalism. The result is a humble, modest, missionally faithful orthodoxy that provides a compelling witness within a world of competing extremes.

Religion Advising Appointments

Title: Religion Advising Appointments
Location: Religion Office, Heath, 2nd floor
Link out: Click here
Description: Religion Majors – Academic Advising Spring 2013
Come to the Religion Administrative office the week of October 15th to schedule your advising appointment with Markita Roberson. Sign-up sheets will be available.

Advising Dates:
Monday, October 22 – Thursday, October 25
Monday, October 29 – Thursday, November 1st

Start Date: October 15, 2012
End Date: October 19, 2012