The Trinity community celebrated the new academic year and welcomed Interim President Neil Nyberg at its annual All University Convocation on Wednesday, September 4, at the Arnold T. Olson Chapel.
Following a time of worship and prayer, Dean of Trinity College Dr. Jeanette Hsieh and Board of Regents member Charlene Kalebic formally introduced Nyberg as Trinity’s interim president. Kalebic lauded Nyberg’s long-time commitment to the university—a relationship that includes participation in the Board of Regents, Executive Committee, and a recent capital campaign which generated funds to construct the Waybright Student Center—and his professional achievements during his career at the Kellogg Company.
After Kalebic’s introduction and a blessing from the Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dr. Tite Tienou, Nyberg gave a short message entitled, “Putting God on Display.” During his message, Nyberg challenged the audience to pursue a life that exalts God during this academic year.
“It is my prayer that we will put God on display this year at Trinity,” Nyberg said, “and that when people visit our campus they are not struck by how great we are, but they’re impressed by how great the God we serve is.”
Nyberg went on to add that our reverence of God should be evident outside of Trinity as well, reminding those in attendance to extend his kingdom beyond the campus and into the surrounding community. He also discussed the collaborative effort required to put God on display.
“God wants this community of believers to put him on display, and we need to help each other live up to the calling that God has for us as a community,” Nyberg said. “In my mind, working together for God’s glory is another way we as a community of believers can put God on display, but we can’t do that without the help of each other.”
Nyberg closed the message by challenging the congregation to also take on a second responsibility this school year: being set apart for God while putting him on display. He asked those in attendance to follow the example of Christ and step into dangerous, uncomfortable environments in order to put God on display.
“Jesus can make the unclean clean. He can make the broken whole . . . and by his power, we can do the same.”
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