Faculty Works on Display at New Reading Room

Originally written by Tiffany Vallaeu, Digest Staff Writer

John and Susan Woodbridge officially open the reading room together.

John and Susan Woodbridge cut the ribbon to Trinity’s new reading room that will bear their namesake in the Rolfing Library Tuesday, Oct. 21, celebrating the heritage of the school’s prolific professors and academic excellence.

Around 225 books written by TIU faculty now sit against the last existing wall from the original library in the John and Susan Woodbridge Reading Room, along with a few new lounge chairs and a working fireplace. Not all the books were present during the dedication, as the paint had just finished drying the previous night, but the library’s goal is to have over 500 works from Trinity faculty available in the space.

“This will be a place where we can bring guests…prospective students…board members and donors, and out

President David S. Dockery delivers words of dedication.

of this we can tell the Trinity story through the eyes of these books,” President David S. Dockery said during his speech of dedication.

The space’s moniker honors the story of John Woodbridge, who has served at TIU for 44 years, making him the longest-serving faculty member in the university’s history. Woodbridge also served as the grand marshal for the inauguration processional Thursday.

“We’re very grateful to our colleges who have served the Lord so faithfully, as is represented in this space. We’re honored to be associated with it,” Woodbridge said.

Both Dockery and University Librarian Dr. Robert Krapohl described Woodbridge as a “treasure” of the university. Woodbridge has served as a Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at TEDS, and his wife has served through Trinity’s Clothes Horse ministry.

“It’s very appropriate that during this week of heritage and hope, that we honor John Woodbridge, who has been a large part of our recent heritage,” Dr. Bradley Gundlach said. “He was the person who first told me of David Dockery, and the first person who dreamed long ago that we would have a president like David Dockery. And now we do.”

The evening’s purpose was to celebrate both Dr. Woodbridge and the productivity of the Trinity faculty as a whole who “Continue to make the name of Trinity great through their work,” the president said, and the purpose of their work is to serve the church.

Dr. Samir Massouh offered a prayer of dedication for the books, as well, thanking God for the impact these books and these authors have made and asking Him to further the impact the books will make in the future.

Check out the pictures below for more of the event:

Wednesday of Inauguration Week Recap

Wednesday continued the celebration of Inauguration Week at Trinity, which will culminate in the installation of David S. Dockery as the University’s 15th president.

Events included the following:

  • Inaugural Chapel with John M. Perkins: “A Good Journey of Faith: Living the Christian Life as Agents of Reconciliation”
    Starting with Psalm 23, Christian civil rights giant John Perkins brought the Word of God to bear on our every day lives—exhorting all in attendance to live up to the call to be agents of reconciliation in a lost and hurting world. “Justice is a stewardship issue,” said Perkins, challening the notion that it’s all about some pie-in-the-sky hereafter. “It’s how we steward God’s creation, and our call is to deliberately not overlook the poor.” That was, in a nutshell, the conviction of the early church—to preach the gospel and remember the poor.He went on: “The gospel is the power of God to bring Jews and Gentiles together in one body,” and the church is to live out that mandate each day. It is precisely because we are “justified before God Almighty and that Christ intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand” that enables us in our work to this end. “I don’t think we know what we have,” Perkins said.
  • Prayer, Praise, and Renewal Service
    Wednesday’s inauguration festivities concluded with a prayer, praise and renewal service at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.Bryan Loritts, lead pastor at Fellowship Memphis, delivered a message titled “Stirring Your Affections while Developing Your Mind.” His text was Psalms 63, in which David has been removed from his throne and is fleeing his son Absalom. Loritts said David, who stood in the desolation of the desert in Judah, reached a solemn conclusion.

    “David said to God ‘nothing in this life satisfies but you, and my identity is to earnestly seek after you,’” Loritts said. “Will all who serve and study at Trinity reach the same conclusion David reaches?”

    Travis Cottrell, worship pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., led congregational hymn singing and also performed several solo selections.

Check out our twitter highlights of the day’s events. Also, be sure to watch Perkins’ chapel address if you missed it (along with the previous chapels) at stream.tiu.edu (by clicking the “On Demand” tab).

Mosaic Gathering: Immigration Panel

The Mosaic Gathering for October 29th will feature a panel of TEDS/TGS students discussing issues of immigration and the church’s response. The Gathering will take place from 11:00am-12:20pm.

As people entrusted with the Gospel, Trinity Mosaic Ministries aim to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by (1) equipping students, (2) developing and distributing resources, and (3) creating new collaborations and networks.

In the Mosaic Gathering, we explore the biblical vision of reconciliation through prayer, biblical reflections, cultural and social analysis, and networking with like-minded leaders.

Tuesday of Inauguration Week Recap

Tuesday continued the celebration of Inauguration Week at Trinity, which will culminate in the installation of David S. Dockery as the University’s 15th president.

Events included the following:

  • Inaugural Chapel with Timothy George: “Faith, Hope, and Love—These Three”
    Timothy George preached from the classic text on love found in 1 Corinthians 13 and exhorted everyone in attendance to think clearly about what exactly faith, hope, and love are from a biblical perspective. “Faith, hope, and love come like a bridge over troubled waters—predicated on divine grace,” noted George. And he went to challenge Trinity as a “Christian community, trustees of the gospel truth; pass it on unvarnished as such.”
  • Ed Stetzer hosts Roundtable Conversation
    Along with special guests Don Carson, Peter Cha, Paige Cunningham, Timothy George, Bryan Loritts, and Tom Nelson, Stetzer moderated an insightful discussion on topics ranging from the future of evangelicalism and cultural engagement.

Check out our twitter highlights of the day’s events. Also, be sure to watch both events if you missed them at stream.tiu.edu (by clicking the “On Demand” tab).

Free Digital ESV Study Pack

Crossway, publisher of the ESV bible, is extending a special offer of a free online edition of the ESV Study Bible to all trinity students. The digital ESV Study Bible includes:

  • Over 20,000 study notes 200 full-color maps
  • 40 illustrations, including full-color renderings and architectural diagrams
  • 200+ charts providing concise summaries and key insights
  • 50+ articles on essential topics of theology, ethics, and biblical teaching
  • 80,000 cross-references and an extensive concordance

This resource integrates with your free ESVBible.org account—giving you access to personal notes and content from any device with an internet connection.

Also included in the free study pack is a digital commentary on the book of Romans by R. Kent Hughes and a digital copy of Mark: A 12-Week Study, part of Crossway’s Knowing the Bible study series.

To sign up for the study pack, simply go to Crossway.org/StudyPack.

Keith Getty: On Modern Hymns and Worship

As part of Inauguration week festivities, Trinity welcomed world-renowned hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty for an afternoon symposium on the place and importance of musical worship in today’s churches, as well as an evening concert of worship and celebration.

The authors and co-authors of over 75 hymns, including In Christ Alone, the Getty’s have become a household name in christian music, but what sets them apart from many other modern artists is their theology of worship. The Getty’s see themselves not just as contemporary christian artists, but as modern-day hymn writers. During the symposium, Keith gave three convictions he and his wife take into modern hymn writing.

  1. God’s people learn their faith in large part through song. Even as early as the book of Exodus, songs have provided a way to organize, preserve, and acknowledge theological truth. Hymns effect every aspect of the christian life as they instill and reinforce the most cherished beliefs of the faith. The new trends towards shortened songs that degrade their congregation member’s abilities to process deeply theological verses harm this goal, and dim the view of the spirit for the whole congregation.
  2. The holy act of congregational singing is exactly that, holy. The bible speaks of a time when all nations will sing the praises of the LORD, and congregational worship allows us a glimpse of that glory. Throughout the old and new testaments, singing was both a “duty and a delight,” something both required by God as well as joyously sought out by people. All aspects of congregational worship (instruments, leaders, etc.)  are designed to encourage the congregation to engage in the holy act of worship together, and to help them to perform it the best they can.
  3. Songs need to stick with people. There was a time when people found hope and truth in songs that stayed with them and encouraged them in various seasons for their entire lives. A growing problem in church worship today is the adoption into our church lives of the legitimate evangelist tool of using good, popular worship songs to get people in the doors of the church who might not otherwise attend, neglecting the creation of a rich, theological tradition of songs that will aid the believer for life.

After a time of worship, Keith took a step back and gave advice specifically for worship leaders, giving them five points on effectively using Christmas music in church.

  • Make sure you use every chance to sing the gospel of christmas. There are more church attendees at Christmas than any other time, and the the story of Christmas can be so very rich with saving truth.
  • Use Christmas’s historical heritage of christmas carols. There’s something very affecting about the old hymns, so much so that they’ve crossed over into all sorts of popular culture, from Charles Dickens to it’s a wonderful life. By all means, try new things, but don’t forget that there’s a reason they’ve stayed with us so long.
  • Use christmas as a chance to really exhort congregational singing. Christmas allows us to inspire and encourage with the best songs we have.
  • Use Christmas as a chance to be creative. Christmas allows us to access people’s eclectic tastes, there really isn’t a style Christmas music can’t touch on. Try different things.
  • Use Christmas to think outward. How can we be involved with other ministries. Find ways to bring music outside the doors of the church.

TSW Presents, ReKindle: Practical Theology for Women

This one-day women’s conference put on by Trinity Society of Women is designed to help us explore how to live in the necessary tension between a deeper interpersonal relationship with God and the call to act boldly in his name. The keynote speakers will be Dana Harris, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Ruth Haley Barton, D.Div.. Transforming Center

When: 9:00 am—4:00 pm, Saturday, February 28, 2015
Where: Trinity International University, Melton Hall

To register, click here.

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