After months of work, the Henry Center is pleased to officially launch its new website! Please note that the URL has changed to henrycenter.tiu.edu (note that the the old domain will still redirect). The designer, Jon McGrath (Simplicated Studio), and developer, Joe Liu (Floodlight Design), deserve special thanks for their hard work and quality product.
Although the basic content of the site has not changed—events promotion, blog, resources, summary of ministries and initiatives—work has been done to improve the overall user experience: clearer navigation, a more reader-friendly blog, site-wide integration of resources and blogging, RSS Feeds, social sharing, and calendar integration with the University calendar. The new resource page is more useful and enjoyable. Several of this year’s resources are already uploaded, but many more remain in progress.
Please spend some time exploring! And if you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback.
The Fitness Center will close for break on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 9:00 p.m. It will re-open in January when classes begin. Look for specific re-opening details to come.
It’s Friday night at the end of the semester and nobody wants to cook! Grab your suitemates and neighbors and head over to the Waybright Center for dinner at a special discount price. Couples: $15, ($7.50/adult) and $3/child.
Join Graduate Student Affairs after chapel in the Rodine Cafe for cookies and hot chocolate on Tuesday, December 10th!
In Reading Genesis 1–2: An Evangelical Conversation, Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages Richard Averbeck wrote that his attempt to present an “honest reading of Gen 1 from a literary, exegetical, historical, and theological point of view” is not “a matter of somehow finding more time in Gen 1 to accommodate the vast ages of evolutionary science.” Affirming something like a division of labor, Averbeck noted that as Old Testament scholars “we are not scientists,” even if the “discoveries in physical sciences most certainly cast a long shadow over the conversation.”
Dr. Averbeck picked up that conversation again this past Wednesday (Dec. 4) in the Rodine Café, first by briefly walking through his current interpretative work on Genesis 1–2, and then by fielding a few questions concerning the ramifications of that work.
At the outset, Averbeck noted that exegetical debates on this topic often produce far more heat than light. It seems that no matter how irenic, how careful, one’s interpretation is, it will polarize and offend.
Averbeck then recalled how for many years he had taken a literal day approach to the Genesis 1 creation narrative (and the often-attendant view that creation occurred recently), but the more he came across the various creation accounts throughout Scripture (e.g., Psalm 104), the more he realized these other inspired accounts actually can help us to better work through how we should be reading Genesis 1–2.
Beyond the biblical canon, Averbeck brought his knowledge of ancient Near Eastern texts and culture to bear on the discussion. In answer to the anxiety this may cause some evangelicals, Averbeck argued that knowing the world in which this portion of the Scriptures were written, including its own pagan versions of creation, helps to shed light on the biblical text in ways that both clarifies its context but also challenges many of the common assumptions of that ancient culture (for example, that Israel’s God Yahweh alone is the creator God of the cosmos).
Averbeck likened Genesis 1:1 to a title, a snapshot, a kind-of introductory remark about God’s creative activity, while the rest of the narrative (up to Gen. 2:3) unpacks that fact in terms of the observable world, that is, from a human perspective. It’s driving home the point, in short, that “Yahweh did this.” The days are also better seen as literary constructs, Averbeck said, rather than literal, 24-hour days, in order to bring home the importance of the pattern of 6/7—six days of work and a day of sabbath, both as a reflection of God’s creative work and as a witness of faithfulness to the one, true God of Israel in the surrounding pagan culture.
Another particularly interesting point had to do with Averbeck’s take on where the “image and likeness” of God is located in humankind. Too often we push the image of God into to the realm of metaphysics, or hyper-spiritualize it, Averbeck said. But it’s concrete, rooted in this physical world. To be created in the image of God is to be erected on earth as the creator God’s statue, meant to extend his wise dominion.
Also of crucial importance to Averbeck’s view is his insistence on a historical Adam and Eve, without which significant portions of Scripture would make little sense (for example, Rom. 5). He noted that the “historical markers” in Genesis 2, such as the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, point us in the direction of seeing the first pair as historical figures.
Averbeck then wrapped up with what he deemed to be one of Scripture’s major themes, introduced in Genesis 4:26 (the end of the section beginning at Gen. 2:4): It’s the only solution given in the midst of the plight we see unfolding in these early chapters of Scripture, and it is one that is often highlighted: “Calling upon the name of the LORD.” The rest of Scripture essentially tells the story of those who do and don’t follow that charge, eventually culminating in the one who did so perfectly, even unto the point of death, for the sake of the whole world.
A number of TEDS faculty presented papers and participated in discussion panels at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society 2013, which took place in Baltimore, MD on Nov. 19-21. Two notable TEDS faculty contributions to ETS included Dr. D.A. Carson’s plenary address, in which he gave an extensive overview of recent books on Scripture, and Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer’s filmed contribution to a discussion on the forthcoming Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy (Zondervan, December 2013).
Dr. Vanhoozer has graciously allowed the video of his 15-minute paper, in which he outlines and explains his position (presented more fully in Five Views), to be made available; it can be watched, and the transcript downloaded, in the TEDS Media & Resources portal.
Trinity International University’s Leslie Frazier Field has been recognized by the Sports Turf Management Association (STMA) as the Collegiate Football Field of the Year.
The STMA presents the award annually to the most excellent playing fields across the nation. Besides recognizing football fields like Leslie Frazier Field, the organization also recognizes soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds at collegiate, professional, and recreational levels.
According to a press release from the STMA, nominees for the award are reviewed by a panel of 16 judges and scored on several criteria, including playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Winners for all areas were announced on November 21.
Grounds Supervisor Andy Yeaman is honored to have the hard work of his crew be recognized by the leading authority on sports field management.
“We in the grounds department and facility services are very proud of this prestigious award,” Yeaman said. “To be recognized nationally for our diligence and hard work is hugely rewarding.”
In winning this award, TIU finds itself among the ranks of some of the nation’s biggest universities and most well-known football fields, including two-time winners Northwestern University and Iowa State University, as well as Michigan Stage University, the University of Oregon, and Texas A&M University.
The Field of the Year Award will officially be presented at the 25th STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, in January. Leslie Frazier Field will also be featured in a 2014 issue of Sports Turf Magazine.