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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 (by clicking the “On Demand” tab).

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 (by clicking the “On Demand” tab).

Monday of Inauguration Week Recap

Today marked the beginning 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 Cherie Harder: “Community and Calling”
    Cherie Harder challenged everyone in chapel today to recapture that sense of vocation as calling and what it means to be called by God to do so in our every day jobs. She held up William Wilberforce as the quintessential example of one who embraced his work in politics as a calling to bring glory to God, and, as a result, he changed the entire British landscape.

    She also went on to describe what it is like to be a part modern-day politics in Washington, D.C., where in community with others she was part of changing the conversation on Hollywood’s marketing of violence to children: “The more we invest in a Christ-centered community, the more we become the people God calls us to be.”

  • Keith Getty Worship & Christian Music Symposium
    In this symposium on modern hymnody, Keith Getty started with the premise that “God’s people learn their faith in large part through what they sing.” A few Getty hymns were sung as he provided several bits of advice to all those present who are involved with congregational singing in the church.

    He went on to remind us that “the holy act of congregational singing is exactly that—a microcosm of heaven on earth.” And he challenged all in attendance to think critically about modern ways of worship: “We think hymns with multiple stanzas rich in theology are too deep, and we wonder why our congregations have a shallow view of God.”

  • The Gettys in Concert
    Keith and Kristyn Getty ushered the Trinity community into a time of praise and celebration as they wrapped up their fall tour.


Trinity graduate named new president of the University of Florida

W. Kent Fuchs, a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has been named the 12th president of the University of Florida. Fuchs completed a Master of Divinity degree here in 1984.

A news release from the University of Florida said the appointment from the UF Board of Trustees still must be ratified officially at a meeting in November, and that Fuchs (pronounced Fox) would officially assume the presidency on Jan. 1.

“The entire Trinity community is pleased to join with me in offering our heartiest congratulations to President-elect Kent Fuchs as he begins his service at the University of Florida,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “Dr. Fuchs has established himself as a distinguished leader in the world of higher education. As a Trinity alum, we are truly grateful for Dr. Fuchs. We salute him and wish God’s best for him and his family in the days to come.”

Fuchs comes to Florida from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he served as provost. In addition to his graduate degree at TEDS, he brings an extensive background in electrical engineering and computer science, with an undergraduate engineering degree from Duke University and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.

Inauguration Week


Inauguration Week is the result of the collaborative work and coordination among many faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. While the program is being guided by the Inauguration Committee, it is the hard work of those who are giving time and energy so generously that will make the Inauguration Week possible.

Inaugurations traditionally use the symbols of the past while envisioning a path for a preferred future. Throughout the years, inauguration ceremonies honoring Trinity International University presidents have offered opportunities for the Trinity community to celebrate its past and its vision for what’s next. The inauguration of David S. Dockery, Trinity’s fifteenth president, is no exception.

Over the course of its existence, the Trinity community has grown to embody a faithful, generous, and orthodox evangelicalism, committed to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of Holy Scripture. Being a part of this academic community is deeper than just the common experience of pursuing knowledge. The Trinity connection is one of kinship and shared values—all of which are shaped by the pattern of Christian truth.

, our inaugural theme, reaffirms Trinity’s wonderful heritage while looking forward with hope toward a blessed and God-honoring future. During the week of October 20–23, we will come together to celebrate the installation of Trinity’s fifteenth president and the best that the University represents, not as an end in itself, but as a pointer to a God-blessed and hopeful trajectory for Trinity in the years to come.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the week!

Here’s the week at a glance:

Fall ’14 Issue of Trinity Magazine Fresh Off the Press

TrinMag Fall '14 Cover

The fall 2014 issue of Trinity Magazine is hitting mailboxes, both real and virtual. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

    • “TEDS at Princeton: Proclaiming the Gospel at the Ivy League”
      —It turns out that there’s a sort of nexus of TEDS grads deeply impacting the Princeton campus. Communication Assistant Andy Koenig (BA ’14) reports on the who, what, and why.

“There is a certain assumption on these campuses that religion and intellect are mutually exclusive, an assumption that if you’re intellectual you have to leave this religion and Christianity stuff behind.”

~ Matt Bennett (MDiv ’01), President of Christian Union, p. 13


    • “Academic success at Trinity”
      —Attending a university is an exciting and challenging time. Finding and experiencing academic success is a necessary component of this endeavor. For those with learning problems and other disabilities, the challenge is even greater. What does Trinity have to offer in this regard? Assistant Professor of Education Peter L. Wright walks us through the answer.

“My accommodations helped me feel secure and confident as a student. For the most part, I did not feel treated differently by professors or students because of them. In fact, most professors were grateful to provide a better way for me to succeed in my studies. … God bless Trinity for seeking to provide ways for students with learning disabilities to succeed in college!”

~ Naomi Sorenson (BA ’14), p. 15


    • “Bike4Solution: 2,500 Miles. 4 Dudes. 1 Cause.”
      —Trinity 2014 graduates and former Trojan football team members Tommy Kenney, 23, Dan Johnson, 22, Jono Mullins, 22, and Dustin Alewine, 23 set out on June 14, 2014, to bike from Deerfield, Ill., to Mission Viejo, Calif., with a mission to help raise awareness for girls trapped in human trafficking.

“At the end of the day, we’re asking men to step up with us,” Alewine said. “It comes down to supply and demand. If there continues to be men who are willing to pay for sex, this issue is going to go on.” (p. 17)


    • “The Christian Law School: Negative, Neutral or Nurturing?”
      —Advisory Board Member of Trinity Law School Jefferey J. Ventrella challenges the common assumptions that studying law from explicitly Christian perspectives can be anything but nurturing.

“To be most fully human means living coram Deo, that is, before the face of God. If we desire to study law to maximally cultivate human flourishing by promoting justice, we must do so intentionally under Christ’s lordship: fully exploring how the law—the standard—can be known and applied, in and to our very lives.”

~ Jeffrey J. Ventrella, p. 20

Check it out below:


Lessons from Calvin’s Geneva: Pastoral Collegiality and Accountability

As part of its continuing calendar of events, the Henry Center launched its Scripture & Ministry series on Wednesday, September 17, led by an insightful presentation from Professor Scott Manetsch on pastoral collegiality and accountability in Calvin’s Geneva. Much of the discussion built off of Dr. Manetsch’s recent work on Calvin’s Company of Pastors. You can watch the lecture at by clicking the “On Demand” tab.

In conclusion, Dr. Manetsch offered a few points of application for ministry today:

  1. Proclamation of the Word must be central and essential to the pastor’s vocation. The Word of God must be preached in integrity and power.
  2. God frequently uses institutions to preserve Christian truth and promote pastoral wellbeing. During a time where sentiments for anti-institutionalism continue to grow, it is a helpful reminder that God frequently uses institutions to preserve Christian truth and promote pastoral wellbeing. Calvin utilized the institutions in Geneva to help shape clerical culture and facilitate growth, love, and encouragement among fellow pastors. How might we be able to do the same in our context?
  3. Pastoral wellbeing requires healthy relationships with other Christian leaders. Lone ranger pastors do not last long and churches do not serve as the breeding ground for personal fiefdoms. Effective ministry must be born out of collegiality, encouragement, and edification.
  4. A pastor’s wellbeing requires accountability to other Christian leaders: In an evangelical world that is too often beholden to kingdom-building and church empires, we need accountability.
  5. Pastoral wellbeing requires spiritual and professional growth: continuing devotion and education are necessary for the minister of the Word.


Read the full write-up over at the Henry Center.