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Open Gym Starts Tonight

The time has finally arrived for open gym! While the arena is not yet complete the gym will be open for use at different times for the remainder of the semester.

The open gym schedule for the next few days is as follows:

  • Friday (11/21) 7-10 PM
  • Saturday (11/22) 1-7 PM
  • Sunday (11/23) 1-5 PM
  • Monday (11/24) 10 PM-12 AM

The gym will be closed from 11/25-11/30 for Thanksgiving break and will reopen on 12/1 with updated hours.

To participate in open gym you must present your Student ID card and sign in at the front desk. You will also be required to wear gym shoes that are different from your street shoes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Trinity Presentations at ETS 2014


The 66th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society is about to kick off in San Diego, CA, on November 19-21, 2014. ETS is regarded as the world’s largest society of evangelical scholars. Trinity faculty members are scheduled to make 16 academic presentations during the event. In addition, 14 TEDS students will make formal academic presentations.

The theme for this year’s conference, ecclesiology, “reminds us of the primary reason for what we do,
whether we are in academic, parachurch or pastoral work—to serve the church,” writes ETS President-Elect and Program Chair Scott B. Rae. “Whether we are equipping the next generation of pastors, are pastoring ourselves or are serving on the mission field or with a parachurch/non-profit organization, we are about serving Christ by serving the church.” This focus is particularly important for professors, according to Rae, “lest we get caught up in our academic work and forget that our work ultimately serves the church.”

A Festschrift in honor of John Feinberg will provide the capstone for Trinity’s presence this week. Feinberg is professor of biblical and systematic theology at TEDS, where he has served for 31 years. He also served as an associate professor (1983-1990). Twice he served as the chairman of the Division of Biblical and Systematic Theology (1985-1992, 1999-2012). He holds degrees from UCLA, TEDS, Talbot Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago. Feinberg has published numerous books and articles, and has served as a consultant for Crossway Books since 1985.

Crossway will publish the Festschrift in 2015 under the title “Building on the Foundations of Evangelical Theology.” Proceeds from the book will benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America in the name of John and Pat Feinberg. Gregg Allison and Stephen Wellum, both TEDS graduates, are co-editors of the volume. There are 10 contributors who are either current or former TEDS faculty members.

The ETS presentation of the Festschrift is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Esquire Room of the Town and Country Resort.

Beyond the ETS program, Trinity President David S. Dockery will give the keynote address to the Southeastern Theological Fellowship banquet Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. His presentation is titled “Confession, Church, and Community: A Distinctive Approach to Evangelical Scholarship.”

TEDS will host a reception for alumni and friends Nov. 20 at 9:15 p.m. in the Le Sommet room of the resort. TEDS Dean Tite Tiénou and Dockery and will be present to greet guests. There is no charge to attend the reception.

Other faculty presentations at ETS:

  • Dick Averbeck will moderate a discussion titled “Pentateuch: Tabernacle, Congregation, and Community,” and also will present “Temple and Community in the Ancient Near East.”
  • Constantine Campbell will host an applied linguistics and biblical languages discussion on Greek Perfect.
  • Don Carson will present “Why the Local Church Is More Important than TGC, White Horse Inn, 9Marks, and Maybe Even ETS.”
  • John Feinberg will present “Inspiration and Inerrancy: a Theological Perspective.”
  • Chris Firestone will present “Kant’s Philosophy as Grounds for a Theology of Resurrection.”
  • Stephen P. Greggo will present “Theodramtic Anthropology & the ‘Significant’ Self: Implications for Therapeutic Relating.”
  • Brad Gundlach will present “Adam and Eve at Old Princeton.”
  • Dana Harris will present “Justice, Ethics, and Worship in Revelation: Bowing Down before the Lamb.
  • Josh Jipp will moderate a discussion titled “Luke/Act: Theology of Acts.”
  • John Kilner will moderate a discussion titled “‘Reproductive’ Technologies, the Church, and Society: A Dialogue.”
  • Dennis Magary will moderate a discussion of Psalm 1 and also present “Is Job Theologically Correct?”
  • Grant Osborne will take part in panel presentation titled “Discussion of recent helpful work and issues in synoptic gospels, 2012-14”
  • David Pao will present “Let No One Despise Your Youth: Church and the World in the Pastoral Epistles.”
  • Kevin Vanhoozer will present “Role-playing, Personal Identity, and ‘Putting On’ Christ: The Drama of Discipleship.”


Many Trinity PhD students will also make ETS presentations:

  • Mary Patton Baker will present “Performing the Gospel: The Eucharist and Theodramatic Formation.”
  • Paul J. Brown will present “Greco-Roman Mythological Eschatology: The Denial of the Resurrection at Corinth.”
  • David K. Bryan will present “Re-Gathering the Kingdom of God in the Parable of the Weeds” (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43).
  • Jeffrey Calhoun will present “Toward an Understanding of the Normative Value of Contextualized Doctrine.”
  • Michael Cox will present “The Stubborn and Rebellious Son: A Case of Intertextuality in Psalm 78.”
  • YunGab Choi will present “To Comfort All Who Mourn: The Theological and Hermeneutical Function of Isaiah 61–62 in the Book of Isaiah.”
  • Ron Haydon will present “Daniel’s Style of Ambiguity and the Creation of Interpretive Space (9:24-27).”
  • Patrick Jones will present “A Faithful Anamnesis? Evaluating the Uneasy Relationship Between Evangelicals, Inerrancy, and Social Memory Theory.”
  • Won Seok Jung will present “The Davidic Persona in Psalms 138-145 of Book V.” (MT)
  • Hwagu Kang will present “The Wife/Sister Accounts as a Type Scene.”
  • Chang Hoon Kim will present “The Transfiguration as an Intratextual Allusion to the Crucifixion in Matthew’s Gospel.”
  • Paul C. Maxwell will present “In What Sense is the God of Christians a Jealous God?”
  • Jillian Ross will present “Parchments and Palimpsests: A Taxonomy of Literary Devices in the First and Second Degree as It Relates to Inner-Biblical Allusion.”
  • Jinsung Seok will present “A Canonical Function of Psalm 33: “Trust in the Universal King, the Lord!”

Visit the ETS web site for a complete program of events for the San Diego meeting.

Trinity is also represented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which takes place in San Diego just after ETS and includes the American Academy of Religion and Institute for Biblical Research. The SBL 2014 list of presenters can be searched here to find sessions, locations, and times.

#24 Lady Trojans play for 2nd straight CCAC title at Olivet Nazarene

For the second year in a row, the #24 Trinity International Trojans will play for a conference title, when they take on the #13 Olivet Nazarene Tigers in the CCAC Tournament final. Kickoff from Snowbarger Athletic Park in Bourbonnais is set for Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. It’s only about 1.5 hours south of Trinity, so plan to come out and cheer them on!

With their win over St. Francis last Wednesday, the Trojans clinched a spot in the 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The national tournament berth is the second in the last two seasons for TIU.

The Higher Learning Commission Arrives Nov. 3–4

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will visit our campus for a focus visit on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4, 2014. We are asking HLC for permission to expand our distance education offerings from our current level of “courses only” to “courses and degree programs.” If the request is approved, Trinity will be able to offer fully online certificates and degrees, which will help extend our educational offerings beyond our physical campus boundaries.

The HLC team will conduct interviews in the Waybright Center all day on Monday, November 3, and on the morning of Tuesday, November 4. We want you to be aware of their presence on campus so you can be welcoming and friendly if you have contact with them.

Please join us in praying for a positive outcome to this visit.

Trinity Athletics 2014 Fall Preview

Trinity Trojans

The new fall season for Trinity International Athletics is a promising one after the success seen by the Trojans in 2013. Just a few weeks into the year, Trinity Athletics is enjoying one of its most successful starts in recent history. The nationally ranked women’s soccer program is following its NAIA National Tournament appearance from a year ago with a perfect start to 2014, earning wins over Bethel (Ind.) Clarke (Iowa), and Indiana Wesleyan. Junior All-American Samantha Yasatan returns to lead the Trojan attack, and as of early September, is one of the NAIA’s leading goal-scorers.

The Trojans volleyball team, which posted a 7-25 record last season, has already collected six wins in the first two weeks of the new year. New head coach Dan Priest, a 2010 graduate, returns to his alma mater as the team looks to surpass last year’s win total before the middle of September.

TIU Football is off to a strong start as well, earning a 49-3 victory in their season opener at Concordia (Mich.). Head Coach Kirk Wherritt expects to build on last year’s 5-5 campaign, and give the Trojans their first winning season since 2004.

Men’s soccer has shown improvement as well, collecting a pair of wins in their first four matches, including a thrilling come-from-behind victory over NCAA Division III foe Lakeland (Wisc.). On a soggy pitch, junior Steven Hoeflich scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals during a second half rainstorm to give his team the win.

The men’s and women’s cross country squads also look for improvement in 2014, as both teams have expanded and deepened rosters. The ladies kicked off the year at the Midwest Classic, in Bourbonnais, Ill., finishing fifth overall. The men’s race was cancelled due to stormy weather, and so the Trojans will begin their season a week later. Senior Daniel Durband will go for his second appearance at the NCCAA National Championships, and is expected to be joined by his teammates this time around.

For all Trinity fans and alumni who can’t make it out for a game, all TIU athletic home events this fall will be broadcast live online, at the recently updated

The Church and Reconciliation: State of the Issue


The Henry Center is excited to kick-off the 2014-2015 calendar of events on the important but often under-developed subject of the church & reconciliation.

Join us as we talk about the doctrine of reconciliation and its implications for life and ministry. Featuring our own faculty—Peter Cha, Harold, Netland, and Michael Reynolds—and moderated by Greg Waybright, president emeritus and senior pastor of Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA), the evening is sure to include a combination of theological insight and rich, pastoral experience. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Sept 10

ATO Chapel


Come early for coffee and something sweet (refreshments begin at 6:30). Stay until the end as we engage in a lively discussion with our panelists, sure to engage the full spectrum of issues, from personal dynamics like forgiveness, envy, hate, to wider, more contentious social issues.


A short interview with Greg Waybright

In preparation for tomorrow night’s event, the Henry Center ask Pastor Waybright a few questions:

henrycenter: Why does the doctrine of reconciliation matter for the the church and ministry?

Greg Waybright: God loves to bring broken things in his creation together. Reconciliation stands at the heart of God’s work in this world. And, according to 2 Corinthians 5, God has given the ministry, message and mandate of reconciliation to those who have been made alive through faith in Christ. If that’s true, we had better be clear about what reconciliation is — and then we had better be at the task God has given us the privilege to be involved in.

henrycenter: What might someone hope to learn from the conversation?

Greg Waybright: That reconciliation is bigger and more beautiful than most of us imagine. In the church I serve, reconciliation is the issue that stands at the hub of all our ministries. If we can grasp that the central vehicle for God’s reconciling work is local churches incarnationally planted in neighborhoods in this broken world, then we will see how this biblical truth of reconcilation provides focus, direction and motivation for our service in the world.