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EFCA Week at Trinity (Jan. 27–30)

During EFCA Week at Trinity, you can learn more about various opportunities‚ from EFCA ministry placement, internships, global missions, and more. The week is sponsored by TIU and its founding denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America. Events for this week are as follows (not including the EFCA Theology Conference, Jan. 28–30) ):

Monday (Jan. 26)

  • Chapel with David Rofkahr and April Warfield @ 11 am
    • Life Together groups and First Year Experience groups will not meet.
  • Free Lunch for graduate students with EFCA’s All People Initiative @ 11 am
    • Kehrein Fellowship/ African American Students Luncheon with Dr. Alvin Sanders, Associate Executive Director of ReachNational, 11 am, Lantern Lounge
    • Asian American Students Luncheon with Ray Chang, Senior Pastor, Ambassador Church, 11 am, Hinkson Hall

Tuesday (Jan. 27)

  • Chapel with Carlos Guadagno @ 11 am
  • Church Multiplication Panel (Free Lunch for graduate students) at 12 pm in Hinkson Hall
    • The EFCA has enjoyed a great history of expansion and movement for the gospel. As we (and most other evangelical denominations) move toward a season of plateau, we are entering period of critical adjustment for the future. Join a group of leaders from the Creo Collective (an EFCA intra-denominational multiplication network) as we explore the values and practices we are embracing to help the EFCA move into the future.
      • Panel Participants: Jeff Sorvik, Philip Abode (Crossover Bible Church), and Aaron Loy (Mosaic Lincoln)
  • Society of Women Luncheon, 12 pm, Lantern Lounge

Wednesday (Jan. 28)

  • Chapel with Ray Chang @ 11 am
  • TIU Party, 9 pm, Melton Hall
    • A deeper opportunity for Trinity College students to get to know the people of the EFCA and learn about opportunities to minister in God’s kingdom through internships, placements, and mission trips. Join us for Chinese take-out and the chance to win a Microsoft Surface RT Tablet, two Jawbone Mini Jambox Bluetooth Speakers, or gift cards!


2015 EFCA Theology Conference: The Doctrine of the Scriptures

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The 2015 EFCA Theology Conference will take place on the Trinity campus January 28-30 and will focus on the theme ”The Doctrine of the Scriptures.” There will also be a pre-conference centered around the theme of ”Soteriological Essentials and the ‘Significance of Silence’: Arminianism, Calvinism, Lutheranism and the EFCA,” which will be live-streamed, Wednesday, January 28, from 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

The conference will discuss the importance of equipping people in the church to uphold biblical truth in today’s culture. The three-day event will include seven teaching sessions, two panel discussions, and worship.

“The sole, determinative authority of the Holy Scriptures has been celebrated within historic Protestantism as the formal principle of the Protestant Reformation. It is appropriate and timely that the focus of this year’s EFCA Theology Conference should concentrate upon the doctrine of Scripture from a variety of angles, ranging from the historical to the hermeneutical,” said David Luy, assistant professor of biblical and systematic theology at TEDS, who will be speaking at the conference.  “I look forward to being challenged and nourished through sustained reflection upon this most central, theological concern.”

The pre-conference will feature three sessions followed by a panel discussion on how we affirm in principle and live in practice our unity in essentials and dialogue in differences.

“Every generation of pastors needs to think hard about the nature and purpose of God’s Word and its place in the life of the church,” said Kevin Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology at TEDS, who will also be speaking.

The conference and pre-conference will feature a number of Trinity faculty in addition to Drs. Luy and Vanhoozer, including D. A. Carson, Tom McCall, and John Woodbridge.

“The Trinity community counts it a great privilege to welcome many EFCA pastors and leaders to campus for these important theological conversations,” said President David S. Dockery, “particularly as these focus on the truthfulness and authority of scripture as well as to the nature of salvation. We are truly pleased to partner with the EFCA in support of this significant event and pray that the presentations will serve to embolden faithful preaching that will strengthen churches across the land.”

Members of the Trinity community are invited to attend conference sessions free of charge and without prior registration provided extra seating is available. However, prior registration is required in order to receive conference materials, handouts, and meals. Those interested in learning more about registration can do so here.

Bioethics Prof John Kilner Releases New Book on Human Dignity

Trinity Graduate School Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture John F. Kilner has released a new book that describes human dignity in light of the biblical observation that man is created in God’s image.

Eerdmanns Publishing Company released Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God earlier this month.

“This masterful treatment of the image of God is not abstract theology removed from everyday reality; rather, as Kilner shows, what’s at stake is human dignity in every sphere of life,” said Dennis Hollinger, president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Hollinger concluded the book is “a clear and cogently argued work that will become the major source for future explorations of the topic.”

Scholars contend that the concept of humanity’s creation in God’s image is frequently misunderstood, sometimes with tragic results.

On top of his extensive engagement with the literature on the subject, Kilner presents a detailed examination of all the references to the image of God in scripture.

“This will become the new standard reference work on the subject, particularly given its rich documentation throughout,” said Dean Scott Rae of the Talbot School of Theology. Rae called the book “the most exhaustive study of the image of God of which I am aware.”

“Our society, including the church, has a spotty record dealing with moral challenges…which are skewed by distorted views of what it means for us to bear the image of God,” said Daniel R. Heimbach, senior professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Kilner’s book gives a soundly biblical understanding that can address these shortcomings.”

From 1994-2005, Kilner served as President and CEO of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity, and presently serves as a Senior Fellow in their Academy of Fellows. He holds the endowed Forman Chair of Christian Ethics and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Kilner has written or edited more than 20 books. He has contributed to scholarly journals and has been interviewed in such television venues as NBC (with Tom Brokaw), FOX News (with Bill O’Reilly), CBS, CNN, and PAX, such radio venues as National Public Radio, Moody Broadcasting Network, and Salem Network, and such newspaper venues as the New York Times, Washington Times, and Chicago Tribune.

There will be a lecture on the theme of Kilner’s new book at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 in Kantzer Hall on Trinity’s Deerfield campus. The lecture is open to the public free of charge and refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at an event-only discount of 50 percent.

President Dockery Calls for Refocused Evangelicalism


In an address listeners called timely and challenging, Trinity International University President David S. Dockery called for biblical orthodoxy while applauding attempts to refocus evangelicalism around the gospel message and a renewed commitment to scriptural authority.

His address, titled “Evangelicalism: Past, Present, and Future,” was presented as the opening spring semester lecture at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

Building on the works of Trinity faculty members such as Doug Sweeney and John Woodbridge, Dockery traced the various influences and movements that have shaped the contemporary evangelical community.

Dockery said evangelicalism is primarily not a political entity, but a confessional identity. While some aspects of evangelicalism are thriving, particularly among minority population groups, Dockery said others are embattled. He said many Christians have lost their theological compass, having become untethered from both scripture and tradition, resulting in a post-evangelical drift.

Describing evangelicalism as a large umbrella group that includes many sub-movements and thousands of parachurch organizations, Dockery said evangelicalism is a trans-denominational movement with an entrepreneurial spirit.

But he said evangelicalism today in North America is anything but a unified, flourishing movement. In fact, Dockery said that as the influence of Billy Graham declines, so does the movement’s unity.

“In light of these things, neither a new form of liberalism nor a reactionary fundamentalism are wise options at this time,” Dockery said. “What is needed is a biblical orthodoxy, a historic Christianity, a faithful intercultural, intergenerational, transcontinental and trans-denominational evangelicalism, which stands or falls on first order issues.” Dockery celebrated trends toward a cross-cultural, intercultural, and global evangelical future.

In his concluding comments, Dockery asked those who were present to trust God to bring a fresh wind from his Holy Spirit to the global world of evangelical life, bringing renewal to theology, evangelism, missions, worship, education, and service. He called not only for a new emphasis on matters of historical orthodoxy, but also for a genuine orthopraxy before a watching world, encouraging Christ-followers to relate to one another in love and humility as agents of grace and reconciliation in a broken and fragmented world.

“Biblical authority is the center set of evangelicalism, and President Dockery painted such an incredible picture of how the church can represent what God is doing in the world,” said Midwestern Baptist College Dean John Mark Yeats, who is a 2004 Ph.D. graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “Listening to this lecture made this alum really excited for the future of TIU.”

Other faculty members echoed the comment that Dockery presented both hope and challenge in the address.
Christian George, assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern, called it “a timely, challenging and enlivening lecture on the history and future of evangelicalism.”

Watch the video of Dockery’s address here.

Vanhoozer Wins 2015 Christianity Today Theology Book Award

Research Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin J. Vanhoozer of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has been awarded the top honor in the theology/ethics category of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Awards.

Vanhoozer’s book, Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, was published by Westminster John Knox Press in September. In the introduction, Vanhoozer wrote that the book “is about learning doctrine for the sake of acting out what is in Christ: call it the drama of discipleship.”

The magazine’s editors selected winners in 10 categories. They choose books “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture,” according to the introduction of this year’s list of winners.

“Kevin Vanhoozer has once again, with this outstanding new book, demonstrated why he is often considered the leading and shaping voice in evangelical theology today,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “The book provides readers with an opportunity to see his creative, gifted, and insightful work at its best. The Trinity community joins me in congratulating him on this lofty and well-deserved recognition.”

The award announcement, written by a California pastor, praised Vanhoozer for offering a reinvigorating vision to the Christian church.

“Vanhoozer re-presents and re-tools his creative theatrical model of theology and doctrine, making it more accessible to the pastor in the pulpit and the churchgoer in the pew,” said Derek Rishmawy, a college and young-adult pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, Calif.

Vanhoozer has served on the TEDS faculty from 1986-90, 1998-2009 and 2012-present. He has also served as senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Edinburgh and on the Panel of Doctrine for the Church of Scotland. He earned a doctorate from Cambridge University.

TEDS Alumnus Crafts Award-Winning, Viking-Inspired Cradle

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When TEDS Alumnus Jim Heimbach started crafting furnature as a hobby, he never envisioned the industry acclaim he would receive. Now, the unique, Viking Longship-inspired cradle he made for his granddaughter has garnered 8 awards, and is valued at nearly $10,000.

Click here to read the full story of his journey from software engineer to award-winning craftsman.


TLS Partners with International Justice Organization

Dean Myron Steeves, Trinity Law School

The Dean of Trinity Law School, Myron Steeves, has accepted the invitation to serve on the Advisory Board of G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice, an organization dedicated to equipping students and professionals to support advocacy organizations addressing injustice across the world. Additionally, Trinity Law School will become a partner in the group’s Education Consortium.

Dean Steeves is excited to join in the work G.L.O.B.A.L. is doing around the world, and strongly believes in the approach the organization takes in fighting injustice.

“G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice is part of a network of people who are seeking ways to apply their faith to addressing the needs of many around the world who do not have access to justice, and are impoverished, oppressed and discouraged because of that. The fact the G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice seeks to apply Biblical principles to resolving major issues that arise from the law is the right approach and one that we want to encourage,” Steeves said.

Read the full news release here.