A Journey of Faith and Technology, meet Dr. David Lau and Paul Baloche Tickets

January 2014

Technology, Faith and Tyndale.

As I sit down to write this note to the Tyndale Alumni family I am hearing the sounds of drills, ladders being set up and work boots in the halls. We are installing internet cabling. As we work on converting the new campus, one of our first jobs is updating the technology.

When you started studying at Tyndale did you have an iPad or a smart phone? A majority of students have both of these and so much more. They print their papers from their smart phones and text each other prayer requests. Looking back on my university days, it seems that I am from the stone age. No e-mail, no internet, no Google – how did we survive?

We want the new Tyndale campus to have everything a student needs to succeed.  We are welcoming a generation of ‘Digital Natives,’ students who grew up on the digital playground and who blend their faith with technology.

Please continue to pray for our students, staff and faculty as we prepare our move to the new campus that it would be a place that honours God and benefits students.

Come for a visit to the new campus this winter and see what God is doing – and feel free to bring your computers, tablets and phone because now we have wifi everywhere on campus.

Blessings upon you,

Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations

God's Presence in Our Everyday Lives

“God is present in people’s lives; God is real and operative beyond the walls of the church,” says Dr. David Lau, a 2013 Doctor of Ministry (DMin) graduate from Tyndale Seminary.

One way Tyndale’s DMin program formed him spiritually was by growing in him the “realization that God as Father is something that can be grasped; God can be a personal Father.”

Something else he came to discover while studying was the idea that God is part of our everyday work lives.

His research looks at how people interact with God in their everyday work lives. His findings suggest that God is present in the workplace and people can find meaning in life as they discover Him there. This insight will form the core of his ministry in years ahead.

Currently, he is one of twenty pastors at Richmond Hill Christian Community Church (RHCCC); a multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational congregation. He serves in “Cultivation Ministries”, which include discipleship and teaching to “encourage people to discover meaning in ministry and daily work.”

As part of RHCCC’s marketplace ministry, Dr. Lau created a series called “Kingdom Warriors,” which draws from case studies he researched as part of his DMin thesis on the experience of God in the workplace. The series is set to be published in the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministries’ (ACEM) monthly newsletter throughout 2014. His hope is that this publication will encourage more people to share their experiences of God at work.

Dr. Lau’s passion is to help others find meaning in their individual narratives. Everyone has a story; but he wants everyone to see God in that story.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

Do you know a Tyndale Alumni who has inspired you? A person of exemplary Christian character, one whose life is marked by intellectual maturity, spiritual vigor and moral integrity? Nominate them for this year’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.”

View Nomination instructions and forms

On the Road to Bayview

Many await moving day, but some already call 3377 Bayview Avenue home.  From the Development & Community Relations Department offices on the Bayview campus, we look across the rolling hills, stream and forest, toward Ballyconnor and think of the community that will journey here.  We imagine the flurry of activity when our community is united under one roof…

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2 Free Paul Baloche Concert Tickets

First 5 correct responses will win 2 free tickets to a Paul Baloche concert in Oakville on Feb 7, 2014.

Trivia Question:
What year did Tyndale receive university status from the Government of Ontario?

(A) 1998
(B) 2005
(C) 2003
(D) 1976

Respond with your answer to alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Tyndale%20Trivia%202014)

Previous Events

Remembrance Day

The Tyndale community of students, faculty and staff paused on Monday, November 11th to honour the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service to their country and to peace.  Under grey November skies the school community gathered to remember alumni and current students who have committed their lives to serve Christ in the Canadian Armed Service.

There were prayers, and a recitation of the poem by John McCrae “In Flanders Field”. Dr. Gary Nelson and Mrs. Beverley Patterson placed a wreath beneath the Canadian flag. We extend our gratitude to Peter Vere, Monique Roumy, Nathan Brubaker and Laura Coxworth, members of the Canadian Armed Forces who led the Tyndale community in commemorating Remembrance Day.

Food For Thought

Last semester exams were a little less stressful for Tyndale students. That’s because Student Life, the Alumni Office, and the University College and Seminary Student Councils partnered to host a Food For Thought drop-in to help students refresh and relax during exam week…

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Upcoming Events

Jan 27 - Feb 7: Tyndale Bookstore Annual Clearance sale

We are having our annual clearance sale from Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2014. Over 1000 titles have been marked down! With books as low as $2.00.
Great deals for everyone from every section of the store.

Feb 25: Tuition Free Forward Day
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Tyndale Ballyconnor Campus Gym

We invite you to join the Tyndale community in celebrating the Tuition Free Forward Day. This is a day we give thanks to students for choosing to study at Tyndale and we celebrate the generous donors who financially support Tyndale’s students.
For more information, watch the video to capture conversations from Tyndale students, staff and faculty at the previous Tuition Free Forward Day Celebration.

Mar 1: Contempo Conference

Theme: Mission Defined: Let others SEE the Gospel
Venue: Van Norman Worship & Study Centre
Time: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Karney and Mr. Desmond Choi
Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Court
Toronto, Ontario M2M 4B3
Cost: $60
Lunch & Refreshments Included
Join us for panel sessions, group discussions and booth displays.

Mar 8: Varsity Sports Day
Venue: Tyndale Ballyconnor Gym
Calling all Alumni varsity athletes!

You’ve had a year to rest and recover from the last alumni day, so get ready to come back and challenge the current students. Volleyball and basketball games will be on the agenda, so if you played for the Tyndale varsity sports teams in the past, we want to see you! For more information please send an email to ldauphin [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Tyndale%20Varsity%20Sports) (Louizandre), Athletics Director.

Mar 8: Fluid 2014, Young Adults Gathering
Venue: The Meeting House
Theme: Hope
Sponsored by Tyndale

To hope is to be confident that God will do what He said He would do, in His way and in His time. This kind of hope endures challenges, storms, tragedies, disappointments, and failures. Jesus, when he stepped into our human reality, showed us that none of our circumstances contribute to our hope. Rather, we have hope only by trusting in the faithfulness of God.

Join us on March 8, 2014 as over 1000 young people across Ontario journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians to explore our hope in Jesus, our only anchor in violent and unpredictable storms of life.

Mar 17: 2014 Tyndale Preaching Conference
Preaching Jesus: An Exploration into the Challenges of Preaching Jesus Today
Venue: Tyndale Bayview Campus Auditorium

Preachers need both inspiration and practical tools in order to meet the challenge of proclaiming the gospel in the 21st century. Tyndale’s annual preaching conference will affirm your ministry of preaching and will equip you for effective communication of God’s Word.

Mar 25: Golden Milers Reunion
Venue: Tyndale Ballyconnor Campus Gym

The Alumni team is pleased to host a Golden Milers reunion for the Toronto Bible College and London College of Bible and Missions class of 1964 on  Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Alumni will have a wonderful opportunity to re-connect as well as join Tyndale students, staff and faculty at Community chapel.
For more information, please contact the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Golden%20Milers%20Reunion) (Alumni office).

Mar 25: Silver Milers Reunion
Venue: Tyndale Ballyconnor Campus Gym
The Alumni team is pleased to host a Silver Milers reunion for the Ontario Theological Seminary class of 1989 on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Alumni will have a wonderful opportunity to re-connect as well as join Tyndale students, staff and faculty at Community chapel.

For more information, please contact the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Silver%20Milers%20Reunion) (Alumni office).

Mar 29: RA Alumni Floor Hockey
Venue: Tyndale Ballyconnor Campus Gym

Mark your calendar because RA Alumni Floor Hockey will be here before you know it! Pull out your hockey stick (plastic blades only of course), dust off your running shoes and start getting in shape!

If you served as a Resident Advisor or Residence Director, we would love to have you come back and play. For more information please send an email to sloewen [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: RA%20Floor%20Hockey) (Shannon).

May 7: DMin Alumni gathering
Venue: Tyndale Bavyiew Campus

Second annual DMin Alumni Gathering on Wednesday, May 7 from 10am to 2pm on the Bayview Campus.

Our day will include refreshments a class with Dr. Peter Dickens (Executive Director of Tyndale's Open Learning Centre), a light lunch and a lecture all for a suggested donation of $10. We look forward to hearing what you have been doing post-graduation. All graduates of Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 are welcome.

Tyndale Courses

Systematic Theology: Trinity, Salvation, and Mission (CCSTTS Extended Education)
Dates: February 1, 8 & 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Venue: Ballyconnor, Room 1008
Course: Systematic Theology: Trinity, Salvation, and Mission (in English)
Instructor: Dr. James Pedlar, Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology, Tyndale Seminary
Register online

Understanding the New Testament (CCSTTS Extended Education)
Dates: March 22, 29 & April 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Venue: Ballyconnor, Room 1003
Course:  Understanding the New Testament (in Cantonese)
Instructor:  Peter Ko, instructor in Biblical Studies, Tyndale Seminary
Online registration

The Spirituality of Henri Nouwen
Dates: May 05 – July 25, 2014
Online course
Instructor: Dr. Wil Hernandez

This course is about the spirituality of Henri Nouwen set against the background theme of spiritual journey.  The main focus will be threefold: Nouwen’s integrated journey, his imperfect spirituality, and his integrated ministry.

First, the course provides a synthesis of Nouwen’s holistic approach to the nature of the inward, outward, and upward spiritual journey—one that integrates spirituality, psychology, ministry, and theology together in a seamless fashion. Second, it is an exploration of Nouwen’s spirituality of imperfection which he embodied throughout his lived experience—where the journey toward perfection is through the realities of imperfection. Finally, it is an overview of Nouwen’s ministry of soul care based upon his integrated yet imperfect spirituality.
Register online

Evangelism & The Missional Church
Dates: July 14 – 18, 2014
Instructor: Bruxy Cavey
A conceptual and practical examination of helping the local believer and church to present the evangelistic message of Christ in a pluralistic world. Specific focus is on such critical issues as culture, contextualization, hidden people, pluralism, social justice and a revitalization of the local church.
Register online

Leadership Development
Dates: July 21 – 25, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Peter Dickens
Seeks to develop biblical-theological, historical and cultural understandings of leadership in the church, ministry organizations, and the marketplace. Students will gain insight into their leadership potential, gifts, values, preferences, style, and skill levels. They will grow in the ability to think and respond as leaders in whatever settings they serve. Students will implement their understanding of leadership and reflect on those implementations.

Register online

Pilgrimage/Study Tours

Walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain
Dates: May 11 – 23, 2014
Tour Leader: Dr. Arthur Boers
Over the centuries, countless Christians  found their calling to be leaders on this path and learn invaluable lessons of leadership too: listening to the journey of others; sharing leadership; challenging oneself physically, mentally and emotionally; encountering God in unexpected ways; walking by faith; staying focused on a goal while working with others; building community and trust; and working collaboratively.

Over the course of eight days, students will walk the last 120 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago and be eligible for the much-coveted Compostela certificate offered by the Cathedral in Santiago.

Register online.

Celtic Christianity Study Tour
Dates: August 25 – September 05, 2014
Tour Leader: Dr. David Sherbino
Tyndale Seminary is offering a study tour on Celtic Spirituality to Ireland and Scotland. This tour will provide an overview of the mission and ministry of St. Patrick as we trace his footsteps throughout Ireland and the influence of St. Columba as he brought Christianity to the tiny island of Iona. From this island, Christianity spread to Lindisfarne which today is a centre of spiritual renewal through the community of St. Aiden and St. Hilda.
As an educational experience, this trip will be highly interactive: interesting lectures, pilgrimages and daily worship in the Celtic tradition. You will have the opportunity to see and experience places that previously were simply words on a map. These places will come alive as history unfolds itself before your eyes.
More information is available online.

Israel & Jordan Study Tour
Dates: October 23 – November 04, 2014
Tour leader: Dr. Rob Patterson
Follow the footsteps of the Children of Israel as they crossed the River Jordan from present day Jordan into the promised land. You will have an opportunity to view the Promised land from Mount Nebo.
Retrace the footsteps of Jesus through Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha, Bethany, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.
We will also journey to the Ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It is an incredible sight and a wonderful journey.
For more information regarding the tour, please contact the Alumni office.


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