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by Johnathan Pritchett - Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:03 AM
Dear Trinity Students,

Below is a message from Prof. Johnathan Pritchett regarding plagiarism. I wanted to add that while it may seem strange that Prof. Pritchett would react so strongly, I was naively shocked to confirm plagiarism on the part of one of our students (after it was reported to me by another Trinity professor). Along with the academic committee and Institutional Review Board, I dealt with this through great sorrow. We have students from 120+ countries. Some students come from a cultural context in which the severity of plagiarism is not highlighted. For this reason, we tried to show mercy with respect to the student in question. Nevertheless, the offenses continued. One other case may have now surfaced. I felt the need to add weight to Prof. Pritchett's words here and to clarify that this is not wide spread (thankfully), but the two cases of which I am personally aware are enough to warrant some positive action from Trinity with respect to how we function. Within the next few weeks we will create a video explaining plagiarism and place it in the TOLC. Incoming students will be informed of the video and it will include a very clear explanation of Trinity's guidelines on this. We already have this information available, but we are going the extra mile. Most of you would never dream of intentionally plagiarizing material. I'm so grateful for that. You can be proud that your school is taking these things so seriously in order to protect its reputation which impacts the high value of your Trinity degree. 

Braxton Hunter, PhD
Executive Vice President
Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary

The other night, when I was troubled, angry, and upset about the several instances of plagiarism we have found here as of late, I posted the following here in the TOLC:

It appears that an outbreak of plagiarism has struck Trinity recently.

As if "You shall not steal" in Ex. 20:15 is not clear enough...

Not only does plagiarism count as sin against God, it is also a sin the person from whom you plagiarized, as well as against your fellow students who are seeking Spirit-guided training in the pursuit of loving God with their own mind rather than stealing the thoughts from the minds of others. It is a sin against this fine institution and its code of honorable conduct.

This shameful behavior is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to God, to Trinity, and all the hard-working students here who apply their skills and scholarship in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty centered on the Logos. Christ, our King Jesus who has saved us from such filth as this, is shamed by this.

Fellow students devoting time, energy, dexterity, and expense putting forth hours of outstanding original work for our Lord are dishonored by those who would seek the easy route of thoughtless copy/paste from Google and expect a degree bearing the same as those who earn it.

Such lazy contempt for God, Trinity, and her fine students is not and will not tolerated here.

I took it down shortly after posting it though. After calming down a bit and reflecting on it some more, I decided that what I initially wrote above was still appropriate in both tone and content, given the seriousness of the subject. 

Having said that, some people may still not be clear on what plagiarism actually is. If that is the case, then I also want to be helpful. 

If for whatever reason you are not familiar with what plagiarism is, look at these links: 

(Edited by Christopher Hunter - original submission Sunday, April 19, 2015, 03:27 PM)

Professor Roy Harkness
Book of Genesis - Evening Webinar - Mondays, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25/15
by Professor Roy Harkness - Friday, April 17, 2015, 11:33 AM

Join us as we discover how and why God created our world and what He considered good and blessed.

"In the beginning" is how God opens up His word. In this book of the beginning is where our education in Biblical theology starts.

Learn how and why God created our world and what He considered good and blessed. Learn why God created Adam and Eve and about their home in the Garden of Eden. Discover how these events have an effect to this very day. What commands did God issue at the beginning of time that continues until this very day?

This 4 week evening webinar is for only 2 hours each week. The accelerated course examines the doctrinal content of the book of Genesis through the subjects of creation, fall of man, the tower of Babel, the Flood, and the Patriarchs.

The scope of Genesis is essential to truly understand and appreciate the Bible. It sets forth the fundamentals of God’s plan and purpose with creation, for the earth in particular, and the special role for man. It also describes the account of sin entering the world, man’s demise under sin, and the special role for the nation of Israel. In addition, the foundation for fully understanding and appreciating God’s grace is expanded.

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Hello Students!!!
by Johnathan Pritchett - Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 05:53 PM
The class on the Philosophy of Providence and Omniscience begins April 4/13/15.

We will discuss issues such as:
The Sovereignty of God
The Knowledge of God
The Freedom of God
Free Will of Man
Open Theism
Process Theology

We will be engaging in the philosophical as well as biblical and exegetical issues related to the topic. 

All the fun stuff everyone likes to discuss and debate. 

If you can only take one or one more class in April, sign up for Dr. Buch-Wagler's course. If you can take two more, sign up for this one as well. smile
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Organization Change Evening Webinar
by Dr. Ingrid Buch-Wagler - Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 01:55 PM

Good Afternoon!

The webinar on Organizational Change starts tomorrow. It is available at all degree levels and will be live on the next 4 Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Central.

This course has application to the church and para-church environment and is designed to give you more awareness and more tools as you navigate the waters of constant change in today’s environment.

Evening webinars are such a great way to learn. Join like-minded students who are learning from the professor and each other in investigating this critical field.

To enroll or for more information, please contact your Academic Advisor by calling 812-853-0611, or contact them by email at You may be able to substitute one of the courses for another course in your degree program, please check with your advisor for details.

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