WEEK NO. 2We are happy to announce that Mrs Pauline Koe and I am co-editing MMM, now renamed "BGST This Week". Mrs Peck will soon commence her sabbatical in Israel. We wish her well and pray for God’s protection over her.
Although a new editorial arrangement is now in place we’ll keep up the tradition of MMM bringing you light relief as BGST begins a new week. There’ll be a fair sprinkling, of course, of some ‘heavy stuff’ too so that there will something for everyone. No doubt some of you think you already know who’ll be writing the light stuff and who the heavy. But you never can tell ... perhaps you’ll be surprised! So this is the new format. We hope you like it. We would love to receive your comments, bouquets as well as brickbats! (Dr Quek Swee Hwa)
Candle Books is to be congratulated on two beautifully
produced, full colour, coffee table books on the Bible Lands: In the Steps
of Our Lord and In the Steps of the Apostle Paul. BGST is happy to add
these to its growing collection of books on archaeology and the Bible Lands.
The text is by the late Prof. F. F. Bruce, whose crisp, incisive and accurate
descriptions of biblical places, peoples, and events betray his encyclopaedic
knowledge of the rich and fascinating history associated with this part
of the world. His fairness in treating problematic issues is also evident
to the discerning reader. In all the places covered, the explanations given,
and the choice of places covered (it is impossible to include every possible
site), give these books an appeal to a wider reading public than just the
scholarly community. Those with only a minimal aquaintance with theological
and archaeological issues will find these books very helpful, as will also
others with a serious scholarly bent. At a fraction of the cost of traveling
to Bible Lands and without the danger associated with such trips, one can
sit in the relative comfort of an armchair and ‘travel’ with Jesus and
Paul to Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. The stunning
clarity of the photographs surpasses any view I have personally seen myself..
If you drop by BGST Library, you must pause at our "Good Books" display
corner and enjoy reading or glancing through these two books.
News BitsDr and Mrs J. W. Maris have adapted well to a totally different culture, cuisine, language and environment. We, on the other hand are enjoying their European English and are getting a good dose of theology to boot. Some of us are amazed at Dr Maris’s liking for sambal chilli and for durians, really smelly and heavenly. They remind him of Dutch cheese and both go well together with a glass of wine.
Towards the end of Dr Maris’s first course, "The Holy Spirit – Lord and Giver of Life" many decided to sign up for the next course, "Man – Created in the Image of God". So we hope that those who are still sitting on the fence will remember that:
Dr Satterthwaite would like to inform the students who took his Hebrew Exegesis classes last year that copies of R.Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative and The Art of Biblical Poetry are now available, and may be collected from his office. If you had requested a copy of either of these books, please collect it as soon as possible.
Dr Moira Lee is enjoying her new and challenging work environment at Temasek Polytechnic. We wish her God’s blessings and are glad that she is able to participate in our 10th Convocation where, together with the rest of the Faculty and Staff of BGST, she will have the pleasure of seeing the students whom she had taught receive the honours that they deserve.
Email Contact. If you missed last week’s MMM
you might appreciate having the email addresses of Mrs S. M. Peck and Mr
Walter Edman to keep in touch with them: they are firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue praying for Evelyn Cheok. Last week we requested prayer for Evelyn (BGST Alumnus, ’91), who went through a harrowing time recently in Chad when she was assaulted as she went about her missionary work. Do continue to pray for her and also for other BGST alumni who are serving God in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, China and other places.
BGST is presently a small community and everyone
associated with it is special. So we hope that you can come and celebrate
with the twelve graduands who will be receiving their Diploma in Christian
Studies. Dr J.W. Maris our current visiting lecturer will deliver the convocation
address entitled "Sanctification - A Matter between the Lord Jesus and
ChapelWe had the pleasure of listening to Dr J.W. Maris at chapel last week. Drawing from a passage in Proverbs 3: 27 - 35, he reminded us of the need to be humble before God and towards men. Grace is given to the humble and the weak - to those who have little. These are the ones who find favour with God, not those who think they are sufficient unto themselves. Do avail yourself of the tape recording for full appreciation of Dr Maris’s talk!
Chapel This Week
BGST needs your financial support!Talking about Chinese New Year, we hope that you will be willing to make a donation to BGST as we brace ourselves for a lean period ahead.
Usually after registration we are all right, but our Treasurer has drawn our attention to a shortfall carried over from last year and we need to pray for more gifts, small and large, to come in steadily. If you have not given to BGST for quite a while, please spare a thought for the work of BGST.
We believe that God wants us to continue the important work that we are trying to do for Him in the theological education niche that we find ourselves in. We are happy for the well-endowed institutions, like the Singapore Bible College, whose new building is a testimony to the generosity of God’s people. We wish SBC well and would like to request that God’s people think also of what we have been doing for the churches at large in Singapore.
Through your support we hope to be able to announce soon that we are financially back on target. Our faculty will then be able to focus their minds of teaching as and giving of their best to all our students.
God bless all these who celebrate their birthdays this week:
Mr Jeremy Bung Wee Kok 16/1
Mr Er Sung Kheng 17//1
Dr Lee Shu Woan 17/1
Dn John Chew Poon Sian 201/1
Dr David Tan Kim Hong 21/1