| We are glad to note
that the new look has elicited some feeback. Thanks, Geraldine, for the
comment on the masthead. Itís been redesigned accordingly. No, we donít
want anyone to take seriously the prevailing joke that BGST stands for
"Boys and Girls Studying Together". And K.C, the editors decline your invitation
to have their photos in BTW because they are not as cute as the chimps
in the e-mail you sent. It is rather difficult at this stage to include
pictures because we havenít mastered the art of sending the BTW out to
online readers in a more sophisticated fashion.But weíre working on it!
There are a few things that we would like to do in BTW. One is to give
readers some space to share about new and delightful things youíre learning
about the Lord, his people and his work. So if in the course of your studies,
personal growth, travel or everyday experiences, youíve come across a new
book, idea, personality, place or skill that has contributed to your understanding
of God and life, please know that youíre invited to share it with others
through BTW. So do get in touch. Shalom. (PK)
Maps fascinate me, especially ancient maps. The art
of cartography is lost today when maps are printed on cheap paper, or are
crowded with details that confuse rather than clarify, or occasionally
one comes across maps from a touristy point of view that are ingenious
works of vulgarity and pornography.
Unlike the maps of the 16th and century centuries.
I commend this week for your reading Rehav Rubinís Image and Reality.
Jerusalem in Maps and Views (Jerusalem, 1999) and Richard Palmer, The
Bible Atlas or Sacred Geography Delineated in a Complete Series of Scriptural
Maps (London, 1831). We have also a "Millennium" reprint collection
of ancient maps.These join our map holdings that are essential to any respectable
Why study maps? Besides being exquisite works of
art, ancient maps, especially those done before the age of printing attempt
to portray a point of view. They are often accompanied with detailed explanations
written in beautiful manuscript letters and contain drawings that are sometimes
humorous, like, e.g., the mosaic map found at a Greek Orthodox church in
Medeba, Jordan, which has fish (tilapia) swimming down the river Jordan
to the Dead Sea only to turn back with agonized looks because of the saltiness
of the water.
Ancients maps often express the beliefs of a period.
They reveal features which have longed disappeared because of wars and
destruction. They are often stylized versions, like the three-leafed version
of the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa, with Jerusalem at the centre
of the world. With the age of printing care was taken to make sure that
maps were more accurate and interesting comparisons can be made with modern
features. It comes as a pleasant surprise when one is able to recognise
features that still remain today. I hope that you have much enjoyment looking
at the maps that have been added to our holdings. My dream is one day to
have a map room where one can study surrounded by beautiful ancient maps
and catch the link between the past and present. (QSH)
This Week a new course will start:
Next Week a whole plethora of courses is offered. Itís not too late
to sign up for one or two.
Mon, 22 Jan, 7 p.m (double lectures): Acts - The Growing Church (3 credits)
by Dr SH Quek.
The office and library will be closed from 1 p.m on Tues 23rd till
26th January. Daisy from the library will be on leave from 22nd to 26th
Mon, 29 Jan, 7.30 p.m: The Art of Critical Analysis (1.5 credits) by Dr
Wed, 31 Jan, 7 p.m: Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (3 credits),
Video Class by Dr Mark Chan, facilitated by Dr P.Satterthwaite.
Thur, 1 Feb, 7 p.m (double lectures): Appreciating Adults Learning (3 credits)
by Dr M.Lee.
Fri, 2 Feb, 7.30 p.m: OT Foundations II (3 credits) by Dr P. Satterthwaite
Sat, 3 Feb, 2 p.m: NT Greek I (3 credits), Video Class by Dr SH Quek.
Sat, 3 Feb, 3 p.m: Greek Exegesis I (3 credits), Video Class by Dr SH Quek.
COMMENDATIONS FOR PRIZE RECIPIENTS
DEANíS PRIZE: Yoong Yuen Soo
In memory of the late Mr Charles Phan Chauw Fatt
(Awarded annually to the Most Outstanding Graduating Diploma Student
on the basis of academic achievement, character development and contribution
to the School.)
Yuen Soo achieved a perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0 despite carrying
a full teaching and administrative load at the Singapore Polytechnic while
serving as Elder at Bethesda Chapel. He persevered through eight long years
to complete the required credits and did well in all his coursework. He
has given generously to the work of BGST and we are pleased to commend
him as an example of BGSTís mission to train the laity for effective service
to the Lord.
GREEK PRIZE: Quek Tze-Ming
In memory of the late Rev Quek Khee Swee
(Awarded in recognition of his outstanding performance in Biblical
Tze Ming has a love for Biblical Greek and a sharp eye for spotting
nuggets of gold and acres of rubies in the original language of the New
Testament. He is self-motivated and diligent in his studies and we are
pleased to note that the grandson-in-law of the person we remember in this
Prize is now the recipient of this award.
NEW TESTAMENT PRIZE : Wen Kai Yang Daniel
In memory of the late Dr Benjamin Chew
(Awarded in recognition of his outstanding performance in New Testament
Daniel has worked hard and adjusted within a remarkably short time
to studying in a language that is not his mother tongue. Though he came
from a church background that did not have a strong confessional and theological
grounding, he has grasped the intricacies of theological studies and has
shown that he can handle competently exegetical issues and methodology
in the study of the New Testament.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PRIZE: Lim Shyan Bryan
In memory of the late Mdm Goh Eng Ngin
(Awarded in recognition of his outstanding performance in Christian
Bryan's assignments and presentations always reflected conscientious
work. His creativity and perceptive educational insights, combined with
a deep commitment to continuing theological education, is evident in all
his work. We can expect greater things to come from Bryan and wish him
God's abundant blessings in his studies and ministry to God.
APPLIED THEOLOGY PRIZE : Cecil Norman Peters
In memory of the late Mr Ng Ngian Kwang
(Awarded in recognition of his outstanding performance in Applied Theology
Cecil is a cheerful, diligent student, who has a clear commitment and
understanding of what the Lord wants him to do after he has completed his
initial theological studies. He has discovered that theology is not just
for the intellectual stimulation of the mind, but it has also far-reaching
practical value for Christian living.
The Lunar New Year Special was the screening of the
VCD: "Adoption: The Loving Option". A four-part production, it presents
clearly in modern drama the basic motivations, obstacles and requirements
for adopting an Unreached People Group.
The motivation is agape love (1 Jn 4:8-12). Obstacles
will come our way but if we learn to share our time and money with another,
stretch our resources and go the extra mile we can overcome them. To do
this work successfully, churches must be careful not to impose their cultural
style on their adopted group but, instead, learn to accept the groupís
cultural sensitivities. Above all, they must realise that such adoption
calls for a life-long commitment.
Through this presentation, the library team hoped
that in the coming Lunar New Year we would thank God for adopting us in
His kingdom as His children and the past and future blessings He has and
We were urged to consider how we could share this
VCD with our churches so that they would consider adopting an Unreached
People Group. This VCD has both English and Mandarin versions and is available
on loan from the library or for sale at Great Joy Baptist Media.
Mr Lam Wai Kay 22/1
Mrs Peck Siat Mui 22/1
Mr Kim Hak Soo 23/1
Ms Han Huan Mei 26/1
We wish all these who celebrate their birthdays this week Godís richest