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I must declare a personal interest: I am one of the many contributors to this week's Good Book, the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, ed. T.D. Alexander and B.S. Rosner (IVP, 2000), to be found in the reference section of BGST Library. Nonetheless, I have no hesitation in commending it for your perusal. 
    Biblical Theology can be approached via a study of the individual books of the Bible or via a study of the themes which link the biblical books with each other. This dictionary caters for both approaches. There are articles on of every book of the Bible, a number of introductory articles which helpfully survey the field of Biblical Theology, and a large number of articles on theological themes (Adam and Eve, Apostasy, Blessing/Curse, Covenantů all the way to Wisdom, Word, World, Worship). If you are doing an essay on a particular book of the Bible, or if you want to pursue a theological theme across the Testaments and thereby get a better sense of the unity of Scripture, this book could well be your first port of call. Dip into it! (PES)


    We were pleased to welcome to Chapel, Dr. Douglas Milne, who has been visiting BGST for the past week. 
    Dr. Milne spoke from four verses in Paul's letters, all of which focus on God's deep personal involvement in the work of our salvation. He began with Rom. 5:8: 'God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us'. The cross is a full and open display of God's love. Whatever may be said in other contexts about the unknowability of God, on the cross God has shown us the depths of his unspeakable love. 
    Rom. 8:3 continues this idea: 'What the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.' We see from this verse the reality and finality of what God has done for us in Jesus. Jesus was not simply another man like those through whom God spoke to his people previously, on a par with John the Baptist or one of the prophets. Rather, he is God's unique, only-begotten Son (John 3:16). For that reason God has no more to say to us than what he has said to us in Jesus (Heb. 1:1-2), and he can do no more for us than what he has done in Jesus. 
    Rom. 8:32 continues this thought: 'He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?' Our salvation was not accomplished by the sending of God's Son (the Incarnation), but by the Son's death on the cross (the Crucifixion). This astonishing event, in which the Father gave up the Son to death, was not an act of betrayal, or an act unwillingly entered into, but a 'perfect act of collaboration' in which Father and Son brought about our salvation. We do not know what it meant for Jesus to bear our sins on the cross, but we can share his story in another sense, by enjoying the benefits he has brought us by his death. As Matthew Henry puts it, 'now we may know that God loves us' - when we look at the cross. 
    Lastly, 1 Thess. 2:12 speaks of God as calling us 'into his own kingdom and glory'. In the Gospel God, so to speak, invites us into his own house of many mansions. He offers us the hospitality of his heavenly home and calls us to dwell with him for ever. Human hospitality can be wonderful thing: shall we, then, not rejoice in this divine hospitality, graciously extended to us?
    How should we respond to God's awesome love for us? Dr. Milne pointed to two verses in Romans 12. Firstly, 'love must be sincere' (Rom 12:9). God has loved us sincerely in the Lord Jesus, and we must respond by showing genuine and open love to one another as believers. Secondly, we must practise hospitality (Rom. 12:13): as believers we should be willing to share ourselves, our time, our resources with fellow-believers. The church urgnetly needs men and women of love, who will live lives that reflect God's own love.
    This is a brief summary of a rich and heart-warming address. You are urged to hear the tape.


In Chapel this Wednesday (18th July) Mrs. Peck will be speaking about her recent sabbatical in Israel. She will be showing us some pictures of Israel and sharing with us some lessons from her time there. Come along for worship and enjoy what is sure to be a lively Chapel.

On Friday 20th July (7.30-9.15 p.m.) Dr. Satterthwaite will give the second of his occasional lectures on Biblical Studies, entitled Where did our Bibles come from? Text of the New Testament. The lecture will deal with questions such as: What are the texts on which our translations of the New Testament are based? How reliable are they? How do scholars deal with cases where different NT texts contain different readings? What is the 'Received Text' of the Greek New Testament which underlies the King James Version, and what authority does it have? The lecture is offered to all who are interested, free of charge. If you are intending to come, please phone the Office (353 8071) to let us know or email us.

Dr Douglas Milne's Public Lecture was well appreciated. A report will be given next week.

We welcome two new Faculty Members. Rev Ng Seng Chuan returns to BGST after a break of four years. He was a part-time lecturer and Director of Field Education from 1995-97. We welcome Rev. Ng as lecturer in Applied Theology. He comes to us with a rich background of pastoral work and a passion for speech communications. Dr Ng Peh Cheng taught at Singapore Bible College and was an Adjunct Lecturer at BGST. She holds degrees in Theology from SBC, in Christian Education and Cross-cultural Communications / Missions from Wheaton College / Graduate School, in Education from Michigan State University and recently completed a graduate diploma in Social Research from the National University of Singapore. She is also a member of the Commission in Accreditation and Educational Development of the Asia Theological Association. She has a burden for integrating social science with a biblically-oriented educational ministry of the Church.

For those who need to know peace in pain 

We have been promised a safe arrival 
but not a smooth voyage
Henry Dubanville

Triumphant sufferers have learned 
to leave it all quietly to God

Before the winds that blow do cease,
Teach me to dwell within thy calm;
Before the pain has passed in peace,
Give me, my God, to sing a psalm;
Let me not lose the chance to prove
The fulness of enabling love.
Amy Carmichael

We know that in all things God works 
for the good of those who love him.
Romans 8:28

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