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BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Issue No. 20 17 - 24 May 2010
19th BGST Convocation & Thanksgiving Service

The Council, Principal, Faculty, Staff & Graduating Class of
Biblical Graduate School of Theology
cordially invite you to join us in celebrating our
19th BGST Convocation & Thanksgiving Service
and
10th TENT Graduation
at
Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church
Sanctuary, 4 Bishan St 13, Singapore 579792.
on
Saturday, 29th May 2010 at 3.00 pm
(Please be seated by 2.50pm)
And thereafter proceed to a tea reception.
Mr Kenneth Tan,
OMF Singapore Home Council Chairman
will give us the Convocation Address entitled
“God’s Global Mission ” 
(based on Acts 1:1-9 )
R.S.V.P. by 19 May 2009, Wednesday
Tel: 6227 6815; Email: bgst@pacific.net.sg

Chapel - New Location

Chapel begins at 12pm.

Union Industrial Building 37 Jalan Pemimpin, Blk B, #06-05, Singapore 577177.

Tel: 62276815

 

Dr Chew Wee (Grad Dip CS)  will be our Chapel Speaker on 2nd June. He will be speaking on,

Re-thinking Christian Theological Education – From a Chemical Engineer’s Perspective.”  The key Bible passages are Eph. 2:8-10; 4:11-16.

 

Synopsis

The globalized world in the 21st century is no longer predominantly characterized by people groups segregated by ethnic race or geographical locality. A major demographic delimiter is the jobs or careers that people are engaged in for most of their waking hours, within which is a variety of work sub-cultures, worldviews, and mindsets, that dominate and challenge any Christian who seeks to be salt and light in the world. Furthermore, the workplace in all sectors of our global economy is constantly evolving at an ever increasing rate. As such, Christian education in the 21st century, like its secular counterpart, is facing a brand new set of challenges amidst this global circumstance. In this talk, the underlying challenges to present day Christian education are posed within the context of science and technology, with personal reflections from the speaker.

Chapel Notes

We were privileged to have Dr James A. Beverley speak to us at Chapel last Wednesday. Dr Beverley is currently Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto.  He recently lectured at BGST on the topics, “Gospel and Religion” and “Confidence with the Bible”. Taking his cue from the incident of the healing of the blind man in John 9, he shared with us significant points of reflection based on the words of the blind man after Jesus had healed him: “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see” (John 9:25). After exhorting us to turn these words into personalized prayers for God to open our spiritual eyes, he offered three points of reflection.

  • Our prayer for God to open our eyes will be enhanced as we realize the fact of spiritual blindness around us and in our own lives.
  • Our prayer will be enriched as we see the forces that blind us.
  • Our prayer will be empowered as we look at Jesus, the light of the world.

Dr Beverley expounded these three points in the light of his rich experience as a scholar of a wide range of religions and also as a counselor. The various anecdotes he gave are real stories, pastorally insightful, at times moving, and deeply edifying. It would really not do justice to the message if the stories he told were simply summarized here. The best thing to do is to listen to his message which is available online at http://bgst2.com/lib/mp3/chapel/20100512.html

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Important Notice to All Current & Prospective Students

In view of the fact that most of our classes will be held in a church venue rather than our new premises at UIB after our move to Jalan Pemimpin, please note the following:

  • Course Changes – Please refer to the BGST website regularly for updates or changes to the details of courses. Emails will also be sent to students’ registered email addresses to inform them of changes should they occur. For changes made on the day of the class, students will be informed via hand phone messages (SMS).

  • Payment – Please pay for your course fees and text books by cheque or internet banking. For i-banking, please input your surname followed by initials for us to identify you as the payer and send an email to books@bgst.edu.sg with the breakdown of your payment amount so that a receipt can be issued accordingly. For details on making payment through internet banking, go to http://www.bgst.edu.sg/supporting-bgst/--by-internet-banking.

  • Course Text Collection – Course texts ordered & paid in advance will be brought to the first session of each course. Books which are not ordered at least six weeks prior to course commencement dates will have to be purchased and collected from the Library.

  • Registration – We strongly discourage onsite registration as course materials need to be prepared before commencement of courses. Students who register on the day a course commences must give their registration details to the Admin Office by 12pm. Those who register after 12pm will receive their course materials at the second session.

  • Stewardship – In compliance with guidelines from churches on the use of their premises, refreshments will not be provided for all classes. Some churches have vending machines. In such cases, drinks or snacks must be consumed near these vending machines and discarded in the nearby dustbins. No consumption of food or drinks is allowed in the classrooms other than plain water.

  • Set Up – We need ALL students to help stack up the chairs and put them to the back of the rooms at the end of each class. Tables should be folded and put at the side of the room.

  • Parking – Parking within church premises is subject to the availability of lots. Please park only in allotted spaces. Do not park illegally or in reserved lots. Parking instructions specific to the church premise used will be given when a student registers for a course.

  • Class Representative & Asst Class Representative – Certain students will be appointed as class and assistant class representatives to assist lecturers in ensuring the smooth running of each course. What these appointments entail will be communicated in due course.

Despite our big move, BGST hopes to serve the Christian community with as little disruption to administrative procedures as possible, for which the details above are necessary. We do covet your prayers, understanding, and support for these matters.

The 2010 BGST Annual Conference

The 2010 BGST Annual Conference
 (1- 3 July 2010, Thursday-Saturday)

Come 1-3 July 2010, BGST will run its 2nd Annual Conference with the theme “Towards A Marketplace Theology”.

BGST is well known as a school in the marketplace. We are very pleased that we have been able to put up this marketplace conference this year.

And we think we have come up with a great conference theme, excellent speakers and unique design for our workshops.

This is a conference for dialogue. We provide the platform. We facilitate. You come and listen and dialogue. And it is not just listening to the speakers, but to exchange views between Christians serving in the church and in the marketplace. Together, we hope to dialogue our way towards a shared marketplace theology.

This Conference is for…
Christians serving in the church: pastors, elders, ministry leaders who want to have a framework to understand better the workings of the marketplace, the challenges and issues faced by their members working in the marketplace.

Christians serving in the marketplace: Christians in various sectors in the marketplace seeking help and support for the issues and challenges they face in their work as they seek to be effective witnesses for God.

Let us introduce our three key speakers. Each of them is well known in his area of ministry.

Conference Keynote Speaker:
Dr Carver YuDr Carver Yu

Dr Carver Yu, Senior Pastor of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hong Kong and President of China Graduate School of Theology will be our keynote speaker. He will present a framework for the Conference participants to dialogue towards a shared marketplace theology in the Asian context. Dr Yu will draw from his experience in bringing clergy and laity closer together in dialogue on marketplace theology as it is being developed in Hong Kong today.

 

Response Speakers:
Mr Lim Hua MinMarketplace perspective:
Mr Lim Hua Min

Mr Lim Hua Min is currently the Executive Chairman of Phillip Capital Group of Companies. He is a recipient of the Public Service Medal for his service as Chairman of the Stock Exchange of Singapore Review Committee. As a well-respected Christian corporate business leader and local church lay leader, he will share from the perspective of the challenges and needs of the laity, particularly the urgent need for a relevant theology of the marketplace that can guide and undergird the lives and actions of believers in the business world.

 

Rev Dr David WongChurch Perspective:
Rev Dr David Wong

Rev Dr David Wong served as pastor of a church in Singapore for 17 years, and then 13 years with Haggai Institute, overseeing the training in both Maui and Singapore. He has been a counselor and mentor to hundreds of Christian leaders from more than 150 nations. In 2006, he started Finishing Well Ministries to help leaders move beyond mid-life to a strong finish. He serves as Leadership Mentor in The Bible Church, Supervisory Pastor in Mount Hermon BP Church, and as Senior Pastor of Zion Bishan BP Church. Although he is based in Singapore, he continues to minister in different parts of the world.

Sign Up For the Conference Now
To register for the Conference, please download form from http://bgst.edu.sg/conference-2010/

News Bits

Mr Quek Tze-Ming is preaching at Emmanuel BP Church this Sunday (May 23) at the 2.30 pm service. The sermon is entitled "Pentecost: Of Butterfly Wings and A Mighty Wind" (Acts 2.1-12)

Schedule for Relocation to Union Industrial Building

20 to 22 May - Office & Library closed for packing.

  • Classes will continue on 20 May: TS284 by Dr Edwin Tay, OT371 by Dr Augustine Pagolu, Tent by Mr Andre de Winne.
  • Students will access classrooms on 2nd & 4th floor via the lift lobby.
  • Luncheon for graduating class on 21 May at Reference Room.
  • Library closed on 22 May. 

24 to 25 May - The actual move.

  • No BGST This Week.
  • Class on 25 May: TS251/Ser Choon is postponed.

26 to 29 May - Office & Library closed for unpacking

  • No Chapel on 26 May.
  • Convocation rehearsal for Faculty & Graduands at Zion BPC on 27 May, 7.30-8.30pm at Zion Bishan B-P Church.
  • Classes will continue on 27 May but will be held at UIB:
  • TS284 by Dr Edwin Tay,
  • Tent by Mr Andre de Winne.
  • If you are coming by MRT, use Exit B of Marymount Station. If you are driving, you may park within the UIB compound ($0.02/minute) or the free URA carpark along Marymount Terrace. Please look out for more details about transportation to UIB on our website.
  • Public holiday on 28 May
  • Library closed on 29 May
  • Convocation on 29 May at Zion Bishan B-P Church, 3pm, Sanctuary followed by tea reception at 5pm

31 May - Office & Library will operate from Union Industrial Building, 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B, S(577177).

The phone lines will be transferred on 25 May (Tue) & relocated to UIB on the same day between 10am to 12noon. Hence we will be uncontactable during that period. For emergency only, one may call Kok Weng at 92992280 during this period of down time. We will be retaining our main line after the move so you may continue to contact us at Tel: 62276815 and the same extensions. The fax number will be changed to 62553686 w.e.f. 25 May 2010.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and we look forward to your visit at our new home! 

TENT 2010

Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission
May 20, 27; (2 sessions) 7.20-10pm
 Facilitator: Mr Andre De Winne

Theology of Work
Jun 15, 22, 29; 7.20-10pm
Facilitator: Dr Toh See Kiat

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; 7.20-10pm
Facilitator: Dr Ng Peh Cheng
 
Religions of Asia
Aug 10, 17, 24; 7.20-10pm
Facilitators: Dr Augustine Pagolu & Ms Irene Tay

For more information on Tentmaking courses visit our website:
http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent

Congratulations!
BGST would like to congratulate Rev Immanuel Moses on his ordination held on 4th May 2010 at his home town of Challapalli, Andhra Pradesh. He is now working very hard to complete his MTh thesis. Please do keep his ministry and thesis writing in prayer.


31 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088454. Tel: 62276815 Fax: 62276816 Email : bgst@pacific.net.sg
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