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Issue No. 14 4 - 10 April 2011

From the Principal

 

Dr SatterthwaiteOn Wednesday 30th March I was publicly installed as Principal of BGST in a service held at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, the church where I am a member. (You can read a report of this service online at the Christian Post Singapore,
http://sg.christianpost.com/dbase.php?cat=education&id=845.
 
Now of course, I have been Principal since 1st January, so the Installation Service did not mark the beginning of my tenure of the position. But I feel the service was nonetheless a significant mile-stone, both for me personally and, I hope, in the continuing work of BGST.
 
About 100 attended the service, which was conducted by BGST Faculty and Council. In the course of the service Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa, Founding Principal Emeritus of BGST, introduced me to the congregation, and later addressed a charge to me based on 2 Timothy 4 and Deuteronomy 3, as I was formally installed as Principal. Rev Dr Ridge Orr, Moderator of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, speaking from 2 Cor. 6:11–13, urged me to have an ‘open heart’ as Principal, doing all I can to encourage both the honest exchange of opinions and warm Christian fellowship at BGST, sentiments that I entirely affirm. Mr Andrew Chua, Deputy Chairman of BGST, led in a time public prayer for me and Eileen. Finally, I set out something of my vision for BGST.
 
It was a solemn and joyful occasion. I was greatly encouraged by the evening, and by the many who expressed goodwill to me personally and to BGST in general. I also welcomed the opportunity to catch up with some friends whom I had not seen for a number of years. I am grateful to everyone who attended, particularly to all those who participated in the service or worked behind the scenes. Thank you very much!
 
And my vision for BGST? Well, it is not, strictly speaking, ‘my’ vision at all, but a vision that is shared by Council, Faculty and Staff of BGST, and is well expressed in our Mission Statement: BGST engages the whole people of God in a trans-denominational community that promotes excellence in learning. Together we seek to grow in Christlikeness and develop an integrated biblical worldview for effective service in the Church and the Marketplace.
 
The only thing I need to add to those words at present is to say that in the coming years BGST will be aiming to place more emphasis on the final part of that statement: ‘effective service… in the Marketplace’.
 
BGST will remain committed to training for service in the Church: we are proud to number among our alumni pastors, church workers, workers in para-church organisations and cross-cultural missionaries, and we hope that the distinctive training we offer at BGST will continue to attract men and women who are considering such callings. Indeed, we are committed to offering quality theological education to any Christian who meets our entry requirements, no matter what their calling. Our commitment is and always has been to the ‘whole people of God’.
 
But we sense that God is calling us now to put our energies particularly into the ‘Marketplace’ part of our mission statement. Accordingly we intend to engage in discussions with Christians in many professions: lawyers, doctors, businesspeople, teachers, scientists, artists, politicians, musicians, PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) and others. We want better to understand the issues faced by such people. We want to involve Marketplace practitioners more extensively in our teaching (as guest lecturers, as respondents, and so on). Our aim is that BGST will offer a training that will help Christian professionals reflect theologically on their professions, and that will equip them to engage more effectively in those professions.
 
Even after 21 years of BGST’s history, we still have quite a long way to go in fulfilling that aim: there is a lot of discussion, reflection and prayer that needs to take place, and everything we talk, think and pray about then has to be implemented! But we are encouraged as we look to the future. We believe that we can realistically expect God’s blessing on our labours, provided we remain faithful to God and faithful to our calling.
 
Will you pray with us, as we seek God?

Philip Satterthwaite

Chapel News

Rev Yap Wai Keong, Senior Pastor of Glory Presbyterian Church, will be our chapel speaker on 6 April and he will be speaking on the "Tripartite Relationship in Ministry" from Phil 2:25-30.

Pastor Alby Yip, Alumnus MDiv 2008 will be the Chapel Speaker on 13 April. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

Announcements

BGST will be closed on 22 Apr (Friday) for Good Friday. Library will resume regular opening hours on 23 Apr 2011 (Saturday).

Faculty News

On Tuesday 29th March (8.00 - 10.00 p.m.) Dr Satterthwaite will conclude his series on the Book of Isaiah at Barker Road Methodist Church with a session on Isaiah 56-66.

Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be speaking  to the Sunday School Teachers at Bethesda Frankel Estate Church (10th April) on “Teaching to Change Lives.” She requests prayer for wisdom to conduct the session and to be a blessing to the teachers.

Course Commencing

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
The Christian Spirit
(TS251, 3cr);
(Group Tutorial)
by Prof James Houston /
Tutor: Mr John Chong Ser Choon;
Apr 5, 12, 19, May 3, 10, 24, 31, June 7; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
[Required for MDiv]

MARKETPLACE MINISTRIES
Theology of Work
(MM261, 3 cr)
Adjunct Lecturers: Prof Paul Stevens & Dr Clive Lim;
May 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 June 1, 2; 7.15-10.15pm,
Venue: Clarus Centre

COUNSELLING & APPLIED THEOLOGY
Counselling & Community (CO240, 1.5cr);
Guest Lecturer: Dr Rod Wilson (President of Regent College)
Jun 11(Sat 10am-12pm, 12.45pm-3pm),
Jun 21, 22, 23; (7.20pm-10.10pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre

The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012 is now available.
For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events
TENT
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission
Tues. May 24 & 31; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mrs Leong King Teng

Theology of Work
Tues. Jun 7, 14 & 21; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Toh See Kiat

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Tues. Jul 5, 12, 19 & 26; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitators: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & Miss Valerie Lim

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker's Ministry
Tues. Sept 6, 13 & 20; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

All TENT courses will be held at 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on TENT courses, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent

Church-Based Lay Training Modules
2011 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

What Do We Do With Four Gospels?
Wed. April 27, May 4, 11, 18 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Reformation Theology: Its Significance & Relevance for Christians Today
Wed. Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Message of the Song of Songs
Wed. Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

2011 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

Dynamics Of Counselling: People Skills To Connect And Support
Thu. April 28, May 5, 12, 19 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

The Message of the Song of Songs
Thu. Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Beginnings: Opening the Gospels
Thu. Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

For details about the modules & registrations, please visit:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/church-based-lay-training

or contact
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6227 6816

Email: cblt-ycca@bgst.edu.sg (Yishun Christian Church)
cblt-mcbpc@bgst.edu.sg (Mt Carmel BP Church)

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6255-3686 Email: bgst@pacific.net.sg
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