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Issue No. 18 2 - 8 May 2011

Chapel Summary

 

Victor WibowoOur speaker for Chapel on 27 Apr 2011 was Victor Wibowo, a current BGST student and Acting Head for the Indonesian Ministry of the Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Reflecting on Luke’s account of Peter’s Denial (Luke 22:60-62), Victor drew attention to an interesting detail that is unique to the Lucan Gospel, namely, the fact that Jesus looked intently at Peter after the rooster crowed. A multitude of questions may be asked about Jesus’ gaze. How did Jesus feel when he looked at Peter? Disappointment? Anguish? Or perhaps compassion? On the other hand, what would Peter find in the face of Jesus then, even as he recalled his boast that he would never betray his Lord?

As Victor sees it, Christians frequently emphasize the attitude of the heart, saying that we ought to forgive the sins of others, especially if the sins are committed unintentionally. Nevertheless, there is often a disjunction between how we think we ought to feel and what we truly express before the offender. Often, we claim forgiveness, but display an unsmiling face, or worse, ignore or give the cold shoulder to the offender. Are we not reacting with an equally sinful response then? This was certainly the experience of Victor, when he found himself reacting coldly to a youth who accidentally soaked his camera. Yet, he too found himself on the receiving end, when, on one occasion, he accidentally tripped and damaged someone else’s expensive SLR camera.

In Jesus’ case (vv31-32), what would Peter have seen in the face of his Master? In the face of Jesus, suggests Victor, Peter would have recalled his Lord’s earlier warning that he would deny His Lord. Yet, more importantly, Peter would also have remembered the hope that Jesus had promised him, namely, His prayer that Peter’s faith would not fail and that he would also be able to strengthen his brothers in the future. Indeed, Jesus’ gaze was a message of love and hope to his anguished disciple.

As we commemorate Easter, exhorts Victor, we need to remember also how our Lord has communicated his love and forgiveness to sinners, and to do likewise. This, in turn, calls for our genuine response of love and forgiveness to those who have offended us– in the way we speak, the way we look and the way we assure them.

(An audio recording of Victor’s message may found at the BGST website: www.bgst.edu.sg).

Rev Peter Chan will be speaker on 4 May 2011.

Ps Tong Ming Hung, Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Baptist Theological Seminary will be our chapel speaker on 11 May 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

Announcements

BGST will be closed on 7 May (Saturday) which is Polling Day. We will resume operations on Monday (9 May 2011).

Faculty News
Dr Lai Pak Wah have a speaking engagement with Mount Carmel BP Church Youth Service: Faith, Science & Dialogue with God.  It is on May 8, 11.00 am.
Course Commencing

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
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)

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, 21 & 28; 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

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
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