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Issue No. 35 29 Aug - 4 Sep 2011
BGST’s 3rd Annual Conference: ‘The Message of the Cross Today'

This week I would like to draw your attention to a couple of administrative points in relation to the forthcoming Conference and Course, ‘The Message of the Cross Today’:

  1. It is possible to attend the Conference part alone. The Conference will take place at Zion (Bishan) BP church on the evening of Friday 23rd September and between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 24th September.

    However, you may also want to consider attending the follow-up Course. This takes place at BGST in the two weeks following the Conference, specifically on 26th, 27th, 29th. 30th September and 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th October. If you want to attend the Course, you must also attend the Conference.

    The Conference-plus-Course carries a credit rating of 3 credits for those taking it for credit.

  2. The Synopsis for the Conference and Course is now available on the BGST web-site. This gives details of the topics to be covered on each day of the Conference and Course. It also gives a reading list and some details regarding the assignments for those taking the Conference-plus-Course for credit.

Please consider attending either the Conference alone, or the Conference and Course combined. The Cross of Christ is a key topic for Christian faith and living, and we hope you will wish to make use of this opportunity to reflect further upon it.

Philip Satterthwaite
Principal


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Chapel Message byProf Tan Chew Lim

Professor Tan Chew Lim (Grad Dip CS student) was our chapel speaker on 24 August, 2011. He is a Professor of Computer Science Studies at the National University of Singapore. His interest and research is in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Prof Tan spoke on the topic, “In Search of Intelligence” and he has provided the following summary.

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1:19-25

In the 1950’s, man’s search and dream to create intelligence in machines was ultimately led to the science of “Artificial Intelligence” or AI for abbreviation. Since then, AI has made great strides with two notable examples. First, there was the computer which successfully beat the world chess master. In a more recent example, a computer won a one-million dollar prize against two former champion contestants in the quiz show, “Jeopardy!”

Some scientists believe that it is only a matter of time before AI reaches the human level of intelligence. A renowned scientist, Stephen Hawking, has warned of AI taking over us one day. Others are quick to jump on the bandwagon claiming that there is no place for God in the world of AI. On the contrary, in my years of research in AI, I am humbled by the tremendous wisdom of God in granting human intelligence. Man being created in the image of God reflects a glimpse of God’s supreme intelligence although man’s own created intelligence cannot compare with that of the Creator.

AI basically works on the mechanism of “search,” that is, machines work in lightning speed to amass a huge amount of data to do deduction and reasoning. Crude at best, if not dumb in essence, this is what humans call, “the intelligence.” It boils down to simply nothing in the eyes of our Creator God who says: “the intelligence of the intelligent, I will frustrate” (1 Corinthians 1:19). Personally, I view my research in AI as a spiritual journey that seeks God’s inspiration and intelligence to make AI of value for mankind.

AI is only a tool and God inspired wisdom. But the greatest wisdom is, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Chapel News
Rev Lim Kheng Hai, Mt Carmel B-P Church, will be Chapel Speaker on 7 September 2011.
Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Faculty News
On 26th August, and 2nd and 9th September, Dr Satterthwaite will be giving the second, third and fourth sessions of a short course on Amos and OT Prophecy which he is teaching for FES Staff Workers. The first session was on 12th August.

Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be preaching at the 8.30 service of the Zion Bishan BP Church (Chinese congregation) on Sep 4. The topic is "Blessed are the Meek"
Announcements
BGST Office and Library will be closed on Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 being Hari Raya Puasa. We will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011.
Courses Commencing in Term 1 & 2, 2011-2012

APPLIED THEOLOGY
Christian Biography (AT151, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr David Wong

Marketplace Theology (MM255, 1.5cr);
(Group Tutorial) by Prof Paul Stevens / Tutor: Mr Ben Pwee;
Dates & Time: Oct 20, 27; 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Clarus Centre

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
*Scripture Recitation & Story Telling (ECF514, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan

Spiritual Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose, Dynamics
(ECF504, 3cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon;
Residential Retreat Nov 17-20 (Additional Cost)

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
The Roots of Christianity: The Wisdom of the Church Fathers for the 21st Century (CH260/TS281, 3cr);

Venue & Dates:

Time: 7.15- 9.50pm;
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah


* Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.

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 2011 Modules
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

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)

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

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: 6255 3686

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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