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Issue No. 40 3 - 9 Oct 2011
From the Principal: A Word of Thanks

BGST’s 3rd Annual Conference-cum-Course, ‘The Message of the Cross Today’, has almost come to an end. The Conference section took place on Sept 23rd and 24th, and most of the follow-up lectures have also now been delivered.

We hope that those of you attended any part this event were encouraged by what you heard: that you received new insights into the amazing achievement of the Son of God on the cross, and into the love of the Father so clearly shown in his sending his Son to die for us.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the whole event: the Admin and Library staff for the roles they played on the logistical and technical side; the guest speakers for making their services available and agreeing to take on this extra task on top of their regular duties; BGST’s own faculty members who participated in the teaching and in other aspects.

A particular word of thanks is due to Dr. Douglas Milne, the key-note speaker in both the Conference and follow-up Course. Douglas has been a regular visitor to BGST as guest lecturer over the past 10 years, and those of us who had heard him speaking and teaching during those previous visits were not surprised at the quality of his presentations over the past two weeks: the thorough preparation, the clear delivery, the strong sense of devotion and the concern for practical application which have marked his earlier teaching at BGST were all abundantly present again.

It is with a sense of sadness that we announce that Douglas has in all probability delivered his last ever lecture at BGST. At the end of this year he will be retiring from his post as Principal of the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, and he intends to devote his years of retirement to continuing ministry in and around Melbourne (and, we trust, to a certain amount of well-earned rest and relaxation!). We thank him for his friendship and for his ministry at BGST over the years, ministry carried out on top of a demanding schedule in Australia. We also thank his wife Joan, who accompanied him on this last visit, for putting up with the periods of absence when Douglas was teaching in Singapore. Douglas’ contribution to the teaching offered at BGST has been significant, and we believe that, in the providence of God, it will turn out to have borne much fruit.

Lastly, our thanks must go to our Father in heaven, who ‘reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Cor. 5:18). May God, who sent his Son to live and die on our behalf, and who raised him from the dead, thus giving us a sure hope that our labour in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58), continue to bless and inspire our work for him through his Spirit!

Philip Satterthwaite
Principal, BGST

Chapel Summary  
Our Chapel Speaker on Sep 28 was Dr Dev Menon (Dip CS, 2010 and MCS student). Dev spoke on Solus Christus (“Christ Alone” or “Only Christ”).

The 16th Century Church Reformation radically changed the face of medieval Europe. Some of the key theological ideas later came to be categorised under the terms the 5 Solas (“only” or “alone”): “Only Scripture," "Only Christ," "Only Grace," "Only Faith," and "To God Alone Be Glory."

In speaking about Solus Christus, or Christ Alone, Dev surveyed the life and theology of Martin Luther. For Luther, the 'system' of salvation instituted by the church of that time caused him to be terrified of an angry God. Even when he became a monk, he lived a life of deep spiritual anxiety: "I lost touch with Christ..." he says. Finally, by reading the Scriptures, and finding God as revealed by Christ Alone (particularly by Christ Crucified), he saw God and sin for what they really are. This radically altered his perception of 'religious duties' and sacraments. It is through finding “Christ Alone” that Luther realised (which is what Paul had centuries earlier been emphasizing to the church at Galatia), that all the 'systems' that men put into religion are meant to educate us to Christ alone, rather than to be leaned on themselves. At the heart of the revolution was a need for the constant practise of the principle Ecclesia Semper Reformanda Est (the church is always reforming). All our systems of religion, while necessary, must merely be stepping stones to get us to look at the crucified Christ alone. Even today, we must constantly be vigilant not to judge our spirituality by the 'truths' we see in one another - but to remember "It is finished"."

Chapel News

Rev Rolin San and Rev Aung Win be our speakers at chapel on 12 October 2011.
Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

Faculty News

Dr Andrew Lee will be preaching on Amos 3 at the 8.00am, 8.45am, 11.00am services of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church (PSPC) on Sunday 9 October 2011.

Dr Edwin Tay will be teaching on the topic, “Beyond TULIP: Reflections on the Reformed Theological Tradition” at Mt Carmel BP Church on 9 October 2011 at 11:15am.

Upcoming Public Event

‘God goes to the Office? Who really owns the business world?'

Dr Bruce WinterSpeaker : Dr Bruce Winter,
Principal, Queensland Theological College
Date : 15th October 2011, Saturday
Time : 7.30–9.00 p.m.
Venue : Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

For more information on BGST Public Lecture, please visit our website:
http://bgst.edu.sg/260-god-goes-to-the-office-1 and for registration please email us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg.

Announcements
The OT101 (Old Testament Foundations 1) class will resume on 7 October 2011 at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church (PSPC).

BGST Library will be closed on Saturday, 15 October 2011 from 5.00pm for The BGST Public Lecture given by Dr Bruce Winter. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, 17 October 2011. 

Upcoming CBLT Course

A full-day intensive course on The Message of the Song of Songs will be conducted by our Principal, Dr Philip E. Satterthwaite at Yishun Christian Church (Anglican) on 15 Oct.

The course will focus on biblical text, love poetry from other cultures and eras and introduce excerpts from some pieces of music which have been inspired by the theme of human and divine love. The course synopsis can be found on our website under Courses & Events, Coming CBLT Event: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/coming-cblt-event"

To register for the course, please email to May Fern at kohmf@bgst.edu.sg

TENT 2011 Modules Courses Commencing in Term 2, 2011-2012

TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

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-courses

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Spiritual Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose, Dynamics (ECF504, 3cr);
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)

The course List for Semester 1 and 2, year 2011-2012 is now available.

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

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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