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Issue No. 45 8 - 13 Nov 2011
Chapel Summary

Last Wednesday, Mr. Daniel Ng, a social worker with Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre, shared with us his reflections on the relationship between social work and theology.  Daniel began by drawing attention to the increasing disparity between the poor and the rich globally. Locally, he continues, the number of millionaires is  also forecasted to grow from 183,000 in 2011 to 408,000 by the year 2016. Having said this, not all are prospering in Singapore.  This is because the number of poor in the country have grown significantly in recent years, as can be seen in the rising demand for rental flats.

As Daniel sees it, the vocation of social work is to help reduce the disparity between the rich and the poor by (1) promoting personal and social change and resolving relationship problems among the poor; (2) empowering and liberating the poor; and (3) enhancing the poor's well-being, be it physical, spiritual or social.  The basis for this, as he explains, is not only the general recognition of the basic rights, value and dignity of a human being, but also the Christian conviction that every man and woman is made in the image of God (Gen 1:26) and is thus valuable in his or her own right.

With regard to the Christian practice of social work, Daniel believes that it should be motivated by Jesus' compassion for the poor, a compassion that is not only non-judgmental, but also compels one to practical action.  Among these is advocacy on behalf of the poor (Prov 31:8).  The poor, Daniel explains are usually lowly educated. They do not know how to read or write. They do not know how to fend for themselves or assert their rights. We need to speak up for these people. We have to be their voice.

Yet this is not all.  Good social work should also lead us to promote personal and social change among the poor.  The human being, Daniel believes, is a living organism within a dynamic living ecological environment. To improve the lives of the poor then, we must promote personal and social change within this ecological environment.  Without this, the spiritual formation of the poor remains incomplete.

In conclusion, Daniel invites all theological students and academics to join him in the practical service of the poor.  For it is in this way that we safeguard ourselves from lapsing into mere religious or theological talk without practising what we preach. Christian theology, ultimately speaking, is Christ's love in action.

Chapel News

Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok (EAST) will be our chapel speaker on 16 November 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

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Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00am, 8.45am, 11.00am services of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church (PSPC) on Sunday 13 November 2011. The topic is “Amos 9:1-10, The Judgment of the Sovereign God”.

Courses Commencing in Term 3 & 4, 2011-2012

APPLIED THEOLOGY

Preaching in the Church: Homiletics (AT246, 3cr);
Jan 9, 16, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9;
(Mon 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

Leadership & Governance: Biblical Reflections on Organizational Integrity for Church & Society (MM301/AT254, 3cr);
Jan 27, Feb 24 (Fri, 7.15pm -10.15pm); Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24 (Sat, 10am-6pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Clive Lim & Dr Tan Soo-Inn

God Goes to the Office (MM262, 1.5cr);
Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3; (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Location to be arranged
Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

Vocation, Work & Ministry (MM101, 3cr); (Group Tutorial) by Prof. Paul Stevens/Tutor: Dr Clive Lim;
Feb 1,15, 29, Mar 14;
7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Center

Field Education (AT325 or AT326, 3cr each);
Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Philosophy of Ministry (CM101, 3cr);
Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

BIBLICAL LANGUAGE

*Biblical Hebrew II (BH112, 3cr)
Jan 10, 17, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15;
(Tue, 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

*Greek Readings and Exegesis II (BG212, 3cr);
Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11;
(Fri, 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge);

BIBLICAL STUDIES

The New Testament in the Greco-Roman World (NT110, 1.5cr);
Feb 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: to be arranged
Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter; (Overseas Guest Lecturer)

Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr);
Jan 9, 16, 30, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 26, Apr
2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21;
(Mon, 7.30-9.35pm);
Venue: Thomson Road Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Knowing Christ through Psalms (OT216, 1.5cr);
Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30; 7.15-9.50pm
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3cr);
Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18; (Fri, 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

The Gospel According to Moses: A Study of Deuteronomy (OT 351, 1.5cr);
March 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; (7.15 – 10.15pm);
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Daniel Block;

Ezekiel (OT367, 1.5cr);(Group Tutorial)
by Dr Daniel Block/Tutor: Dr Andrew Lee;

Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4; (Fri, 7.15-9.15pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr);
Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15, 29, Jun 5, 12; (Tue, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon

Facilitating Adult Learning (ECF512, 1.5cr);
Jan 9, 16, 30, Feb 6, 13; (Mon, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng;

Human Development & Spiritual Formation (ECF 501, 3cr);
Feb 22, 29, Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2; (Wed, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & John Chong Ser Choon;

The Craft of Teaching (ECF511, 1.5cr);
Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16;
(Mon, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng;

COUNSELLING & APPLIED THEOLOGY

*The Counsellor as Person: Self-Awareness & Maturity in Christ (CO101, 3cr);
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12;
(Thu, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

HISTORICAL STUDIES

Introduction to Church History II: Six-Continent Christianities (CH 102, 3cr);
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4; (Wed, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Christian Ethics (TS252, 3cr); (Group Tutorial) by Dr Douglas Milne; by Tutor: Rev Dr John Ting;
Feb 8, 22, Mar 7, 21, 28; (Wed, 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr);
Jan 10, 17, Feb14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; (Tue, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Thomson Road Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

Theological Foundations II (TS212, 3cr);
Feb16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10; 7.15-9.50pm [Prerequisite- TS101]
Venue: Clarus Center
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

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