Header
Logo BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Issue No. 47 21 - 27 Nov 2011
IMPORTANT NOTICE: REVISION TO BGST COURSE ASSIGNMENTS POLICY

Dear Students,

With effect from 21 Nov 2011, BGST will implement the following course assignment policies to encourage our students to complete their assignments within the stipulated deadlines.

Essentially, we are

(i) granting an ‘amnesty’ of 4.5 months for students to submit all previously uncompleted and overdue assignments, no matter how many years they go back; and
(ii) introducing a 1- or 3-month deadline for the submission of all future assignments, with the possibility of one further 3-month extension.

In more detail:

First, all students with outstanding assignments from courses taken in the Academic Year (AY) 2010 or earlier (i.e., courses taken before end Jun 2011) will have up to 31 Mar 2012 to submit their assignments. Thereafter, all courses with incomplete assignments will be converted from Credit to Audit status. This conversion, however, will not affect the student’s GPA.

Second, for AY2011 Term 1 and 2 courses (Jul – Dec 2011) that students have just completed or will complete by the end of the year, the usual 1 or 3 months deadline for Full Time and Part Time Students respectively will still apply (please refer to your lecturers for the specific course deadlines). If a student is unable to complete his/her assignment on time, a further 3 months deadline extension will be granted automatically. In this case, there will not be a penalty for the specific overdue assignment(s). At the end of this deadline extension, however, no further extensions will be allowed. The status of the incomplete course will be converted from Credit to Audit. This conversion will not affect the student’s GPA.

Third, for courses commencing from AY2011 Term 3 onwards (i.e., Jan 2012 onwards), the 1- and 3- month deadline for Full Time and Part Time Students respectively will still apply. After the first deadline, students will be granted a further 3 months deadline extension automatically. The specific overdue assignment, however, will incur a penalty of a 1/3 of a grade deduction. For example, an overdue essay submitted by the end of the 6th month, will be downgraded from B+ to B. At the end of this deadline extension, no further extensions will be allowed. The status of the incomplete course will be converted from Credit to Audit. This conversion will not affect the student’s GPA.

It should be pointed out that BGST’s policies with regard to submission of assignments are considerably more generous than those of other theological schools in Singapore. We are not introducing these new guidelines out of a desire to put pressure on our students, but because we feel that our lenience in past years may have actually done a disservice to many students, by giving the impression that we are not as concerned as we should be that our students should submit assignments and complete their courses. We want all students to enjoy their studies at BGST; we believe that working at assignments can be one of the most satisfying and useful parts of a student’s education; and by introducing these new policies we want to emphasise how important it is to us that students successfully complete their assignments.

Moreover, should there be unavoidable or unexpected circumstances that may prevent you from completing your assignments on time, you can appeal for a course extension and/or a waiver of the penalty by submitting a ‘Course Extension Form’ and/or a ‘Waiver of Overdue Assignment Penalty Form’ respectively. These forms may be submitted to Ms Lucy Ong at assignments@bgst.edu.sg.

For the submission of assignments and other queries regarding the above policy changes, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Lucy Ong at the email given above.

Philip Satterthwaite,
Principal, BGST

Chapel Summary

At BGST Chapel last Wednesday, Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok shared with us her view of Public Theology as understood through the stories of three female biblical figures: the Samaritan Woman of John 4, Esther and the midwives of Exodus 1, Shiphrah and Puah.  

In the story of the Samaritan woman, we meet a woman who finds in Jesus a genuine teacher who is serious in engaging her  theological presuppositions and enquiries at the public square. The fact that the encounter was unexpected and outside the confines of the normal Christian setting, be it the church or a seminary, is a good reminder about one essential character of public theology, i.e., a Christian should always be ready and willing to engage anyone in the public, whether it is the hawker or the hairdresser, about the things of faith, so that we may address not only their religious assumptions but also help them catch a glimpse of our hope in Christ.

In the case of the book of Esther, we find yet another expression of Public Theology. Esther is not only a named figure, but a figure in the position of power. To be sure, she seemed unwilling to reveal her Jewish background. Nonetheless, when challenged by Mordecai to rise to the occasion and defend her fellow Jews, Esther risked all to appeal to the king. What is noteworthy here is that her strategies of appeal were quite in line with the scope of her implicit political authority as queen. It is in this way then that she managed to convince the king and avert the disaster that was to come upon the Jews. Herein, we have a public theology that was hidden in terms of proclamation, but public in that it was lived out in terms of Esther's life and courage. Likewise, for contemporary Christians in positions of authority, we need to learn how to live out our theology in our context, whether it is the business organization or the political institution. We need to know when to stand up for matters that really matters!  In the case of theological colleges, like BGST, there is also a need for us to help Christians reflect biblically on such matters, so that they may be better equipped for this public mission.

The third biblical example is to be found in Exodus 1, the Israelite mid-wives Shiphrah and Puah. To be sure, there is nothing public or political about Hebrew mid-wives. Nonetheless, these still found themselves caught up in the Pharaoh's political struggles against the Jews. And what the Pharaoh asked of them did not seem severe, when one thinks about it. Infant mortality was high in the ancient times. For them to kill off infant boys would be a deed that would not be noticed by anyone. Nonetheless, the midwives feared God, stood their grounds and refused to obey.  Interestingly, they were able to answer for their disobedience in a manner that did not arouse the Pharaoh's suspicion, thus saving his "face" and protecting themselves.
 
Likewise for contemporary Christians, we need cultivate an intimate walk with God and a deep understanding of His word and ways, so that when the crunch comes, whether it is for us to speak into a morally ambiguous situation or to defend ourselves, we can speak and act with the wisdom and discernment of God.

Chapel News

Dr Wong Lea Choung, BGST student will be our chapel speaker on 30 November 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

Faculty News

Dr Lai Pak Wah will be speaking at Mount Carmel BP Church's Chinese Migrants Ministry on 26 November 2011, 5:30 pm. Dr Lai will be speaking on 赐给世人的礼物: 神的圣灵 (God's gift to Humanity: His Holy Spirit). The sermon is in Mandarin.

Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00 am, 10.00 am services of Bethesda (Frankel Estate)Church on Sunday 27 November 2011. The topic is “Isa. 2:1-4, The Mountain of the Lord”.

Dr Edwin Tay will be preaching at the 9.00am service of Charis Methodist Church on Sunday 27 November 2011. From 1 Cor 1:3-9.

BGST Family Day
Family Day
Book Corner

Year End Sales

Courses Commencing in Terms 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 Centre
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 Centre
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: Community For Christ Church
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 Centre

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

Philosophy of Ministry (CM101, 3cr);
Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Centre
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 10, 17, Feb14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; (Tue, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
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: Community For Christ Church
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 Centre
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 Centre
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 Centre
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 Centre
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 Centre
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 Centre
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: Clarus Centre
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 Centre
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

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

The course schedule for Semester 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
To access previous issues of BTW click here | To access BGST website click here.
To subscribe click here | To unsubscribe click here.
Bookmark and Share