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Issue No. 52 27 Dec - 1 Jan Dec 2011
Biblical Graduate School of Theology
2012
Public Lecture & Course
by Dr Daniel Block

Dr Daniel Block

We welcome Dr Daniel Block who will be in Singapore from March 10-16. He has taught a course on the book of Ezekiel in 2009 so it is a privilege to have him back at BGST.

Dr Block is the Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at the Graduate School of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. U.S.A.



Public Lecture

Date: March 12, 2012
Time: 7.15 – 8.15 pm
Topic: “Will the Real Moses Please Rise? An Exploration into the Role and
Ministry of Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy”

Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin #06-05, Blk B, Clarus Centre. Singapore 577177

Admission is free
To register: registration@bgst.edu.sg

Course
Title: The Gospel According to Moses: A study of Deuteronomy (OT 351, 1.5 credits)

Click link for details, registration & group discount
The Gospel According to Moses: A study of Deuteronomy  or http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/263-the-gospel-according-to-moses

Note:
*Those who register for the course should attend the public lecture which is the first part of the class session on March 12.

Christmas at BGST

Rev Dr David WongRev Dr David Wong ( Senior Pastor, Zion Bishan BP Church) was the speaker at our Christmas lunch gathering.

The following is a summary of the Christmas message entitled,  "Unfamiliar Lines from a Familiar Carol" provided by Rev Wong.

In the carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!' Charles Wesley wrote:

"Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
 Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings."

 Is it the "Sun" of Righteousness or "Son"? Is there a confusion of metaphors when the sun (if it is sun, and not son) is given wings to fly? How could healing be found in "wings"?

These questions are answered by the prophet Malachi from whose prophecy comes the words of the carol. Interestingly, Christmas may have started as a festival to the sun since 25 December falls on the day the sun is farthest from the earth. If so, Wesley's choice of the sun (not original really; he took idea from Malachi 4.2, also Luke 1.78-79) to depict the birth of Christ is apt--since both the Son (Christ) and the Sun give light and life. Yet, Malachi gives a fuller picture as he portrays the sun as also an instrument of judgement, scorching the earth, leaving neither root nor branch (Malachi 4.1).

Christmas offers a choice: to accept or to reject God.
God came as a babe so that He would not intimidate us. (Had He come as the sun, we would be incinerated.) But He came as the Son with healing as His mission.

We have no excuse if we do not receive Him and give Him room in our lives.  

Announcements

BGST and the library will be closed on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve on Sat 24 Dec 2011 and Sat 31 Dec 2011 respectively. We wish all our patrons a blessed Christmas and New Year.

BGST Book Corner will be closed from Fri, 23 Dec 2011 to 2 Jan 2012 for stock-taking purposes. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

BGST 2012 Convocation
Our 21st Convocation & Thanksgiving Service is on Sat, May 26, 2012. If you intend to graduate, please kindly submit the Application to Graduate Form before 31 March 2012.
For more details, please refer to our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/students-and-alumni/application-to-graduate.

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

Courses Commencing in Terms 3 & 4, 2011-2012

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

*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

Foundational
Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr)
Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 19, 26, Apr
2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7
(Mon, 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Thomson Road Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

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


Old Testament
The Gospel According to Moses: A Study of Deuteronomy
(OT 351, 1.5cr)

Mar 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; (7.15 – 10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Overseas Guest Lecturer: Dr Daniel Block

Knowing Christ through Psalms
(OT216, 1.5cr)

Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30;
(Fri, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

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


New Testament
Secular Culture Versus Culture of the Cross: 1st and 21st Century Challenges (NT110, 1.5cr)
Feb 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Community for Christ Church
(Block A Clarus Centre)

Overseas Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

CHURCH MINISTRY

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

Field Education
(AT325 or AT326, 3cr each)

Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

HISTORICAL STUDIES

History of Christianity 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
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah


COUNSELLING, PREACHING & TEACHING

*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

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

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

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

MANAGEMENT & WORK FROM CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

Leadership & Governance: Biblical Reflections on Organizational Integrity for Church & Society (MM301/AT254, 3cr) [Course Reschedule]
This course which was to have been given by Dr Clive Lim and Dr Tan Soo Inn on Jan 27, 28, Feb 24, 25, Mar 24, will be rescheduled to the second part of 2012 (probably August). It will be taught as a Saturday seminar (7-8 hours), with an optional extra session for those who wish to take the course for credit. It will also be taught as a 1.5-credit course, and  no longer as a 3-credit course. We feel that in this shorter format it may prove more attractive to students.

Vocation, Work & Ministry (MM101, 3cr)
(Group Tutorial) by Prof. Paul Stevens/ Tutor: Dr Clive Lim
Feb 1,15, 29, Mar 7; (Wed, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre

God Goes to the Office: Walking Around God’s World God’s Way (MM262, 1.5cr)
Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3; (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Community for Christ Church (Block A Clarus Centre)
Overseas Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

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 & Mr John Chong Ser Choon

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

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Foundational
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)
[Prerequisite- TS101]
Feb16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10; (Thu, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay


Ethics
Christian Ethics (TS252, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
by Dr Douglas Milne
by Tutor: Rev Dr John Ting
Feb 8, 22, Mar 21, 28, Apr 4
(Wed, 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church

* 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

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