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Issue No. 05 6 - 12 Feb 2012
New Program Students
We would like to extend our warmest welcome to the following new program students as they become part of the BGST family. We trust that the Lord will grant them a meaningful time of studies with us as they equip themselves theologically.

New Students:

Ng Jun KangGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Ng Jun Kang has an Engineering degree from National University of Singapore and works as an Engineer. He worships at All Saints’ Church and hopes to develop deeper knowledge and spiritual growth through his theological studies.

Ho Tze Ern BenjaminGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Benjamin Ho Tze Ern holds a Master of Science (International Relations) from Nanyang Technological University and is a researcher with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Besides serving in the worship and youth ministries in his church - Family of Grace EFC, he is also actively involved in the Graduates Christian Fellowship and the Hallelujah Oratorio Society. Benjamin hopes that his theological studies will provide him with a robust Christian worldview and increased opportunities to engage the marketplace.

Yeo Keong HeeGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Trained as an Engineer, Yeo Keong Hee is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Fund Manager. He worships and serves passionately at Reformed Evangelical Church of Singapore by leading a cell group, chairing worship services, teaching adult Sunday School and translating for pastors. Keong Hee sees his theological equipping as pertinent for his future ministries.

 

Andreas SetiawanGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Andreas Setiawan has an Engineering degree and is currently working as a German Translator for a multinational company. Worshipping at Bartley Christian Church, Andreas wishes to know more about God and serve Him more effectively through his theological studies.

 

Lim Hock Beng, AndrewMaster in Christian Studies
Andrew Lim Hock Beng is a medical doctor and a Church Elder of Hebron BP Church. He views his studies with BGST as a platform for personal growth and development of church ministry.

 


Chen Fang Hao, JasonProgramme Upgrading Student:
We are delighted to announce that Jason Chen Fang Hao has decided to continue his theological studies with BGST in the Master of Christian Studies programme.

Book Corner / Special Promotion

The Christian FaithWeare pleased to announce that BGST’s course text for Theological Foundations 1 and 2, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan, 2010) by Michael Horton, is the winner of the 2012 Christianity Today Book Awards under the category, “Theology/Ethics”.

In view of the award and the upcoming TS212 course (commencing 16 Feb 2012), BGST book corner is offering a special promotion for the book. Grab it while stocks last!

Student Price: $54.70
Book Club member Price: $62
(promotion period end on 17 Feb)

Horton views this volume as "doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” Features of this volume include:

(1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) practical tools for learning such as charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.

Chapel Summary

Thinking of God’s Providence

In last week’s chapel we had our first prayer meeting for the year 2012, focusing on the theme of thanksgiving.  In line with the same theme, Dr Andrew Lee shared some devotional thoughts on the idea of God’s providence:

God’s providence is not something we can always understand easily or something that always happens directly.  In fact, many times we find ourselves in deep waters, unknown territories, confusion, and doubt, before we see God’s sovereign hand in life’s perplexing situations.

For example, we see God’s providential hand upon the “covenanted family” of Isaac despite its dysfunctionality.  Behind the deception, disloyalty, bitterness, and sibling rivalry, God was mysteriously working out his purposes for them.  Likewise, the diabolical plot against the Jews in Persia devised by the Prime Minister Haman was foiled by Queen Esther who successfully exposed the evil plan and saved the Jews. The supreme example of God’s providence at work is the life of our Lord Jesus himself, whose ordeal brought salvation to those who would put their trust in him. By God’s providence the gospel was eventually brought to the heart of the Roman Empire by the Apostle Paul, who was beheaded as a result.

In all these situations, God ruled behind the scenes, wisely and graciously fulfilled his purposes for his people and for the whole creation.  Indeed Joseph was right to say: “although you meant evil against me, God meant it for good.”

Now that’s God’s providence!

Faculty News

Dr Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 5.00pm service of Bedok Methodist Church on 12 February 2012. The topic is "Israel's Calling to be God's Witnesses (Deuteronomy 4:1-40)

Dr Tay will be delivering four lectures on the topic “Roots that Refresh: Appreciating the Protestant Tradition” at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church. The first lecture begins on 12 February 2012 at 10.45am.

Chapel News
There will be a time of prayer on 8 February 2012. Dr Philip will lead chapel on 15 February 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are most welcome to join us.
Announcements
  • Our Prospectus 2011-2012 has been updated recently. Please refer to it at our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/bgst-prospectus.pdf.
  • With effect from 1 Feb 2012, the maximum period for completion of the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (Grad Dip CS) is 4 years. For existing students of the programme, they will have 4 years from 1 Feb 2012 to obtain their diploma.
Biblical Graduate School of Theology
2012 Public Lecture & Course
by Dr Daniel Block

Dr Daniel BlockWe 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
Date: 12 - 16 March 2012 (Monday - Friday)
Time: 7.14 - 10.15 pm

Title: The Gospel According to Moses: A study of Deuteronomy (OT 351, 1.5 credits)
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin #06-05 Blk B, Clarus Centre. Singapore 577177

for details, registration & group discount, please visit our website: 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.

Courses Commencing in Term 3, 2011-2012

BIBLICAL STUDIES

New Testament Foundations II
(NT102, 3cr) (MCS/MDiv core)

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)
March 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: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

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

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

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

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: inquiry@bgst.edu.sg
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