|Issue No. 30||30 July – 5 Aug 2012|
|Revisions to the MCS and the MDiv at BGST|
In May I wrote in BTW regarding changes to the structure of the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (Grad DipCS). At the time I noted that, in the wake of these changes, there would also be changes to the two masters-level programmes offered by BGST, the Master in Christian Studies (MCS) and the Master of Divinity (MDiv). We are now ready to launch the revised syllabuses for the MCS and the MDiv.
For details, please visit BGST’s web page (http://bgst.edu.sg) and check under ‘Academic Programmes’ (left-hand column). In brief:
The new syllabuses for the MCS and MDiv will come into effect on August 1st. The new syllabuses for all three of our programmes (Grad DipCs, MCS and MDiv) will apply to all new admissions to BGST.
Please be assured that we intend to introduce these syllabus changes with appropriate flexibility and with sensitivity to the particular situations of all our students. Students who enrolled for one of our programmes before the new syllabuses came into effect will be permitted to continue under the old syllabuses. Non-Program students who have already accumulated a substantial number of credits will also be permitted to enrol for the old-syllabus MCS or MDiv if they wish. Having said this, we encourage all our students who are thinking of pursuing the MCS or the MDiv to consider following the revised syllabuses, which we believe have much to offer. We hope that, having examined the syllabuses in more detail, you will agree with us.
|Upcoming Course - The First Urban Churches: Paul’s Vision of Community, Mission & Leadership
(NT365, 1.5 credits)
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Robert was previously Research Fellow, History of Ideas, Australian National University, Canberra; Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Director of the De Pree Leadership Centre, Fuller Theological Seminary, Los Angeles; Director & Dean, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute; Macquarie University, Sydney and is currently an Associate of the Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience there.
His award-winning writings cover a wide field, with a special interest in the relationship between the bible and community, faith and work, apologetics and lifestyle, theology and film, spirituality and everyday life. Over the years he has worked closely with people in business, the professions, education and film industry. In recent years he has spoken to groups coming from workplace, para-church and pastorals settings in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
The course aims to provide students with an understanding of
|Dr Philip will be preaching at the 8.00, 8.45 and 11.00 a.m. services at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on 5 August 2012, on Numbers 1-4.|
|There will be time of prayer on 8 Aug 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.|
|The BGST community sends its condolences to Mr Ng Zhi-Wen (DipCS Student), on the home-going of his grandmother Mdm Yeo Seok How (age 93) on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. May the Lord's comfort be upon Zhi-Wen and his family at this time.|
|Upcoming Course— Disarming your Critics: ‘Doing Good’ in 1 Peter
(NT314, 1.5 cr)
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Eileen was a lawyer for a number of years before taking up theological studies at Discipleship Training Centre (DTC). She then went on to do her M.Div at Trinity Theological College. She taught at DTC for about fifteen months before doing her doctoral studies at King’s College, London. Her thesis title is The Social World of 1 Peter: Socio-Historical and Exegetical Studies, in which she examined the social relationships of Christians and non-Christians in Asia Minor in the first century AD, focusing in particular on the theme of “doing good”. Eileen returned to teach in DTC in 1999. She has taught and preached on 1 Peter on numerous occasions. Eileen is married to Dr Philip Satterthwaite, Principal of BGST.
This is a study of 1 Peter, with particular emphasis on the dilemma which first-century Christians in Asia Minor faced in their different relationships with non-Christians (2:11-4:6; 4:12-19). In these relationships, Christians were in a subordinate position: Christian citizens to non-Christian governing authorities (2:113-17), Christian slaves to their non-Christian masters (2:18-25), and Christian wives to their non-Christian husbands (3:1-6). These Christians faced criticism and hostility from non-Christians. It is in this context that Peter encourages his readers to “do good” to disarm their critics and win them over to Christ. “Doing good” is an important theme in the letter, but Peter is silent on the meaning of “doing good”. We will examine how Peter’s readers would have understood “doing good”, and how “doing good” could silence their critics and even win them over to Christ. At a time when Christians in Singapore face criticism and even hostility, can “doing good” be a way to disarm our critics? If so, how would this work out in our social relationships?
|Special offer from BGST Book Corner|
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|Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 1|
|For more information on the Course Schedule, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf:
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