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Issue No. 32 13 - 19 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 revised MCS builds upon the Grad DipCS by including more advanced-level courses in the main theological disciplines, and gives students the possibility of concentrating on one of four areas of study (Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies, Marketplace Studies).

  • The revised MDiv incorporates all the required courses of the MCS, and builds upon them so as to offer future pastors and lay leaders a broad-based training which will equip them for ministry in the church or the marketplace. Distinctive features of the MDiv are: a biblical language requirement (Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek); the opportunity to study in the company of both ministry workers and laity; an integrative reflection paper which allows students to bring their theological training to bear a contemporary issue chosen by them.

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.

Philip Satterthwaite
Principal

Faculty News
Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be preaching at Zion BIshan BP Church on Aug 19 & 26 (both 8.30am and 10.30am services). The topics are "Mysterious Melchizedek (Heb 7.1-28)" and "Only a Shadow (Heb 8.1-13)" respectively.
Upcoming Course — God 24/7: Discerning, Experiencing & Reflecting God in Every Aspect of Life
(AT288/MM263, 3 cr)
Dates /Day/Time :

Sat (9am-4pm), Mon - Tues, Thurs (7.15-10.15 pm)

Dates : 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13 September, 2012
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre,
37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05, Block B, Singapore 577177
Fees : $450 (Credit); $315 (Audit)

Dr Robert BanksABOUT THE LECTURER
Robert Banks, B.A., University of Sydney; Th.L. (Hons), Australian College of Theology; B.D. (Hons), M.Th., University of London; Ph.D., University of Cambridge

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This unit will explore the integral connection between a biblically based spirituality and everyday life. It will examine a range of contexts such as the home, workplace, and neighbourhood, activities such as eating, travel and recreation, and relationships such as marriage and friendships, as well as the typical ups and downs, challenges and opportunities of life. The aim is to discover the presence and purposes of God in all these areas.

COURSE OUTCOMES
Completing this course will help participants to:

i. identify models of spirituality that embrace the contexts, activities, and relationships of daily life;

ii. engage with resources of the Christian tradition and bring these to bear upon the challenges of contemporary life;

iii. Interact with these issues in such a way that your own spirituality is enriched and more fully integrated with your daily life

For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/286-god-24-7

Chapel News
There will be time of prayer on 22 August 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Announcements
  • BGST office and Library will be closed on 20 August (Monday) which is Hari Raya Puasa. We will resume operations on Tuesday 21 August 2012.

  • Starting from 1 Sep 2012, BGST library and book corner will be manned by 3 full-time staff.
    To meet both the needs of the school and our staff we have come out with new operating hours. (See below.)

    Students attending evening classes at Clarus Centre on Tuesday and Thursday may request via emails to check-out titles from the library. The items will be left on the lecturer’s table for collection before the class commences.

    A complete list of titles from the Book Corner is available 24/7 at the school website. For further details, please email to lib@bgst.edu.sg and the library staff will attend to your queries within 2 working days.

    NEW LIBRARY AND BOOK CORNER OPENING HOURS:

    Mon, Wed & Fri: 9am – 9pm (Closed on Wed, 12 noon – 2 pm for chapel and staff lunch)

    Tue, Thu & Sat: 9am – 6pm

    Note: The last purchase or fee payment is 30 min. before closing and the last library loan transaction is 15 min. before closing.

Upcoming Course—
The Doctrine Of The Trinity In The Early Church (TS/CH222, 1.5 cr)
Day/Time : Tuesday, Year 2012, 7:15 – 10:00 pm
Dates : Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 20, 27
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre, 37 Jalan Pemimpin Blk B, 06-05, S(577177).
Fees : $225 (Credit); $157.50 (Audit)

Dr Tan Loe JooABOUT THE LECTURER
Dr. Tan Loe Joo completed his PhD in Divinity with the University of St. Andrews, after obtaining his DipCS and MDiv from Regent College, Vancouver, and an MTh in Theology from Trinity Theological College. He also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from NUS. His research interests include Trinitarian Theology, the Theology of Religions, and Patristic Theology. He was previously a full-time staff of the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES), and a Senior Member of Technical Staff (SMTS) of the Centre for Electronic Warfare at DSO National Laboratories. He and his family worship at Ang Mo Kio Gospel Hall, where he also maintains a teaching and pulpit ministry.

COURSE SYNOPSIS
The course will explore the emergence of the doctrine of the Trinity during one of the most theologically creative and historically exciting periods of the Christian church, namely the patristic era. Through looking at the writings of major figures such as Tertullian, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and, John of Damascus, various trajectories set in motion by the Greek and Latin Fathers that were concerned with an emphasis on the sameness of the Father, Son and Spirit, and others that stressed their diversity, which culminated in the various Councils, will be examined and discussed. Finally, the relevance of the doctrine for contemporary issues, such as the Trinitarian theology of religions and Social Trinitarianism will be analyzed.

Click here for details / Click here to register

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:

Semester 1

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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