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Issue No. 39 1 - 7 Oct 2012
Thanksgiving: BGST's Programmes Re-accredited

ATA AccreditationOn 25th to 27th September BGST hosted a Visiting Evaluation Team from the Asia Theological Association (ATA), the body that accredits BGST’s courses. This was the third such visit by ATA representatives to BGST, two earlier visits having taken place in 2002 and 2007. The team members were Dr Theresa Lua of AGST (Manila), Dr Arun Sarkar of Buntain Theological College (Kolkata), and Dr Allan Harkness of AGST Alliance (Allan is based in Singapore). It was a delight to offer hospitality to the team members, and to benefit from their insights and experience. A visit like this always represents something of a milestone in a school’s history, and this visit was no exception. There was a lot of work to be done in preparation for the visit, and it was a good opportunity for us to review and update many of our operating procedures.

For two days the team members conducted interviews with representatives of the BGST community (students and alumni as well as staff and faculty) and examined documents relating to the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the school. On the third day they presented their report. I am glad to be able to tell you that the report was in general highly favourable: the visiting team recommended that our three main programmes, the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, the Master in Christian Studies and the Master of Divinity, be reaccredited for five years; they further encouraged faculty and staff of BGST to continue to work at implementing the vision of theological training for the whole people of God to which we have been committed since the school’s beginnings. This was a welcome confirmation of BGST’s ‘marketplace’ mission.

I would like to express my thanks to the visiting team for the time they put into the reaccreditation exercise. I am also grateful to all on the BGST side who in different ways played their part in the visit: members of Council, staff and faculty, as well as students and alumni.

Please pray for faculty, staff and council as we work through the implications of the visiting team’s observations and recommendations: that God will guide us in our reflections and help us to discern His priorities and direction for the school.

Dr Philip Satterthwaite,
Principal, BGST.

Chapel News
Dr Lai Pak Wah will be leading us in a time of prayer on 10 October. BGST Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are most welcome to join us.
BGST Book Corner - Sales on 6 October 2012
one day sales
Faculty News
Dr Edwin Tay will be preaching at Grace (Singapore Chinese Christian) Church on 7 October at the 11.30am service on the topic, “Three Imperatives for Fathers”
(Eph 6.1-5; Col 3:18-22).
Upcoming Open Lecture and Course

Government & Politics “A Christian Theology of Government and Politics in Asia today”
(MM302, 1.5 credits)

Adjunct Lecturer: Mr Benjamin Pwee Mr Benjamin Pwee
Start: Wednesday, 10 October, 2012 with an Open Lecture followed by Lesson 1 (FOC)
Venue: Community for Christ Church,
37 Jalan Pemimpin, #03-03A, Block A, Clarus Centre, S(577177)

Subsequent Classes - BGST @ Clarus Centre,
37 Jalan Pemimpin, Block B, #06-05, S(577177)
Other Lecture Days: Wednesday, Oct 31; Monday, Nov 5; Wednesday, Nov 14 & 21
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.00 pm  
Fees: $225.00 (for credits); $157.50 (by audit)  

COURSE SYNOPSIS

This is a basic introductory course to introduce the lay Christian believer to the topic of government and politics. It seeks to build a basic understanding and appreciation of government and politics, and current trends and challenges in government and politics in Asia today. It hopes to also construct a basic theological framework for constructive and active participation by Christian believers in the public square in their personal and professional capacities. For more information, please click here.

To register for the open lecture, click here | To register for the course, click here.

Course Cancellation

Please note that the following course will not be offered this semester due to low enrolment:
Romans : the gospel according to Paul (video class - commencing on Oct 6) NT311 (1.5 CR)
by Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Upcoming Courses

The Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church
(commencing on 16 Oct 2012) TS/CH222 (1.5 cr)

Lecturer: Dr Tan Loe Joo Dr Tan Loe Joo
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.00 pm
Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 20, 27
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre, 37 Jalan Pemimpin, Blk B, #06-05, Singapore (577177)
Fees: $225 (credit); $157.50 (audit)

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, the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine 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. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/307-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity-in-the-early-church


The Craft of Teaching
(commencing on 30 Oct 2012) ECF511 (1.5 cr)

Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng Ng Peh Cheng
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre, 37 Jalan Pemimpin, Blk B, #06-05, S(577177)
Dates & Times: Tuesday, Oct 30, 7.15-10.15 pm Saturday, Nov 3, 10, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm; 1-4 pm
Fees: $225 (for credit); $157.50 (for audit)

COURSE SYNOPSIS

Examines the teaching acts of Jesus and the theories of learning to gain an understanding of the principles and methods of effective and creative Christian teaching. Emphasis is on the process of designing teaching plans that demonstrate creative teaching strategies and relevance to ministry contexts. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/293-the-craft-of-teaching

Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 2
For more information on the Course Schedule, please visit our website:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem2.pdf:

2012-2013 Sem 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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