|Issue No. 42||22- 28 Oct 2012|
|Introducing IC101: Christianity, Culture, and Society||By Dr Edwin Tay|
Conscientious readers of BTW would have noticed that in the latest course schedule for semester two of academic year 2012, there is notice of a new core course entitled, “Christianity, Culture, and Society” that will be offered on Thursday nights. This course is one of the results of BGST’s recent efforts at revising our curriculum to better express our ethos in the light of the current socio-political and religious climate.
It might have crossed your mind that this is a rather unusual course to be offered as part of a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies or a first year theological curriculum. Most theological colleges would place the emphasis on foundation courses in the departments of theology and biblical studies in the initial phases of a theological program. Specialized topics such as the theology of Luther, or the study of one book of the Bible such as Ezekiel, or issues related to religion, culture and society, would normally be offered subsequent to foundation courses. Even then, they would be offered as electives.
BGST has chosen to do otherwise. After a long process of debate and evaluation, the school has taken a firm decision to introduce the above mentioned course as a core course right from the Graduate Diploma level. It will be an inter- disciplinary course that is team-taught by members of BGST faculty and invited specialists in their fields of expertise. This move is a necessary one in the light of BGST’s aim to equip the whole people of God for service in the church and the marketplace. Its necessity is driven by the fact that there is a huge gap that needs to be bridged between biblical and theological knowledge, and the issues encountered by Christians in our society today.
The urgency and inevitability of issues such as an increasingly mobile and graying population, sexuality, the changing landscape of local politics and inter- religious sensitivities, along with the need to communicate the Gospel sensitively in the context of this network of significant issues, makes it imperative to develop a more integrated curriculum that will help Christians make better sense of the world in which they live and thereby witness more effectively for Christ. As such, it is the hope and prayer of BGST, that Christianity, Culture, and Society, can be an important step towards equipping Christians to reflect theologically and intelligently on such pertinent issues. More information will be released in due course. In the meantime, do pray with us and for us as we put the final touches to the course in the attempt to fulfill our calling as a school.
There will be no chapel on the 31 October 2012 at BGST Clarus Centre.
Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be chapel speaker on BGST Chapel in the City @ Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church on 31 October 2012, from 12.00 to 1.00pm.
The topic is “Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it’s off to work we go”. Chapel begins at 12 pm.
|The Craft of Teaching (commencing on 30 Oct 2012)
ECF511 (1.5 cr)
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
Christian Biography (commencement on 26 Nov 2012)
"History is but biography." The study of the lives of men and women down the ages makes history come alive. The course will acquaint students with selected key figures of church history. We will seek to understand the times they lived in, the challenges they face, and the qualities that made them great men and women of faith. For more information, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/302-christian-biography
|Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 2|
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