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Issue No. 51 24 - 30 Dec 2012
Chapel News
The next chapel service is on 16 January 2013 where we will have a worship service led by Dr Philip Satterthwaite. All are welcome.
Announcement

The school will operate from 9 am to 1 pm on Christmas and New Year’s eve on Monday, 24th December and Monday, 31st December respectively. The council, staff and faculty wish our friends, members and students a blessed Christmas and New Year.

BGST Book Corner will be closed from 28th December 2012 to 3rd Jan 2013 for stock -taking purposes. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Update on BTW

Please note that starting from next year, BTW will only be published on every second and fourth week of the month.

We have decided that a bi-monthly BTW is adequate to keep our readers informed of upcoming events, while avoiding "informational overkill'.

Library Announcement

On Saturday, 15 December 2012, the library tested an automated day-end email service. All patrons who have borrowed library items on the same day will receive an email alert. This service serves four purposes:

  • Protecting the earth - paperless
  • Verification – just in case the computer has not captured the checked-out items
  • Reminder – due date is stated as a reminder for patron to renew or returned the items
  • Fraud prevention – alert patron of any unauthorized usage of his account

On Tuesday, 18 December 2012, we also launch the automated email service for returned item service. This service is also sent out at day end to help the patron to verify that the items returned have all been recorded by the computer.

If you do like these two new services, do drop us a note and pass the word around.

January Courses

*NEW TESTAMENT GREEK II
BG112, 3 Credits
Lecturer : Mr Quek Tze-Ming
Venue : BGST, Clarus Center
Dates :
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (Mondays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); *This course is not offered on audit basis

This course helps the student begin the journey of reading the New Testament in its original language. The reward is the thrill of being able to go directly to the biblical text and see its meaning and significance; and to develop a greater understanding of the decisions and conclusions made in commentaries and bible translations.

This course is a continuation from New Testament Greek I (BG111).

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*BIBLICAL HEBREW READING AND EXEGESIS II
BH212, 3 Credits
Lecturer : Dr Andrew Lee
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, Apr 15, 22, (Mondays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit);*This course is not offered on audit basis

Building on BH111, BH112, and BH211, this course continues to focus on developing skills to interpreting the Hebrew text. We will continue working on the Book of Ruth with the following objectives:

  • reading the Hebrew text more fluently
  • learning to use reference tools and commentaries
  • translating the text and making sense of the critical apparatus in BHS
  • discerning the syntax and distinctive OT techniques

It is not necessary that we complete every detail of the chapters prescribed but we shall aim to meet our objectives stated above. In this process we shall keep C.L. Seow’s, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, 2nd edn., (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995) as a constant companion for grammatical issues arising from the text. In regard to syntax, we shall refer to R.B. Chisholm’s From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998). Students are also required to consult other books and commentaries listed in the Bibliography.

To view course description click here.


PASTORAL THEOLOGY
CM101 , 3 Credits, [Required for MDiv]
Adjunct Lecturer : Rev Dr Daniel Chua
Venue : BGST, Clarus Center
Dates : Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, Apr 15, 22, (Mondays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

This course seeks to provide students (both lay-leaders and those preparing for ministry) with a theological foundation and practical understanding of pastoral ministry. It integrates three dimensions of learning:

  1. personal reflection through in-depth study of the course textbooks;
  2. ministry insights drawn from 1 & 2 Timothy, and from the ‘real-live’ pastoral experiences of the lecturer; and
  3. community learning through writing of papers and presentation in class.

Among the topics covered: the call to ministry, meaning of ordination, women in pastoral office, pastor of the worshipping community, ministry of sacraments, pastoral visitation, etc. Practical issues (coping with criticisms, leadership backlash, what’s behind the post-service hand-shake ‘ritual’, etc.) will also be discussed. We will also discuss pastoral leadership skills that are needed to shepherd the church.

To view course description click here.


VOCATION, WORK AND MINISTRY
MM101, 3 Credits [Required for MCS & MDiv]
Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Tan Soo-Inn
Venue : Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Dates : Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, Apr 2 (Tuesdays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

This course aims to help students answer three questions about themselves:

  1. What is God doing in the world?
  2. What am I called to do to be part of His work?
  3. How am I to go about discerning my calling?

Through lectures, small group interaction and personal reflection, the student will gain a biblical understanding of the following topics:

  • The in breaking of the Kingdom of God and its implications for vocation.
  • Pursuing vocation in the context of the primary roles of life
  • A theology of work
  • A theology of vocation
  • A theology of discerning the will of God especially as it pertains to vocational discernment
  • Living vocationally

To view course description click here


HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II: SIX-CONTINENT CHRISTIANITIES (1500 – 2001 AD)
CH102, 3 Credits [Blended Learning] [Required for MCS & MDiv]
Lecturer : Dr Lai Pak Wah
Venue : Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Dates : Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20 (Wednesdays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 9:45pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

History of Christianity II is intended as the second of a two course survey (3 credits each) of the history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years.

In CH102, students will be introduced to the important theological, historical and spiritual movements from 1500-2001. Our journey begins in Europe with the advent of the Protestant Reformation, which will permanently change the face of religion in the Continent and, subsequently, the whole world. This is followed by an analysis of the developments that follow this Reformation: the rise of American & English Protestantism and spirituality, the growth of the evangelical movement, especially in America, and the Catholic Counter Reformation. Attention will also be given to the Enlightenment period, which would significantly influence and also challenge the claims of the Christian faith. Following these, we will turn our attention to the development of Christianity worldwide, with a focus on Christianity in China, in particular, and Asia in general.

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OLD TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS II
OT102, 3 Credits, [Blended Learning] [Required for MCS & MDiv]
Lecturer : Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17 (Wednesdays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

OT Foundations I and OT Foundations II together form an introduction to the Old Testament. These two courses aim:

  1. to introduce the Old Testament books, and the historical and cultural contexts in which they originated;
  2. to help students reflect on how to apply the Old Testament in the modern world, and to their own lives.

Throughout, the Old Testament is interpreted as part of Christian Scripture: Christians cannot afford to neglect this first and larger part of God’s Word. Though questions relating to history and the ancient Near Eastern context will not be ignored, the main emphasis is on the meaning, theology and application of the text. OT Foundations II covers the Prophets, the Psalms, and the Wisdom Literature. Please note that some of the smaller prophetic books are not covered in detail.

To view course description click here.


NEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS I
NT101, 3 Credits [Blended Learning] [Required for DipCS]
Lecturer : Mr Quek Tze-Ming
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22 (Fridays)
Time : 2:30 – 5:00pm [DAY CLASS]
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

NT Foundations I and II survey the entire contents of the NT in two semesters. Students will be drawn into the world of the NT and encouraged to interact with the themes and message contained within each piece of writing in the NT. In so doing, students can better examine the implications of the NT’s message for Christians and for the Church today. NT101 is a general introduction to the Four Gospels and Acts. Students can expect a survey of major interpretive approaches, as well as a consideration of historical and cultural issues. These include the Synoptic Problem and the literary relationship of the Gospels; the problem of the historical Jesus; the genre, historical setting, message and structure of each of the Gospels and Acts.


NEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS II
NT102, 3 Credits [Required for MCS & MDiv]
Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Oh Boon Leong
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, (Fridays)
Time : 7:15 – 10:15pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

NT 102 is the sequel to NT 101 and both are foundational to the study of the NT at BGST. NT 102 covers the Epistles and Revelation. This course is a general survey of the message of the NT books, their relationships to each other, introductory issues (author, date, occasion, content, etc.), and factors in the first century (e.g. history and religions) that influenced the life and ministry of the early church.

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TRANSFORMING THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING AND THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP
CE/ME231, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Sng Bee Bee
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 16, 23 (Saturdays)
Time : 9:30 am – 12:15pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); $157.50 (by audit)

What is God’s will and calling in my teaching profession? How can I discern his hands at work in the midst of pressure and problems in schools? God has designed a special purpose for work and that includes the teaching profession. The Bible tells us of the original purpose of work and education. Jesus is the Great Teacher and the perfect model of effective teaching methods. This course will cover the theology of work and education and how to share the gospel in restrictive educational environments. This course has a dual objective:

  1. to help Christian teachers understand the biblical basis of teaching and reaching out to students in the local context
  2. understand the place of education in overseas missions.

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BEING HUMAN LIKE CHRIST: READING IN PATRISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY
CS/IC301, 3 Credits
Lecturer : Dr Lai Pak Wah
Venue : Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Dates : Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 (Wednesdays) May 4 (Sat) 8am – 4pm

Spiritual Retreat Session at Trinity Life Centre Time : 7:15 – 10:00pm Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit), extra cost for retreat $60 The fourth century is witness to two of the most significant developments in Christian History. The first is the formulation of the Trinitarian Creed at the Councils of Nicea (325) and Constantinople (381). The second is the flowering of Christian monasticism throughout the Roman Empire, a development that will lay the foundations for a whole spectrum of Christian ideals: the theoretical and practical framework for spiritual cultivation, a renewed respect for human work and a strong social concern, just to name a few. For the pioneering monks, spiritual growth is fundamentally Trinitarian, where one responds to the self-giving love of God, expressed through the gift of His Son and His Holy Spirit, so that he may be transformed into the likeness of Christ. Practically speaking, this is worked out through a daily rhythm of prayer and, the reading of Scriptures and monastic literature. It also involves an ascetic discipline and practice that is grounded a robust Christian anthropology. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the rich Christian literature on Christian anthropology and monastic spirituality, so that they may appropriate such wisdom for their spiritual journey and benefit.

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TO BE CHINESE AND CHRISTIAN: PERSPECTIVES ON CHINESE CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS & PRACTICES
IC201, 1.5 Credits
Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Jerry Goh
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 6, 13 (Wednesdays)
Time : 7:15 – 10:00pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); $157.50 (by audit)

Culture is inherent in a group of people that identifies them together. In anthropological terms, members of a particular society share the same culture as they view the world in a similar way. People differ in their worldview because of differences in culture. The Chinese people view their culture in terms of birth, aging, sickness and death, and the important rites of passage of marriage. Throughout history, the Chinese people is impacted by various cultural and religious philosophies that shaped the way they view things, shaped their customs, traditions and practices. These practices would either be in agreement, or neutral or be directly opposing the teachings of Christian faith. The objective of this course is to provide the student with a deeper understanding into the Chinese culture and practices and be able to respond appropriately to them and be a witness of their faith as a Chinese Christian.

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BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS & INTERPRETATION
HE101, 3 Credits [Blended Learning] [Required for Dip CS]
Lecturer : Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Venue : Amazing Grace Presbyterian Church
Dates : Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, Mar 13, 27, Apr 10, 24, May 8 (Wednesdays)
Time : 7:15 – 9:45pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

‘Inspired’; ‘infallible’; ‘authoritative’; ‘the Word of God’. Many Christians in Singapore would be happy to describe the Bible in those terms. But the Bible has to be interpreted and applied by men and women who are usually far from inspired, and who are all too prone to error (though they may still claim the authority of Scripture for what they say). The result can be that falsehood is propagated in God’s name, and that the Bible is turned from being the saving and healing revelation of God into something harmful and even destructive. It is not enough to have a ‘high’ doctrine of Scripture: we must also interpret Scripture accurately. The main theme of this course is the interpretation and application of Scripture. It aims to help you reflect seriously on what is involved in interpreting the biblical text. During the course several necessary aspects of biblical interpretation (e.g., word studies, the relevance of the historical context) will be considered.

To view course description click here.


If you would like to have an overview of the courses we will be offering in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2012-13, please click here.
For course inquiries, please email to us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg

Change of Course Dates

*SCRIPTURE RECITATION & STORY TELLING
ECF514, 1.5 Credits
Adjunct Lecturer : Rev Ng Seng Chuan
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Jan 10, 17, 24, Feb 7, 14, 21 (Thursdays)
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); *This course is not offered on audit basis

This course aims to equip teachers and practitioners in Christian formation with a high level of awareness of performance skill in communication. The substance of all Christian communication lies in the text of the Bible itself, and a key mode of transmission is the storytelling form. It is imperative that we read the Word effectively, and hold our listeners’ attention as we tell the “old, old story” of God’s redemption in Christ Jesus. There are three major components to the programme: understanding of phonological skills in text delivery, effective use of the voice in oral communication, and an appreciation of the narrative form whether in pulpit ministry or Sunday school teaching.

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ADDICTIONS: ON SUBSTANCE & PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING
CO260, 1.5 Credits
Adjunct Lecturer : Mr William Teo
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Feb 13, 20, 27 Mar 13, 20, 27 (Wednesdays)
Time : 7:15 – 10:00pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); $157.50 (by audit)

Addiction grows in a manner both complex and mystifying. The course examines how addiction develops and its multiple impact on those who succumb to a lifestyle of addiction. The major component of the course will focus on developing competent counsellors to work with addicts. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Know why individuals become addicts
  2. Understand the basic process and types of addiction
  3. Conceptualize the different models of addiction
  4. Profile addicts and to administer appropriate treatment

To view course description click here.

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