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Issue No. 01 Jan 2013
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.

Following that on the chapel service of 23 Jan 2013, we will be having a time of prayer led by Mr Quek Tze-Ming. We welcome your participation.

Update on BTW

Please note that starting this 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'.

Changes to Faculty Administrative Portfolios

With effect from January 1st 2013 Dr Lai Pak Wah will be Director of Academic Planning and Mr Quek Tze Ming will be Registrar.

Lift Servicing for February 2013

Please be informed that the Lift No. 4 leading to the main entrance of BGST will be undergoing servicing on 5 Feb 2013. Kindly make use of cargo lift no. 6 at the back of the building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Upcoming January Courses

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.
To view course description, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CS-IC301-13.pdf


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.
To view course description, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/IC201-13.pdf


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, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/HE101-13.pdf

Change of Course Dates

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

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 : Mar 19 (Tue), 23 (Sat) [Day Class]
Time : 9:30 am – 12:30pm, follow by 1.30 - 6.00pm
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. To view course description, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CE-ME231-13.pdf

To view course description, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CO260-13.pdf

If you would like to have an overview of the courses we will be offering in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2012-2013, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem2.pdf

For course inquiries, please email us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg

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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