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Issue No. 06 March 2013
Chapel News

The next chapel worship service is on 20 March 2013, led by Dr Philip Satterthwaite. Dr Satterthwaite will be interviewing Asst Prof Sim Kang, who works at the Institute of Mental Health. Chapel begins at 12 pm. All are welcome.

Following that on the chapel service of 27 March 2013, we will be having a worship service led by Mr Quek Tze-Ming. There will be time of prayer. We welcome your participation.

Announcement

Our Annual General Meeting will be on this Saturday, 23 Mar 2013. It will be held in Emmanuel BP Church at 3 pm. The address is 1 Pemimpin Drive, #11-07, One Pemimpin, 576161.

The Library and Book Corner will be opened from 9 am - 1 pm on that day.

Lift Servicing for April 2013
Please be informed that the Lift No. 4 leading to the main entrance of BGST will be undergoing servicing on 2 April 2013. Kindly make use of cargo lift no. 6 at the back of the building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Course Cancellation

Please note that the following course will not be offered this semester:

GENDER & SEXUALITY: FINDING SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO SENSITIVE ISSUES
CO/ECF535, 1.5 Credits
By Dr Danny Goh

March Intensive Courses

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

Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Sng Bee Bee Dr Sng Bee Bee
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Fridays: Mar 22; Saturday: 23 [Day Class]
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, follow by 1:30 – 6:00 pm
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 this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CE-ME231-13.pdf


INTRODUCTION TO EVANGELISM AND WORLD MISSIONS
ME101, 3 Credits [Required for MDiv]

Adjunct Lecturers : Dr Tan Kang San & Mrs Tan Loun-Ling Dr Tan Kang Sang Mrs Tan Loun-Ling
Venue : BGST @ Clarus Centre
Dates/Time : Saturdays: Mar 23 & 30, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, followed by 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Weekdays: Mar 25, 26 & 28, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, followed by 7pm – 10 pm
Fees $450 (for credit); $315 (for audit)
   

In this course of sixteen lectures we shall aim to lay a biblical foundation for global mission and explore the practical outworking for mission issues in Asian contexts. The first eight lectures will lay the biblical foundations by looking at mission in the Old and New Testaments. The following eight lectures will examine some major areas in the actual task of mission such as mission shaped churches, growing mission leadership, partnerships, interfaith, bible translations, tentmaking, diaspora and global Christian movements. Time will be given for discussion and open questions.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/ME101-13.pdf

April Courses

DEUTERONOMY: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MOSES
OT351, 3 Credits, Group Tutorial

Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Daniel Block Dr Daniel Block Dr Andrew Lee
Tutor : Dr Andrew Lee
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Wednesdays: Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15
Time : 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (for audit)

This course aims to help students achieve the following goals:

  1. To gain a general knowledge of the content of the book of Deuteronomy as a whole and recent scholarly approaches to the study of the book.
  2. To engage in conversation over special issues of interpretation raised by the book of Deuteronomy, and to increase our skills in the interpretation of the book.
  3. To understand the importance of wrestling with Old Testament texts for extracting valid theological and practical lessons from those texts.
  4. To rediscover the grace of God in the book of Deuteronomy and the Old Testament more broadly.
  5. To recognize the enduring theology of the book of Deuteronomy and its contribution to biblical theology generally and the New Testament particularly.
  6. To be inspired by the message of Deuteronomy, and recognise the significance of the book for Christians today.
  7. To learn how we might preach the message of the book of Deuteronomy in our local churches.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/ot351-13.pdf


JOURNEY IN MISSION
ME/IC241, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Tan Lai Yong Dr Tan Lai Yong
Venue : Healthserve Ltd (For map, visit http://www.streetdirectory.com/businessfinder/company_map/105041/98012/)
Dates/Time : Tuesdays, Apr 5 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Apr 12, 19 (7:00 pm - *11.30 pm);
Saturday, Apr 27 (Sat, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
* These are field trips’ nights and will last up to 11:30 pm.
Fees : $225 (for credit); $157.50 (for audit)

The aim of this course is to discover the heartbeat of God for His people through reading of the Psalms. Together as a class, we aim to feel God’s pulse for the lost and to help us find spiritual direction for our own missions journeys and experience as we study the Psalms.

We will study the books of Psalms - focusing on selected Psalms that will help us to examine our moods, methods and motives (and God’s) as we consider serving God in missions and in reaching out to different communities.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/ME-IC241-13.pdf


THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS I
TS211 , 3 Credits, Group Tutorial [Required for MCS & MDiv]

Adjunct Lecturer : Dr Douglas Milne Dr Douglas Milne

 

Mr Tan Kok Choon
Tutor : Mr Tan Kok Choon
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Tuesdays: Apr 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
Time : 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Fees : $450 (for credit); $315 (for audit)

Nothing is more foundational in theology than a right understanding of God. “The doctrine of God one espouses largely controls countless other areas of life and thought” (Don Carson). But we can only know God in His revelation of Himself to us. And when we do this, we discover that He has revealed fundamental truth about ourselves. This course examines the great truths about God and Humankind that make up the prelude to the Gospel of Redemption in Jesus Christ.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/ts211-13.pdf


*COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR SPEAKERS & CHURCH LEADERS
AT232, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer : Rev Ng Seng Chuan Rev Ng Seng Chuan
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Fridays: Apr 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Time : 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); *This course is not offered on audit basis

The aim of this course is to equip participants with the skills for effective speech writing. If a speech or sermon sounds dry or uninteresting, it often has something to do with poor choice of diction and inappropriate text arrangement. The skill lies in writing a speech that sounds good. Half the battle with effective communication has precisely to do with this area of crafting a speech.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/at232-13.pdf


WORSHIP DESIGN AND WORSHIP LEADING
AT235, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer : Mr Chan Kum Soon Mr Chan Kum Soon
Venue : BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates : Saturdays: Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
Time : 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Fees : $225 (for credit); $157.50 (for audit)

This course is design for aspiring worship leaders as well as worship leaders who wants a deeper grasp of what it takes to be an effective worship leader. “Man’s chief aim is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism). The key question for worship leaders, therefore, is “Did worship really occur? Did the assembly have an encounter with the Triune God week after week? What exactly is worship all about, much less leading others to an encounter with God? As worship leaders, do we pander to the narcissistic culture within and without the church by adopting worldly methods in worship leadership? What exactly is the role of the worship leader in corporate worship?

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/at235-13.pdf

April Intensive Courses

EXPLORING 1 CORINTHIANS: CULTURAL CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND GOD’S SOLUTION THEN AND NOW
NT253, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Dr Bruce Winter Bruce Winter
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates/Time:

Weekdays: Apr 1, 2, 4 (7:15 - 10:00 pm);
Saturday: Apr 6 (10:00 am—12:00 pm; 1:00—5:00 pm)

Fees: $225 (for credit); $157.50 (by audit)

First Corinthians is the longest pastoral letter Paul wrote to any church. To understand this letter, there is the need to firstly understand what caused the problems in the church in Corinth after Paul left to continue his ministry elsewhere. These were the inroads to surrounding culture and also social changes in Corinth. This course will examine these causes in detail, and the consequences of embracing the cultural way of doing things and not thinking out clearly and responding in a Christian way when new changes come about. The course will then explore issue by issue Paul’s answers on how to resolve the problems. To summarize, we will explore:

(a) Cultural Causes,
(b) Consequences for Christians, and
(c) God’s correction.

We will also address the implications of this for the 21st century church as an important model for pastoral care of fellow Christians.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/nt253-13.pdf


CRISIS IN THE CHURCH: 2 CORINTHIANS’ SOLUTION THEN AND NOW
NT254, 1.5 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Dr Bruce Winter Bruce Winter
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Dates/Time: Weekdays: Apr 8, 10, 11 (7:15 - 10:00 pm);
Saturday: Apr 13 (Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 - 5:00 pm)
Fees: $225 (for credit); $157.50 (by audit)

"For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor 12:10, ESV). No statement better reveals Paul's view of the nature of Christian ministry. No person except Paul was so self-disclosing about his own struggles and difficulties, and how this helped the church to move forward and not divide. This course examines in detail 2 Corinthians, the letter that Paul wrote because the surrounding culture could provide no solution on how to resolve a breakdown in relationships between ministers and members.This certainly has implications for Asian churches where the stresses and strains in church life often lead to breakups. Paul’s letter shows the way forward for ministers and members with God’s solution for His church.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/nt254-13.pdf

June Intensive Courses

GLOBALIZATION & POSTMODERNITY: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
MM258, 3 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Mr Benjamin Pwee Mr Benjamin Pwee
Weekdays Venue: St John’s – St Margaret’s Church,
Rm C205, 30 Dover Avenue, S(139790)
Weekends Venue: Mount Carmel BP Church,
Clementi Bible Centre, 
Rm 03-01, 152 West Coast Road, S(127370)
Dates/Time: Weekdays: Jun 3, 4, 6, 24, 25, 27; (Mon, Tue & Thu; 7:15-10:15 pm)
Saturdays: Jun 1 & 29 (NOTE: Sat 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, followed by 1:30 - 4:30 pm)
Fees: $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

This course provides an introduction and overview to globalization and capitalism, and outlines the key theological issues and concerns that they pose to the believer and the Church in Asia today. It seeks to help students better understand, grasp and come to terms with these issues, and not only see their impact on the believer and the Church in Asia, but also be able to formulate a Christian response at a personal and corporate level to them.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/mm258-13.pdf


NEGOTIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION
MM259, 3 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Dr Toh See Kiat Dr Toh See Kiat
Weekdays Venue:

St John's - St Margaret's Church
Rm C205, 30 Dover Avenue, S(139790)

Weekends Venue: Mount Carmel BP Church
Clementi Bible Centre,
Rm 03-01, 152 West Coast Road, S(127370)
Dates/Time:

Weekdays: Jun 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20; (Mon, Tue & Thu; 7:15 - 10:00 pm)
Saturdays, Jun 15 & 22 (NOTE: Sat 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, followed by 1:30 - 4:30 pm)

Fees: $450 (for credit); $315 (by audit)

The course is a general introduction to negotiation and conflict resolution. You will be introduced to the biblical principles for dispute resolution; the basic principles of communication and learn why disputes arise; and the basic techniques of negotiation (particularly principles-based negotiation). The course will also introduce you to the different ways to resolve disputes, their strengths and weaknesses and when to use them – traditional litigation (ie suing in court), the alternative dispute resolution (so-called ADR) procedures (ie mediation, arbitration and all the other variations). Some time will be spent on basic skill acquisition in negotiation and mediation.

This class will be taught using a variety of methods such as videos, films, Powerpoint, pen and whiteboard, lectures, discussions, role plays, games and exercises. So get ready to be surprised! The course does not assume any prior technical knowledge but experience in quarrelling will be an asset. The aim of the course is to help Christians manage and resolve disputes in a biblical and professional manner.

To view course description, please visit this webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/MM263-Synopsis-13.pdf

Course Schedule
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 webpage 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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