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Issue No. 07 April 2013
Grad DipCS Cohort beginning July 2013

At BGST our watchword has always been flexibility: students may take courses when it is convenient for them, through live courses, private study and (recently) through our ‘blended learning’ format. This approach has many advantages, but also at least one disadvantage: because our students do not regularly meet with a particular group of their fellows, they are to an extent deprived of the opportunities for friendship, encouragement and mutual learning which belonging to a regular cohort of students can bring.

To address this issue, we are in July this year launching our first informal Grad DipCS Cohort. This is open to new Grad Dip CS Students and Non-Program Students intending to pursue a Grad Dip CS in the longer term. BGST Academic Planning Office has mapped out a schedule of courses that can be taken over the Academic Years of 2013 and 2014 (AY 2013 and AY 2014), as follows:

Terms
Jul-Sep 2013 Sep-Dec 2013 Jan-Mar 2014 Mar-May 2014
The Christian Faith (TS101) Biblical Interpretation & Hermeneutics (HE101) Christian Education (CE101) Foundations in Spiritual Formation (CS101)
  Elective 1 (Private Study or Intensive)
 
Jul-Sep 2014 Sep-Dec 2014 Jan-Mar 2015 Mar-May 2015
New Testament Foundations I (NT101) Old Testament Foundations I (OT101) Christianity, Culture & Society (IC101) -
Elective 2 (Intensive or Private Study) History of Christianity I (CH101) (Private Study)

The aims of this Cohort Schedule are:

  1. To help BGST students to finish their Grad Dip CS within two academic years.
  2. To encourage new students to take the same modules together over the course of their studies in BGST. By doing so, they will not only form a ‘class’ who will become familiar with each another, but also foster a fellowship that will encourage them to persevere and complete their studies. As a further incentive, there will be quarterly socials organised by the Principal, to which all students who enrol for the courses listed above (apart from electives) will be invited.

The schedule is informal. What does this mean, and how does it work out?

  • If you wish to join the Grad DipCS cohort for AY 2013–2014, all you have to do is register for the courses listed above at the stated time.
  • If you are not able to attend all the courses listed, we encourage you to attend as many of them as possible.
  • There are no penalties if, having started to follow the above schedule, you later realise that you are not able to adhere to it: the schedule has simply been devised as a way of ‘adding value’ to your time at BGST, and not to impose a burden on you.
  • Regarding electives, in particular, you are free to decide when you will take them: what has been put above is merely a suggestion.

If you are thinking of registering for the BGST Grad DipCS, we hope that you will consider joining the AY 2013/2014 Grad DipCS Cohort. We believe that you will benefit from it. If you know of someone in that position, please point them in our direction.

Any questions regarding the Grad DipCS Cohort can be addressed to the Director of Academic Planning (Dr Lai Pak Wah) or the Registrar (Mr Quek Tze Ming).

Announcements

MOVING OUT SALE

moving out sale

MOVING OUT INFORMATION

In preparation of BGST’s relocation, the library will be closed from 16 May - 15 Jun 2013. Please note that:

  1. The library and book corner will be closed on the following Saturdays:
    • 18, 25 May and 1, 8, 15 Jun.

  2. Students may borrow or return books up to 15 May 2013.

  3. Students will not be able to borrow or return books during the shut down period.

  4. Students taking any courses in Semester 2 will have an automatic extension of all your assignments by an additional month. E.g., a course with a deadline of 1 Aug 20-13 will be due on 1 Sep 2013 instead.

Thank you

From the Academic Planning & Library Offices.

Student News

Congratulations to:

  • Mr Ng Zhi-Wen (DipCS student) and Tammy on the birth of their firstborn son, Zachary Ng, on 21 March 2013. Congratulations also to grandfather and new Council Member Mr Ng Peng Hock!
  • Rev Dr Dev Menon (MDiv student) and Chene on the birth of the third child, Tirza Esther Menon, on 25 March 2013.
Faculty News
Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching on Deuteronomy chapters 1-3 at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on Sunday 7 April.
Chapel News
The next chapel worship service is on 3 April 2013, led by Dr Andrew Lee. The chapel speaker is Mr Simon Wan, from Wycliffe Bible Translators. Chapel begins at 12pm. All are welcome.

Following that on the chapel service of 10 April 2013, we will be having a worship service led by Dr Lai Pak Wah. The speaker will be Mr Chong Ser Choon, who is one of our Adjunct Lecturers, the topic is “Co-discernment: Prayerful Double Listening”. We welcome your participation.

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


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
(A Course in Christian Public Speaking & Speech Writing Techniques)

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

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 & CAPITALISM: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
MM258, 3 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Mr Benjamin Pwee Mr Benjamin Pwee
Venue: Weekdays: St John's - St Margaret's Church
Rm C205, 30 Dover Avenue, S(139790)
Weekends: Mount Carmel BP Church
Clementi Bible Centre, Rm 03-01, 152 West Coast Road, S(127370)
Dates / Times: 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
MM263, 3 Credits

Adjunct Lecturer: Dr Toh See Kiat Mr Benjamin Pwee
Venue: Weekdays: St John's - St Margaret's Church
Rm C205, 30 Dover Avenue, S(139790)
Weekends: Mount Carmel BP Church
Clementi Bible Centre, Rm 03-01, 152 West Coast Road, S(127370)
Dates / Times: 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)

This 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.

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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