|Issue No. 10||May 2013|
|Reflections from the Editor|
Question: What does our driving on the road got to do with our spiritual maturity? Answer: Lots. For it is the moments of driving stress, whether it is a Porsche cutting suddenly into our path, or a senior driver taking his time in front of you, or an over zealous man blasting his horn at you, that our spiritual progress, or the lack of it, expresses itself. Is it not true? I got to admit that this is certainly the case for me. My most carnal moments, I am afraid, is behind the driving wheels.
Why is this so? As N.T. Wright reminds us in his Virtue Reborn, spiritual maturity is never a given for any Christian. That potential which the Holy Spirit wills to give us, have to unleashed, day by day, moment by moment, even as we submit willingly to His guidance. This is because as we decide to live for Christ and die unto ourselves, our whole person alters ever so slightly. And then, slowly, but surely, our attitudes and habits start to change so much so that we begin to be humble, because that virtue has taken root in us; we begin to forgive because we have learnt to respond not with bitterness but a heart of reconciliation; we learn to love, because we have cultivated the habit of remembering that Christ has died and forgiven me, a sinner. To put it differently then, spiritual progress means putting on Christ through the development of new spiritual virtues, the fruit of the Spirit, through our conscious decisions each moment, each day.
How then do we cultivate such godly virtues? How does this re-habituation look like in real life? Well this brings us back to our driving experience. Sin, as the monastic fathers understood, is the moment when we yield to a certain impulse, a certain passion. For example, someone cuts dangerously into my driving path. Our instinctive response is, of course, a mixture of shock and anger. But that is not yet sin. Sin, occurs when we consciously allow such shock and anger to overtake us, to lead us to a sprit of anger, bitterness or even hatred. We then shout at the person, we swear or do worse things. That is when sin occurs. That is when our sinful self emerge - Lai Pak Wah, the sinner. Yet, in this crucial moment of decision, we, by the help of God's Spirit, can choose otherwise. We can pray, "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me. Help me to forgive. And help that chap to drive less dangerously." And when this happens, when we 'die' to ourselves in such a way, Christ emerges and resurrects within us. And we move just one more step closer to the image of Christ, to become more like Him.
What does this mean then? Well, it reminds us that all the traffic jams and challenges is not without reason. Rather, they provide ample opportunities for us to practise forgiveness, to practise patience and to practise how to control our tempers. So, brothers and sisters in Christ, the next time we are caught in a jam at the PIE (which nowadays is ever so often), let us remember that this is yet another precious opportunity to habituate ourselves to become more like Christ!
Yours, Pak Wah
There will be no chapel on month May, June and first two weeks in July. The next chapel service is on 17 July at our new premises at 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01 Golden Wheel Industrial Building. Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be the worship leader for the first chapel in our new premises.
Chapel starts at 12 noon. You are welcome to join us.
|22nd BGST Convocation and Thanksgiving Service|
|BGST New Location|
This is the address of our new location (effective on 20 June 2013):
50 Kallang Pudding Road
Golden Wheel Industrial Building
Tel number: 065-6227-6815
Fax number: TBC
For details, please click http://bgst.edu.sg/welcome-message/our-new-location
In preparation of BGST’s relocation, the library and book corner will be closed from 16 May - 30 Jun 2013. Please note that:
We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. Thank you.
From the Academic Planning & Library Offices.
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 Semester 1 of Academic Year 2013-2014, please visit our webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2013-2014-sem1.pdf.
|June Intensive Course|
NEGOTIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION
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 (i.e. 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.
OLD TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS I,
The Old Testament is interpreted on the basis that it is part of Christian Scripture, and that Christians cannot neglect this first and larger part of God’s Word. In this light, OT Foundations I lays the groundwork for an in-depth study of the Old Testament. While this course will assume the integrity of the Biblical texts, it will also address pertinent issues about the texts that confront us in a modern scientific world. Hence, students will become acquainted with these issues and develop a means to consider them carefully and analytically in order to gain a frame of reference for the study of the Old Testament text itself. OT Foundations I will focus on the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy), the Former Prophets (Joshua to Kings), and some of the Writings (Ruth, Esther, Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles). The remaining books of the Old Testament will be dealt with subsequently in OT Foundations II.
JESUS IN THE SILVER SCREEN: PORTRAYALS OF JESUS AND CHRIST FIGURES IN FILM
Through our viewing of some Jesus films, as well as clips from other movies, we will explore the portrayals of Jesus in modern films. By comparing these portrayals to those found in the New Testament Gospels and their modern interpreters, we examine how modern biblical scholarship may (or may not) influence contemporary cinema. Furthermore, we will observe what these films tell us about their makers, their expectations of the audiences, and what roles these films play in shaping them.
THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY: THE WISDOM OF THE CHURCH FATHERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
The ‘Golden Age of the Church’ - that is what the reformer, John Calvin, calls the period of the church fathers from the 2nd to 5th centuries (Patristic Period). This is no exaggeration since most of the key tenets of our Protestant faith, whether it is salvation by grace or the doctrine of the Trinity, find their doctrinal roots from this era. Throughout the last 1,600 years, this has also been the formative age where Christians of all denominations, whether it is the English Puritan John Owen, the Methodist John Wesley, or the biblical scholar Joseph Lightfoot, have looked back to for theological teaching, pastoral guidance and spiritual edification. Unfortunately, this is also the period of church history where contemporary Protestants are usually least informed, with the net result that few can actually benefit from its spiritual riches. For this reason, the Roots of Christianity is designed to equip students with the historical, theological and spiritual background necessary for appreciating and benefitting from the teachings of the early church fathers. Besides covering a wide range of theological, historical and spiritual topics, students will spend a considerable time reading patristic texts, discussing and reflecting on the contemporary relevance and application of patristic teachings in the 21st century.
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