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Issue No. 19 November 2013
A Welcome to Our Two Guest Lecturers

This month, we welcome two guest lecturers, one of whom is new, Dr Vincent Ooi. I met Vincent at Durham (England), on the Orientation Day for our PhD studies. As the only two Chinese in the Theology Department, we struck up a conversation and, subsequently, a wonderful friendship that has lasted till this day. I still remember fondly our weekly lunch conversations, where our discussions went beyond our fields (he was doing his research in Old Testament Studies, while my field was in Patristics) into areas like the philosophy of Hans Georg Gadamer, Bach, Chinese Medicine, Science (Vincent's first PhD was in applied physics), my son's cheekiness and the quaint English culture we have grown to love. So, it gives me great pleasure that Vincent is here with us this month to teach a subject that we have discussed much (though it is not usually expected of an Old Testament scholar): the history and formative role of Liturgy in Christian worship. Indeed, liturgical practices, when carried out properly and in good spirit (aren't most things like that?) can play a significant role in shaping our theological beliefs, spiritual instincts and sensibilities. This is also why, in our recent revamp our BGST's Master of Divinity, we have decided to incorporate Liturgy & Worship (CM220) as a compulsory course for pastoral training. So, we hope that students at BGST would benefit greatly from Vincent's exploration of this rich church tradition. I look forward to this course and heartily commend you it to you.

This month, Dr Tan Kang San, ex-OMF Missionary and, presently, Director of Asian CMS will be with us to teach a new MCS core course: Asian Religions in the Contemporary Age (IC211). IC211 was incorporated recently into our MCS syllabus because we are convinced that Singapore Christians, living in a multi-cultural and religious environment, must be familiar with how our neighbours think and worship, so that we may be able to dialogue with them about religious matters and, hopefully, identify ways for them to better understand the love of God in Jesus Christ. IC211 will be the first of several missions and intercultural courses that Dr Tan and his wife, Loun Ling, will be teaching over the next two years. Future courses include: Biblical Theology for Missions in Asia (Apr 2014), A Case Study Approach to Intercultural Studies (Nov 2014) and Poverty, Justice and Missions. So, be on the lookout for them in the near future.

The Editor,
Dr Lai Pak Wah

Public Events

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving Dinner - 15 November 2013

Calling all alumni, students and friends of BGST!

Come join us at our Thanksgiving Dinner on 15 November, 7pm at Raffles Country Club, to celebrate God’s goodness in having brought BGST to the new premises at 50 Kallang Pudding Road. We are privileged to have Rev Dr David Wong as our Guest of Honour for this event.

It will also be a time to touch base with all whom we know through BGST. To book your seat(s), please call us at Tel: 62276815 or Email: peh-adam@bgst.edu.sg by 8 November 2013.


Public Lecture - 6 December 2013

Come join us for the last BGST Public Lecture for the Year 2013.
There are only limited seats so do register early via: http://bgst.edu.sg/public-lecture.

Dec Public Lecture

Announcements

Launch of Semester 2 of AY 2013/14 Course Schedule

Semester 2 of AY2013/14 commences on 6 January 2014.

For the course offerings in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2013-2014, please visit our webpage at http://www.bgst. edu.sg/media/files/courses/2013-2014-sem2.pdf.

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


showroomClosure of BGST Office & Library on 15 & 27 November 2013

Please note the change in Operating Hours of the Office and Library on Friday, 15 November, due to the School’s Thanksgiving Dinner at Raffles Country Club that evening. 

We will open from 9am to 4pm on that day and Library and Book Corner Services will resume from 9am - 6pm on Saturday, 16 November 2013. 

BGST Staff Retreat is scheduled on 27 November, Wednesday. In view of this, the Office and Library will be closed for that day. We will re-open on 28 November, Thursday from 9am - 6pm.


Staff Devotion Time

There will be Staff Devotion Time on 13 November, 12 noon at The Upper Room of BGST. Friends and visitors are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and devotion together.

There will be no Staff Devotion Time on 20 & 27 November.

Intensive Courses - November 2013

Dr Vincent OoiLiturgy and Worship
CM220 (1.5 credits)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Vincent Ooi
Venue: BGST
Dates: Nov 16 (9:30am - 4:30pm), Nov 18, 19, 21 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
This course explores the place of liturgy in Christian worship and living. The approach is interdisciplinary, i.e. scriptural, theological, historical and contemporary resources will be used to consider the subjects of liturgy worship, liturgical time, sacramental theology and the ordinances/ sacraments of baptism and communion. Students will be encouraged to make informed and critical reflections of liturgical practices in their own traditions in the light of liturgical practices in other traditions.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/cm220-2013.pdf

To register, click here.


Dr Tan Kang San and Lee Loun LingAsian Religions in the Contemporary Age
IC211 (3 credits)
Guest Lecturers: Dr Tang Kang San & Lee Loun Ling
Venue: BGST
Dates: Nov 23, 30 (9:30am - 4:30pm), Nov 25, 26, 28, 29, Dec 2, 3 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
Christian engagements with people of other faiths flow from our theological convictions. “No task in missiology is more controversial and crucial than encountering world religions” (Gerhad Anderson). Despite living in a multi-religious society, many Asian Christians have superficial knowledge of the beliefs of their neighbours. This course offers an introduction to Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism religions as well as theological analysis of interfaith issues in Asian contexts. The course begins with the method of academic study of religion, followed by the study of selected religious texts, case study, videos and group discussions from a Christian perspective. Throughout the course, practical implications on gospel and culture, evangelism and inter-religious conversations and the mission of the local church in a contemporary plural society will be explored.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/IC211-2013.pdf

To register, click here.

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