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Issue No. 22 December 2013
Announcement: Dr Daniel Jew

Dr Daniel JewIt gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr Daniel Jew has joined BGST faculty with effect from 1st December 2013. We have appointed Daniel to the position of Lecturer in History and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology. This is in the first instance a one-year appointment.

Daniel comes to BGST with considerable academic experience. He took a BA and an M.Phil in Classics at Cambridge, after which he taught as Senior Tutor in History & American Studies in the American Studies Centre and University Scholars Programme (NUS). He then completed a PhD in Classics (Ancient History) at Cambridge, and went on to hold a research fellowship at Darwin College, Cambridge.

BGST’s mission is to offer Christians in all walks of life a theological training that will equip them to carry out their ministry effectively, whether that ministry is primarily in the church or in the marketplace. This means that, as well as offering training in traditional theological disciplines, we must help Christians understand and respond to the forces that are shaping contemporary society.

For this reason I was delighted to learn that Daniel was interested in joining the faculty of BGST. For some years now we have been looking for a lecturer in interdisciplinary studies. We believe that Daniel, who combines a strong Christian commitment with an academic training in history and cultural analysis, is an ideal person to fulfil this role.

During 2014 Daniel will be teaching the following courses for us:

  • Christianity, Culture and Society
  • History of Christianity II
  • Christian Ethics Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament
  • Contemporary Christian Cultures

Please pray for Daniel as he settles into life at BGST. Please pray also for his wife Shiqi, and for their twin sons Noah and Wyatt, born only weeks ago. There have been quite a few changes in Daniel’s and Shiqi’s lives recently: pray that God will help them to negotiate these changes in his strength.

Philip Satterthwaite,
Principal, BGST.

Faculty Movement

Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be on Sabbatical leave from January - June 2014 to complete his PhD study. Please keep him in prayer.

During his absence, Dr Lai Pak Wah will be the registrar.

Book Corner News

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  • 30% off for red tag books
  • 15% off for yellow tag books
  • 5% off for NETT items.
  • Limited Edition - 2 types of BGST 8GB thumb drives selling at $11.25 (25% off retail price). A nice souvenir or Christmas gift for friends and love ones.

Plus many other items at REDUCED prices.

Temporary Change in Opening Hours

Kindly take note that the operating hours for BGST on Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 2013 and New Year Eve on 31 Dec 2013 is from 9 am to 1 pm.

We will be closed on Christmas Day, 25 Dec 2013 and New Year's Day, 1 Jan 2014.

On Fri, 3 Jan 2014, there is a public lecture at 8pm. The school will thus operate from 9 am to 5 pm.

The school will resume its opening hours from 9 am to 6 pm on Thu, 26 Dec 2013, Thu, 2 Jan 2014 and Sat, 4 Jan 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Launch of Semester 2 of AY 2013/14 Course Schedule

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.

Intensive Course in January 2014

Rev Dr David WongLEADERSHIP AT CROSSROADS: CHANGES & TRANSITIONS
AT/MM264 1.5 credits
[may be used to offset AT257 Introduction to Leadership]

Lecturer: Rev Dr David Wong
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road
Dates & Time: Weekdays Jan 14, 16, 23; 7:15 - 10:15pm,
Saturdays Jan 18 & 25, 9:30 am - 12:30pm

Leadership rises or falls at the crossroads of change and transition. When a leader grows tired of the status quo and wants change, how does he or she effect it? How can a leader ensure it is change for the better and not for the worse? Sometimes, change happens unexpectedly, e.g. sudden loss of a leader. How do we manage change and navigate through it? We may want a change in our own life and leadership, e.g. planning succession. Why do successions fail, and how can we put success in succession?

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Online Registration for Courses through Moodle

We thank God for the advancement in technology. Nowadays, many tasks can be accomplished faster online at our convenience. BGST has also refined its method for students to sign up for courses. With effect from the new Semester 2, AY2013 – 14, we encourage all students to register for courses via our new Moodle Access system. With this automated system, anyone could sign up for courses at any time, at his/her own convenience, without having to appear in our premises physically. Therefore, we will be replacing the present online registration form in our website with Moodle. We hope all students can embark on this new and faster way to register for courses in the new year.

1. RETURNING STUDENTS
You can register online for most courses through Moodle. Log in to your Moodle Account via http://bgst-m.com/login/index.php with your Username (Student ID) and Password. If you’ve taken a course with us some years ago and are just returning, you can call us at 62276815 or email inquiry@bgst.edu.sg to request for your Username and Password.

2. NEW TO BGST?
If you are a new student of BGST, click on the “New Student? Please click here to register”. The Username and Password will be emailed to you once we confirmed your student registration and thereafter, you should be able to register for courses via Moodle.

CHOOSE YOUR COURSES BEFORE YOU REGISTER
For example, you would like to register for NT101 for credit. In the main page under
1. “Courses Categories”, please look for NEW TESTAMENT
2. Choose New Testament Foundations I (NT101-AY2013, Credit)
3. Click cart
4. Add to Cart
5. Select “Mode of Payment”
6. We will be notified of your registration.

MODES OF PAYMENT
For those registering for courses under normal course rates, you may select “VISA” or “I-Banking” as your payment mode.
For those registering for courses under BGST course discount schemes, you will need to select “Others” as your payment mode. A confirmation email will be sent through the Registration Office for payment via Cheque / I-Banking after the registration details have been verified.

BGST 2014 Convocation

Our 23rd Convocation & Thanksgiving Service is on Sat, May 24, 2014. If you intend to graduate, please kindly submit the Application to Graduate Form before 31 March 2014.

In order to graduate you need to hand in all your assignments for the courses that you need to complete your program by 30 April 2014.

Public Lecture - 3 January 2014

Come join us for the first BGST Public Lecture for the Year 2014.

Free Admission | Register at http://bgst.edu.sg/pl/jan.html

Jan 2014 Public Lecture

Upcoming Courses in January 2014

Dr Ng Peh ChengTHE EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
ECF500/CE101, 3 credits

[Required course for Grad DipCS, MCS, MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng
Venue: Geylang Evangelical Free Church
Dates: Thursdays, Jan 9, 16, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10
Time: 7:15 – 10:00 pm

The focus is to examine the theological foundations of Christian education, the history of Christian education and the various expressions of a Christian philosophy of education. A clear and cogent theological, historical and philosophical understanding will have special significance for pastors and lay leaders to develop a sound Christian philosophy of education to guide the educational ministries in the church.

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Dr Lai Pak WahHISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II
CH102, 3 credits

[Required course for MCS, MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah;
Tutor: Dr Daniel Jew
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Fridays, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm

Dr Daniel JewHistory of Christianity II is intended as the second of a two course survey (3 credits each) of the history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years. In CH102, students will be introduced to the important theological, historical and spiritual movements from 1500-2001. Our journey begins in Europe with the advent of the Protestant Reformation, which will permanently change the face of religion in the Continent and, subsequently, the whole world. This is followed by an analysis of the developments that follow this Reformation: the rise of American & English Protestantism and spirituality, the growth of the evangelical movement, especially in America, and the Catholic Counter Reformation. Attention will also be given to the Enlightenment period, which would significantly influence and also challenge the claims of the Christian faith. Following these, we will turn our attention to the development of Christianity worldwide, with a focus on Christianity in China, in particular, and Asia in general.

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Mr Chan Kum SoonWORSHIP DESIGN AND WORSHIP LEADING
AT235, 1.5 credits

Lecturer: Mr Chan Kum Soon
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Fridays, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm.

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?

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Dr Philip SatterthwaiteCHRISTIANITY, CULTURE & SOCIETY
IC101, 3 credits

[Required course for Grad Dip CS, MCS & MDiv]

Lecturers: Dr Philip Satterthwaite & Dr Daniel Jew
Venue: St John’s-St Margaret’s Church
Dates: Mondays Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 28, May 5
Time: 7:15 - 10:00 pm

Dr Daniel JewThe world in which we live is an increasingly complex one. This complexity is seen in the dynamic interplay among socio-cultural phenomena such as ethnicity, religious beliefs, politics, and culture, within the context of a globalized world. Since Christian discipleship occurs in this world, Christians must grapple with this complexity if they are to take their discipleship seriously. This course seeks to equip Christians with frameworks of thought for responsible engagement with socio-cultural realities in our local context.

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Dr Oh Boon LeongNEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS II
NT102, 3 credits

[Required course for MCS & MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong
Venue: St John’s-St Margaret’s Church
Dates: Thursday, Jan 16, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3
Time: 7:15—9:45 pm

NT 102 is the sequel to NT 101 and both are foundational to the study of the NT at BGST. NT 102 covers the Epistles and Revelation. This course is a general survey of the message of the NT books, their relationships to each other, introductory issues (author, date, occasion, content, etc.), and factors in the first century (e.g. history and religions) that influenced the life and ministry of the early church.

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Dr Philip SatterthwaiteOLD TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS II
OT102, 3 credits

[Required course for MCS & MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Jan 22, Feb 5, 19, Mar 5, 19, Apr 2
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm

OT Foundations I and OT Foundations II together form an introduction to the Old Testament. These two courses aim: (i) to introduce the Old Testament books, and the historical and cultural contexts in which they originated; (ii) to help students reflect on how to apply the Old Testament in the modern world, and to their own lives. Throughout, the Old Testament is interpreted as part of Christian Scripture: Christians cannot afford to neglect this first and larger part of God’s Word. Though questions relating to history and the ancient Near Eastern context will not be ignored, the main emphasis is on the meaning, theology and application of the text. OT Foundations II covers the Prophets, the Psalms, and the Wisdom Literature. Please note that some of the smaller prophetic books are not covered in detail.

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