2004 header issue 40

"Cries of the Heart" 
by Ravi Zacharias
(Nashville: Word Publishing, 1998)
Review by Dr John Lim

Ravi Zacharias has been called one of the great thinkers of our generation.  He writes with philosophic passion.  He owes his philosophy to his roots and his passion to his confrontation with Christ.  Born and brought up in India, he is no stranger to the riddles of life or to the strange route philosophy takes in interpreting those riddles.  But when he chose to study in Canada and prepare for the ministry, he had a strange meeting with his Lord.  And ever since he has been speaking and writing on what life both outside of Christ and within Christ is all about.

The contrast comes through clear in this book, "Cries of the Heart."  He lets history, his own personal experience, and his public ministry inform him of the various cries of the human heart: "The Cry to Know God, The Cry to Feel My Faith, The Cry of a Guilty Conscience, The Cry for Freedom in Pleasure, The Cry of a Lonely Heart," and, "The Cry of God for His People."  There is also a postscript to chapter 3, "The Cry for a Reason in Suffering" (pp. 209-218).

Each of these cries is illuminated by stories---real stories involving real people.  So he writes of the lives of people such as Lewis, Eichmann, Freud, Muggeridge, Doestovsky, Wesley, Luther and many more.  No pastor can miss the thrill these stories can bring to his congregation.

But he does not stop just with an exposition of the cry.  He offers a solution.  This solution is given not from his philosophic or theological perspectives.  It comes from the Word of God.  The message is loud and clear: the cry is for the moment, the joy is for ever.  In Jesus Christ.  So the last chapter turns to God's cry for His people.

You will not want to miss this book.

(This book is available at BGST Library.  Ref.: LC 248.86 ZAC)

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Itís the little things
we do and say
That mean so much
as we go our way.
A kindly deed can lift a load
From weary shoulders on the road,
Or a gentle word,
like summer rain,
May soothe some heart
and banish pain.
What joy or sadness
often springs
From just the simple
little things!

  Willa Heoy



Courses commencing in 2005. Do pray and consider registering for some courses which commence in Semester 1.

Term 1

  • CO101, 3 credits. The Counsellor as a Person: Self-Awareness & Maturity in Christ (starting 5 Jan). Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun.

  • BG111, 3 credits, video class. New Testament Greek I (starting 8 Jan). 
    Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

  • BG214, 1.5 credits. New Testament Greek: Basic Research Tools & Methods (starting 8 Jan).   Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

  • BG211, 3 credits, video class. Greek Exegesis I (starting 8 Jan). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

  • OT102, 3 credits. Old Testament Foundations II (starting 20 Jan). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

  • NT101, 3 credits.  New Testament Foundations I (starting 24 Jan). Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.

  • CE355, 1.5 credits. Child Development & Ministry Formation (starting 25 Jan). 
    Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng.

  • BH220, 1.5 credits. Hebrew Reading (starting 7 Feb). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

Term 2

  • OT354, 1.5 credits. Ruth & Esther  
    (starting 21 Mar). 
    Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

  • CE255, 1.5 credits.  Learning the Craft of Teaching (starting 22 Mar). 
    Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng.

  • CO210, 3 credits.  Counsellor Development: Personal Framework for Biblical Counselling 
    (starting 23 Mar). 
    Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun.

  • ME352, 1.5 credits.  Developing a Missions-Involved Church (starting 1 Apr). Lecturer: Dr John Lim.

  • CE252, 1.5 credits, video class. Building Strong Families in the Local Church  
    (starting 26 Apr). 
    Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh. 
    Tutor: Dr John Lim.

  • NT216, 1.5 credits. The Parables of Jesus (starting 5 May). 
    Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.

  • MM101, 3 credits, video class. Vocation, Work & Ministry (starting 6 May). 
    Lecturer: Prof. Paul Stevens. 
    Tutor: Dr John Lim. 
    (This is a required course for MCS and MDiv students.)

  • CO233, 1.5 credits. Counselling Skills: Dealing with Pre-marital Counselling (starting 18 May). 
    Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock.

  • CH101, 3 credits, video class. Introduction to Church History.  
    Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa. 
    (Dates will be announced later.)

  • AT228, 1.5 credits. The Christian Portrayal of Evil.  
    Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa. 
    (Dates will be announced later).

Intensive Courses by Dr Douglas Milne

  • TS211, 3 credits. Theological Foundations I. Dates:  Jan 4, 6, 8*, 11, 13, 15*, 18, 20; 7.30-10.30pm (*Jan 8 & 15 from 2.30-5.30pm)
    (This is a required course for MCS and MDiv students.)  

  • TS265, 1.5 credits. Biblical Ethics. Dates: Jan 5, 7, 10, 12; 7.30-10.30pm.

  • TS270, 1.5 credits. Bioethics. Dates: Jan 14, 17, 19, 21; 7.30-10.30pm.


Dr Ng Peh Cheng was the Chapel Speaker on 20 October. The message was based on Judges 6-8 and the focus was on answering the question, "Could God use an individual like Gideon to do His work?"

Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be the Chapel speaker on 27 October.


Budget for the month of Oct 2004 = $  49,676

Funds received to-date (26 Oct)    = $  39,628 

Funds needed for current month   = $  10,048

Budget for Oct - Dec 2004           = $ 271,735

A Blessed Birthday toÖ

Ms Serene Woon  1/11
Ms Jessica Koo  3/11
Mr Mickey Chiang  3/11
Mr Jerry Tan  3/11
Mrs Koh Sin Yow  3/11
Mr Winston Chan  3/11
Mr Clifford Chua  4/11
Pastor Alby Yip  5/11
Mr Ng Weng Chuen  6/11

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