Issue No. 45

8 - 14 December 2008

2009 Annual Conference News & Update
“Tending the Shepherds ~ Feeding the Pastoral Care-Givers”
29 June ~ 2 July 2009 (Monday ~ Thursday)
Dr David Sherbino

Introducing our International Speaker Rev (Dr) David Sherbino, Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Sherbino has been a faculty member at Tyndale Seminary since 1987, serving previously as Chair of the Pastoral Ministries Department, Coordinator of the Worship and Liturgy program and Dean of the Chapel. He is presently coordinating the program in Spiritual Formation. Ordained in 1976 to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Dr. Sherbino has served in several congregations in Canada and is presently the Senior Minister of Cornerstone Community Church (Presbyterian) in Kleinburg.

A commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he served for four years as Regimental Chaplain to the Queen’s York Rangers. A popular speaker and church consultant, he regularly addresses various church and ministry groups in Canada and overseas. He has written many articles for church press publications and has recently published Foundations for Christian Living and Marriage Preparation Manual. His work on spiritual formation has been produced on several videos. Dr. Sherbino is involved in adjunct teaching at various theological schools, including the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (India), the Alliance Biblical Seminary (The Philippines) and at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON).

His specialization covers several areas: Pastoral Counselling, Worship, Spiritual Formation, Leadership, Thanatology.

Note: The above information was extracted from the Tyndale Seminary website

For our inaugural Conference, he will be preaching the first morning series based on Mark 12:28-32. He will also be taking the evening public meetings and direct a spiritual retreat for pastors.

Dr Sherbino has been to Singapore in 2005 where he taught a seminar on Spiritual Formation, spoke at a local church retreat and taught a spiritual formation course at BGST.

Registration starts in January!
If you want to be kept informed, send your name, church, address, contact number and email address to

Intensive Courses by Overseas Lecturers

Dr Douglas MilneDr Douglas Milne, Principal and Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne

Theological Foundations I (TS211, 3cr), starting Jan 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 & 21, 7.15-10.15pm (Required for MDiv)

Ethics, War & Terrorism(TS271, 1.5cr), starting Jan 7 & 13 (Weekdays 7.15-10.15pm); Jan 10 & 17 (Saturdays 10am-1pm)

Dr R Paul StevensDr R Paul Stevens, Marketplace Ministry Mentor, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

Liberating the Laity(MM251, 3cr), starting Jan 29, 30, Feb 2, 4 6, (Weekdays 7.15-10.15pm), Jan 31, Feb 7 (Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Weekly Highlights

Chapel Summary for 3 Dec ... A Message of Encouragement
Rev (Dr) Clarence Lim exhorted us that “as long as it is today, we are to encourage each other.” Stepping off from the verse in Heb 3:13, he gave several examples from scriptures on the power of encouragement. God himself is the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3). Barnabas (also called the son of encouragement) was an excellent example of encouragement in action. Every careless word will be called to account (Mt 12:36). Unwholesome words like gossips, criticism and malicious talk are not words of encouragement.

Turning to students in BGST, he cautioned them against becoming self engrossed because of the demands of course work. Closing with a question and exhortation, he asked us “How many of our words have been encouraging today? For as long it is today, let us be God’s channel of encouragement.” A good and timely reminder for us indeed.

Chapel Speaker for 17 Dec will be Dr Aquila Lee, do come to join us.

Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be in Hong Kong and Taipei to accredit 2 theological institutions with the Asia Theological Association Accreditation Team. She appreciates prayer for safety, good health and wisdom for the team.

New Enrolment....Grad DipCS
Mdm Leong Mee Yin, is a member of Zion Bible Presbyterian Church and a certified teacher by profession. She is a Graduate of the University of Singapore and the National Institute of Education. Her active involvement in the Sunday School, tuition ministry and before & after school care programme shows her strong passion for Christian education.

Our former Administrator, Ms Jolene Tan left BGST at the end of November to spend more time with her children during their critical years of development. Ms Tan Lee Pin, our part-time Library Assistant will also be leaving at the end of December due to personal commitments. We thank them for their dedication and contribution at BGST and pray for God's wisdom and guidance for them. 

To streamline our operations, the Administration and Business Development functions will be merged under Ms Serene Woon.

Immediate Job Openings at BGST
BGST Library has a vacancy for a part-time library assistant. Interested Christians can contact the librarian, Kok Weng at 92992280 or email him at

Admin Office is looking for an Admin Executive. Applicant should possess at least an “A” Level & be proficient with Microsoft programmes. Please send resume to Serene at by 31 Dec 2008.

BGST This Week
Due to the holiday season, there will only be three issues BTW this month. The next issue will be on 22 Dec.

Our deepest condolences to Elder Yong Teck Meng (alumni, Grad DipCS, 1998) on the demise of his beloved sister, Mong Luan on 5 Dec 08.

Courses Commencing in January & February 2009

*NT Greek: Research Tools & Methods (BG214, 1.5cr), starting Jan 3 (Sat 4-5.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa. (Required for MCS)

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr, video class), starting Jan 14 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Exegesis 3 NT (MTh503, 3cr), starting Jan 16, (Fri 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

*Greek Exegesis I (BG211, 3cr, ongoing), Jan 17 (Sat 2-4pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

*The Art of Critical Analysis (GS114, 1.5cr), starting Jan 20 (Tue 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr), starting Jan 23 (Fri 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr), starting Feb 3 (Tue 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon
The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament(MTh515, 2cr), starting Feb 4 (Wed 7.30-10.00pm). Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze Ming

*New Testament Greek I (BG111, 3cr), starting Feb 9 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3cr), starting Feb 9 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze Ming

*Counsellor’s Skills: Developing Micro-skills in Counselling (CO213, 3cr), starting Feb 11 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

 *Research Methods & Ministry: Qualitative (ECF520, 3cr), starting Feb 12 (Thurs 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Drs Chen Ai Yan & Ng Peh Cheng

*Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.
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