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Issue No. 18

4 - 11 May 2009

Chapel Summary


Mr Chong Ser Choon led us in a time of prayer for the following countries: Cambodia, China, Erithrea, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Weekly Highlights

Chapel speaker for 13th May is our alumni, Ms Tay Piak Kheng Grad Dip CS (2005). She will speak on "Living in the Church -  A Foretaste of Life in Heaven" with the sermon text taken from Acts 2:42-47 Chapel begins at 12 pm every Wednesday.

Next Week’s Chapel speaker (20th May) will be Dr Ng Peh Cheng. You are welcome to join us.

Courses Commencing in May

The Genesis of All Things: Genesis 1-11 (OT370, 1.5cr) May 4, 11, 18, 25; (Mon 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

TENT Module - Theology of Work, May 13, 20 & 27 (Wed 7.20 - 10pm) Lecturer: Dr Toh See Kiat

Registration is open for all courses. Visit www.bgst.edu.sg for course description and registration (under Course & Events/Course Schedules).

News Bits

Faculty On The Move..... Dr Aquila Lee be giving a series of three talks on "Jesus and the Gospels: How to Interpret" at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church's Adult Bible Classes.

The titles for the three talks will be:

  1. How to Understand the Gospels? (10 May)
  2. How to Understand Jesus’ Teachings? (17 May)
  3. How to Interpret Jesus' Parables? (24 May)

The Library will be closed at 12noon on 23rd & 30th May so that the Library staff can prepare for the public lecture by Prof. Alister McGrath and our Convocation & Thanksgiving Service respectively.

BGST Bookshop has 4 paintings from PaintThru Gallery. Three of these are on sale at special discount to celebrate PaintThru 4th anniversary. These are original oils by Chinese artists. The Biblical art represents the artist's understanding of the Bible content. The contemporary scenes are often accessible only to local eyes. For details, visit : http://www.bgst.edu.sg/pdf/2009-paintings.pdf

Two rooms are needed urgently for two males and a couple (international students). Budget of not more than $400 each.  Preferably light cooking allowed. If you have a room or know anyone who has a room to rent out, please contact Kok Wee / Christine at 62276815 or acad-supp@bgst.edu.sg.

mcgrathYou are cordially invited to our Public Lecture on
The God Delusion? Responding to the New Atheism
By Prof Alister McGrath
Date : 23 May 2009 (Sat)
Time : 2.30—4.30pm
Venue : St Andrew’s Cathedral, New Sanctuary

Those who register online at http://bgst.edu.sg/mcgrath-lecture will be presented with a $5 discount coupon for purchases of $25 or more from our Bookshop at 31 Tanjong Pagar Road.

Admission is Free!

Please click here for details.

From Our Conference Speaker…

David Sherbino-Jan 2009 (reduced).jpgTENDING THE SHEPHERDS
by Rev Dr David Sherbino
Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry,
Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada

All of us are aware of ministers* who are devoted to their work and the needs of congregants but lack a personal relationship with God. They believe in God and have confessed Jesus as Saviour and Lord but live on the level of what has been called ‘objective church mediated faith’. This is a focus on what one believes without any personal heartfelt love for God.

This alienation from God is covered up by involvement in the ‘things of God’ – preaching, teaching, visiting, praying with others and leading in worship. All of this can be good and sincere but it can also coexist with an almost complete absence of the presence of God. We can be well trained in theology and be knowledgeable in the Scriptures, but what is missing is deeply lived love experience with the One about whom we speak. There is a divorce between the head and the heart.

What we need to discover is the primacy of a love relationship with God. Without this we will become driven people, trying to do enough to be acceptable or to validate our life before God.

At the conference we will begin by taking a ‘spiritual inventory ‘ to see where we need to focus at this stage of the journey. The famous prayer of Richard of Chichester will guide our discernment in pursuing intimacy with God.
He prayed :
            ‘may I know you more clearly,
            love you more dearly,
            follow you more nearly,
            day by day.’

As we discover a greater degree of intimacy with God we become bolder in our prayers. We begin to pray from the heart!

To do this we will explore adoration and lament, since both reverberate from the depth of our soul.

Finally, if we are going to ‘finish well’ the race set before us, we need to regularly examine our relationship with God.

“Is our relationship with Him focused on what we do or to whom we belong?”

Our answer will make a world of difference in the way we live out our days.

* This Conference is for all who are involved in ministering to others, pastors, ministers, cell group leaders, mission leaders and any Christian caring for another.

Don’t miss this Conference. Sign up today! Visit our website for more details
or email inaugural_conference@bgst.edu.sg  

31 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088454.
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