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Issue No. 23

8 - 14 June 2009

Introducing Our Graduates from 18th Convocation

18convoGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Calvin became a Christian 13 years after years of being an antagonist. He served as a student leader in Campus Ministry during his university days, and became the Fellowships’s president in his final year. After graduation, Calvin spent a large part of his career in the oil and gas, and marine sector that brought him all over East Asia before joining the Public Service 3 years ago. He is currently serving in his church’s cell group, music and missions ministries. His life verse is Phil 3:10-14 and his passion is in missions and social entrepreneurship and hopes to purses his calling in these areas.

Ms Alvina Ng Shih Chi (magna cum laude)
Alvina has been working in the educational field for the past seven years. She is a member of Covenant Evangelical Free Church and is usually involved in mission prayer and mission trips. She is presently seeking to ascertain her next step and her life verse is Rom 8:28 “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Dr Soh Ling Ling
Ling Ling has been a member of Bethesda (Frankel Estate) Church since 1990. She has been working as a doctor since 1996. She obtained her Master in family Medicine in 2001 and has been a family physician and is currently a locum. She started working towards a Dip CS in 2004. Her life verse is Phil 3:13-14“ Brethren, I do not regard myself as having forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the prise of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Ms Jenny Tao Poh Nar
Jenny worship at Zion Gospel Mission since January 2006 and has been actively involved in Sunday School, Local & Foreign Missions and various other ministries of the church. She is currently working as Assistant Manager in a healthcare industry. Her life verse is Isa 54: 14 : In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.”

Ms Joan Teoh Theng Hwee (cum laude)
Joan worships at Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church. She is currently relief teaching as she waits on the Lord to direct her to the missions field. She is a qualified teacher and assistant nurse. Her life verse is Job 23: 10 “ But He knows the way That I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”

Mr Venusa Tinyi
Venusa worship at Zion BP Church (Bishan). He taught Philosophy and Logic a semester each at Patkai Christian Collage and at the University of Hyderabad (India). During his seven years as a university student in Hyderabad, he has been a very active member and leader of the Naga Christian Fellowship. He intends to study towards a Master degree at BGST. His life verse is Col 1:10 “ And we pray that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

Ps Freddie Ong Hock Ann (In absentia)
Freddie spent 10 years in Taiwan, as OMF missionary from 1991 to 2001. Since coming back to Singapore, he had been serving in his home church, The Bible Church. Since January 2006 he has served as one of the Pastors of The Bible Church overseeing the Pastoral Care Ministry. He intends to study towards a Masters in Christian Studies at BGST. His life verse is Jn 6:27 “ Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Chapel Notes

The speaker for last week’s chapel was Rev Leonard Leow. The message, focusing on Genesis 1: 26-27 explained the meaning and implications of the ‘image of God’ in human beings when God created them. With personal anecdotes and some breathtaking pictures of individuals who were written of by the normal society, highlighted how our society estimates individuals on the basis of their charming personality, and intellectual and physical achievements and not according to the ’imagio deo’ which is present in each individual. He lamented that such value judgment is equally prevalent among Christians who ought to have known better.

Weekly Highlights
Chapel speaker for 17th June is Dr Edwin Tay. Chapel begins at 12pm every Wednesday. You are welcome to join us.

Courses Commencing in Semester 1, Term 1

 The Educational Ministry of the Church (ECF500/CE101, 3 cr); July 7,14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 (Tue 7.15-10.15pm); Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Contemporary Theologian & Theologies (TS160, 3 cr)(Video class);  Jul 7, 21, Aug 4, 18, Sept 1, 15, 29, Oct 13 (Tue 7.30 - 9.30pm); Lecturer: Dr Douglas Milne; Tutor: Dr Edwin Tay

*Preaching in the Church: Homiletics II (AT245, 1.5cr); July 9, 16, 23, 30 (Thu 7.15-10.15pm);
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

*Counselling Skills: Dealing with Crisis Situations (CO231, 1.5cr); July 9, 23, Aug 6, 20 (Thu 7.15-10.15pm); Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

Spirituality & Ministry [Work] (MM260, 3 cr); July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 17, 24, 31, Sep 7 (Mon 7.15 -10.15pm); Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

New Testament Foundations I (NT101, 3 cr); July 13, 20, 27,Aug 3, 17, 24, 31 Sep 7, 14, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; (14 sessions) (Mon 7.30 - 9.30pm); Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

Introduction to Evangelism & World Mission (ME101, 3 cr)(Video class); July 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28 (Fri 7.30– 9.30pm) Lecturer: Mr Martin Goldsmith; Tutor: Ms Irene Tay [Required for MDiv]

The Christian Mind (AT361, 1.5cr); Aug 3, 17, 24, 31 (Mon 7.15-10.15pm); Lecturer: Dr David Wong

*Biblical Hebrew (BH111, 3 cr); Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18 (Wed 7.30-9.30pm); Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

*Biblical Hebrew: Basic Research Tools (BH214, 1.5cr); Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23 (Wed 7.30-9.30pm); Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (HE101, 3 cr); Aug 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 (Wed 7.30-9.30pm) (14 sessions); Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Globalization & Postmodernity: A Christian Response (MM258, 1.5 cr); Aug 26, Sep 2, 9, *15(Tue)(Wed 7.15-10.15pm); Lecturer: Mr Ben Pwee 

Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3 cr); Aug 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18 (Fri 7.30-9.30pm); Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

TENT Modules
Understanding Culture, Jun 16, 23, & Jul 7 (Tue 7.20 - 10pm) Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission, Jul 21, 28 (Tue 7.20 - 10pm)(2 sessions) Lecturer: Mr Andre De Winne

Religions of Asia, Aug 4, 11 & 18 (Tue 7.20-10pm) Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu & Ms Irene Tay

Coping with stress, Aug 25, Sep 1, 8 (Tue 7.20 - 10pm) Lecturer : Mr Yam Keng Mun

* Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis. Registration is open for all courses. Visit www.bgst.edu.sg for course description and registration (under Course & Events/Course Schedules).

News Bits

REMINDER: Sign up before 1st July 09 to enjoy the existing course fees for audit course! From 1st July, the fees for audit courses will be revised to $105 & $210 for 1.5 credits and 3 credits courses respectively.

Latest Updates for TS160 (Contemporary Theologians and Theologies)
Please note the change of dates for this course. The new dates are as follows: Jul 7, 21, Aug 4, 18, Sept 1, 15, 29, Oct 13. All sessions are held on Tuesdays and the timing remains at 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

If you are interested in the course but are hesitating to sign up for various reasons, you are most welcome to attend the first session to have a feel of what the course is about. Simply send an email to Dr Edwin Tay at taye@bgst.edu.sg to inform him of your interest.

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