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Issue No. 25

22 - 28 June 2009

Chapel Notes

Active ImageOur chapel speaker last week was Dr Edwin Tay, our newest faculty! But he is not new to BGST. He had been on BGST's faculty development program while he was doing his PhD in theology in Edinburgh. So we have a 'resident theologian' now at BGST! He charmingly introduced himself, and confidently led the singing, including in a new song.

Focusing on 2 Cor. 4:1-12 he highlighted on Paul's defense of his apostleship to Corinthians who didn't think much of his preaching or rhetorical skills. But Paul's way of defending himself was very unlike the false apostles who preached about themselves at the expense of the Gospel, by resorting to 'secret and shameful ways', 'deception and distortion'. But Paul preached Christ, not himself, because he believed that the Gospel, being the source of God's 'all surpassing power', is encased in the weak and fragile 'jars of clay', like himself. So Paul's defense is to boast in his weaknesses so that the light of the Gospel might shine through his brokenness; and the life is being offered while death is at work in the clay jars. So what is the most powerful way of preaching the Gospel? It's often difficult to resist the temptation to confuse jars for the treasure!'

Courses Commencing in Term 1, 2009-2010

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: Rev 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

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).

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

News Bits

You are invited to join us at the public lecture “Becoming A Person-Centered People of God” by Rev Dr David Sherbino on 29, 30 June and 1 July from 8 - 9.30pm at Singapore Thomson Road Baptist Church.

  • 29 June ~ Honoring Your Pastor (& Pastoral Care-givers)
  • 30 June ~ Encouraging Your Pastor (& Pastoral Care-givers)
  • 1 July   ~ Jesus, A Model of Pastoral Care

During these 3 nights, BGST library will be open from 9am-6pm.

There is no Chapel on 1 July 2009 as most of the BGST staff will be at the Inaugural Conference. On 8 July, we will have a Dedication Chapel in the evening instead of 12noon to commit the new academic year to the Lord. There will be a time of fellowship over reception at 7pm followed by Chapel at 8pm. Dr Quek will be leading Chapel. Venue remains unchanged - 2nd floor, BGST. For catering purpose, we would appreciate if you could RSVP with Kok Wee at 62276815 ext 221 if you are coming. Hope to see you!

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.

inaugural conference



29 June — 2 July
Registration is still open.

For further details, please go to:





Introducing Our Graduates from 18th Convocation ...


Rev Samuel Kim Jong Seok (In absentia)
Samuel served as Assistant Pastor at Seok Nam Evangelical Holiness Church for seven years and was ordained as pastor in 1997. He has served as missionary since 1995 and spent a total of thirteen years both in Singapore and South Africa. He is currently attached to St James Church, Cape Town and works in a black community church. His vision is to do discipleship training and to equip local people for the ministry. His life verse is 2 Tim 2:15 :Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workmen who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Mr Peter Jamir (In absentia)
Peter has been involved in missions for the last 22 years. He is currently serving as India Missions Field Director with Zion BP Church since 1993. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Elder of Secunderabad Bible Fellowship (India) from 2000-2007 and the Chairman of Naga Christian Fellowship, Hyderabad and in other various capacities from 1994-2007. Peter is married to Soh Hiang, and they have two teenage daughters. His life verse is 1 Cor 15:58 “Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

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