Issue No. 02 10 Jan - 16 Jan 2011

Chapel Notes

In the first Chapel of 2011, Dr Quek Swee Hwa, Founding Principal Emeritus of BGST, focused our thoughts on the topic of a ‘A Mind Awake’, taking us through a number of readings from the writings of C.S. Lewis, arranged topically, to which he invited us to respond in a series of hymns and choruses. What follows is a brief selection from some of the readings which Dr Quek presented, which were designed to lead towards the final point: the mind that praises God most deeply and consistently is the mind that is the most truly awake to reality.

Imperfection: ‘Our whole being by its very nature is one vast need; incomplete, preparatory, empty yet cluttered, crying out for Him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose.’

The Longing: ‘It was when I was happiest that I longed most…. The sweetest thing in life has been the longing… to find the place where all the beauty came from.’

The Discovery: ‘In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.’ ‘Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.’

Loving God: ‘Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.’ ‘When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now…. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.’

Praying: ‘I have a notion that what seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling and contend with the greatest disinclination. For these, perhaps, being nearly all will, come from a deeper level than feeling. In feeling there is so much that is really not ours – so much that comes from weather and health…’

Praising God: ‘When I first began to draw near to belief in God and even for some time after it had been given to me, I found a stumbling block in the demand so clamorously made by all religious people that we should ‘praise’ God; still more in the suggestion that God Himself demanded it…. [But Lewis came to see that God] is that Object to admire which… is simply to be awake, to have entered the real world; not to appreciate which is to have lost the greatest experience, and in the end to have lost all.’ ‘I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds praised most while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least…. I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely?” “Wasn’t it glorious?” “Don’t you think that magnificent?” The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.’ ‘Most men must glorify God by doing to His glory something which is not per se an act of glorifying but which becomes so by being offered…. The work of a charwoman and the work of a poet become spiritual in the same way and on the same condition.’

Dr Quek concluded his reflections by urging us all to make 2011 a year in which we praise God more and bring greater glory to God – in the senses in which praise and glory were defined in the readings he presented to us.

Faculty News

Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be the chapel speaker on 12 Jan 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are most welcome to join us.

Dr Lai Pak Wah will be teaching the Adult Bible Class on “The Passion of the Early Church” at Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel. Date & Time: 16 Jan (Part 1) & 23 Jan (Part 2); 1.00-2:15 pm.

Courses Commencing in January, 2011

The Christian Mind (AT361, 1.5cr);
(Group Tutorial)
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
Lecturer: Dr David Wong
Tutor: Dr Lai Pak Wah

*New Testament Greek II (BG112, 3cr);
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5; (Thu 7.30-9.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate,
Uni of Cambridge)

New Testament Greek - Basic Research Tools & Methods (BG214, 1.5cr);
Jan 8 (Orientation);3.00-4.30pm. Dates for remaining 7 sessions to be announced.
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

*Biblical Hebrew Exegesis II (BH212, 3cr);
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11; (Mon 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3cr);
Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 18, 25, Apr 1, 8;
(Fri 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr);
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 6; (Wed 7.15-9.30pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon

*Research Methods & Ministry: Qualitative (ECF520, 3cr); Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15; (Tue 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Chen Ai Yen

Liberating the Laity: Empowering the Whole People of God for Service in the Church & World (MM251, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
Jan 20(New Commencement Date), 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 3; (Thu 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Prof Paul Stevens
Tutor: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr);
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 14, 21;
(Mon 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

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