Issue No. 36 5 - 11 Sep 2011
The Cross According to the Church Fathers

Like Christians of every generation, the early Church Fathers, that is, Christians living in the second to fifth centuries, were preoccupied with two fundamental questions of the Christian Faith: 1) Who is Jesus Christ and 2) How does he relate to us?

While the Church Fathers certainly agreed with contemporary Christians that Christ not only died to atone for our sins but also to grant us righteousness, spiritual transformation and eternal life, they also understood the significance of Christ's life and sacrifice in other important ways. Among these is the church fathers' conviction that "God became man so that man can become like God," as Athanasius put it. By this, they meant that the Word of God, by embracing human life and flesh, fundamentally redefined the relationship between God and man. Indeed, through Christ and the ministry of His Spirit, humanity can now gain a true glimpse of the Almighty God (John 1:14, 18). More importantly, through the incarnation of the Word, the door is opened for all who believe to enter into the communion and life of the Triune God, so much so that a Christian can, as the earlier dictum puts, live out a divine life. For these early Christians, however, such a doctrine of ‘deification’ (for this is how they boldly put it), has tremendous ramifications for the everyday spirituality – a point they did not tire of emphasizing whenever they preached to the laity.

Join us at the "Message of the Cross" Conference on 23rd and 24th September as we explore how one of these preachers, the renowned fourth century 'Golden-Mouth' preacher, John Chrysostom, unpacked the message of Christian deification and its implications for every Christian living in the cosmopolitan city of Syrian Antioch.

Dr Lai Pak Wah

3rd annual conference

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Alumni News  
One of our alumni, Timothy Lim Teck Ngern (M Div 2005), currently studying for a PhD at Regent University, Virginia, has won the North American Academy of Ecumenists Student Essay Contest 2011. Our congratulations to Timothy for this academic distinction!
Chapel News  

Our chapel service on Aug 31 was slightly different from the usual. As it was the fifth Wednesday of the month, we held a prayer chapel. After a time of personal and corporate confession, Dr Lai Pak Wah led us in a session interceding for the school, our country Singapore, and the world.

Mr Chew Boon Ann (BGST Alumni) will be Chapel Speaker on 14 September 2011.
Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

The BGST family is saddened to note that Reverend Lai Zhun Duo, Pastor of Truth Baptist Church, rested in the Lord on 1 September 2011. Our deepest condolences go out to Reverend Lai's family and the church. 
Faculty News

Dr Philip Satterthwaite

On 26th August, and 2nd and 9th September, Dr Satterthwaite will be giving the second, third and fourth sessions of a short course on Amos and OT Prophecy which he is teaching for FES Staff Workers. The first session was on 12th August.

Dr Ng Peh Cheng

  1. Dr Ng will be commissioned as a local missionary of Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC) on 11 September 2011. She is grateful to KKMC for their care and support towards her ministry at BGST.

  2. She will be speaking on the subject of “Singlehood” at the Christian Education Seminar, Glory Presbyterian Church on 10 September 2011.

  3. Dr Ng will also be leading Evaluation Teams (Asia Theological Association) to accredit two theological educational institutions in Manila, Philippines from 14 – 22 September 2011. She requests prayer for good health, safety, wisdom to lead the teams and to make appropriate decisions.

Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be speaking at a workshop on "Work" at the Young Adults Retreat of Zion Bishan BP Church on Saturday, 10 September 2011.

TENT 2011 Modules Book Club Member's Sale

Tentmakers Equipping 'N'


Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

All TENT courses will be held at
37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05
Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on
TENT courses,
please visit our website:

Sep Sale
Courses Commencing in Term 2, 2011-2012

Christian Biography (AT151, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr David Wong

*Scripture Recitation & Story Telling (ECF514, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan

Spiritual Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose, Dynamics
(ECF504, 3cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon;
Residential Retreat Nov 17-20 (Additional Cost)

The Roots of Christianity: The Wisdom of the Church Fathers for the 21st Century (CH260/TS281, 3cr);
Venue & Dates:

Time: 7.15- 9.50pm; Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

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

The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012
is now available.
For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

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