Issue No. 17 30 Apr - 6 May 2012
Revisions to the Grad DipCS at BGST

At BGST we periodically review our programmes and courses, with the aim of ensuring that the teaching we offer remains in line with our vision of equipping the whole people of God for effective service in the church and in the marketplace. It is as a result of one of these periodic reviews that we have decided to make revisions to the syllabus for the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies.

For many years there have been five required courses for the Grad DipCS:

  • Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3 cr)
  • New Testament Foundations I (NT101, 3 cr) or New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3 cr)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (HE101, 3 cr)
  • Theological Foundations (TS101, 3 cr)
  • The Educational Ministry of the Church CE101/ECF500 (3 cr)

Under the revised syllabus for the Grad DipCS, the above courses will remain compulsory; three other courses will also become compulsory:

  • History of Christianity I (CH101, 3 cr)
  • Spirituality for Christian Formation (CS101/ECF 503, 3 cr)
  • Christianity, Culture and Society (IC101, 3 cr)

Our main reason for this change is that we want the Grad DipCS to reflect BGST’s distinctive vision more clearly. Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Theology and Christian Education (the subjects previously required) will continue to have a place in the Grad DipCS. But in addition, we want to encourage our students to study church history with a view to gaining wisdom from the church in previous centuries; to examine their own walk with God and grow spiritually during their time at BGST; and to reflect upon how their faith addresses issues raised by the contemporary world. The most practical way to do this is to make CH101, CS101/ECF503 and IC101 required courses.

This change will mean that there is less room for elective courses in the Grad DipCS than previously (6 credits as opposed to 15 credits under the old programme); but we believe that the gains from adding the three new required courses to the programme outweigh this loss.

The revised Grad DipCS programme will come into effect on July 1st 2012. The syllabuses for the MCS and the M Div will also be revised in line with this change by the end of September 2012.

All students previously registered for the Grad DipCS can continue their studies under the old syllabus. Such students are, however, encouraged to transfer to the new syllabus if it is still practicable for them to do so (i.e., if they have not yet completed many courses).

The values underlying the revised Grad DipCS – values which we hope all BTW readers share – are expressed in the following ‘vision statement’:

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies forms the core of all programmes offered at BGST. It is designed to provide Christians in all walks of life with a foundational understanding of Christian faith, tradition and practice. The Grad DipCS aims to help students reflect theologically, grow spiritually, and integrate their faith with all aspects of their lives, whether at home or at work, in church or in the public square. The required courses introduce some of the main theological disciplines (Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, Church History, Christian Education) as well as courses which address the practicalities of living for God in Asia in the 21st century.

Philip Satterthwaite
Principal, BGST.

Book Corner Promotions
All roads lead to the text

All Roads Lead to the Text
Dean Deppe
(Eerdmans 2011)

Normal Price: $33.60
Special price: $28.60

In All Roads Lead to the Text Dean Deppe offers a user-friendly guide to biblical exegesis and interpretation. Deppe focuses on eight methods that biblical scholars use, from analyzing literary, grammatical, and structural elements to investigating historical and cultural backgrounds to exploring the history of interpretation. Deppe explains each approach using several concrete examples from both Old and New Testament texts, and every chapter concludes with practical, text-based questions for study and discussion.


Christian ApologeticsChristian Apologetics
A comprehensive case for biblical faith
D R Groothuis
(IVP 2011)

Normal Price: $52.00
Special Price: $39.00

This comprehensive apologetic case for the Christian faith covers all the major arguments (such as cosmological, design, moral, religious experience arguments) and the reliability of the Old and New Testaments along with the key claims of Jesus, especially regarding the incarnation and resurrection. Current challenges to the Christian faith (such as postmodernism, Islam, the problem of evil and religious pluralism) are also covered. Includes chapters by New and Old Testament scholars Craig Blomberg and Richard Hess on the reliability of the Bible.

Family BibleESV Illustrated Family Bible
(Crossway 2008)

Normal Price: $30.20
Special Price: $21.10

Two hundred seventy of the most beloved and important passages of the Bible are presented in this family Bible treasury, accompanied by illustrations in full color. Children will want these Bible passages read to them over and over again. Young readers will enjoy reading for themselves the "real Bible"-not just simplified Bible stories retold.


Special Prices valid from : 3 May—17 May 2012 (while stocks last)

New Incentive Schemes for BGST Courses
For the new academic year of 2012 (Jul 2012 – Jun 2013), BGST will be introducing two new incentive schemes for our courses. Details as follows:

  1. ‘One Bring One’ Incentive
    To help our students encourage friends to take up courses with BGST, we will be offering BGST Book Vouchers for the first course that the new student takes with the school. New students taking a 3-credit course will receive either $100 (credit student) or $70 (audit student) worth of book vouchers. New students taking a 1.5-credit course will receive either $50 (credit student) or $30 (audit student) worth of book vouchers. This incentive is also applicable to any new student to BGST (whether they were introduced by an existing student or not).

    Every existing BGST student who recommends a friend will receive $30 worth of book vouchers for every friend recommended.

  2. ‘Early Bird’ Incentive
    To encourage early registration for non-core courses, students will receive either $60 (3-credit course) or $30 (1.5-credit course) worth of book vouchers for each course that they register for before the ‘early bird’ deadline. The same offer applies to both credit and audit students. The early bird registration deadline for Term 1 courses is 1 Jun 2012. The deadline for Term 2 courses is 1 Aug 2012.

    NOTE : Core courses are excluded from the ‘Early Bird’ incentive scheme and they are : HE101, OT101/ 102, NT101/ 102, CE101, CH101/ 102, TS101 and CS101. Courses by overseas lecturers are also excluded. A course will only be run if it attains a minimum class size.

Both discount schemes are valid for courses offered from 1 Jul 2012 – 30 Jun 2013. While a course can qualify for any one of the above incentive schemes or the existing discounts offered by BGST, only one incentive/discount is applicable to a single course. Students who have collected the book vouchers will not be allowed to cancel or change their courses.

More details on these two schemes will be announced in this newsletter next week. Until then, talk to your friends and recommend them to take up their theological studies at BGST. And as for yourself, refer to our AY2012-13 Course Schedule (Semester 1) http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf
and plan ahead for your courses; be rewarded at the same time under the Early Bird Incentive scheme!

BGST library and book corner will be closed for Vesak Day on Saturday, 5 May 2012. We will resume operations on 7 May 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Chapel News
Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be interviewing Dr Tan Soo-Inn of Graceworks at chapel on 9 May 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Faculty News
Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be preaching at the 8.30 and 10.30 services of Zion Bishan BP Church on 29 April 2012. The topic is "Abraham Tested" (Gen 22.1-19)"
Preliminary Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 1
For more information on the Preliminary Course Schedule, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf


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