Issue No. 18 7 - 13 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.

The Joy of the Lord:
Essays in Honour of Quek Swee Hwa
On his 70th Birthday

the joy of the LordIn June 2011, Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa, Pastor Emeritus of Zion Bishan Bible Presbyterian Church and Founding Principal Emeritus of the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, celebrated his 70th birthday. In honour of this event, it was decided to produce a volume of essays which reflect the many different sides of Dr Quek’s long and fruitful ministry.

We are pleased to announce that this volume, entitled The Joy of the Lord, edited by David Wong and Philip Satterthwaite, has now been published. The volume contains 19 essays written by colleagues, students and friends of Dr Quek, on a variety of topics: biblical studies, systematic theology, pastoral theology, Christian education and much more. It even includes the score of a piece of music composed in honour of Dr Quek, as well as a number of reflections written by Dr Quek himself on his many travels in different parts of the world.

Copies of The Joy of the Lord are now available for sale at BGST. As the saying goes, hurry to get your copy while stocks last!

Convocation News

BGST celebrates its 21st BGST Convocation & Thanksgiving Service and 12th TENT Graduation. It will be held at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, 235 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068656 on Saturday, 26th May 2012 at 3.00p.m. (Please be seated by 2.45p.m.)

Rev Philip Sinden, Vicar of St. George’s Church, is the speaker and the topic is “Ministry under the Cross” (1 Corinthians 4).

Chapel News
There will be no chapel on 16 May 2012 at BGST Clarus Centre.

Dr Lai Pak Wah will be chapel speaker on BGST Chapel in the City @ Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church on 30 May. The topic is "Jesus & His tax collector" (Luke 19:1-10). Chapel begins at 12pm.

Faculty News
Dr Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00am, 8.45am, 11.00am services of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on 13 May 2012. The topic is "The Coming of the Kingdom" (Luke 19:11-27).
Book Corner Promotions
All roads lead to the text

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

Normal Price: $33.60
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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
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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)

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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