Issue No. 46 19 - 25 Nov 2012

Dr Edwin Tay, our Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology, will be leaving BGST at the end of this year in order to seek ordination in the Methodist Church in Singapore. He is making this move out of a strong sense that God is calling him into the pastoral ministry. As part of the ordination process Edwin will hold the position of lecturer at Trinity Theological College for the next 2–3 years.

Since he joined the faculty of BGST in April 2009, Edwin has made a large contribution to BGST. Students have greatly appreciated his lectures, speaking of the well-researched content, the clarity of presentation and the prayerful attitude in which the lectures have been conducted. Faculty and staff have all appreciated his calm, thoughtful and godly attitude in our deliberations together, and in our other interactions. For many of us Edwin has been as much a pastor as a colleague.

Reflecting on his interactions with Edwin during his time at BGST Dr Lai Pak Wah writes:

‘I am thankful to God indeed for the many opportunities I have had to work and interact with Edwin. Like so many of his students, I have learnt much from his knowledge of the Reformation and the English Puritans. We have also had much fun exchanging notes on how the Puritans would have agreed or, on many occasions, disagreed with the Church Fathers on diverse theological matters, such as the doctrine of the Lord's Supper, Christian spirituality and even Trinitarian theology! In recent months, I have benefitted much from our discussions about how to foster dialogue between Christianity and the Chinese culture, something for which he and I share a common burden. I will miss those times when I can just pop over to his cubicle and pick his brains regarding a specific Reformed doctrine ("What would John Owen have thought about this?") and the many occasions where, over lunch, we would explore diverse ways of applying Christian theology in the Chinese context, e.g., “How can we develop a Chinese Christian spirituality?”, or “How did the first OMF missionaries engage the Confucian scholars of their day?",  and so on.’

I believe that everyone at BGST would agree with Pak Wah. Edwin will leave a large gap at BGST, and we are sorry that he will be leaving us. In fact, that is a sorrow that Edwin feels as well: more than once he has expressed to me his regret that he will be leaving BGST at a time when we are about to embark upon some new and potentially rewarding initiatives, not least the new course ‘Christianity, Culture and Society’ (IC 101) which he has done much to shape in the past year.

Notwithstanding our regrets at Edwin’s departure, we affirm his calling to the pastoral ministry and we wish him, Angela, Phoebe and Chloe God’s richest blessings as he begins this new stage of his ministry. As he moves to TTC we send our good wishes and fraternal greetings to the staff and faculty there, along with the message, ‘In getting Edwin, you are getting a good thing’!

Edwin, dear brother in Christ, though we will be seeing less of you in future, we hope that it will be possible for you to visit BGST now and then. You will always be welcome here, along with Angela, Phoebe and Chloe (after all, it would be terrible if your daughters were to lose their hard-won ability to pronounce the word ‘Satterthwaite’). Although our meetings may be less frequent, we look forward to continuing the interactions with you, both formal and informal, that we have so enjoyed and benefitted from during your time with us.

Philip Satterthwaite,
Principal, BGST

Chapel News
There will be no chapel services till 19 Dec 2012 where we will have a Christmas service led by Dr Philip Satterthwaite and pot-luck lunch. All are welcome. Please contact Angelica at 62276815 ext 221, or email loh-angelica@bgst.edu.sg with regards to your attendance and pot-luck dish.
Upcoming Courses

Christian Biography (commencement on 26 Nov 2012)
AT151 (1.5 cr)

Adjunct Lecturer: Rev Dr David Wong Rev Dr David Wong
Venue: BGST@ Clarus Centre
37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05, Blk B, S(577177)
Dates / Time: Nov 26 (Mon), 7.15 pm to 10.15 pm
Nov 29 (Thu), 7.15 pm to 10.15 pm
Dec 8 (Sat), 9.00 am to 1.00 pm; 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Fees: $225 (for credit), $157.50 (by audit)


"History is but biography." The study of the lives of men and women down the ages makes history come alive. The course will acquaint students with selected key figures of church history. We will seek to understand the times they lived in, the challenges they face, and the qualities that made them great men and women of faith. For more information, please visit our website at http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/302-christian-biography

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2012 sem 2

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