Issue No. 21 December 2013
Announcement: Resignation of Dr Andrew Lee

Dr Andrew LeeIt is with regret that we announce that Dr Andrew Lee, who has taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at BGST during the past three years, will be leaving us at the end of this month.

Andrew first came to BGST as a student in 1999, having previously worked for Singapore Youth for Christ. He completed the DipCs, the MCS and the MDiv with us, before completing a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire on the Song of Moses (Deut. 32) under the direction of Gordon McConville. I was his second supervisor for his PhD, and I was thus able to see at firsthand how he grew and gained in confidence as a scholar during these years. 

During his years as a member of BGST faculty his dealings have always been marked by a straightforwardness and a determination to face issues which we have all found helpful. We believe that students in his classes have appreciated his commitment and his thoroughness in addressing the hard questions in Old Testament studies.

Andrew will be taking a break from teaching for the next few months, as he seeks God’s direction for the next phase of his life. We thank him for his years of service with us, and we wish him and Janice God’s blessing for the future. 

Philip Satterthwaite 
Principal, BGST.

BGST 2014 Convocation

Our 23rd Convocation & Thanksgiving Service is on Sat, May 24, 2014. If you intend to graduate, please kindly submit the Application to Graduate Form before 31 March 2014.

In order to graduate you need to hand in all your assignments for the courses that you need to complete your program by 30 April 2014.

Launch of Semester 2 of AY 2013/14 Course Schedule

Semester 2 of AY2013/14 commences on 6 January 2014. For the course offerings in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2013-2014, please visit our webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2013-2014-sem2.pdf.

For course inquiries, please email us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg.

Book Corner News

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  • 30% off for red tag books
  • 15% off for yellow tag books
  • 5% off for NETT items.
  • Limited Edition - 2 types of BGST 8GB thumb drives selling at $11.25 (25% off retail price). A nice souvenir or Christmas gift for friends and love ones.
  • Plus many other items at REDUCED prices.
Staff Devotion Time

There will be no Staff Devotion Time from now till end of December. However, there will be a Christmas service on 18 December, Wednesday, 12 pm in BGST premises. All are welcome.

Please contact Ms Koh May Fern at 62276815 ext 223, or emai: lkohmf@bgst.edu.sg with regards to your attendance.

Online Registration for Courses through Moodle

We thank God for the advancement in technology. Nowadays, many tasks can be accomplished faster online at our convenience. BGST has also refined its method for students to sign up for courses. With effect from the new Semester 2, AY2013 – 14, we encourage all students to register for courses via our new Moodle Access system. With this automated system, anyone could sign up for courses at any time, at his/her own convenience, without having to appear in our premises physically. Therefore, we will be replacing the present online registration form in our website with Moodle. We hope all students can embark on this new and faster way to register for courses in the new year.

You can register online for most courses through Moodle. Log in to your Moodle Account via http://bgst-m.com/login/index.php with your Username (Student ID) and Password. If you’ve taken a course with us some years ago and are just returning, you can call us at 62276815 or email inquiry@bgst.edu.sg to request for your Username and Password.

If you are a new student of BGST, click on the “New Student? Please click here to register”. The Username and Password will be emailed to you once we confirmed your student registration and thereafter, you should be able to register for courses via Moodle.

For example, you would like to register for NT101 for credit. In the main page under
1. “Courses Categories”, please look for NEW TESTAMENT
2. Choose New Testament Foundations I (NT101-AY2013, Credit)
3. Click cart
4. Add to Cart
5. Select “Mode of Payment”
6. We will be notified of your registration.

For those registering for courses under normal course rates, you may select “VISA” or “I-Banking” as your payment mode.
For those registering for courses under BGST course discount schemes, you will need to select“Others” as your payment mode. A confirmation email will be sent through the Registration Office for payment via Cheque / I-Banking after the registration details have been verified.

Public Lecture by Dr Lai Pak Wah

Our very own Faculty Member will be conducting his first public lecture on Church History in the beginning of the New Year.

Date: 3 January 2014, Friday
Time: 8 pm - 10 pm
Venue: Redemption Hill Church
291 New Bridge Road (Chinatown)
Level 3, Oriental Plaza

Free Admission | Register at http://bgst.edu.sg/pl/jan.html

Jan 2014 Public Lecture

Intensive Course in January 2014

1.5 credits
[may be used to offset AT257 Introduction to Leadership]

Lecturer: Rev Dr David Wong
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates & Time: Weekdays Jan 14, 16, 23; 7:15 - 10:15pm,
Saturdays Jan 18 & 25, 9:30 am - 12:30pm

Leadership rises or falls at the crossroads of change and transition. When a leader grows tired of the status quo and wants change, how does he or she effect it? How can a leader ensure it is change for the better and not for the worse? Sometimes, change happens unexpectedly, e.g. sudden loss of a leader. How do we manage change and navigate through it? We may want a change in our own life and leadership, e.g. planning succession. Why do successions fail, and how can we put success in succession?

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Upcoming Courses in January 2014

ECF500/CE101, 3 credits
[Required course for Grad DipCS, MCS, MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng
Venue: Geylang Evangelical Free Church
Dates: Thursdays, Jan 9, 16, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10
Time: 7:15 – 10:00 pm

The focus is to examine the theological foundations of Christian education, the history of Christian education and the various expressions of a Christian philosophy of education. A clear and cogent theological, historical and philosophical understanding will have special significance for pastors and lay leaders to develop a sound Christian philosophy of education to guide the educational ministries in the church.

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CH102, 3 credits
[Required course for MCS, MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah;
Tutor: Dr Daniel Jew
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Fridays, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm

Dr Daniel JewHistory of Christianity II is intended as the second of a two course survey (3 credits each) of the history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years. In CH102, students will be introduced to the important theological, historical and spiritual movements from 1500-2001. Our journey begins in Europe with the advent of the Protestant Reformation, which will permanently change the face of religion in the Continent and, subsequently, the whole world. This is followed by an analysis of the developments that follow this Reformation: the rise of American & English Protestantism and spirituality, the growth of the evangelical movement, especially in America, and the Catholic Counter Reformation. Attention will also be given to the Enlightenment period, which would significantly influence and also challenge the claims of the Christian faith. Following these, we will turn our attention to the development of Christianity worldwide, with a focus on Christianity in China, in particular, and Asia in general.

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AT235, 1.5 credits

Lecturer: Mr Chan Kum Soon
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Fridays, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm.

This course is design for aspiring worship leaders as well as worship leaders who wants a deeper grasp of what it takes to be an effective worship leader. “Man’s chief aim is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism). The key question for worship leaders, therefore, is “Did worship really occur? Did the assembly have an encounter with the Triune God week after week? What exactly is worship all about, much less leading others to an encounter with God? As worship leaders, do we pander to the narcissistic culture within and without the church by adopting worldly methods in worship leadership? What exactly is the role of the worship leader in corporate worship?

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IC101, 3 credits
[Required course for Grad Dip CS, MCS & MDiv]

Lecturers: Dr Philip Satterthwaite & Dr Daniel Jew
Venue: St John’s-St Margaret’s Church
Dates: Mondays Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 28, May 5
Time: 7:15 - 10:00 pm

Dr Daniel JewThe world in which we live is an increasingly complex one. This complexity is seen in the dynamic interplay among socio-cultural phenomena such as ethnicity, religious beliefs, politics, and culture, within the context of a globalized world. Since Christian discipleship occurs in this world, Christians must grapple with this complexity if they are to take their discipleship seriously. This course seeks to equip Christians with frameworks of thought for responsible engagement with socio-cultural realities in our local context.

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NT102, 3 credits
[Required course for MCS & MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong
Venue: St John’s-St Margaret’s Church
Dates: Thursday, Jan 16, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3
Time: 7:15—9:45 pm

NT 102 is the sequel to NT 101 and both are foundational to the study of the NT at BGST. NT 102 covers the Epistles and Revelation. This course is a general survey of the message of the NT books, their relationships to each other, introductory issues (author, date, occasion, content, etc.), and factors in the first century (e.g. history and religions) that influenced the life and ministry of the early church.

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OT102, 3 credits
[Required course for MCS & MDiv]

Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road, #07-01
Dates: Jan 22, Feb 5, 19, Mar 5, 19, Apr 2
Time: 7:15 - 9:45pm

OT Foundations I and OT Foundations II together form an introduction to the Old Testament. These two courses aim: (i) to introduce the Old Testament books, and the historical and cultural contexts in which they originated; (ii) to help students reflect on how to apply the Old Testament in the modern world, and to their own lives. Throughout, the Old Testament is interpreted as part of Christian Scripture: Christians cannot afford to neglect this first and larger part of God’s Word. Though questions relating to history and the ancient Near Eastern context will not be ignored, the main emphasis is on the meaning, theology and application of the text. OT Foundations II covers the Prophets, the Psalms, and the Wisdom Literature. Please note that some of the smaller prophetic books are not covered in detail.

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