[Past Event] Journey to Syrian Antioch

Virtual Tour [Past Event] Journey to Syrian Antioch
March 28 2022 | 08:00 AM (GMT+8)
March 28 2022 | 10:00 AM (GMT+8)

Singapore is sometimes called the Antioch of Asia. That's because we aspire to be like the original Syrian Antioch in the Book of Acts: the place from which the first missionaries were sent out into the Roman Empire, and a Church that was influential in the development of early Christianity.

Come on a Journey to learn about the History and spiritual legacy of Syrian Antioch and find out what you can discover!

Let Dr. Lim Kar Yong and Dr. Lai Pak Wah take you on an exploratory tour of the history and archaeology of Syrian Antioch, and its Spiritual legacy for Christianity.

This Virtual Tour is proudly brought to you by BGST's Alumni Resource Team.

Register for the Virtual Tour here: bit.ly/TourSA-BGST

Location: Zoom Webinar , please register directly at the link provided in description.
Lecturer : Lai Pak Wah

Ex-officio Member and Secretary

    Pak-Wah is BGST’s Principal and Lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology. He also serves as an elder at Mt Carmel Bible Presbyterian Church where he worships and oversees the church’s Hybrid Church Initiative. His interest is the very heart of BGST’s mission: which is to help Christians make sense of their faith at work, church and society. Previously, Pak Wah engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB) and was a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic. He is the author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspective of Chinese Medicine, and a certified Belbin coach. Pak-Wah holds a PhD from Durham University, UK. He enjoys engaging in Chinese culture and playing the cello.


    • International Association of Patristic Studies (Singapore and Malaysia Correspondent)


    1. “John Chrysostom’s Theology of Christian Transformation.” Th.M Thesis, Regent College, 2007 (unpublished).
    2.  “John Chrysostom and the Hermeneutics of Exemplar Portraits.”  Ph. D Thesis, Durham University, 2010. (unpublished)

    BGST Courses Taught

    1. CH101, CH102: History of Christianity, I, II
    2. CH/ TS260: The Roots of Christianity (Introduction to Patristics)
    3. TS230: Christian Apologetics & Evangelism (TS 230)
    4. TS/ ID281: Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine (Seminar)
    5. CS211: Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Christianity: Reading the Spiritual Classics of Christianity (To be transferred to TSK)
    6. CS101: Christian Spirituality I: Foundations for Everyday Life (Team Teaching with Tan Seng Kong)
    7. CS102: Christian Spirituality II: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship (Practicum to be launched in 2018. Mentor)
    8. BGST Church History Tour (Italy, 1st to 15th centuries) (2014, 2015)
    9. BGST Church History Tour: Reformation to 20th Century (2017)

    Publications and Presentations


    Journal Articles
    1. "John Calvin's Use of the Church Fathers."CRUX43 (2007): 14-22.
    2. “The Monk as Saint and Exemplar in John Chrysostom’s Writings.” In Studies in Church History. Vol. 47. Suffolk: Boydell, 2011.
    3. “Dialogue and Ideology in the Martyrdom of Polycarp: A Bakhtinian Analysis.” Studia Patristica 52 (2012): 37-45.
    4. “The Imago Dei and Salvation among the Antiochenes: A Comparison of John Chrysostom with Theodore of Mopseustia.” Studia Patristica 67, Vol. 15 (2013).
    5. “Comparing Patristic and Chinese Medical Anthropologies: Insights for Chinese Contextual Theology.” Studia Patristica 91, No. 17 (2017): 213-24
    6. “The Eusebian and Meletian Roots of John Chrysostom’s Trinitarian Theology,” Scrinium 14 (2018): 1–26.
    7. “John Chrysostom’s Reception of Basil of Caesarea’s Trinitarian Theology,” Sriinum 15 (2019): 62–79.

    Book Chapters
    1. “Preaching Salvation in Early Christianity: The Example of John the ‘Golden-Mouth’ Preacher,” in The Joy of the Lord: Essays in Honour of Quek Swee Hwa. Edited by Philip E. Satterthwaite and David W. F. Wong. Singapore: Finishing Well Ministries, 2012.
    2. “Reading On the Priesthood as Dialogue: Perspectives on John Chrysostom’s Ascetic Vision,” in John Chrysostom: Past, Present, Future. Edited by Doru Costache and Mario Baghos. Sydney: AIOCS, 2017.
    3. “John Chrysostom: Vision of the Angelic Life,” in Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity. Edited by James M. Houston and Jens Zimmermann. MI: Eerdmans, 2018.
    4. “Reformed Theology and Tradition,” in Heritage & Legacy of the Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore. SG: Finishing Well Ministries, 2018.
    5. “The Legacy of the Church Fathers for the Bible Presbyterians,” in An Owl's Journey: Essays to commemorate the 70th birthday of David W. F. Wong. SG: Graceworks, 2019.
    6. “Exemplar Portraits and the Interpretation of John Chrysostom’s Doctrine of Recapitulation,” in Revisioning John Chrysostom. Edited by Chris de Wit and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill, 2019

    Unpublished Articles / Conference Presentations
    1. Metaphysical Metaphors East and West: Implications for Chinese & Biomedical Dialogue.Presented at the 20thInternational Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy 2017 (unpublished)
    2. Harmonious Unity: Chinese Medicine and Meditative Well-Being. Presented at the Australian Meditation Conference 2018 (unpublished)
    3. Rhetoric and Therapy in John Chrysostom’s Trinitarian Discourse. Presented at the 16thInternational Patristics Conference at Oxford 2019 (to be submitted to Studia Patristica)

    Book Reviews/ Popular Literature
    1. “Book Review - Christianities in Asia.” Review of Christianities in Asia, ed. Peter C. Phan. West-Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Mission Round Table: The Occasional Bulletin of OMF Mission Research Vol. 7 (2012).
    2. “Ask Salt&Light: How Do I Share My Beliefs with Colleagues of Other Faiths?" Salt & Light, June 1, 2018. 
    3. “How Do We Deal with the Pagan Roots of Christmas?" Salt & Light, December 13, 2018.
    4. “Demystifying Chinese Medicine,” Salt & Light, July 8, 2018. 
    5. “Why Church History Matters in the Internet Age," Salt & Light, May 16, 2018.
    6. A Christian Perspective on Chinese Medicine. Singapore: Graceworks, 2021. A Chinese version is also available.
    Lecturer : Lim Kar Yong

    Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong is Lecturer in New Testament Studies, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Director of the Centre for Bible Engagement at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Seremban. He also serves as Adjunct Lecturer in a number of seminaries in Malaysia and in the region. Kar Yong has authored 3 books and numerous essays. His personal website is found at www.karyonglim.com

    Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong is Lecturer in New Testament Studies, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Director of the Centre for Bible Engagement at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Seremban. He also serves as Adjunct Lecturer in a number of seminaries in Malaysia and the region, and regularly preaches and conducts seminars in churches. 

    Kar Yong maintains his personal website at: www.karyonglim.com

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