Many concerns that we face today require a multi-faceted response, across various disciplines. By approaching issues in this way, Christians will not only have a fuller and more complete understanding of the issues, we can also shed the light of God’s word there. This series, “Theology for Life” aims to not only equip Christians individually and corporately, to be able to live life well and fully, embracing all the complexities and challenges, but also equip us to give life to others and society.

In 2021, BGST presents these lectures and discussions, which will both explore a variety of subjects, and encourage deep Christian theological reflection so as to enable us to respond and act well, in order for Christians to be salt and light in society. For each topic, there will be a speaker, and a respondent who will root the subject in the local context. All lectures will be conducted virtually with a live Q&A segment where possible. Do look out for more publicity on the Theology for Life (TFL) Lecture Series.

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Upcoming Events

Speaker: Rev Dr Wesley Hill

11 September 2021, 9:30am - 11:30am

Even before these days of "social distancing", many have spoken of the experience of loneliness. It doesn't have to be this way, and especially not in the church community. While our present culture pays more attention to romantic love, marriage, family, and other forms of relationship, Wesley Hill challenges us to retrieve - from Scripture and tradition - a rich understanding of friendship as a spiritual vocation, and explains how the church can foster friendship as a basic component of Christian discipleship. He helps us reimagine friendship as a robust form of love that is worthy of honour and attention in communities of faith, and suggests practical ways for all Christians to cultivate stronger friendships.

Dr Wesley Hill is associate professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Michigan and an ordained minister. He is author of Paul and the Trinity: Person, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (2015); Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (2015); Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (2010, 2016), and The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father (2019).

He contributes regularly to periodicals such as Christianity Today, as well as to other periodicals and blogs. Dr Hill has spoken at Wheaton College and Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Past Events

Speaker: Dr Pete Philips
8 Jan 2021, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In the post-pandemic world, the digital church has become prevalent. How can this form of church be meaningful and worshipful?

Dr Phillips is Director of the Centre for Digital Theology and pioneered the first MA in Digital Theology in the world. With a PhD in John’s Gospel and many years’ experience of teaching and researching the New Testament, he now explores the interface between all things digital and theological. His key areas of interest include Bible in the Digital Age; Human Adaption; Transhumanism; Imago Dei research; Artificial Intelligence (AI); and Digital Humanities and its intersection with Theology.

During the pandemic, Dr Phillips has been actively involved in promoting digital expressions of church, focusing especially in the concept of the Hybrid Church. Dr Phillips enjoys exploring new applications of technology and developing new opportunities for research. Dr Phillips is also Head of Theology at Premier Christian Media.

Watch the recorded session on our BGST YouTube Channel

Speaker: Dr David W Gill

24 Apr 2021, 9:30am - 11:30am

Christians find meaning in their everyday work by looking at it as given by a Creator God who is involved in work at all times. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of work, such as the spaces that we inhabit to work from office to home to online, which has affected the boundaries between work and family time. The understanding of essential and non-essential work has been redefined, and for those in the gig economy, there were no more gigs. Because of the pandemic many people have had to change the way they worked, and this has been difficult and stressful.

What is a robust theology of work that Christians can have so that they can meet these challenges? And, whether as employers or employees, how then can Christians be positive witnesses in home, marketplace and church?

Since Christians work in a secular world, with others who have different convictions, how should Christians respond when there is a clash of values? Furthermore, while some Christians in professional jobs may have the luxury of considering how to apply biblical principles in their work, other blue-collar workers or even gig workers may not have such choices. How then can the Church share its values in the places we are put so that others too can have a meaningful view of work?

Dr Gill is a writer and speaker based in Oakland, California. He recently retired from his position as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Centre for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts (2010 – 2016). He continues to be involved in education at church and marketplace, combining scripture, ethics with a critical understanding of the world today.

He is the author of seven books including a two-volume introduction to Christian Ethics: Becoming Good: Building Moral Character and Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles (InterVarsity, 2000 & 2004) and a general market business ethics book, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (Wipf & Stock, 2008/2011).

Watch the recorded session on our BGST YouTube Channel

Speaker: Dr Christine Pohl

23 July 2021, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The question “Who is my neighbour?” continues to challenge us today, in a world where we have become suspicious of people who are different from us, whether in skin colour, language, socio-economic class, or religion. The Christian practice of hospitality has deep theological and historical roots, and has been a basis for sustainable ministry and outreach.

Dr Pohl was Professor Emerita of Church in Society at Asbury Theological Seminary. She retired in 2018 having taught there for close to 30 years. She first learned the practices of hospitality from her grandparents, and that inspired her life-long research and writing on the subject. She has written Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 1999) and Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans, 2012).

(Available soon) Watch the recorded session on our BGST YouTube Channel

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