INTRODUCING OUR RECENT GRADUATES
We are happy to introduce to our readers (especially those who were not able to make it to our 14th Convocation) our graduates who received their diplomas and degrees on 15th January 2005. Last week we introduced Andrew Lee Boon Hui (M Div). Here are the other graduates:
Timothy Lim Teck Ngern, Dip CS, M Div (magna cum laude). Prior to his theological education at BGST, Timothy served as Project Manager, heading the field operation of Trans World Radio in the North East Asia Regional Office. He was also employed in the National University of Singapore Society, and in American International Assurance. He was an Assistant Pastor of Evangel Christian Church from May to October 2003, and has been an itinerant preacher since then. Upon graduation, he intends to gain more ministry experience and concurrently prepare for further studies overseas. His mission statement may be summed in Isa. 61:4: ‘And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.’
Thesis Summary: A Comparative Study of Truth and Revelation in the I-Ching and the Bible
This thesis is a comparative study of ‘truth and revelation’ as represented in two sacred texts, the I-Ching and the Bible, in the light of postmodernism and the plurality of religions, which challenge the uniqueness of the Christian claim. The I-Ching is selected from among the vast number of Chinese sacred texts because it is widely acclaimed as the ‘fountainhead’ of Chinese wisdom and philosophy. Chapter 1 provides an overview of four Christian approaches to these sacred writings (exclusivist, inclusivist, pluralist and comparativist) and sets out the presuppositions underlying our approach. Chapter 2 surveys the biblical concepts of truth and revelation. Chapter 3 introduces the I-Ching before examining the core text, the Da Zhuan, and the assumptions underlying the worldview of the I-Ching. Chapter 4, the key chapter of the thesis, notes that while the two traditions have some similarities in their views of revelation, they also differ at significant points: in the understanding of the Revealer, and in their soteriological and eschatological teachings. In sum, Biblical revelation is ‘from above’, dependent on God’s sovereignty; and revelation in the I-Ching is ‘from below’, dependent on the seekers consulting it. Fundamentally, the humanistic worldview of the I-Ching is in contrast to the thoroughly theistic biblical worldview. Chapter 5 concludes with some significant implications for theology, mission and evangelism within the Chinese context, and provides recommendations for further study.
We congratulate Timothy on his two awards:
Lewis Lew Boon Chong, Dip CS, MCS (cum laude)
Lewis is married, with three children. He spent four years as an IT consultant before joining St. John’s and St. Margaret’s Church (Anglican) as a Pastoral Worker in 1994. He has been involved in the Youth Ministry, Adult Cell Ministry, and IT. Currently he heads the Family Life Ministry. His life verse is Ps. 34:1 ‘I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.’
Research Project Summary: Imparting Christian Values to Children: Concerns of Parents and the Role of the Church
The project examines the concerns of parents and how the church can help parents to impart Christian values to their children in a fast-paced society like Singapore. The qualitative research method was adopted and guided by three research questions. Face-to-face interviews were used to collect data from the respondents. Literature on the parental influence on the development of children’s values, on the factors affecting parents’ role as moral educators, and on ways to impart Christian values to children were reviewed to help shape the framework of the project. The findings indicate that it is a major concern of parents that their children may fall away from the Christian faith due to strong influence of values that contradict Biblical teaching. Secondly, the respondents believe that some preparation is necessary for carrying out their roles as parents, and they look to the church for assistance. They would like the church to participate actively in helping parents to acquire the knowledge and skills that are Biblical in bringing up children to be ‘in the world and not of the world.’
We congratulate Lewis on his two awards:
Chris Chin Sin Yoong, Dip CS (summa cum laude)
Chris was an equities analyst and portfolio manager at Citibank Private Bank and Fidelity Investments, in Singapore, Boston and Hong Kong, before he turned entrepreneur and set up a niche healthcare business with his wife. Previously playing leadership roles in Campus Crusade and Varsity Christian Fellowship, he is a member of Kum Yan Methodist Church, where he has applied his creative and technological inclinations towards web-site development. With a theological education, Chris plans to be more involved in the education ministry. His life statement is to dare to dream, venture, discover, experience, and to dare to share.
We congratulate Chris on his two awards:
Peter Lim Hong Sing, Dip CS
Peter worked for fifteen years in three different companies doing front-desk work and other administrative duties before coming to BGST to study in 2003. He is a member of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, where he helps to operate the PA system. He intends to continue his studies at BGST by working towards the MCS. His life verse is Matt. 9:37-38: ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’
Samuel Ratnam, Dip CS (magna cum laude)
Samuel is in the agricultural seed industry, where he has spent 28 years. He is a member of St. Hilda’s church (Anglican), and has held various church positions. He preaches and teaches, and is engaged in pastoral care and in short term missions. He plans to proceed to a Master’s program at BGST. His life verse is from Ephesians 3:20-21: ‘Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.’
We congratulate Samuel on his award:
Tay Piak Kheng, Dip CS (magna cum laude)
Piak Kheng spent eighteen years in the computer banking software industry, and after that worked as a special education teacher at the Spastic Children’s Association School for five years. To respond to the calling of the Lord to serve Him as a full time maidservant, she decided to equip herself at BGST while serving as a part-time co-worker at the Singapore Baptist Church and bringing up four children. She intends to further equip herself with a Masters degree at BGST.
Lim Yew Meng, Dip CS (awarded in absentia)
Yew Meng served as a Pilot with the RSAF for 23 years. In the late 1990s he moved to Australia, where he started the Toowoomba Asian Fellowship (Brisbane, Australia). He has since started an ‘All Nations Service’ a multi-cultural service ministering to the migrants and oversea students in Toowoomba, in which he and his wife serve as leaders. His life aim is expressed in 2 Tim. 4:7: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’
Praise the Lord with us for our recent graduates. Pray for them as God leads them on in their work and studies.
Chapel speaker on 19 January was Dr Douglas Milne. He
drew lessons from two scriptural passages - Leviticus 16:15-25 and Hebrew
1. Courses in Term 1, 2005.
Courses to be taught by Dr Quek Swee Hwa
Kindly register early for these courses. The dates will be announced soon.
2. Convocation Address by Dr David Wong. You may get a copy of the address at his website www.owlnook.com
3. Dr John Lim has been transferred to Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital, Ward 1, Level 2, Bed 1105 and is undergoing physiotherapy.