My apologies to those of you who have been awaiting this issue of BTW in vain. Owing to a misunderstanding that was entirely my own I did not realise that I was in charge of BTW for this month. I’m afraid I don’t have any Good Book to recommend to you this week either. But, making a virtue out of necessity, I would like to write about the Lunchtime Talks which BGST will be holding from the middle of June onwards.
We have decided to hold Lunchtime
Talks for two main reasons. Firstly, because we realise that there seems
to be a niche for such talks. A number of churches and other Christian
organisations in central Singapore hold lunchtime talks or services on
weekdays. These generally last between 45 minutes and one hour, and
include either a Bible exposition or a talk on some aspect of
Christianity, with the emphasis on practical Christian living. These talks
are seem to be well attended. Clearly there are many Christians working in
the city centre who welcome an opportunity for worship and teaching during
the week. We would like to try to cater to some of these people. That is
the first and major reason for these talks. Secondly, these talks will be
a good way of making BGST better known to the Christian public. In these
talks we will try to introduce some BGST distinctives: theological
training for the whole people of God; sound biblical teaching combined
with practical application; the developing of a Christian mind. We hope
that some (many!) of those who attend the talks will want to register for
our courses as well.
The talks will be held, until the end of 2005 at least, on Fridays, between 12.45 and 1.30 p.m., at BGST (31 Tanjong Pagar Road). The first of them will take place on June 17th, and they will continue until early December, when there will be a break until the New Year. We begin with two talks given by our guest lecturers Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith, and then with a short series of talks in which some of our Faculty introduce themselves and their areas of specialisation.
The programme for the first six
sessions, then, looks like this:
Jun 17 : Title: ‘Radical Change in the Church Worldwide’
Speakers: Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith
Jun 24 : Title: ‘Mission
at the Heart of the New Testament’
Speakers: Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith
July 1 : Title: ‘Why
Study the Old Testament’
Speaker: Philip Satterthwiate
July 8 : Title: ‘Why
Speaker: Ng Peh Cheng
July 15: Title: ‘Why Study
Speaker: Quek Swee Hwa
July 22 : Title: ‘Why Study the
Speaker: Aquila Lee
The schedule for August has yet to
be confirmed, but the following can be announced: in September I will be
giving a series of talks on the Song of Songs, under the general title
‘Human Love and the Love of God’; in October Eileen Poh of Discipleship
Training Centre will be giving three talks on 1 Peter under the title
‘Christians in a non-Christian World’; in November John Ting, Dean of
Discipleship Training Centre, will address the topic of Marriage and
Family, a topic on which he at present completing a book.
Within the next few days we hope to
confirm the programme for the rest of 2005, and to send out publicity, but
we hope that you will be able to play your part. If you are able to attend
any of these talks, you are most welcome, and you can bring friends as
well (it would be helpful if you could let us know in advance). If you
know of any people (fellow church members, Christian friends) working in
the centre of Singapore who might be interested in attending the talks,
please let pass on the information as it becomes available. And finally,
if there are topics you think it would be a good idea for us to deal with
in these talks (or even a talk you want to give yourself), please let me
know. Any suggestions will be most welcome.
And meanwhile, I must read a good
We welcomed Rev Edward Chau of Woodlands Evangelical Fee Church at chapel on 11 May. Rev Chau spoke from 1 Peter 5:1-4.
Chapel Speaker on
18 May will be Dr Quek Swee Hwa.
|1. New Admissions.|
2. The Library books, a gift from Zion Bible Presbyterian Church, have arrived safely at Grace Bible College, Jamshedpur. Jubilee Memorial Bible College has also received the books we sent to them.
OPAC on the net and . . .
The BGST library catalogue is now available on the Internet for you to perform your bibliographical search.
You can access this on the library homepage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/lib or this direct url: http://22.214.171.124/bgst/
Please contact the library staff @ 6227 6815 for your user
ID and password. More
features will be announced in due course. We are grateful for a kind donor
who has made this long overdue migration possible.