is no ‘Good Book’ column this week. The book I was reading with an
eye to a review turned out not to be particularly suitable, and then I
caught the usual end-of-the-year sore throat, which further delayed
things. As BTW needed to go out, it seemed better not to postpone
publication any longer. For those of you who look forward to this
column, I apologise.
raises the question: how many of you do actually find the ‘Good
Book’ column useful? Every three or four months I receive an e-mail
from a reader saying they have appreciated a particular review, and my
colleagues, I believe, receive similar e-mails, but these e-mails
aren’t necessarily representative. The reviews are done on a somewhat
unsystematic basis: faculty members write about books in their areas of
specialisation which they have read recently and which they think may be
of interest to BTW readers. As often as not these are new books which
have recently arrived in the Library, but that is not always the case
(new books, of course, are not the only good ones around). Sometimes
more ignoble motives dictate the choice of book for review: a long book
takes some time to review properly, and if the reviewer is busy with
other things then likely enough a short book will be chosen instead.
what do you think of the end result of this rather rough and ready
process? Do you find it interesting and informative a lot of the time,
some of the time, or hardly at all? Have you ever made it a point to
read any book reviewed in the ‘Good Book’ column? Are there
particular books, or particular categories of books, that you feel ought
to be reviewed by us, but which never are? Is there a book which you
have read which you would like to recommend to other BTW readers?
you have any comments on these matters send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would be very interested to hear from you. All comments will, of
course, be treated with complete confidentiality.
on 30 November 2005
Song Cheng Hock spoke on how Christians ought to celebrate life based on
Ecclesiastes 11. Far too often we are constrained by our fears, especially
the fear of failures. When we
fear, we invariably deny the truth about
ourselves and the truth about God. Fear keeps us in bondage and
paralyses us from venturing out. The preacher in Ecclesiastes calls us to be
courageous in seeking new opportunities (vv 1-6). But some miss out on
opportunities because they tend to procrastinate (vv 3 and 4) and are
discouraged by experiences of previous setbacks (vv 5 and 6).
However, while we may not be able to understand the perplexities of
life, we know that God is the Creator of all things. As Creator, His
character is to give life, not to ruin it. With that assurance, we can
celebrate life and live a life of joy and abundance by seeking contentment
(vv 7 and 8) and fulfillment (vv 9 and 10).
Chapel speaker on 14 December will be Mr Andrew Lee.
New Admission. Ong Hock Ann, Freddie is a new student in the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies. He is a member of The Bible Church. His ministry experience includes 10 years of missionary work in Taiwan, evangelism and pastoral care now in the home church in Singapore.
2006: Another Announcement
15th Convocation and Thanksgiving Service of BGST will be held on Saturday
14th January 2006. If you are intending to graduate at the Convocation in
January, or if you think it is possible that you will be graduating,
please contact the Registrar as soon as possible, either by sending him an
email (at email@example.com) or by submitting an Application to
Graduate (forms available from Admin).
So far four people have announced their intention to graduate, but we suspect that there are more of you out there, and we would like to hear from you. Please do not feel that you must have submitted all your assignments before informing us. If there is a possibility that you will be able to graduate, we would rather hear from you now (even if it turns out that in the end you are not able to graduate) than hear from you later when you know for sure.
Commencing in 1 Semester 2006
Testament Greek II
(BG112A, 3 credits), starting Jan 16. Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.
Marriages for Today
(CE252, 3 credits), starting Jan 20. Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh
Testament Foundations I (OT101,
3 credits), starting Jan 26. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.
Speech for Leadership & Ministry (AT231, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 1. Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan.
Skills: Developing Micro-Skills in Counselling (CO213,
3 credits), starting Feb 1. Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock.
Testament Foundations I (NT101,
3 credits), starting Feb 3. Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.
Testament Greek I
(BG111, video class, 3 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus.
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.
Testament Greek: Basic Research Tools & Methods (BG214,
video class, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr
Quek Swee Hwa.
Exegesis I (BG211, video
class, 3 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee
Hebrew I (BH111, 3
credits), starting Feb 7. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.
Hebrew: Basic Research Tools & Methods (BH214,
1.5 credits), starting Feb 7. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.
(OT353, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 8. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.
Hermeneutics: Reading the Bible in the Asian Context
(HE210, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 10. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.
for Christian Formation
(CE263, 1.5 credits), starting Mar 7. Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon.
Skills: Working with Children
(CO235, 1.5 credits), starting Mar 23. Lecturer: Mdm Chua Seok Ai.
& Canon of Old Testament (OT160,
1.5 credits), starting Mar 31 at Parkmall campus. Lecturer: Dr Philip
Genesis of All Things
(OT370, 1.5 credits), starting Apr 3. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.
Research & Christian Ministry (CE151, 3 credits), starting Apr 4. Lecturer: Dr Chen Ai Yen.
Skills for Speakers & Church Leaders
(AT232, 1.5 credits), starting Apr 5. Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan.
Skills: Grief Work (CO237,
1.5 credits), starting Apr 5.
Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock.
Courses by Dr Douglas Milne
Theologians & Theologies (TS160,
3 credits), starting Jan 10 at Tanjong Pagar campus.
Westminster Confession of Faith (TS216, 3 credits), starting Jan 11 at
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Leong Kok Weng 5/12
Peter Chng 5/12
Goh Tian Lye 5/12
Daniel Lee 5/12
Paul Ng 5/12
Caleb Kang Il 7/12
Kelvin Chan 7/12
Bernard Chan 10/12
Francis Ng 10/12
Tessie Setiabudi 10/12
Choi Suk 11/12
Woo Chong Yew 11/12
Ms Agnes Cher 11/12