is an absolutely busy month of the year in Singapore. And is also
supposed to be a time when the schools are on vacation. BGST is no
exception. We are having a semester break and many are away either on
holiday or attending church camps. Some of our students are busily
writing their Greek examination and we are renovating our campus at No.
31 Tanjong Pagar Road. And some of us may need to have another holiday
before the Second Semester descends upon us!
thank Almighty God for the gifts received to enable us to renovate and
outfit the ground (or first) floor and the fourth floor. When this is
finished we shall invite you to drop by and see what we have done to the
place. We want especially to thank our donors who have made it possible
for this long-awaited work to begin.
we want to draw to your attention the needs in our operational expenses.
These have dipped somewhat and we hope that you will not forget to
support the work of BGST with a regular pledge. If 500 persons can give
$100 each every month we will be able to cover our operational expenses.
Let’s pray that God will supply our operational needs and we can then
focus on the important task of training the laity (and full-time)
workers in God’s work.
Prof. Shepherd and Dr
are excited that in June and July we shall have two guest lecturers who
will teach short, intensive courses in BGST. It is the aim of BGST to bring
the best of theological scholarship to the laity in Singapore so that we
can have the opportunity to receive the kind of training that enables
our country to be an educational hub in Asia, providing opportunities
for our students to receive a top class education in Singapore without
having to go overseas. Both guest lecturers are distinguished scholars
who have much to share with the Christian world and we welcome them to
are happy to be offering a course on John Wesley by an authority on the
legacy of this great man of God. Those who have read the sermons of
Wesley will appreciate the breadth of his scholarship and the depth of
his insights. Our teaching faculty also come from various denominational
backgrounds and our students represent more than fifty churches in
Singapore. We have a few international students, too few in my opinion.
Our Mission brings us close to the work of campus ministries (IFES),
graduate students (GCF), Bible translation work (Wycliffe
Bible Translators), and tentmaking ministries. We also have a
burden to help thinking laity Christians see how every area of life can
come under the searchlight of the Word of God, as we encourage
Christians to reflect theologically on what they are doing in their work
and calling. We aim at an unfettered curriculum that does not
compartmentalize the scope of religious knowledge but sees all of life
coming under the scrutiny of God’s Word. We need to apply God’s
truths in emergent situations and address issues not confronted in the
history of Christianity. But we are not free to alter the time-tested
truths of historical Christianity. We
may be divided into the nooks and corners of our denominational
churches, but there within the ‘visible church’ we are brought
together into the fellowship of believers in Jesus. BGST exists to serve
the churches and the people of God. We join all who faithfully proclaim
the truths of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul was spot on when he
emphasized the need to proclaim a Gospel that is not different from what
he was vociferously proclaiming during his Gentile Mission. May God help
us to do likewise.
Eileen Poh of the Discipleship Training Centre led worship at chapel on
May 31 and we were blessed with a challenging message by her on “Dining
for the following weeks will
start with a “Prayer Chapel” (Admin Office i/c, on June 14), followed
for the next two months by chapel messages from our alumni and students:
Dr Atomic Leow (June 21), Mr Andrew Lee (June 28), Mr Peter Lim (July 5),
Pastor Alby Yip (July 12), Mr Clive Lim (July 19), Mr Chris Chin (July
26), Mr Hosea Lai (Aug 2), no chapel
on National Day (Aug 9), Dr Tan Lai Yong (Aug 16) and Mr Benny Fang (Aug
Tan See Seng 12/6