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Editor’s Note:

There 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.

This 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.  

So 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?  

If you have any comments on these matters send them to me at philipbgst@yahoo.com.sg. I would be very interested to hear from you. All comments will, of course, be treated with complete confidentiality.

Philip Satterthwaite

Christmas at BGST.

Come & join us on 21 December, 12 noon - 2 pm. Dr Augustine Pagolu will be leading Chapel, followed by a time of fellowship over  a potluck lunch. If you are coming, please contact Kok Wee on 62276815 regarding the food item that you will be bringing.


Chapel on 30 November 2005  

Mr 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.

Building Fund info

Convocation 2006: Another Announcement  

The 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 philipbgst@yahoo.com.sg) 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. 

Courses Commencing in 1 Semester 2006

Ž    *New Testament Greek II (BG112A, 3 credits), starting Jan 16. Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.

Ž    Strong Marriages for Today (CE252, 3 credits), starting Jan 20. Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh

Ž    Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3 credits), starting Jan 26. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

Ž    *Better Speech for Leadership & Ministry (AT231, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 1. Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan.

Ž    *Counsellor’s Skills: Developing Micro-Skills in Counselling (CO213, 3 credits), starting Feb 1. Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock.

Ž    New Testament Foundations I (NT101, 3 credits), starting Feb 3. Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee.

Ž    *New Testament Greek I (BG111, video class, 3 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

Ž   New Testament Greek: Basic Research Tools & Methods (BG214, video class, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

Ž    *Greek Exegesis I (BG211, video class, 3 credits), starting Feb 4 at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

Ž   *Biblical Hebrew I (BH111, 3 credits), starting Feb 7. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.

Ž    *Biblical Hebrew: Basic Research Tools & Methods (BH214, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 7. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.

Ž    Wisdom & Ecclesiastes (OT353, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 8. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

Ž    Contextual Hermeneutics: Reading the Bible in the Asian Context (HE210, 1.5 credits), starting Feb 10. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.

Ž    Spirituality for Christian Formation (CE263, 1.5 credits), starting Mar 7. Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon.

Ž     *Counselling Skills: Working with Children (CO235, 1.5 credits), starting Mar 23. Lecturer: Mdm Chua Seok Ai.

Ž    Text & Canon of Old Testament (OT160, 1.5 credits), starting Mar 31 at Parkmall campus. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

Ž    The Genesis of All Things (OT370, 1.5 credits), starting Apr 3. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.

Ž    Qualitative Research & Christian Ministry (CE151, 3 credits), starting Apr 4. Lecturer: Dr Chen Ai Yen.

Ž    *Communication Skills for Speakers & Church Leaders (AT232, 1.5 credits), starting Apr 5. Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan.

Ž    *Counselling Skills: Grief Work (CO237, 1.5 credits), starting  Apr 5. Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock.  

Intensive Courses by Dr Douglas Milne

Ž    Contemporary Theologians & Theologies (TS160, 3 credits), starting Jan 10 at Tanjong Pagar campus.

Ž    Teaching the Westminster Confession of Faith (TS216, 3 credits), starting Jan 11 at Bishan campus.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are not offered on audit basis. Visit our website for course description. For registration, call 62276815 or email bgst@pacific.net.sg

A Blessed Birthday to ...

Mr Leong Kok Weng  5/12

Rev Peter Chng  5/12

Mr Goh Tian Lye  5/12

Mr Daniel Lee  5/12

Mr Paul Ng  5/12

Mr Caleb Kang Il  7/12

Mr Kelvin Chan  7/12

Mr Bernard Chan  10/12

Mr Francis Ng  10/12

Ms Tessie Setiabudi  10/12

Mr Choi Suk  11/12

Mr Woo Chong Yew  11/12

Ms Agnes Cher  11/12

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