Doc to doc

I had the good opportunity to be in the same class as Dr Soh Ling Ling for two modules, during which I found her to be ‘easy-to-talk-to’, and extremely jovial (read giggly). In my course of interaction with her, and most recently over a cup of tea in Bugis Junction, I realised that she was mission-minded as well.

Being the busy doctor-student that she was, I conducted a short interview over email.  Here’s what I found out:

Ling Ling worships at Bethesda Frankel Estate Church and serves as a Senior Sunday School teacher, and secretary of the Missions Board. She is currently working as a locum medical doctor.

She got to know about BGST while as a medical student through Dr Tan Lai Yong who was her bible study leader then. Her first course, taken in 1993, was on “Creation and Evolution”. Ten years later in 2003, she resumed courses again in preparation for future missions involvement.

Why did she choose BGST? She mentioned flexibility and timing of lectures and lessons which catered to the lay person. This arrangement was conducive for those who were holding on to full-time or part-time jobs.

How did she hope the studies at BGST would equip her? She has this to say:

“The importance of knowing God’s Word in this day and age, when the world’s values are so strong and kingdom values are fast being over-ruled. We need to be diligent to present ourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who accurately handles the word of truth.”

She has these encouraging words to all you readers out there:

“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5, NASB)

(stay tuned in future to find out more of what Ling Ling does to fulfill her ministry in missions)

Kenny Tan

Ling Ling  is currently  frantically  doing the required courses and assignments for the Grad Dip CS. 

She has also done Greek I and II. This probably explains her brief consultation with the interviewer.


Students’ Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays

A group of BGST students (part-time and full-time) have been meeting at the “upper room” (read level two) for a time of sharing and prayer. All are invited for a mutually edifying time!

Day:   Wednesday 
Time:  2 pm 
Place: 31 Tg Pagar Rd, level 2

You can contact the student facilitator for this group, Ng Boon Thian, at for more details.

A Doc’s blog


Interviewing Ling Ling reminded me of an entry I made in my blog some time ago. She mentioned that she was attending courses at BGST “in preparation for future missions involvement”. It made me ponder again on why I was studying theology, and where it was leading me.

Monday, November 20, 2006

That thin line ...

I was once again confronted with mortality this week.

Somehow you don't feel as much when an elderly person passes away. After all, one can always rationalise that his time is up. But can we say the same of one who is fit and healthy? One whose life seemed to be just taking off?

A classmate of mine passed away this week ... in his sleep. When we heard the news, we were incredulous and it took a while (a long while in fact) for the news to sink in. One of my friends even went to the mortuary to confirm it.

I visited his funeral wake last night. It was a surreal experience to see him in the coffin. He had crossed that thin line between life and death.

I think back to my own cousin who passed away at 17 years of age, an acquaintance who passed away at 25 years old, and another colleague's husband who died recently at 35 years. And I am reminded of my own near-death experience 2 years ago. Will I be ready when the time comes to cross over?

“What is theology?” I asked that question in July this year.

In the light of what has happened since ... “Theology is about knowing God, about knowing where I am and will be going, about telling others of my destination and bringing them along with me.”

To what end, theology?




I had to attempt to answer this question during my Christian Faith class: “What is theology?”

Obviously, from my far-from-perfect answer, I have a long way more to go. So I shall keep on asking and searching … and blogging.


Share your story

Encourage someone through your story. You never know who will be inspired by what you have gone through or are going through. Don’t keep your God-given experiences to yourself! 

Calling BGST students, both past and present, who have a story of their own to share. Though neither credits nor grades will be allocated for your contribution, you can be sure that someone somewhere sometime will be thankful for your encouragement. No word limit required!

Be a blessing!

You can email Kenny at 

Introducing ...

We continue with our review of journals currently received by BGST Library. This week we highlight 


Christian History & Biography (CHB) is a quarterly magazine that serves to highlight the 'movers and shakers' of the Church, e.g., Puritans like John Owen and Richard Baxter, or the ascetics of the fourth century monastic movements. In this Fall issue, some of most important American evangelicals of the 20th century are highlighted. Here, we have, of course, a survey of the life and impact of one of the most famous figures in evangelical history: Billy Graham.  In addition, we are introduced to some of the not-so-famous, but nonetheless, important characters like Harold John Ockenga, who is one of the founding fathers for the National Association of Evangelicals, Fuller Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the mentor of Billy Graham. Also highlighted in the charismatic figure, Henrietta Mears, whose work in Hollywood's First Presbyterian Church converted Bill Bright (Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ) and revolutionised Sunday School teaching. 

In the same issue, we are also introduced to the work of the 'New Evangelicals'. Though many Singaporeans may not be familiar with them, their work and teaching have had a significant impact in our churches.  Carl Henry, for example, was one of the first New Evangelicals to draw attention to the lack of social concern within the evangelical churches (which, alas, arose from orthodoxy's imbalanced response to the threats of the 'social gospel'). 

For students of Christian history, the voluminous historical books in our libraries may seem daunting at times.  CEB's advantage is it offers a wide survey of many important figures in our spiritual heritage in a few pages.  Hence, it is always a good way for prospective history lovers to begin this journey into the past.  CEB is available in BGST library's journal section.  
(Lai Pak Wah)  

Chapel Notes

The chapel speaker for this week (April 11) was Prof. James Houston, who spoke from John 8:31-41; 54-59 on the nature of Christian freedom. His talk was full of insights, but it can be summarized in four points:

  1. Freedom does not come by rewriting history.

  2. Freedom does not come from conventional morality.

  3. To live untruthfully is to live in bondage.

  4. Only the Son can free us because only I AM knows who I am.

If you are interested in listening to his talk, you may borrow the audio CD from the library.

Chapel speaker on April 25 will be Mr Ng Boon Thian.

News Bits 

  1. Courses commencing in May 2007.

    • Counselling Skills: Pre-Marital Counselling (CO232, 1.5 credits), starting May 3 (Thu), 7.15-10.15pm. Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock. This course is not offered on audit basis.

    • Culture Research (ME257, 3 credits, video), starting May 8 (Tue), 7.15-10.15pm. Lecturer: Dr Miriam Adeney/Dr Ng Peh Cheng.  

    Registration is open for both courses. Visit our website for the course description.

  2. Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be speaking at a Teachers’ Retreat (St Andrew’s Cathedral) in Johor on April 30-May 1.

 A Blessed Birthday to…

Mr Peter Tang  23/4
Mr Terry Wan  24/4
Ms Ong Bee Young  24/4
Ms Delene Lee  26/4
Ms Tan Siew Goh  28/4
Mr Francis Yong  29/4

  | Top | Archives |
Last update : Friday, April 20, 2007  
 © 2007