ISSUE 276

SBC HEARTBEAT

February–April 2021  |  Edifying the church & engaging the world  |  Quarterly dispatches

ARTICLES

Highlights

CONNECT   A word from the Principal

Beware of Religious Populism

We remind ourselves frequently that SBC is mandated by churches to train faithful servants of Jesus Christ, to edify the body of Christ, and to make disciples of all nations. We have to be vigilant against whatever may distract…

ENGAGE   For church & society

Contextualizing Theology for Everyone

When I tell people that I specialize in patristics, I’m usually met with one of two responses: “What is that?” or “Wow, so difficult!” Patristics is the study of…

ENGAGE   For church & society

Metaphors to Describe the COVID Experience

In 2020, the world was presented with an unprecedented lived-out experience. With the advent of COVID-19, millions around the world had restrictions imposed on movement. We have been subject to confinement conditions of…

EULOGY 

In Loving Memory of
Rev. Dr. Maak Hay Chun

Rev. Dr. Michael Shen

Rev. Dr. Michael Shen

I miss Rev. Maak Hay Chun 麦-希-真. The Chinese characters of his name tell about him: a seed of wheat, hope, and a true heart.

SUPPORT   On partnering with SBC

Come Help Rebuild Our Retaining Walls Now

I write to appeal to you, our faithful supporters, for help to repair the retaining walls around the SBC campus. These walls have been protecting our aging buildings (the oldest was completed in 1968) from landslides for decades but…

角声   教会与社会

放手交棒,信心交托

创世记廿四章共有67节,是整本创世记最长的一章,其中那位当然主角、无名老仆忠心事主的事迹被详细记述。但笔者认为,若无名老仆以他的作为(action)忠心事主,亚伯拉罕以他的不作为(inaction)同样是在忠心…

得力   鼓励与劝勉

具福音使命的生活

使徒保罗在歌罗西书四章2~6节论述以基督居首位的生活记号:祷告、代祷以及福音生活。本文针对此段经文进行阐述,盼望与众主内肢体共勉,把握机会活出以基督居首位的生活。

TOUCH

News & updates for November 2020–January 2021

Rev. Dr. Clement Chia preached at seven churches in Singapore. He taught an intensive course on “Public Theology and Pastoral Ethics” for the DMin programme (Chinese) and led a strategic planning exercise for the Executive Committee. In Dec 2020, his book The Beliefs that Reinvent the Future was published by Taiwan’s Campus Evangelical Fellowship Press.

Dr. Joel Navarro (Professor, School of Church Music) retired as our faculty member in Nov 2020 after six and a half years of faithful service. After retiring from the College, Dr. and Mrs. Navarro will return to the Philippines.
Rev. Dr. Grace Tan (Senior Dean, Student Formation) and Dr. Brian Thomas (Associate Professor, School of Theology English) are on sabbatical leave from 1 Jan to 30 Jun 2021.
We warmly welcome Ms. Penny Quek as our School of Counselling faculty member from 1 Jan 2021. Ms. Quek graduated from SBC with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling in 2010 and is married with two daughters and a son.
W.e.f. 1 Jan 2021, Dr. Cynthia Chang Hsing-Wei has stepped down as the Library Director, and Ms. Lydia Tsai Ying Ching has been appointed as the Library Coordinator to oversee operational issues. Dr. Chang will continue to serve as Library Liaison with a formed committee for library acquisitions. The Library Coordinator and staff will now fall under the purview of the Administration.

谢木水《信仰的大未来:人类需要的20个信念》
台北:校园出版社,2020。

不少基督徒在世界中时刻受到世俗思想冲击,犹如水煮青蛙,久而久之成为有信仰(faith)没信念(belief)的人。作者谢木水博士以神学视角并人文触觉,检视每日冲击信徒的世俗思想,借着圣经与神学来反思自我、教会、社会与全人教育的20个信念,建立以圣经为本、基督为中心的福音信仰。此书设有思考问题供个人反思与小组讨论之用。

此书由台湾校园出版社发行,在全球各地代理书局均可购得,欢迎网上浏览试读版并订购:https://shop.campus.org.tw/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=000564793

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Joel Navarro
INSPIRARE: Breathing Life into Our Music;
A Manual for Church Choir Conductors in Asia
Singapore: Sonata Music, 2020

This book by our recently retired and widely respected professor of church music is the first of its kind to be written by an Asian author for an Asian audience, using predominantly Asian church music materials. It covers topics such as the conductor’s calling, conducting technique, score study, rehearsal technique, and choral management.

Please see https://www.sonatamusicsg.com/publications for more details about the book and how to purchase your copy.

Dr. Jerry Hwang presented a paper on “Are Yahweh and El/Allah the Same God? The OT’s Contextualization of Monotheism” at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), held online in Nov 2020.

Dr. Calvin Chong spoke on the topic “Social Issue: Migrant Workers and the Poor” at Holland Village Methodist Church’s Youth Leadership Training Class. He also shared on the topic “Loving Those Who Leave” at the inter-university Christian Fellowship SWAT Camp 2020.

Dr. Rick Griffith taught four online courses on his USA home assignment: “Soteriology” and “Eschatology” for Word of Life Bible Institute in Jeju, South Korea, and “Advanced Studies in the Book of Isaiah” and “Obadiah Through Malachi” for Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. Peter Ho presented a paper on “The Successful Life: Comparing the Opening Chapters of the Psalms and the Qur’an” at the ETS Annual Meeting, and published a review of Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions edited by Andrew Perrin, et al., on the Review of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Andrew Spurgeon spoke on Christological heresies for the Myanmar Pastors’ Conference, and delivered lectures on Pauline theology for Evangelical Theological Seminary in Hosur, India.

梁以利亚老师于新加坡华人基督教会怀恩堂71周年堂庆分享信息。
陈恩慧老师于恩泽堂武吉巴督聚会少儿主日学老师献心礼上勉励。

李志秋老师於The Bible in Church and Society 一书中发表了专文“Scripture as God’s Word”;也在怀恩堂以粤语主讲了希伯来书的主日学系列。

张心玮老师为一创启地区主讲线上“儿女教养”讲座;在恩泽堂武吉巴督聚会青成团契主讲线上“利未记”的讲座;于马来亚基督教会姐妹团契七十一周年庆讲道。

吴国安老师于台湾辅仁大学哲学系主办“诺斯底与哲学”圆桌会议发表〈末时与末世:约阿希姆与巴特对历史的神学之思〉。

柯哲辉老师于樟宜伯大尼长老会神学培训证书班教导末世论;剑桥华人基督教会线上主讲末世论系列信息;恩泽堂武吉巴督聚会青成主日学进深班线上教导《以弗所书》。

朱美娟老师分别于笃信圣经长老会加略堂及长老会灵恩堂提供儿童青少年导师训练,并于一创启地区提供融合基督信仰之创伤心理辅导训练。

戴永富老师的文章〈窥视诸神的诞生:对偶像崇拜的形成的一个哲学诠释。〉刊于《国学与西学国际学刊》并获选为年度优秀论文;〈撒拉为何喜笑?〉刊于《金灯台》。

The SCM faculty and students, together with alumni and friends, were featured in one of 20 live-streamed worship services at the online 2021 Calvin Symposium on Worship. This service was woven around Psalm 29 and was seen worldwide. More details available here: https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/worship-with-singapore-bible-college-in-singapore.

Dr. Joseph Lee taught on “Spiritual Leadership” in a Master of Ministry course for music leaders and pastor-students mostly based in Indonesia, Singapore, and South Korea. He also preached on “Festival of Nine Lessons” at the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Singapore.

Dr. Myrleene Yap spoke at the worship services of International Evangelical Church Singapore and Abundant Life Baptist Church.

Over 20 choirs in Manila will perform online Dona Nobis Pacem composed by Mr. Eudenice V. Palaruan. The Singapore Symphony Chorus, for which Mr. Palaruan is the choral director, will perform online the sacred songs of Bach, Handel and Rutter for the Esplanade with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Financial Report 财务报告

General Fund 经常费

Income 收入
01/10/2020–31/12/2020 S$1,601,829.09
Expenditure 支出
01/10/2020–31/12/2020 S$1,442,864.69
Surplus 盈余 S$ 158,964.40
Accumulated Surplus 累计盈余
01/07/2020–31/12/2020
S$ 428,448.25