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Congratulations to STS
This afternoon, I served as an external examiner to Sabah Theological Seminary where I examined a Master of Theology thesis written by a Dusun candidate, a bumiputra from Sabah. It was a joy to see another successful thesis passed, and more so this is a thesis done by a female bumiputra. Congratulations to Martinah who is currently under faculty development of Sabah Theological Seminary.
What is even more interesting is that bot the supervisor and internal examiner are orang putih who speak fluent Malay Language, much to the shame of a Malaysia who could not even strong together a sentence in perfect Malay.
Another Successful MTheo Candidate
Christian Education at SIBKL
I am privileged to be invited by the church to teach a module on 1 Corinthians as part of the Theological Programme. Held over a total of 6 daily classes of 3-hour each from April 18-23, more than 60 pastors and leaders from the church signed up for this class. I am deeply encouraged by the response this programme has generated.
Christian Education programme, planned and executed carefully and thoughtfully, will ensure that members of the congregation are equipped and prepared for service in the church and beyond. I applaud the Christian Education team that puts this programme together, and ensures that quality church based theological education remains accessible to everyone in the church.
I will be preaching a series of sermons for the upcoming Holy Week services at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Wangsa Maju, and Trinity Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya.
More than 70 participants filled the chapel of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia for the recently concluded 3rd Biblical Studies Seminar on 7th March 2016. Based on the theme "The Bible and Wealth and Poverty", a total of 3 papers with responses were offered. Drawing insights from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Sociological perspectives, the presenters and respondents guided the participants in exploring how the Scriptures deal with wealth and poverty and how this should be concretely applied in the Malaysian context. Much data and statistics were presented, highlighting the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the nation, and the church should be challenged in reaching out to those who are less fortunate.
3rd Biblical Studies Seminar
3rd Biblical Studies Seminar organised by Seminari Theoloji Malaysia
The 3rd Biblical Seminar Seminar will be held on 7 March 2016 (Monday) from 9am-5pm. The theme for this seminar is “The Bible and Wealth and Poverty” and three papers will be presented from the the perspectives of the Old Testament (Dr Peter Lau), New Testament (Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong) and Sociology (Chrisanne Chin), to be followed by responses for the papers (Pastor Renny Khoo, Rev Victor Lee and Rama Ramanathan respectively).
Theme: The Bible and wealth and poverty
Date: 7 March 2016 (Monday). 9am-5pm.
Free Admission. Registration by 1 March 2016
Venue: Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Lot 3011, Taman South East, 70100 Seremban
Registration and Contact: Mrs Ruth Tee (firstname.lastname@example.org)/Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong (email@example.com)
Tel: (06) 6322815.
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4th century synagogue, Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee
I will be conducting a short course on Archaeology and the New Testament as part of the Christian Education and Development programme for Petaling Jaya Evangelical Free Church.
This seminar, together with visual presentation, invites you to take an unforgettable journey to various archaeological sites and examine various inscriptions, numismatics, and other artifacts related to the New Testament. We will investigate the connection between archaeological evidence and the New Testament and how an understanding of the cultural and historical background of the 1st century can help us understand the Scripture better. For example: What was the significance of the city of Caesarea Philippi in which Jesus asked his disciples the crucial question of who he was? How would our understanding of the typical layout of a Roman house help us understand the problems and abuse of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Cor 11:17-34? What did archaeological evidence reveal about the city of Laodicea and the letter to this church in Rev 3:14-22?
There will also be practical sessions of how we could appropriately apply what we have learned in reading selected passages in the New Testament.
So, come and see, feel, and walk with Jesus in Galilee and Paul in the Mediterranean cities.
Date: January 16 & 30, 2016
Venue: Petaling Jaya Evangelical Free Church, Petaling Jaya.
For the first session on January 16, I will touch on Archaeology and the Ministry of Jesus while the next session on January 30, I will be covering Archaeology and the Ministry of Paul to the Gentiles.
For registration, please contact Petaling Jaya Evangelical Free Church by clicking here, or contact Pastor Melissa Chan (Tel: 03-7957 4341). There is a registration fee.
STM 33rd Graduation Service
Seminari Theoloji Malaysia held its 33rd Graduation Service earlier today at its Seremban campus, where a total of 64 graduands across all programmes received their diplomas.
Congratulations to my colleague, Dr Law Choon Sii, for receiving her DTheol (New Testament) degree from ATESEA.
STM now has one of the strongest faculty in biblical studies in the region comprising Rev Dr Ezra Kok (NT, Pauline Studies), Rev Dr Anthony Loke (OT, prophetic books), Dr Elaine Goh (OT, Wisdom Literature), Dr Peter Lau (OT, Narratives); Dr Law Choon Sii (NT, Gospels), and Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong (NT, Pauline studies). Please get in touch with us if you are keen to pursue postgraduate studies in biblical studies.
Teaching at SIBKL
Over a period of 5 evenings from June 29-July 3, about 40 leaders from SIBKL attended my lecture on NT Survey, which was one of the courses offered through the church's SOLID (School of Leadership Interning Disciples) leadership training proagramme. This was my second time teaching this course for the church (the first time was in 2013). It was a real privilege for me to be part of the team in training and discipling the leaders of tomorrow for the church. I wish more local churches in Malaysia could have programmes or courses like this to train many more leaders.
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