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Toronto Bible College
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THE BIBLE TRAINING SCHOOL
TORONTO, DECE^lIiER, ISQf).
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«Kkv. K.i.Muiii. iWMKxa. n. A. Presideiit.
Botlicdcii. Walmer Road. Toronto
lisi Spaauiii Ave., Toronto.
•JOSKI'II N. SiiKXsiKNK. Treasurer.
lij NValnKM- Koad, Toronto.
Rkv Wm. Stewakt, D.D.. rriMcO^aL
((H! Spadina Avenue. Toronto.
Rev. O. J. BiSHDf. Toronto Rev. D. McTavish. D.Se..
•J. R. Cavkks, Gait.
G. B. Mkadows, Toronto.
R. J. MONTOOMKKY,
*J. D. Na'smith, Toronto.
.John Northwav. Toronto
Rev. H M.Paksuns.D.D..
Thos. S. Coi.E, Toronto.
C C<X)K, Brantford.
J. W. Fi.AVKi.i-K, Toronto
Gko. FdSTKH, Brantford.
H. W. Fkost, Toronto.
J. J. Gar rsHoUK, Toronto
C. S. GzowsKi..Jr..Toronto j^,,,,; i'ksmax, Par
K. M. HuBsox, Shanghai, j^ j Rkysolks, Brock-
George W. Honcriis. 3 ^y Rouertsox. Kinp:-
St. Catliiirines. ston.
*Rev. E Hix.i ER. M.D.. »^ Sampson, Toronto.
Toronto. ^^^. j3 g,.^.^.^^.„
Kev. ii'REO. K. Ilowirr. p r G.S., Brantford.
Handlton. j^. ^^^. ^^^^^ Toronto.
Rev. T. B. HV1.E. Toronto. ^^^, ^ w.„.,^.,ce.
R. KiLGOiR, Toronto. Belleville
J. Mackay, Woodstock, nyy th<»s. Warhrofk.
Rev.R.P. MacKav, B.A , D.D., Gutlpli.
The memhers irlinne nnines are inarkvl thug 'form
the F.rtcutive Council.
The names of other friend" in iini>ortant centri-f an-
yet to lie added lo the General Coniuil.
Oi'R Djcsion. -The jjreat flcsifjn of tlic
School is tlie training of con.stv.rated nun
and women for Ciiristian service at liome
No Dbbt.— In caiTviiiir on the School,
the Officers and Council desire not to in-
cur any debt. They look to the Lord foi
the necessary means, as He may put ic
into the hearts of His people to i^ivj t!."'-
roNTUinuTiON'S.— Aay friends desirii.f_
to have fellowship in tlie work, may send
their contrilnitions to the Treasurer, lt>
Walmer Road, Toronto, or to the Secre-
tary, (>8l Sjiadina Avenue. Toronta
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iNsiKicroRs ank Lecturers tOr iwi.l-'.t ;.
W.M. Stewart. D.I).
W.M. MaiWim.iam. LL.B.
Ei,.M<)RE Harris, B A.
T. C. Des Harres, .\I.A.
W. .1. Kl!!>.MAX, D.D.
K. llonl'EK. M.D.
T. B. Hvi.E.
, I). McTavisii. U.S( .
W. (;. .\I<K.REIIEA1>. 1).1».
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The second session of the School opened
with a very encouraging attendance. The
enrolment of rei^ular students in the Day
Classes up to the end of November has
been 37, of whom 1<> are young men. The
enrolment in the Evening Classes at t^e
same date is 104. Three of the l>ay stu-
dents have had to leave on account of ill-
healtli, much to their regret and ours:
but we hoiie they will soon l)e enabled to
resume their .studies witli us. The attend-
ance at the Evening Classes has been more
regular than last session, and a deep in-
terest is taken in the more thorough
course of study that is now pursued. We
are thankful that so many consecrated
young men and women are now receiving
instruction in the School and we will
gladly welcome others of similar sjiirit.
Onr earnest and prayerful desire is that
the School may be used of the Lord to
equip very many for effective service in
• very part of the world .
TiiK lirst of the special Lecturers for
the present session was the Itev. W. J.
Erdiniiii, D.I)., of Philadelpliia. He gave
two woeks of valued services both to the
Day anil Eveninj; Classes. To the former
he lectured on the Epistles to the Gal-
atiaus and Colossians, giving an admir-
able analysis of both, while the latter
were conduct fd throut;h a thorough
course of study on "The Glorj- of God."
Manj' visitors attended the classes during
Dr. Erdman's instructions.
The second of the siiecial Lecturers v^ras
the Rev. Dr. Hooper, of Toronto, who
gave a course of four studies on " The
Tabernacle," illustrating his subject bj'
an excellent model. The spiritual truths
taught by the different parts and arrange-
ments of the sacred jilace were clearly and
A third course of lectures on special
aspects of Missionary work is now being
given on alternate Fridays by Kev. K. P.
Mackay, Foreign Mission .Secretary of the
;e'-:an Church. These are able,
iveaud pfiiilij'rly valuable to our
students, who all have a deep intercsf in
Missions, and many of whom are lookinj^
forward to labors in ^e Foreign Field.
The President of tlic School, Rev.
Eluiure Harris. l)Huins tin's month a ( ourse
of lectures to theTue.'iday evening class on
the IZpistle to the Hel>re\vs.
\'ery interesting lectures have been
given to the students by Rev. A. S. Lamb,
of the North African Mission, on Moham-
me<lanisni. and the Work among the Ka-
byles: by Mr. Horace Govan, on the
Work of the Faith Mission of Scotland in
the neglected districts of the old land ;
and by Rev. I). Herron, representing the
Mi.-sion to the Lepers in India. The ad-
dre.H,s«'H of these experienced and devoted
Hervants of the Lord have been found to
>ie most instructive and stimulating.
' ral additional gifts have been pre-
1 to our little librar}', among
which are .some eighty books from Mr.
.T. D. -\a-smith. A reading table with
•(ome excellent perio<licals lias been lately
Iw'gun. Donations of suitable books and
l»aper» are much needed.
Regular Work of the School.
The following is the schedule of work in
the Day Classes for the present term : —
Monday, Wednesuay and Friday.
9.0(> to f).5()— New Testament Gi-eek.
J»..">0 " 10.00— Opening Exercises.
10.00 " 10.40— Old Testaments
Exegesis I two
" — Harmony of I classes.
10.10 " 11.20— New Testament, Outlines
11.20 " 12.(M)- Bible Doctrines.
Alternate Fridays — Lectures on Practi-
cal Work, and Missionary Addreises.
Tuesday and Thursday.
9.00 to 9.50— English.
9.50 " 10.00— Opening Exercises.
10 00 " 10.40— Evidences of Christianity.
10.40 " 11.20— Preparation for Bible Read-
" " — Homiletics— ]\Ien.
11.20 " 12.00— Bible Doctrines.
A Devotional hour every Tuesday.
These classes are conducted by Dr.
Stewart and Mr. MacWilliam. The lec-
tures on Practical Work by ^Ir. Fergu-
son are a new and much appreciated
feature of the course.
The Tuesday' evening class lias been en-
gaged in the study of Bible I)octrines and
Outlines of the New Testament Books,
wliile the Thursday evening class has
been occupied with the Harmony of the
Gospels, and Old Testament Outlines.
Public Opening Meeting.
The public opening meeting of the
Bible Training School was held in the
Northern Congregational Church, of this
city, on the evening of October 8th. The
president. Rev. Elmore Harris, occujjied
the chair, and there was a large atten-
dance. Messrs. Hyde, Hooper, Denovan
and Stewart took part in the proceedings,
and Dr. Erdman delivered a very able ad-
dress on Bible study. The meeting was
profitable in itself, and helpful in bringing
I he work of the School before the Christian
public of Toronto.
The subjects selected for the essays of
the present term have been:— "The
Me.ssiah in the Pentateuch" "The Epistle
to the (Jalatians" "The Attributes of
(iod"and"The Missionarv .Tonrncvs of
Students' Public Meeting:.
The followint; is the programme of the
first students" public meeting? of tlie ses-
sion, to be lu'ld in the lecture room of the
Walmer lload Cliurch, on the evening of
Fridaj', l.)eceml)er (itli : —
Tlie Powtr of I'niver J. H. Bruce.
Paul, tlu> MiAsionarv -Vi.i» A. FiaHnr.
„ . ,,, , , .,, „ i Miss K. liichaiilson.
Tli.C'liristiaii's Offering L.S. Sirrell.
Thf 0<>i«lniv« of CicHl Mrs. ./. K. M'utsoii.
Quarti'ttt'. '-Help Mu to f Sfessrs. Dri/c., Iliiirdl,
W Hilly " I Sirrell iiinl U'ih-nx.
The Claim* of Mi.islons J. H'. U'ilmx.
God"s K«H.M>iiitJ Power Miss li. fl. Wood.
Solo, " GikI will Take Care of You. "
Miss E. Richardson.
KKMAUKS AND FRKE-WIL OKKERINliif.
Quartette, "The Whole I Messrs. Beare, Bryce,
Wide World for Je.<u^<."\ Burrell and M't/cox.
All friends of the School are cordially in\ited.
divide the Word of Truth, a f?reat work.
in these clays of doubt and unbelief, would
The exi>enses are considerable for in-
structors, si)ecial lecturers and incidentals ,
and we require for this session, l8'J5-4>,
$8000. We have no reserve fund, and
have to look to the Lord's stewards to
help us to carrj' on the work with their
free-will offerings. So far, in donations
from friends, we have had Slloi) promised
for this session's needs, and we hope you
may see your way to help us to make up
the balance of $l<iOi), to enable us to carry
on this work, which we feel sure is full of
the deepest interest to our Saviour and
His coming kingdom.
Need of Support.
The following Statement of the work
and claims of the School has been prepared
by Mr. Ferguson. We trust it will receive
the prayerful consideration of our
i-eaders : —
The School was started to give, free of
any charge, a two yeais' course of pre-
paration in Bible training and methods of
practical work, to fit those for useful
service in Mission work, either at home
or abroad, who, having heard God's call
to service, were yet unable to respond
through lack of needful training.
It is interdenominational, and at pre-
sent eight different denominations are
represented among the students, who
come from all parts of the Dominion.
The Foreign Mission Committee of the
Presbyterian Church in Canada, recog-
nizing the need of such training, have
decided to send their latly candidates to
The intelligent interest of these earnest
young people, as the truths of God's word
are opened up systematically before them,
and as they grasp what Bible study truly
means, is most touching, and instances
might be given of true blessing and in-
spiration received. If nothing else was
attained than the careful study of the
Scriptures by so many, and the sending of
them forth to life's duty able rightly to
Summer Mission Work.
During the summer vacation, quite a
number of the students were engaged in
preaching the (Gospel in different necessi-
tous fields. Mr. C W. Higgins laboured
in Sprucedale, Ont., and surrounding
stations ; Mr. Ed. Valiant i,. Royce
Avenue, Toronto ; Messr.^. Burrell and
Finch in Eastern Avenue Mission, To-
ronto; Mr. L. N. Sirrell in East Temple-
ton, Que.; Mr. Jas. Currie in Lticknow,
Ont. Mr. W. G. White, Bible Society
colporteur, labored among the red men of
the Tuscarora Reservation, not a few of
whom were brought to the Saviour. On
other fields, also, there was special bless-
ing ; while all the students had to rejoice
in some seals to their ministry.
A class of some ten young men formed
in Brantford by the late Mr. T. M. Harris
for Bible study, is now receiving outline
lessons from the School on Bible doctrines
and the preparation of Gospel addresses.
Dr. Stewart hopes to visit the class two
or three times during the session. The
field of usefulne.ss thus providentially
opened maj' possibly lead to the formation
of similar classes' in other important
Rev. Dr. Stifler of Crozer Sheological
Seminary. Chester, Pa., is expected to
lecture both to the Day and Evening
Classes in the early part of February.
Dr. Stifler is the author of an able work
on the Acts of the Apostles, and one of
the best Bible teachers on the continent.
The Student Volunteer Band.
Miss A. Kkaskr. S^oretary of the Band,
writes as follows : — We have, in addition
to our roynhir work, orjjanized this term
a local l)raiu'h of the " Student Volunteer
Movement for Foreign Missions." Miss
Lyon, of Chicago, visited our School
several months nao and spoke to us of
this preat movement, nr^inji; the students
to form a Hiunl in connection with the
School. .\t the bey;innini!: of this term
H sttwlents sifjiicd the declaration cards,
plediiinc their lives for work in the fore'fjn
fields, if Cod permits. Since that time five
more names have heen added. We have
a Prayer Circle in connection with the
Band, and many of the students belonj?
to this, as their work for the present
.seems to he at hoinp. but they are one in
heart with us. Two of our number
Joined the movement while at theChicac;o
iible Institute. We purpose during; the
fominu months to visit the Voune; Peo-
l>ie's Societies of the city and hold meet-
inu;s, and in this way to win many more
lives for that great work. We held the
first of these meetings in the Queen Street
Presbyterian Church on the 25th Nov.
•Studknts may enter the School at any
The written examinations at the close
of this term will be held Dec. 18th, 19th,
Several new students are expected at
the opening of the se(;ond term of the
session on Monday, .January (>th. 1896.
The following are the donations for the
work received by the Treasurer since last
acknowledgment : —
Previovisly acknowledged, $2,81 7. nO.
§ .". 00
No. 75 -
$ 25 00
No. 7f) -
No. 77 -
No. 78 -
1 iMtiNo. 79 -
No. 80 -
No. 81 -
No. 82 -
2t) (»ojNo. 83 -
• 19 -
.". OO'No. HI -
15 otJjNo. &5 -
2.50 i>ONo. 8() -
20 0») No. 87 -
The great<»r part of the funds received
since last acknowledgment was used to
pay the deficiency of the first year.
.Joseph N. Siienstone,
Practical Work of the Students.
All the student.s of the day classes con-
tinue to give a certain portion of their
time every week to practical Christian
work. In teaching Sabbath Schools and
Bible Classes, in conducting Mission ser-
vices, in filling preaching appointments,
in hospital visitation, and in other lines of
usefulness, the young men find ample em-
ployment. The young women also are
busy, three of them being Bible women,
two nurses of the sick, one a worker
among the deaf and dumb, and others in
different spheres are usefull3' employed in
the Master's service. The weekly reports
indicate that God's blessing is resting on
all this varied labor.
Additions to the Council.
The following gentlemen, residing in
different parts of the province, have
kindly consented to act as members of the
general council : — Revs. Dr. Wai'drop of
(ruelph, F. E. Howitt of Hamilton, and
R. P. Mackay of Toronto, with Mr. John
Penman of Paris, and Mr. C. Cook of
Brantford. These esteemed brethren
have a deep interest in the work of the
School, and we anticipate much benefit
from their counsel and co-opei"aLlon.
For the Foreign Field.
Miss Laura A. Wigle. B. A., a student
of last session, has gone to Japan under
the auspices of the Woman's Missionary
Society of the Methodist Church of
In the last comjianies of missionaries
sent out by the China Inland Mission
were tenor twelve who have been regvilar
or occasional students with us. These
friends are constantly remembered by us
in our prayers.
There will be a vacation of two weeks
at Christmas, the lectures of the present
term closing on Fridaj', Dec. 20th.
Dr. Erdman was greatly pleased with
the earnest spirit of the students. He
said it was a joy to him to lecture to such
In addition to his weekly lecture to the
evening class on the Epistle to the Heb-
rews, .Mr Harris exjiects to begin in .Janu-
ary a regular course of lectures to the
Day Classes on the " Hi.story of Chri.stian
.Missions.'' Rev. T. B. Hyde's course on
the Acts of the Apostles, will also begin
in .January, and Dr. Parsons on " Dispen-
sational Truths" and Dr. McTavish on
the subject, "After the Exile" will
follow later in the term.