Thank you for the love and support you have shown Alberta Bible College over the years. We would not be in our 84th year of operation without friends and supporter like you. If you were not able to attend the installation service or the recent reunion for alumni from our beginnings to 1967, I hope you will find the report in the Evangel heart-warming and inspiring.
Evangel — Fall 2015
Message from the President
The movie “Inception” (2010) imagined the possibility of a dream happening within a dream. For those who love time-bending science fiction, this movie was two hours and three minutes of nerd heaven. Yet the notion of a dream within a dream is an interesting way to talk about the the dream that was and is Alberta Bible College.
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Helton’s speech at the installation service. Some of the wording has been slightly adapted for publication here.
Dreams can be scary. I am not speaking of nightmares that haunt our sleep. I am referring to dreams that stir our hearts and ignite an exuberant exhilaration and excitement within us, while at the same time, spawn sheer terror before the absolute impossibility of the dream becoming reality.
Dreaming can be an odd thing. As one comedian has put it: “I hate dreaming, because when you want to sleep, you want to sleep. Dreaming is work. Next thing you know, I have to build a go-cart with my ex-landlord.”
Marvel is the oldest surviving alumnus of Alberta Bible College. He graduated in 1949. He and his family have had a great impact on the life and legacy of ABC and the churches they have served over the years. We know that several would appreciate having the text of this letter so we have made it available here.
What’s New Around Campus
ABC hosted a visiting team from the Association of Biblical Higher Education (September 22–24). The visiting team was collegial in their working with us and our staff had a positive experience.
I recently crashed the reunion of ABC Alumni who had attended “Before Boyd” (Lammiman) in 1967. I say “crashed” because my first semester was his first year as President. Charlene Graffunder, President of ABC’s Alumni, beautifully planned the event.
Shakespeare depicted Hamlet as someone plagued by nightmares and considering if death might be an option. Hamlet wonders, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” A little later he speculates: “To sleep, perchance to dream: ay there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.” Hamlet considers that what he may face after death may not be better than the nightmares he knows.
Okay. Steady, now. No! Stop! Don’t turn there! My life as a librarian is that of a driving instructor. I take students fresh from social media and start them on the road to critical research. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that we use the term “information superhighway,” (although, the Internet informs me this term went out with the dinosaurs in the 1990s). When I dream of the future of libraries, I dare to dream…of paper.
From the Archives
The following are excerpts from the Alberta Christian, special edition, 1932. The dream of ABC is still alive and the mission of ABC is still as important as ever.
After many years of planning and fund-raising, the library floor was completed in July. Thank you to everyone who donated money, moved books, pulled up carpet or put in the floor. I would like to offer Jeffrey and Jennifer Brayne special thanks for helping to bring this project to completion.