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JOHN WESLEY; OR, TIE THEOLOGY a, b, c, of ecclesiastical knowledge: yet
of CONSCIENCE. By the Author of on these rudimentary truths our author the Philosophy of Evangelicism. writes in an oracular tone, and with no Second Edition. London: E. Stock, little vigour and vehemence. But he Paternoster Row.
seems to have been instigated to write This work, if not precisely a sequel to
in the strain he has chosen by the the “ Philosophy of Evangelicism,” by working of what he calls “a wicked the same author, owes its origin re- leaven" amongst them. He sees "the motely to that previous book, but more steady rising of ministerial assumption nearly to an unfavourable review of it and desire of aggrandisement-à dein the Wesleyan Magazine. Moved sire for high social position and recogby the strictures of that Review, the nised political power--a desire to anonymous writer has vindicated his make the Congregational ministry opinions in a Lecture on Wesley, and the acknowledged equal of the great in a long Introduction to the Lecture. worldly priesthoods, &c. Troubled The Introduction manifests great po- with these " visions of his head” he lemical ability, and is well worth a has been led to speak to his brethren careful reading. But its excellence is in a style a little too episcopal, yet eclipsed by that of the Lecture itself. perhaps quite pardonable under the We began our examination of it with circumstances. “ Flight from a fault," out any bias towards the unknown says the Roman adage, “leads to a author, but we were quickly drawn into fault.” Mr. Callaway evidently insympathy with the views advanced, tended to make his paper a kind of and soon felt ourselves to be under the ecclesiastical curb, wherewith to check spell of his scientific mind and skilful some of his forward and erratic brethren, pen. Having derived both instruction and judging of it from its intention we and stimulus from his little work, we may pronounce it very good. Whatstrongly recommend it to all who take ever is salutary is often severe, and proper interest in theological science. seldom pleasant: but this sharp instruIt presents John Wesley and his the- ment will hurt none but those who ology in a phase somewhat new to us; require restraining. and while it is well adapted to enlighten and quicken those who are outside the THE CURATE IN THE CRUCIBLE, by pale of Methodism, it may also be of an Atherstone Nonconformist, * is a lively good service to those who claim him
tract exposing the ignorance and hatred as their founder, and who are called by of some silly clerical scribe in the his name.
locality of Atherstone. The treatment
of the aggressor is as searching as was THE TRUE THEORY OF THE CHRIS, that of the fiery process of the defunct TIAN MINISTRY,* is the title of a paper Alchemist. read at a Conference of Ministers and Delegates of the Independent Churches at Coventry, by Mr. Calloway, of Bir. Good WORKS, a Lecture Expository and mingham, and reprinted from the
Controversial. By Peter Prescott, Nonconformist. We should not have
Wesleyan Minister. suspected that our Congregational THE Rev. Peter Prescott, taking the brethren were either so uninstructed or opportunity of hearing the well known so misinformed respecting the Christian George Dawson, Esq., of Birmingham, Ministry as to require the formal pre- was pained by the utterance of opinions sentation of such self-evident points as which he pronounces most pernicious this paper treats of. That a minister and most poisonous. He wrote a letter is a member of a Christian church-a to the preacher with a view to draw gifted member of it—and one elected bim into a discussion of the points at to rule and teach in it-this is the very issue, but Mr. Dawson declined discus* London: Arthur Miall.
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sion. Whereupon Mr. Prescott takes his text and expounds it in the orthodox style, interspersing controversial remarks on the errors spoken publicly in the “Church of the Saviour.” The whole is dedicated to Mr. Dawson's congregation.
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BACK TO LIFE.
BY MRS. JULIE T. INGERSOLL.
And prayed, “ Thy will be done," :
I go at early noon. And June with roses in her hair,
For now when autumn's purple wings And sanshine flashing through,
Are spread o'er hill and tree, Danced o'er the hills with step so rare A healing draught some spirit brings The blossoms burst and grew.
And life comes back to me. But sunshine's warm and fragrant breath, Life shorn of strength and mixed with pain, Brought strength to all but me;
Yet life for love and duty, Weary I lay and talked with death,
With heart to throb and glow again Glad, fearful to be free.
At earth's supernal beauty. . The world seemed drifting far away, Thou who in love hast sent to me Its joys I did not love;
Healing on autumn's wing, The morning of a brighter day
My broken heart an offering free, Shone on me from above.
Contrite to Thee I bring.
NEVER GIVE UP.
God has a blessing for those who work hard ;
And envy the measures from which you're debarred ?
Though the future looks lowering, and gloomy, and drear;
So keep up a brave heart and treed down your fear;
Though your burden be heavy, and dark be your way;
And when night is deepest then bursts forth the day;
UNION BAPTIST BUILDING
FUND. TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir,- Will you oblige by allowing me to announce in the Magazine that the Committee of the Building Fund will meet at Derby as early in the Association week as can be conveniently arranged. Time and place will be announced hereafter. Ministers who subscribe to the Fund are entitled to attend the meeting.
I am, dear Sir,
J. Thos. GALE.
the schedule for 1868 therewith. The worth of statistical information depends upon its complete accuracy and fulness. Exactness is tbe criterion of its value, as, indeed, it is of much besides. Christian conscience should certainly be put into Church Statistics.
Hoping that I may not have to complain as well as warn,
I am, my dear Sir,
JOHN CLIFFORD. 42, Alpha Road, N. W.,
May 22, 1868.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY. TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir,-I would again invite the attention of your readers to the advertisement of our General Assembly, and say that we shall be pleased to have the company of any of our brethren of the New Connexion at any part or all parts of our meeting. To myself in particular, who feel interest in your well being, and much sympathy with the essential spirit by which you are animated, their presence would be very acceptable.
JOSEPH CALROW MEANS. 21, New North Road, London, N.,
May 13th, 1868.
CONCERNING THE STATISTICS
OF THE CHURCHES. TO THE EDITOR
My dear Sir,-Allow me to call the attention of the brethren who have charge of the Statistics of the Churches to the mournful fact, that for more than six years my predecessors in office have printed very serious complaints concerning the “ carelessness' with which the Statistical Returns have been made to the Annual Association. The following quotations from the “ Minutes" have a force of their own, and ought not to be without effect in the proper quarter. “Of 156 churches the returns of ninety-three only harmonise with last year"—1859. “The returns of only seventy-eight churches are correct as compared with last year” —1864. “Many of the schedules are filled up 80 carelessly and inaccurately"-1867.
I remind and forewarn that I may not be compelled to complair. It is pleasanter to give counsel by which a fault may be avoided, than to utter rebuke of errors already committed. This year the statistics will be eagerly canvassed; and the question of our denominational progress will be answered in a great degree, though, of course, not wholly, out of the materials supplied by the figures inserted in the returns. Let every church-reporter, therefore, look carefully into the tables of last year, and be mindful to square
PROPOSED FUND FOR AUGMENT
ING PASTORS' INCOMES. TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir,-Can you oblige many of your readers by permitting the accompanying Report, presented to the Annual Meeting of the Baptist Union, to appear in your pext number?
I am, dear Sir,
Presented, April 30th, 1868. The Committee appointed at the Autumnal Session, to inquire into the practicability of making a provision whereby the sti. pends of our poorer ministers may be augmented," have to report that the follow. ing scheme of a Society has been submitted to them for consideration :
Object.—To induce and assist Churches of the Baptist denomination to provide an honourable maintainance for their pastors.
Rules.-I. All Churches or individuals contributing not less than £10 per annum to the Fund, shall be members of the Society.
II. The Fund shall be administered by a Committee, consisting of twenty brethren, who shall be elected at the annual meeting.
III. The Committee shall be empowered to decline or to return the contribution of any Church, but shall, in every such case, submit its decision for confirmation or reversal to the Annual Meeting.
IV. A meěting of the ministers and deacons of contributing but non-partici. pating Churches, and of other members of the Society, shall be held during the autumnal session of the Baptist Union; or, if no such session be held, at any place, in the month of October, the Committee may determine, to receive the Annual Report, distribute the fund, and elect the Com. mittee for the next year.
Bye-Laws.-I. The Committee to meet at the Baptist Mission House at least once in three months; seven to form a quorum.
II. The Committee to co-operate with the Baptist Fund.
III. The Committee to arrange with Association Auxiliaries that they shall determine on the claims of churches within their respective districts, subject to the approval of the Committee.
IV., The Committee to ascertain that the fund is not used to help an unworthy church or pastor, and that it secures a real augmentation of the minister's income. In furtherance of this object the Committee to seek, in concert with the Baptist Fund and Associations, to stimu. late the churches to give a just and liberal support to their pastors.
Although the Committee are not pre. pared to recommend the adoption of this or any other scheme, as, in their opinion, the time is not come for a final decision, they respectfully submit it for consideration and discussion, and they further suggest that Associations be requested to pronounce their judgment upon it, as well as upon the general subject of an Augmenta. tion Fund, at their next meetings. The Committee also recommend that the carrying out of this proposal be entrusted to the Committee of the Union, with an instruction to report thereon to the Autumnal Session.
LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE.—The next Conference will be held at Bourne, on Wednesday, June 10. The Rev. C. Payne, of Louth, is appointed to preach in the morning.
As the Home Mission accounts for the year will then be made up, it is very desirabe all monies should be sent to R. Wherry, Esq., Wisbeach, 'before that date.
THOMAS BARRASS, Secretary. Peterborough, May 15.
gress as a Denomination," was then read. He referred to various defects in our organization and agency; pointed out many things in which we might improve; presented some striking statistics and humbling facts; and called upon every lover of evangelical truth to increased exertion and activity. The writer was warmly thanked for his paper. A discus. sion followed, in which brethren Harrison, Cheatle (junr.), Billingbam, Lees, and Allsop, took part. Mr. Cheatie's remarks were especially weighty and suggestive.
The meeting for general business was held in the afternoon, the Rev. L. H. Parsons presiding. Brother J. H. Wood prayed. Encouraging reports were given from most, if not all, the churches. Sixtyone had been baptized, and forty remain as candidates. After reading and confirming the minutes of the last meeting, and payment of Conference expenses, it was resolved
1. That our next meeting shall be at Wolvey (God willing) on 29th September.
THE WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE assembled at Longmore Street chapel, Bir. mingham, on the 28th April.
The morning sitting was opened by the pastor of the church giving out a hymn, and prayer by brother Harrison.
The paper prepared by brother Cross, on “ The Probable Causes of our Slow Pro
2. The morning paper to be on “The Elevated Nature of the Spiritual Life, and the Means by which that Life may be main. tained."
3. That brother Lees, of Walsall, be the writer.
4. That brother Harrison, of Birming. ham, preach the Conference sermon.
Brother G. Cosins, of Cradley Heath, closed with prayer.
The evening service was commenced by brother J. H. Wood reading the Scriptures and prayer, and the Secretary preached from Jeremiah xiv. 8, 9.
This was our first meeting at Longmore Street chapel, and there was a general feeling of admiration of the convenient and elegant place of worship and its belongings, and of satisfaction at the excellent arrangements made for our entertainment by our Birmingham friends.
All the pastors in the Conference were present, and a large number of friends from Coventry, Longford, Walsall, &c. All the churches reported— thing to be desired and perpetuated.
SOLOMON S. ALLSOP, Secretary. Longford, May 7,
lease of the chapel, &c., to the Bucks Association, or to Mr. Page and his friends. That the committee consist of brethren Hood, Dancer, Sage, Lawton, Sanders, Preston, and Bunker.
3. That the next Conference be at Praed Street, Paddington, on the first Tuesday in October, and that brother Lawton be the preacher.
4. That brother Harcourt be requested to read his paper at the next Conference.
5. Brethren Batey and Goadby having left the district, this Conference hereby expresses its cordial esteem of these brethren, and earnestly prays that they both may be largely blessed in their new spheres of labour.
Towards the close of the meeting a por. tion of the time was spent in devotional exercises. Brethren Bunker, Quiney, and Lawton prayed.
Brother Preston preached in the even. ing on the scriptural authority and the usefulness of prayer meetings, from Acts xii. 12_“Where many were gathered together praying."
JOHN LAWTON, Secretary.
THE LONDON CONFERENCE met for business at Wendover, May 6, at two o'clock in the afternoon. The Rev. J. Sage presided over the meeting, and the Rev. W. Hood, of Ford, opened with prayer. But few of the churches sent statistics. Twenty-two were reported to have been baptized, and four to remain as candidates.
The Secretary reported that a few weeks after the last Conference information was sent to him that the Bucks Baptist Asso. ciation had commenced an effort to raise & cause at Aylesbury, that the committee had opened the Corn Exchange for worship, and that it had been proposed to invite the General Baptist ministers in the neighbourhood to join in the effort, and, therefore, that no plan for the conducting of service in the old chapel had been formed.
Resolved, 1. That since the Bucks Asso. ciation have commenced worship in the Corn Exchange, Aylesbury, we relinquish for the present our effort to re-open the old chapel as a preaching station.
2. A communication from Mr. Page, of Aylesbury, was read, respecting the prac. ticability of bringing the chapel property there, in some way, into use for the spread of Baptist principles in association with evangelical religion. Resolved, That a committee be now appointed to confer with the trustees of the Aylesbury pro perty as to the practicability of granting a
LONDON, COMMERCIAL ROAD. The Rev. Thomas Goadby, B.A., having accepted an invitation to take the charge of Osmaston Road church, Derby, farewell services were held in the above chapel on Sunday and Tuesday, April 26 and 28. On Sunday evening Mr. Goadby took for his text 2 Cor. xiii. 14, and preached a singularly touching and impressive discourse. The chapel was quite full, and some were unable to obtain admittance. On Tuesday evening a tea and public meeting was held, presided over by Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., LL.B., of Paddington. About three hundred sat down to tea, and the after meeting was very largely attended. During the evening, Mr. Quiney, the senior deacon, in an appropriate and touching speech, presented Mr. Goadby with the following address, elegantly en. grossed, signed by nearly three hundred members of the church and congregation, accompanied by a purse containing £25:
“April 28, 1868. Dear Sir,-We, the undersigned mem. bers of the church and congregation wor. shipping at Commercial Road chapel, desire, ere you leave us, to present you with a slight token of our high esteem and Christian regard, consisting of a purse of gold and this address. We thank you most sincerely for your unremitting and self-denying labours on behalf of this church and congregation, labours extend