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claim of supremacy-and Christ's success in His work. It is pleasing to find a writer who has so ably and thoroughly vindicated the divinity of our Lord speaking so fairly and favourably of a contemporaneous production, which some have severely condemned, but which commends itself to our judga ment as one of the best works ever written on Christ's humanity. Until the author of Ecce Homo fulfils his purpose to follow it up with a second work, we may recoinmend that Mr. Liddon's lectures be read in connection with it. For the book entitled “Ecce Deus," as compared with either of these, is mere bathos and gasconade -an unpleasant mixture of verbosity and vehemence. We are not now reviewing that book; but any one familiar with the “Pulpit Analyst” will see a Parker's pen in many parts of it, especially in such sentences as this : “ Life is not spheral ; at first it is but an arc, and law assists in the extension of the periphery, and corrects, sometimes severely, every aberration of the unsteady or unwilling hand ''!

Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.'”

The lecturer then proceeds to trace this in detail, observing that there are three distinct bearings of the doctrine of Christ's divinity to be considered. It protects truths prior to itself, and belonging both to natural and revealed theology. Again, it illuminates the meaning of truths which are, humanly speaking, below it, and which can only be duly appreciated when they are referred to it as justifying and explaining them. Lastly, it fertilizes the Christian's moral and spiritual life, by supplying a motive to the virtues which are most characteristically Christian, and without which Christian ethics sink down to the level of a merely natural morality.

Expanding these three views, the author shews, first, the conservative force of the doctrine in protecting the idea of God in human thought, which idea is not guarded by Deism, and which is wholly destroyed by Pantheism. And still further, in securing the true dignity of man. In treating of the illuminating force of the doctrine, he states that it implies Christ's infallibility as a teacher-explains the atoning virtue of His death, and the supernatural power of the sacraments (the one flaw in the book), and irradiates the meaning of His kingly office. Under the ethical fruitfulness of the doctrine he first meets the objection, that a divine Christ is no standard for our imitation, and shews that an approximate imitation of Christ is secured by the reality of His manhood, and by His imparted grace. This is followed by proofs from the history of the Christian era, that a belief in Christ's Godhead has fostered and propagated virtues which were not promoted by paganism and naturalism.

The volume closes with several pages of notes, explaining and criticising works on our Lord's life and character, such as those of Strauss, Schenkel, Ewald, Keim, Renan, ending with Ecce Homo. In his estimate of the real nature of the latter work, he displays both acuteness and candour, and says that especial acknowledge ment is due to the author of Ecce Homo for the emphasis with which he has insisted on the following truths: Christ's moral sublimity - Christ's

RETROSPECT and FORECAST are titles of two sermons by the Rev. James Mursell, of Kettering, preached in October last. They relate to the missionary enterprise. One of the discourses takes a survey of the results of missionary work since 1792. The other considers the present position and probable prospects of the enterprise with a view to ascertain whether there be anything to awaken solicitude respecting it, and whether by any modification of existing plans of working greater prosperity may be gained in the future. Mr. Mursell thinks that a change is visible in the feeling and attitude of the churches towards the missionary societies which they continue to support; and that earnest thought respecting those societies is demanded by the state of debt which

hand, and by the deficient supply of missionaries on the other. He therefore invites consideration to the spirit in which we engage in missionary work—to the scale and manner of contributing money to it—and to some revisal of our methods of foreign labour. He thinks missionaries should

restrict themselves more than they of the information which is furnished have done to evangelistic labours; by common almanacks besides. that there should be more confidence The Hive is a new penny periodical in native churches, and a fuller em- intended to furnish material for workployment of native agency; and that ing Sunday school teachers. Its first the growing costliness of missionary number promises, by the aid of able life and labour will demand the wisest writers, to supply the earnest with thought that can be given to it. As wholesome stimulus -- to direct the Mr. Mursell is a successor, though and searcher after truth where he may remote one, of the first secretary of find his reward--and to enable the the Baptist Mission, there was a pro- worker rightly to use the best material priety in his preaching these sermons for his work. Besides short essays in Fuller chapel, Kettering. And as and illustrations of obscure texts, there the sermons deal with the subject are annotations on selected lessons for without any dogmatism-in a spirit of use in class, and something like skele. warm attachment to the good cause, tons of addresses for those who speak and as they offer practical suggestions from the desk. Whether there is unaccompanied by any startling propo- room for even this small “Hive" to sitions, we think he has done wisely in stand amongst the other productions committing his thoughts to the press. which are sustained by Sanday school They are given in a neat volume, pub- teachers, we cannot foretell; but if it lished by Mr. E. Stock, 62, Pater is found on examination to contain noster Row.

what is adapted to aid the most needy order of religious workers anywhere to

be seen, it will no doubt gain adinisBRIEF NOTICES.

sion into circles where more costly

publications cannot enter. THE PROTESTANT DISSENTERS' THE LIFE OF JESUS FOR. YOUNG ALMANACK AND POLITICAL ANNUAL PEOPLE is dedicated to them by the contains ninety pages of closely printed editor, Mr. B. Clarke. Part I. conmatter, some of which is of general tains thirty-two neatly printed and interest, but the larger portion of profusely illustrated pages. It cannot which is especially important to Non- fail, where it is introduced, to become conformists. We wish our readers a favourite with the children in our would encourage such a publication, as families. The engravings are exit answers all the purposes of an quisite. almanack, and, in addition, keeps them The FREEMAN NEWSPAPER — the well informed on points pertaining to organ of our body-appeals for inthose religious and political events creased support as essential to its conwith which they ought to be identi tinuance. Will our General Baptist fied. Like all works of its class, this friends do their share in maintaining annual has some errors relating to this valuable paper, which, under its names, which can only be avoided by present management, is in no respect the latest corrections. And it seems inferior to its able contemporary, the deficient in reference to the literature Nonconformist? We know that many of Dissenters. But with these draw- among our section of the body have a backs it is worth far more than the strong objection to its price, and we sixpence it costs.

should be glad if its proprietors could We take this opportunity of advising see the wisdom of making it accessible our readers, especially our pastors and to greater numbers by cheapening it. deacons, to procure the forthcoming But to expect its issue at the small BAPTIST HAND-BOOK. We are aston- charge of one penny—the price of ished to find how little it is known in “The Christian World" and " The many Baptist circles, and how few, to Christian Times" — is most unreawhom it might be of great service, are sonable. willing to spend upon it the single sixpence which it costs. If we care We have received the Sunday Magato know our own people, ministers, zine - The Scattered Nation - The churches and institutions, this Annual Sword and Trowel—The Play Hour, will supply our want, and give us most &c., &c.

MY WINTER FIRE. My winter fire! I like thee well,

But while thy force my body feels, For in thee various yirtues dwell;

Thy influence o'er my spirit steals; Thy looks are pleasant to mine eyes, * And oft to thee mine eyes I turn Thy lessons tend to make me wise.

For “thoughts that breathe, and words

that burn." Where can I meet, among my race,

Those breathing thoughts I fix on Him A friend who wears a kindlier face,

Who fires the flaming seraphim; Beaming with rays of light and heat, Those burning words shall speak His To make my favoured home more sweet? praise

Whose light illumines all my days. When all without is bleak and bare, Whilst feeding thee, when thou art low, And frost or damp pervades the air,

To make thee burn with brighter glow, Near thee, within my cosy room,

I would my heart might warmer be I sit exempt from cold or gloom.

With love to Him “ who first loved me."


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Communicated by the Writer. THERE was once a Man whose name of the House had gone for a ride in a was LOUIS. He had no house of his Cab, and never came back. At first own; but he was very keen to get Louis said, he had only come in beone. And so, one day, he crept into cause some of the Servants bad asked a large Mansion which stood on the him, and because he wanted a Place. other side the River, and was built in When the Servants were called, they the style of the French. The Master said that though they had not asked him in, they had known an Uncle of the false cruel hand he held out to his, who was a very strong Man, and them. But when they found that he had been a great Butcher in his time. had married a charming Wife, and that LOUIS was not very strong, but they he was getting very strong and rich, thought he would do very well to sit they began to relent. One after the at the top of the Servants' Table, and other they went to see Him, to sit at

Ja tha Meat. So. by their kind bis Table, and to look at the Dogs word, Louis got his Place.

which barked so very loud. Even a But when he had held it a little nice motherly old Lady, who lived while, he began to fret because he was across the River, and whose name was not Master, and could not call the BRITANNIA, went to visit that wicked House his own. At last his heart Man, and let him kiss her cheek, grew so hot in him that he began to although she hated his bad ways. plot with the Stable-Boys, who were Now Louis's next door Neighbour great friends of his, how the Dogs that on one side was a certain VICTOR, who guarded the House might be won over had a nice large House to which be to his side. These Boys knew all the had lately added many new Rooms. tricks of the Stable, and they gave But though his House was large and LOUIS tit-bits for the Dogs till the handsome, it had, as many Houses poor Brutes liked him better than any have, a Closet, in which there sat a one else in the World. LOUIS soon Skeleton. This Skeleton was dressed found that the upper Servants would like a Shepherd, and his Closet was have nothing to say to him or his Plot; the chief Room of the House. He, that the Dogs and the Stable-Boys too, had many bad ways. If anybody were all he could trust. And I think did not do as he bade them, he would he would never have tried to seize the sit and swear at them till his tongue House, if some of the lads had not had was black with curses. He swore so more pluck than he, and kept him to loud that the whole House was in an his Plan.

uproar, and his bad words were heard One night, when it was very dark, far and wide. Then he would not let Louis and these bad Boys out of the VICTOR or any member of the family Stable armed themselves with pistols, so much as share the Room with bim, let all the Dogs loose, and broke into though it belonged to them and not to the House. Louis, it is said, soon lost him. If they tried to come in, he heart, and went and shut himself up would begin to curse at them, and in a little Green Closet where he was hark on to thein a Pack of Curs who safe. But the Boys and the Dogs were always fawning or barking about went into every Room. They shot or his heels. Nay, this bad Shepherd pulled down all the good Servants who would often turn Butcher; and, indid their duty. They robbed and stead of laying down his life for the packed off every member of the Family Sheep, would lay their lives down, as who did not run away, which most of many as two thousand in one day, them did. Many lives were lost, and rather than move into any other House, the House smelt of blood for many a or even into another Room. day.

VICTOR thought it was hard that he LOUIS was now Master, and had a should have such a horrid Skeleton in House of his own. He did his best to his House, taking up the best Room in smother the smell of blood, and to it, and keeping the whole Farnily restwipe out its stains. He employed a less and unquiet. So, to get well out great many Workmen to paint and of the scrape, he made up his mind to adorn the House; and got up many ask his neighbour Louis to come to his pretty Shows to amuse them and the help. He had good cause to ask him, Servants. And though there were so for Louis had helped him once before. many Dogs about the House already, One of the most ancient and beautiful He got together a still larger Pack, Chambers in his House had long been whose bark was very loud. Then, haunted by a cruel German Ghost. feeling that he was safe, he began to This Ghost Louis, who was well up in enjoy himself, and to ask his Neigh- all Dark Arts, had helped him to lay bours to his Table. At first they were in the bottom of the Red Sea. So that very shy of him, and would not take it was very natural for VICTOR to hope

that LOUIS would aid him to be quit of the Skeleton which was now doing him 80 much harm. But LOUIS was afraid of the Skeleton, though he was not afraid of the Ghost, and would not help VICTOR to be rid of it. “I will try by myself, then," said VICTOR, “for I can't stand this any longer.” “No, you shan't,” said LOUIS; “I insist on your leaving the Skeleton alone." * But my House is not my own so long as he stays in it,” pleaded poor VICTOR. “I don't care for that,” replied LOUIS, “there he is, and there he shall stay. Bless my soul, why he might come and disturb my House, if he were to leave yours.”

But what was funniest of all was this LOUIS, as you have heard, had stolen into the house in which he lived, and made it his by violence and murder. Yet when VICTOR, whose House was his own, asked LOUIs to help him get hold of that best Room which had

been stolen from him, LOUIS pretended to be very much hurt. He said he hated all violent ways, and never could permit them. He who had done wrong by force would not hear of his Neighbour using force to get his right! To name such a thing to him was to insult him. To speak of it with bonhomie which is a French word, ard means that VICTOR had put on a “hail fellow, well met" air—was the worst insult of all. And then, to show how much he hated force, he used all his force to keep that wicked Skeleton in poor VICTOR's house.

This is as far as the story has gone yet; but I dare say it will have a sequel some day. And, meantime, is it not strange how a Rogue forgets his tricks when they are past, and becomes so honest a man that he scents roguery even in the honest purpose of an honest Neighbour?




The next MIDLAND CONFERENCE will meet at Baxter Gate chapel, Lough. borough, on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Rev. W. Bailey, of Wymeswold, is expected to preach in the morning; in case of failure, the Rev. J. Woolley, of Leicester. C. CLARKE, Secretary.

The YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE ConFERENCE assembled in Tetley Street chapel, Bradford, on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1867.

At the morning service the Rev. W. Evans, of Stalybridge, read the Scriptures and prayed; and the Rev. N. H. Shaw, of Dewsbury, preached an earnest sermon on love to Christ from Luke x. 424" But one thing is needful.”

In the afternoon the Rev. B. Wood, pastor of the church, presided, and the Rev. R. Hardy, of Queensbury, offered up prayer. From the reports of the churches it appeared that thirty-nine had been baptized since the last Conference, and that forty-six remained as candidates for baptism and church fellowship.

After the doxology was sung, the chairman announced that we were favoured with the presence of the Rev. J. Bloomfield, minister of West Gate chapel, and invited him to come and take a seat on the platform. The rev. gentleman complied with the invitation, and at the close of the Conference expressed his gratification with what he had seen and heard, and his good wishes for the prosperity of our section of the Baptist denomination. It was also announced that the Rev. S. Pilling was present, a young gentleman who had till lately been a minister amongst the Free Church Methodists, but who, having changed his views on the subject of baptism, was baptized at Lineholme a short time since, and was now open to preach for any of the churches. At the invitation of the chairman he also took his seat on the platform.

The following business was then transacted. It was resolved

1. That the minutes now read be, and are hereby, approved and confirmed.

The Rev. Jas. Dearden having stated that the church at Lydgate, of which he is pastor, earnestly desired to be connected with this Conference and with the Association, it was resolved

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