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tion of Judaism from its tribal limitations, and its realization of the beneficent universality that occasionally shone forth with magnificent splendours in the visions of the Hebrew prophets. The “theses” of this new Luther are, (1) the abandonment of the Messianic hope; (2) the inculcation that a resettlement in Palestime would, be a retrogression and not an advance; (3) the denial of the verbal inspiration of the Old Testament; (4) the incompleteness of the Mosaic law; (5) rejection of the authority of the Talmudic laws; (6) optional character of the legal, hygienic, and agrarian laws of the Pentateuch; (7) reduction of the feasts and fasts to the Sabbath (which may be on the Christian Sunday), Passover, and four others; (8) adoption of the vernacular of each country for the larger part of the synagogue service; (9) proclamation of the—Unity of God; His just judgment of the world; the free relation of every man to God; the continual progress of humanity; the immortality of the soul; and the divine election of Israel “to a religious mission not yet fulfilled.” The project itself is suggestive of the change which is coming over God's ancient people through the genial and Christian treatment they are receiving at the hands of the most thoroughly Christianized countries. That such a vision is possible is a forcible witness to the deeply fixed changes that have taken place in the thinking both of Jews and of Christians.
X. SHALL THE Gover NMENT SANCTION WICE-The report of the majority of the Committee on the Contagious Diseases Acts has in it a threat of the extension of these iniquitous and immoral Acts to London, and to other than military towns. The hour is critical. Ministers and members of our churches should make themselves acquainted with the state of the case, get up meetings to protest against the Acts, and petition for their instant repeal. Women, especially, should bestir themselves in this holy cause, and hasten the hour when this fearful infamy shall be cleared from our legislation.
A special convocation for prayer and conference will be held in London on Jan. 24 and 25. Could not similar meetings be held in our large towns?
XI. “Stole—that Is, Borrowed"— was the explanation offered the other day concerning a book that had been loaned; and then, without the permission of the owner, appropriated. Query—(1) What is the right name for man or woman who borrows a book and never takes any pains to return it? (2) What action should a Christian church take towards one of its members who borrows half-adozen volumes, and is so attached to them that he cannot endure them out of his sight? (3) Suppose said member a minister, what then? This case of casuistry we commend to all, whom it concerns.
THE BOOK OF GENESIS. With Introduc
tion and Notes by Dr. Marcus Dods.
Edinburgh: T. do T. Clark. ThIs is one of the valuable series of Handbooks for Bible Classes issued by the Messrs. T. & T. Clark, and is not inferior to any one already sent forth incompleteness and compactness of treatment, fulness and competency of knowledge, simplicity of arrangement, clearness of statement, and general fitness for its purpose. Dr. Dods accepts the undeniable position that three or four hands contributed to the production of the book; but recognizes “a central thread of narrative running through the whole, and lying like a keel or skeleton, entire and complete in itself, even when the superimposed portions are removed.” He, therefore, speaks of an Elohistic narrative, a Later Elohist section, a Jehovist portion, and a “Redactor,” or revising
editor. So, on the question of authorship, he says, “The first five books are called the Books of Moses, but this expression is used loosely, not implying that, strictly speaking, they are all, and in every part, from the hand of Moses; but mainly that these books contain the law of Moses, and can claim his authority.” The “Notes” are restricted to the most necessary points, and though brief, are pithy and pertinent, and supply what is needed. The Bible Class teacher and pupil will find it a thorough vade mecum to Genesis.
THE REFORMATION. By T. M. Lindsay,
M.A., D.D. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. IT might seem to some that a work on the Reformation could scarcely be placed in a series of “Handbooks for Bible Classes;” but a little reflection on the central and dominant position of the Bible in that great Religious Revival, will be sufficient to indicate that as a bible class could scarcely more profitably engage some portions of its time than in a consideration of the Genevan, Swiss, Scotch, and English Reformation; so no manual, other than one on a book of the Bible, could give greater promise of aid. Dr. Lindsay has compressed the long story with faultless skill, and presented in an easily remembered manner, the controlling facts of that mighty European movement; but it is in the fourth book he is at his best, as he presents a sound, succinct, and comprehensive philosophy of the Revival. This is a monogram worthy of all praise. The book is enriched with a chronological summary and index.
ANDREw FULLER. By his son Andrew Gunton Fuller. Hodder do Stoughton. FULLER of Kettering, the simple sturdy preacher, keen theological writer and debater, and earnest advocate of missions to India, is as familiar to grown Baptists as anyone who has borne the Baptist name, unless it be his heroic comrade William Carey; but Fuller, the bold, fearless, and good son, the kind, affectionate, and devoted husband; the anxious and wise father, the tried and persevering village preacher, appears in this volume of “Men worth remembering” as we have not met with him before. We see him in his home and habits as he lived; can watch the slow and painful discipline to which he was subjected, and estimate the relation of the years of preparation to those of fuller work and rich harvest. The subject of the biography is of real worth; and its treatment is specially interesting.
NETTIE AND KATE; oR, ONwaRD To THE HEIGHTs of LIFE. Hodder do Stoughton. AMERICAN authors are developing a remarkable faculty for thoroughly helpful religious novels. A better series of portraitures of loyalty to Christ through trial and in temptation one could scarcely wish to have than Arthur and Dr. Lockwood, Nettie and Kate. Christian principles penetrate each character, and are embodied in each life. The book will be welcome to many, and is calculated to leave behind it nothing but what is good. As a New Year's present for our Netties and Kates it will be thrice welcome.
YENSIE WALTON. By E. R. Graham Clark. Hodder & Stoughton. IN tone and spirit, plan and execution, this is a superb story. Rich in delineations of character, and in descriptions of real experience, it illustrates what a re
deemed and chastened woman may do for souls, and how a departed father's prayers may be answered through a consecrated human instructor. A more fascinating and inspiring picture of a school-mistress, in one prolonged, prayerful, and sustained endeavour to lead an orphan pupil to Christ, was never drawn. We do not like the work any worse because it closes without the ring of marriage-bells. Life has, even the novelists are beginning to see, other ends than that of getting married.
IMMANUEL: THE MYSTERY OF GoDLI
NEss. Wileman, 34, Bouverie Street. THIs little book consists of a series of controversial letters by Rev. R. H. Lane, B.A., Dr. Cotton Mather, and our friend, the Rev. John Batey, on the Divinity and Humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The writers vigorously defend the proper Deity of Christ; and Mr. Batey writes strenuously and sensibly in support of tho doctrine that the real humanity of Christ Jesus dates from His birth in Bethlehem. It seems strange any one should deny it, but stranger things than have been written by theologians it would be hard to find. GoD's LIGHT ON DARK CLouds. By
Theodore Cuyler, D.D. Hodder dé
Stoughton. “BARNABAs" is the appropriate title of this brightly bound and charmingly consolatory volume. Soft and healing beams will irradiate the darkness of sad and weary hearts as they read its pages; and the bereaved will derive courage from its teachings to say, “He doeth all things well.” Sympathetic hearts anxious to send a message of peace to their sorrowing friends may avail themselves of this book with a confident expectation of doing lasting good.
ASHEN HolT CoNFERENCEs. By Quaestor. Marlborough do Co.. A SERIEs of familiar essays, written in a clear, familiar, and colloquial style, on the gravest of problems; and though not without fault, yet calculated to aid such as are perplexed with questions that spring out of “life” in its mysterious relations to the character and acts of God.
THE A 1 READER No. 2. Edited by A. H.
Miles. Cauldwell, Old Bailey. SELECTIONs from the best writers, made with tact and skill, together with Social, Ghost, and Love Stories, Tales of Travel, etc., etc. They are as cheap as they are excellent.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park, London, W.
LEICESTER, Carley Street.—At a cost of over £1,200 the premises at Carley street have been reconstructed, and instead of a small and unsatisfactory building we have now a large, light, comforttable, and attractive edifice, adapted at once to the locality, and to those who are at work in it. More and better work for the money could hardly be desired. The chapel was re-opened on Tuesday, Dec. 5, J. Clifford preaching twice, and the Revs.T. Stevenson, A. James, and H. Sopertaking part. Revs. J. C. Jones and J. Lewitt preached Dec. 10 and 17 respectively. On the 11th, a public meeting was held at which Alderman Bennett presided, and congratulatory addresses were given by Revs. W. Bishop, J. H. Atkinson, J. C. Forth, and Mr. Hackett. The cause here was re-established about seven and a half years ago, but the congregation became inconveniently large for the old and dilapidated building, and an urgent need for better and larger premises was felt. A small part of the old chapel has been utilized in the work, but apart from this the building is an entirely new one. The interior woodwork is almost entirely of pitch-pine, and presents a cheerful and elegant appearance. The building seats between five and six hundred. The total cost, including furnishing, is about £1,200, which, with a long-standing mortgage, makes the liabilities of the congregation €1,600. Towards this £940 has been raised up to Dec. 17. The churches in Leicester have done good home mission work in carrying this enterprise to its present efficiency, and with them we praise God for the blessing He has given to the earnest and sincere work of our brother Forth.
MACCLESFIELD.—A fine new organ was opened Nov. 21, by G. F. Grundy, Esq., of Manchester, assisted by special soloists from the Manchester concerts. The organ has two manuals, CC to G; independent pedal organ, C C C to F, and contains twenty-one stops. The pastor, Rev. Z. T. Dowen said they were all glad and grateful to see that evening. Their organ would be one of the handsomest in the town, and from the excellent reputation of the builders, he confidently predicted an instrument of which the church would be justly proud. Best of all, they had the money to pay for it. The programme was given with much taste and effect to a crowded congregation. The builders are John Stringer and Co., of Hanley, Staffordshire.
Norwich.-Evangelistic services were held, Nov. 20 and 24. Addresses were delivered by earnest Christian workers, interspersed with Gospel hymns and fervent prayers. The saved were quickened; some seekers found the Saviour; careless ones were aroused to thought and enquiry.
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NoTTINGHAM, Hyson Green—Nov. 12, 13. Preachers, Rev. G. H. James, and R. F. Griffiths. J. T. Mallett, Esq., of the Nottingham School Board, presided at the Monday evening meeting, and expressed his warm approbation of the New Chapel Scheme, and addresses were given by Revs. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., T. Goadby, B.A., J. H. Hollowell, and R. F. Griffiths. Mr. T. Green gave the report, which showed £1,000 available for the new building in Palin Street; and the pastor, the Rev. Robert Silby, gave a cheering statement of the various organizations of the church.
ToDMoRDEN.—Wom AN's WoRK.— On Saturday evening, Dec. 9, the ladies connected with the school held a very successful tea and entertainment, for the purpose of raising funds towards reducing the debt on the class-rooms. Miss Mary Greenwood presided. After the devotional exercises had been gone through, Miss Adelina Greenwood was called upon to read the report. At a subsequent period of the evening Miss Fielden, of Birchcliffe, gave a very interesting address; she referred to the social positions women were fitted to occupy, and some of the work they had done. A choir composed of female voices rendered various glees, and songs were given by several ladies. The attendance was very numerous. The year's contributions, profits from teas, etc., will reduce the adverse balance about £36. This is admirable woman's work.
AsquitH, REv. D., late of Portsea, was publicly recognised as pastor of the church at Nuneaton, Dec. 4. Rev. W. Chapman preached in the afternoon. R. Stanley presided at the evening meeting. Mr. Copson stated the circumstances leading to Mr. Asquith's settlement, and addresses were given by the new pastor, the Revs. W. Greathead, J. Salisbury, M.A., H. J. Hodgson, and Carey Hood.
LAwToN, REv. J., has resigned his pastorate at Heptonstall Slack, after a ministry of eight years. Mr. Lawton has had three pastorates, Wymeswold for nine years, Berkhampstead fourteen and a half, and Heptonstall Slack eight. His retirement from the stated ministry was signalized by a meeting, Nov. 30, the Rev. W. Gray, President of the Association in the chair. Addresses expressive of cordial appreciation of Mr. Lawton's work were given by Messrs W. Gill, J. Crowther, T. Dimmock, and J. Sutcliffe,
the Rev. J. Lawton responding. We assure our brother in his retirement of the high esteem of his brethren, and of their prayers for his happiness and usefulness in the service of the churches. Mr. Lawton's new address is Albert Street, Hebden Bridge, Manchester. TowleR, REv. G., after more than eight years work at Long Sutton, has accepted a call from the church at Audlem, Cheshire, and begins his ministry, January 7. WICK, REv. C. W., was ordained to the work of the ministry in Wood Gate chapel, Loughborough, on Wednesday, Nov, 29. The Rev. E. Stevenson, (the pastor of the Baxter Gate church,) presided at the afternoon service. Rev. R. Y. Roberts and T. R. Evans conducted the earlier devotional exercises, Mr. B. Baldwin recited the circumstances under which the new pastor had been chosen to his work, and Mr. Wick responded, stating the facts connected with his conversion and dedication to ministerial work, his religious convictions, and his purposes. Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., offered the ordination prayer, and Prof. Goadby, B.A., gave the charge to the pastor. In the evening, Mr. T. W. Marshall presided. Rev. C. H. Boden read the Scriptures, and Rev. A. McCurdy offered prayer. Rev. J. Mills gave an address, and J. Clifford delivered the charge to the church.
Half as Much Again. SOME months ago the Rev. E. H. Bickersteth, M.A., of Christ Church, Hampstead, appealed to the friends and supporters of the Church Missionary Society to raise on behalf of that society
HALF AS MUCH AGAIN. In view of the great need of our own society, and in the hope that Mr. Bickersteth's powerful words may stir up the minds of its friends, we have the pleasure to give a few extracts from his earnest and eloquent etter. In reference to the Annual Report of the C. M. S., he says :
“Never has a more thankful Annual Report been presented. There has been an advance, as one speaker said, along the whole line. The fields are everywhere white to the harvest. The Master, in answer to our prayers, is thrusting forth labourers whom He has made willing in the day of His power. More men have offered themselves; but the cry still sounds louder and louder from unevangelised, or half-evangelised lands, 'Come over and help us. Our brethren in the field are overborne for lack of help. And the voice from heaven rings in our ears, Go forward.'
“The Committee have responded to every call during the last year to the utmost limit of the funds entrusted to them. But they cannot go beyond this limit, and rightly. Surely the question for us at home 's, can we not possibly, by thoughtful self-sacrifice, meet the increased demand ? “Let our watchword this year be
HALF AS MUCH AGAIN.' “The effort must be a very great one, and will claim the self-denying love and labour of every member of our society. The penny-a-week subscribers must be asked if they cannot possibly give three half-pence; and perhaps, if they do this, they will, in the Master's esteem, give more than all. The guinea-a-year donors—it will be something to get out of the guinea rat-must, if possible, give a guinea and a half. Those who give two pounds must be pleaded with for three; those who give ten, for fifteen; and those who give fifty or one hundred pounds or more must still be moved to give half as much again. The motto must be heard in every Sunday-school, and be inscribed on every C.M.S. Christmas-tree, and be repeated in every quarterly meeting, and be