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CHRISTIAN CHARITY IN THE ANCIENT
CHURCH. By Dr. G. Uhlhorn. T. & T.
Clark. This is a masterpiece. As a portion of Christian evidence it constitutes an impregnable defence of the faith of Christ, and arrays in a form fitted to carry irremovable conviction to this practical age that Christianity has been the regenerator of the world, and still is the force that gives the greatest promise of the final abolition of all evils from the lives of men. As history it is an inspiring study, rich in facts concerning the broadest welfare of the world, the relief of the necessitous, the saving—the complete and life-long saving of the lost—from sin, and from abject and weakening dependence on others, and the methods and results of charitable work. Policies of working for the relief of suffering are exhibited in the light of their issues, and can be judged by their fruits. Out of all comes the conclusion that the function of the true church is to be a refuge for the oppressed, a healer of the suffering, and a saviour of men.
THE CLERICAL LIBRARY. Outline Sermons to Children. With numerous anecdotes. Hodder do Stoughton. It is a suggestive and promising feature of our time that “sermons to children” are on the increase, and so much so that it gives promise of success for a volume of this kind. Preaching to children will always depend, for its effectiveness, largely on the “manner” of the man, i.e., really on what he himself is ; but help in suggestion, in illustration and in anecdote, is very necessary even for the ablest; for preaching to children is the highest style of our art. Most cordially do we, therefore, welcome this volume; and whilst we should have been pleased to see other names of signal repute in the list of contributors to these sermons; yet we are sure no preacher will fail to find his reward in the inspiring companionship of these outlines.
CHRISTIAN MANHOOD. A Sermon to Young Men. By Charles W. Wick. Leicester : Winks do Son. THIs is the First Annual Sermon preached on behalf of the Loughborough Young Men's Christian and Literary Association on Sunday evening, October 14. We are not surprised the preacher should have been requested to print it. It is a manly
word on the manliest of themes. It is persuasive in tone, true in its principles, clear and pungent in style, and aglow with sympathy. “A living seed,” it ought to be planted in many a young mind; and wherever it gains “good ground,” it will bring forth fruit a hundredfold. It is a pure joy to us to receive and commend this “first published sermon” of the Woodgate pastor.
GEoRGE WASHINGTON. By William M. Thayer. Hodder do Stoughton.
THE author of the “Life of Garfield” finds in Washington's history abundant material exactly suited to his spirit, ability, and aims, and consequently produces a work in which the principles of progress, based on goodness of character and energy and perseverance, are livingly embodied. The work is written for youth, and is calculated to inspire worthy ambitions, nourish a steadfast integrity, and develop a blended gentleness and strength, sincerity and enthusiasm. It is a capital addition to our biographical stores: and its circulation and study will add to the moral forces of the world.
LUTHER ANECDoTEs: MEMORABLE SAYINGS AND DOINGS OF MARTIN LUTHER. By Dr. Macaulay. Religious Tract Society. OF Luther Literature none is more revealing than his “table talk” and characteristic “doings” in the grave crises, and in the special events of his life. They are autobiographical, and form the very cream of Luther's history. Dr. Macaulay's book is rich in interest. Every page is vital. Luther lives in it—and we feel the impulses of his strong and noble and pure nature. Let our readers get this volume—it will render them admirable help in the Luther Commemoration.
BAPTIST WoRTHIEs. By Dr. Landels. Baptist Tract Society.
THE first volume of these memorials of distinguished Baptists is now complete, and contains Roger Williams, John Milton, John Bunyan, Andrew Fuller, William Carey, and Robert Hall. We have warmly commended these lectures for their flowing eloquence, Christian fervour, and sterling worth, as they appeared in their serial form ; and now we suggest that this volume be placed in all our school and home libraries forthwith. It richly merits such a place.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park, London, W.
CHESHIRE CoNFERENCE held its half yearly meeting at Audlem on Oct. 9. A goodly number of delegates and friends gathered from the various churches. Morning service at eleven. After the scriptures had been read and prayer offered by the Secretary, the Rev. W. Lees, of Crewe, preached a powerful and appropriate sermon from Rev. ii. 10. The afternoon session commenced at 2.40, the Rev. G. Towler, of Audlem, presiding, and brother Williams, of Nantwich, leading in prayer. The Chairman, on behalf of the brethren, gave a most hearty welcome to the Rev. W. Lees, who, since our last meeting, has settled over the new cause at Crewe. The reports from the churches, on the whole, were satisfactory; though one would like to hear better news from some of our village churches. Baptized since last Conference, 39; candidates, 13. Mr. Pedley was appointed collector for this district on behalf of the G. B. Building Fund. The Secretary was instructed to send a letter to each church recommending them to make collections, or give subscriptions, to the above fund. Rev. W. Lees was appointed our representative on the Ministerial Board. The Conference gave its attention to an appeal made on behalf of the Baptist Union Annuity and Augmentation Funds. It was resolved, that the Secretary, acting in concert with Mr. Avery, correspond with the churches for the purpose of arranging public meetings with a view of advocating the claims of the above funds. The following brethren were added to the Conference Committee: Revs. W. Lees and P. Williams. It was arranged to hold the next Conference at Crewe on the day of the opening of the new chapel. The Revs. W. Lees received the cordial thanks of his brethren for his morning's discourse. Also the friends at Audlem were thanked for their kind hospitality. In the evening a home missionary meeting was held in the chapel. Rev. G. Towler was chairman. Speakers: Revs. W. Lees, P. Williams, W. Skelly, and Mr. J. Brittain. One who was present says the speeches were varied, vigorous, and vital. S. HIRST, Secretary.
MIDLAND CoNFERENCE, held at Duffield, Oct. 16. J. Hill, Esq., presided. Sermon preached by Rev. A. Firth: text, John ix. 4. Baptist Union Department.—Revs. J. P. Chown and W. J. Avery explained the objects and advocated the claims of the Baptist Union Funds, Resolved: “That this Conference, after hearing the appeals on behalf of the Annuity, Augmentation, and Education Funds, very earnestly urges our churches to render all the aid it may be in their power to afford; and requests Rev. W. H. Tetley, in conjunction with Mr. Avery, to obtain collections, subscriptions, and donations within the limits of this Conference.” Rev. R. F. Griffiths read his paper on the question, “Is a Baptist Church Admissible P” Discussion thereon followed. Appointments.-Rev. C. Springthorpe to be Chairman for 1884. Rev. A. Firth to be Collector for Building Fund. Rev. F. Pickbourne to be preacher at next Conference. Conferences for 1884 to be held at Ilkeston (Queen Street) in the spring; Barton at Whitsuntide; and Burton-onTrent (Zion) in autumn. Votes of thanks were accorded to the preacher, who was asked to forward his sermon to the Editor of the Magazine; the writer of the paper, the chairman, and the friends at Duffield for their splendid hospitality. A public meeting in the evening was presided over by T. H. Harrison, Esq., and able addresses given by Revs. A. C. Perriam, T. R. Stevenson, and W. H. Tetley. R. SILBY, Sec.
CLAYTON.—September 30th. Preacher, Rev. W. Hambly, pastor, to full congregations. Collections, £11 16s. 8d.
CoALVILLE.-Our anniversary services Sept. 30th. Preacher, Rev. W. Stott. On the following Monday a capital tea was provided, followed, in the evening, by a most interesting lecture by H. Godkin, Esq., of Loughborough, entitled, “Between the Books.” Proceeds amounted to £28 11s. 4d.
HITCHIN.—Oct. 14, 15. Preacher, Rev. J. H. Blake, of Luton. About 190 to tea on Monday. At the public meeting after
wards, at which W. Newman, Esq., of Bedford, presided, addresses were delivered by Revs. A. McIntosh, J. Fletcher F. G. Marchant, and F. J. Bird (pastor). Mr. J. Perry (treasurer) read a financial statement. Total proceeds of the services, £68 18s. 54d., made up as follows: 2124 trays of 5s. each contributed; public collections, £14 5s. 8d.; profit from tea, £1 10s. Included in these items were liberal donations from former church members, and other outside friends interested in the work. After meeting deficiencies in the past year's account, a balance in hand remained of nearly £15.
LouTH, Eastgate.—Sept. 30. The Rev. C. Payne, preached in the morning, and conducted a song service on “The Joys of Salvation” in the evening. A public tea was provided on the Monday, after which the choir gave a Cantata, entitled, “The Pilgrim Fathers.” Collections and tea yielded £205s.1d. It was altogether the most successful anniversary held for many years.
Longford, Union Place.—Sept. 30th. The chapel was tastefully decorated, and the services well attended. Preachers, Revs. D. Asquith and Rev. H. J. Hodson (pastor). On the following day a tea and public meeting were held, after which the fruits, flowers, and vegetables were sold. Proceeds, £5 8s.
STALYBRIDGE.-Sept. 16. Preachers: morning, children's service, by the pastor, Rev. C. Rushby; afternoon and evening, Rev. G. W. M'Cree. On Monday evening the Rev. G. W. M'Cree gave a lecture, subject, “Facts, Fictions, and Follies,” which was much appreciated. Collections and donations, £34.
EALEs, REv. G., M.A.—The farewell meeting in connection with his Dewsbury pastorate took place under the presidency of Joshua Mitchell, Esq., addresses being given by Mr. Phillips and Mr. Barraclough on behalf of the Gospel Temperance Union; Mr. J. Helmshaw of the Dewsbury District Band of Hope Union; Mr. Scaife, of the Christian Band, who presented an address; the Revs. W. Sharman, and G. Eales. The Chairman said, “Mr. Eales was leaving Dewsbury after
spending four years of a very useful life amongst them. In leaving them he left a church much larger than he came to, and the congregations were very much better. He had baptized a good many, and had received between fifty and sixty into church fellowship. It was with sadness they parted from him,” but with the wish that “every possible blessing might attend him in the town of Leicester.” GILBERT, REv. E., has been compelled, owing to failing health, to resign the pas
torate of the Desford church. At a meet
ing, held on Sept. 22, of the members and friends, his resignation was accepted, and his wise and earnest teaching was suitably acknowledged. Resolutions of sympathy and heartfelt wishes for his future were passed. Mr. Gilbert's present address is 34, Avon Street, Leicester. Robinson, REv. G.-On Monday, Sept. 24th, services were held in connection with the recognition of Rev. G. Robinson as pastor of the Hugglescote church. At the afternoon meeting Rev. W. Chapman presided. The other ministers present and assisting were Revs. H. Wood, E. Stevenson, and C. W. Wick. Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., gave the charge to the new minister. In the evening, at seven, a public meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. H. Dennis. The following ministers took part, Revs. C. Haddon, E. Stevenson, F. Pickbourne, G. H. Bennett, J. Watmough, and W. Chapman. Rev. W. Evans delivered the charge to the church. The attendance at each service was good, the evening meeting being particularly well attended. STONE, REv. W., was publicly welcomed as the pastor of the church at Vale, near Todmorden, Sept. 8. Cicero Smith, Esq., presided, and addresses were given by Revs. D. McCallum, J. G. Barton, W. Gray, W. March, J. Dearden, the pastor, W. Stone, and Messrs. S. Sutcliffe, H. Greenwood, and T. Marshall. It was a most spirited and encouraging meeting.
Meeting at Leicester.
At a Meeting of the Committee, held at Friar Lane Chapel, Leicester, on Tuesday, October 2nd, the question of increasing the funds of the Society was again considered. In the end it was
Resolved that this question be referred to the Organization Committee, with the earnest request that they will adopt measures to secure an addition of at least £500 per annum to the ordinary income of the Society.
In their report to the annual meeting at the Association, the Finance Committee stated that at least an additional income of £500 per annum was needed to maintain the present operations of the Mission, and that as no material reduction of expenditure could be made without serious injury to the Mission, the only alternative was to increase the Society's income.
Under these circumstances we trust that the churches, without waiting for any further suggestions or appeals, will at once proceed to make arrangements for increasing the amount of their contributions to the funds of the Society. A minister informs us that, after looking over the subscription lists in the Report, he determined upon a personal canvass among the members of his own church and congregation. He says that with very little difficulty he has succeeded in obtaining several
subscribers, and had also induced several old subscribers to double and more than double, their subscriptions. In this and other ways he hopes to increase the contributions of his church from twenty to thirty per cent. We trust that others will go and do likewise, as we are satisfied that in foreign as well as in home work very much depends upon the minister. Where he leads the people will generally follow.
In some churches the plan has been adopted of putting into each pew printed circulars or slips of paper, and asking the occupant to state how much he or she will subscribe weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually to the Society. In any plan the great thing is to see that it is systematically carried out. Without this the best arranged plans are sure to fail.
Since the above meeting was held we have received £2 10s. from a widow (being the balance of £5) towards the Mission debt; and since
commencing this article we have received the following letter from an old friend of the Mission, now a member of the Salvation Army. She writes :
“ October 17th, 1883. “I have just been reading the financial report of your Treasurer, and it grieves me. "I am only a poor Salvationist, doing what I can for the heathen at home, but I will be as good as a penny per week to bring about " Thy kingdom come" in Orissa. By the by, I wonder if the members of the General Baptist Churches offer that prayer. If so, may God forgive those 6,166 members who only contribute £528 28. 3d. per annum to bring about this glorious event in India and Rome.
“Allow me, sir, to suggest to these dear friends, and to those who, much worse still, are doing nothing at all—the conscientious giving up of some article of finery or luxury, and send the price thereof straight away to you. Let it be done as unto the Lord, and then I dare prophecy that within the next month you shall receive the balance due of £1,266 10s. 8d. Let every member of your churches read 2 Cor. viii on their knees before God their judge, and listen to what the Lord shall say unto them. Then you will have no longer to complain of an exhausted exchequer.
“Don't forget your motto, "Attempt great things for God” and “expect great things from God.” May the Lord help each one to be faithful.
“A WELL WISHER. “P.S.-I enclose 4s. 4d., about the price of a feather, and less than the cost of a box of cigars. I am quite sure every member (with the exception of a very rare case) might give you a penny per week, or more, without hurting themselves or their church, or depriving their pastor of his rightful share in their bounty. God bless you all.”
The Missionary Meetings at Leicester.
No one who had the privilege of being present will soon forget the soul stirring statements and appeals which were made at the Baptist Missionary Meetings at Leicester. From the reports which have appeared in the papers it will be seen that the Committee, so far from being discouraged by debt and deficit, have actually determined to send out fourteen missionaries to China; and that friends in Bristol have promised two thousand guineas towards their outfit and passage. Towards their support, and in order to strengthen the staff in other fields, the Committee have decided to ask for an increase in the annual income of £15,000. Most sincerely do we trust that to this appeal there will be a generous response, in which case the sum required will easily be raised. In concluded his most excellent speech at the missionary breakfast, the Rev. R. GLOVER, of Bristol, said:
“All may not be convinced, for some people need a tremendous amount of demonstration to prove to them that anybody is their neighbour. But there are gracious hearts that find it easily proved, and that find the nearness of need and the power to help it a sufficient proof that the man who wants it is his neighbour. Am I right? Somebody says, God always gives funds where He wants work to be done. I may not have the experience some people may have in this direction, but I should be inclined to say the very opposite of that -God never gives the money before we want it to do the work. Have you ever the power before you have the duty, or in the supreme moment of its acceptance and its discharge ? Stretch forth thine hand,' says Christ to us, as it is withered to-day, and does not look as though it were competent to stretch out and save those needing our help. Shall we say our band is withered ? It is; and it will not be sound before you stretch it forth; but in the moment of