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Him up for us all, how shall He not with claim of supremacy-and Christ's sucHim also freely give us all things.''
cess in His work.
It is pleasing to The lecturer then proceeds to trace find a writer who has so ably and this in detail, observing that there are thoroughly vindicated the divinity of three distinct bearings of the doctrine our Lord speaking so fairly and favourof Christ's divinity to be considered. ably of a contemporaneous production, It protects truths prior to itself, and which some have severely condemned, belonging both to natural and revealed but which commends itself to our judgtheology. Again, it illuminates the ment as one of the best works ever meaning of truths which are, humanly written on Christ's humanity. Until speaking, below it, and which can only the author of Ecce Homo fulfils his be duly appreciated when they are purpose to follow it up with a second referred to it as justifying and explain- work, we may recommend that Mr. ing them. Lastly, it fertilizes the Liddon's lectures be read in connecChristian's moral and spiritual life, by tion with it. For the book entitled supplying a motive to the virtues which “Ecce Deus," as compared with either are most characteristically Christian, of these, is mere bathos and gasconade and without which Christian ethics -an unpleasant mixture of verbosity sink down to the level of a merely
We are not now renatural morality.
viewing that book; but any one familiar Expanding these three views, the with the “Pulpit Analyst” will see a anthor shews, first, the conservative Parker's pen in many parts of it, espeforce of the doctrine in protecting the cially in such sentences as this : "Life idea of God in human thought, which is not spheral ; at first it is but an idea is not guarded by Deism, and arc, and law assists in the extension of which is wholly destroyed by Pan- the periphery, and corrects, sometimes theism. And still further, in securing severely, every aberration of the unthe true dignity of man. In treating steady or unwilling hand "'! of the illuminating force of the doctrine, he states that it implies Christ's infallibility as a teacher-explains the RETROSPECT and FORECAST atoning virtue of His death, and the titles of two sermons by the Rev. supernatural power of the sacraments James Mursell, of Kettering, preached (the one flaw in the book), and irra- in October last. They relate to the diates the meaning of His kingly office. missionary enterprise. One of the Under the ethical fruitfulness of the discourses takes a survey of the results doctrine he first meets the objection, of missionary work since 1792. The that a divine Christ is no standard for other considers the present position our imitation, and shews that an and probable prospects of the enterapproximate imitation of Christ is se- prise with a view to ascertain whether cured by the reality of His manhood, there be anything to awaken solicitude and by His imparted grace. This is respecting it, and whether by any followed by proofs from the history of modification of existing plans of workthe Christian era, that a belief in ing greater prosperity may be gained Christ's Godhead' has fostered and in the future. Mr. Mursell thinks that propagated virtues which were not a change is visible in the feeling and promoted by paganism and naturalism. attitude of the churches towards the
The volume closes with several missionary societies which they conpages of notes, explaining and criti- tinue to support; and that earnest cising works on our Lord's life and thought respecting those societies is character, such as those of Strauss, demanded by the state of debt which Schenkel, Ewald, Keim, Renan, ending is repeatedly occurring on the one with Ecce Homo. In his estimate of hand, and by the deficient supply of the real nature of the latter work, he missionaries on the other. He theredisplays both acuteness and candour, fore invites consideration to the spirit and says that especial acknowledg- in which we engage in missionary ment is due to the author of Ecce work—to the scale and manner of conHomo for the emphasis with which he tributing money to it—and to some has insisted on the following truths: revisal of our methods of foreign Christ's moral sublimity – Christ's 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 a 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 Sunday school They are given in a neat volume, pub- teachers, we cannot foretell; but if it lished by Mr. E. Stock, 62, Pater- found on examination to contain noster Row.
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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 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 many Baptist circles, and how few, to Christian Times". is most whom 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.
MILK FOR POLITICAL BABES.
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 be
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 bim 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 carve the Meat.
So, by their kind his 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 thạt 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 he 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 him, 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 "No,
that Louis would aid him to be quit of been stolen from him, Louis pretended the Skeleton which was now doing him to be very much hurt. He said he hated 80 much harm. But LOUIS was afraid of all violent ways, and never could perthe Skeleton, though he was not afraid mit them. He who had done wrong of the Ghost, and would not help by force would not hear of his NeighVICTOR to be rid of it. “I will try by bour using force to get his right! To myself, then,” said VICTOR,
66 for I
name such a thing to him was to insult can't stand this any longer.'
him. To speak of it with bonhomieyou shan't,” said LOUIS; “I insist on which is a French word, ard means your leaving the Skeleton alone." that VICTOR had put on a “hail fellow, But
my House is not my own so long well met” air—was the worst insult of as he stays in it,” pleaded poor VICTOR. all. And then, to show how much he “I don't care for that," replied LOUIS, hated force, he used all his force to " there he is, and there he shall stay, keep that wicked Skeleton in poor Bless my soul, why he might come and VICTOR's house. disturb my House, if he wore to leave This is as far as the story has gone yours.”
yet; but I dare say it will have a seBut what was funniest of all was quel some day. And, meantime, is it this LOUIS, as you have heard, had not strange how a Rogue forgets his stolen into the house in which he lived, tricks when they are past, and becomes and made it his by violence and mur- 80 honest a man that he scents roguery der. Yet when VICTOR, whose House even in the honest purpose of an honest was his own, asked Louis to help him Neighbour?
LLENNARD. get hold of that best Room which had
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. 42–“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 Linebolme 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