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Devonport 285

Domingo, St 46

Downham Market 46, 382

Eastbourne 142,429

Faversham 46

Hamilton, Ohio 93

Jarrow 285

Kennington Road 93

Langley 569

Madrid 46,284

Maidenhead 285

Mansfield 430

Newcastle-under-Lyne 284

Newton Abbot 46,93

Newtown, Sydney 46

North Shields 46

Nottingham 526

Notting Hill 236

Penge 142,285

Perth, Ontario 46

Philadelphia 93

Port Elizabeth 191

Potter's Bar 93

Plymouth 93

Redruth 93, 142

Rickmansworth 93

Sittingbourne 191

Stockton-on-TeeB 46

Surrey Chapel 191

Thetford 669

Toronto 46,285

Waltham Abbey 93

Wandsworth Road 191,236

Wimbledon 626

Woolloomooloo 285

Wooster, Maine, Ohio 93

Zanesville, Ohio 93, 285

Paddington, Taverns of 441, 494

Page, Harlan 433

Pastors' College 145, 291

Pennsylvania, Founder of 23,49

Personal Holiness 246

Peter, What was become of? 362

Philistia, Mission Work in 471

Pike.G.Holden—

Aggressive Work of the Medical

Mission 820

A Day with the Edinburgh

Medical Mission 97

The Founder of Pennsylvania 23, 54

The Home for Little Boys 558

The Jubilee Singers 229

Life in the Canongate 264

A Noble Deaconess 372

Our Public Servants 393

A Ramble into Golden Lane ... 151

A Story of Convict Reclamation 173

A Rare Providence 418

Romanism in London 353

Sunday Night in the Cowgate ... 201

The Taverns of Paddington 441,494

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Reformation, The 52t

Rejoinder, A, &c 91

Resurrection of the Dead 91

Road to Destruction 43

Romance of Peasant Life 43

Ruth and Patience 333

——■ Sampson's Lectures 475

Saviour for Children, A 235

Scenes in Old London 45

Scriptural Holiness 45

Scripture Texts 524

Secret of a Happy Life 138

Sermons for Children 428

Shadows of City Life 233

"She Spake of Him" 283

Sower. The 91

Spurgeou's Almanack 523

Story of a Child's Companion ... 138

Story of Daniel 42

Sunday Evenings at Northcourt. 45

Sunday-school Teachers' Pocket-

book 5G7

Sunshine 139

Sword and the Trowel, The ... 41

System of Christian Rhetoric ... 566

Tabernacle, The Metropolitan ... 426

——- Tabernacle and its Priests ... 41

Tales of Heroes 92

Talking to the Children 41

Temperance Societies 567

The Light of all Ages 564

The Mother's Friend 567

Tract Society's Pocket Books ... 42

Training of Children 138

Traits of Character 282

— Types and Emblems 523

Uncle Max 473

Villa for Xothing, A 566

Vivian and his Friends 524

Wave upon Wave 189

What We Saw in Egypt 473

Whence does 4he Monarch get

his Right to Reign? 138

——Wild Flowers, a Year with ... 565

Women of Methodism 139

Wonderful Works of Christ ... 525

WordsofMercy 140

Words of the New Testament... 334

Zina, or Morning Mists 188

Rogers, George-—

The Object of Saving Faith 414,543

"Romance of the Streets, The" ... 32

Romanism in London 353

San Domingo, Help for

Scarlet and Candles ...

Selway, W. R.—

C'aucock Chase ...

.. 128

.. 137

.. 450

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Selway, W. R. (continued)

Chalk, What is? 134 .

Work in the Army 4S4

Sermon and Reminiscence 120

Spurgeon, C. H.—

Acta non Verba 1,49

Christ and His Table-Com-

panions 61

Colportage 253

Foolish Dick 337

A Golden Sentence 508

Harlan Page 433

How to make A.D. 1874 a Year

of Our Lord 550

John Ploughman on Mothers ... 391
New Buildiugs for the Pastors'

College 291

Notes concerning the Stockwell

Orphanage 553

The Pastors' College 145

A Political Dissenter 106

Exposition of Psalm Ixxxii. ... 184
,, „ „ lxxxiv. ... 210

„ „ „ lxxxvii. ... 375

Rara Avis—a Book 79

Real Contact With Jesus 407

'• The Romance of the Streets" 32

A Searching Word 280

A Sermon and a Reminiscence 120

Squire Brooke 294

Sundew, A Strange Plant 385

What was become of Peter ... 362

A Word for Brutes Against

Brutes 241

To Workers with Slender Appa-
ratus 533

Sunday School Superintendents, Faults

and Foibles of 328

Sundew 385

Superintendent, Model 420

"Take away the Dross from the

Silver" 118

"Talking to the Children" 423

The Farmer of St. Ives 542

The Candle and the Sun £62

Thomas, John 503

Turning Down Corners 370

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BY C. H. 8PURGEON.

CHURCH, in the United States, lately advertised for a minister, and stated that, having been for some years overdone with eloquence, they desired a pastor who would preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ: there are churches on this side the Atlantic, sickened with essays and "intellectual treats," whose aspirations are much of the same kind. Fine language amuses the ear, as the tinkling of their little bells pleases the continental coach-horses, but it cannot satisfy the soul any more than the aforesaid tintinabulations can supply the place of corn and hay. The art of arranging words, and balancing sentences, is a mental jugglery, as astonishing when perfectly practised, as the feats of the Chinese or Japanese artistes who just lately have charmed vast audiences at the Crystal Palace; but mi bono f what is the good of it, and who is the better for it? Who was ever convinced of sin by an oratorical flourish? What heart was led to Jesus, and to joy and peace in believing, by a fine passage resplendent with all the graces of diction? What chaff is to the wheat, and dross to gold, that is the excellence of human speech to the simplicity of the word of God. For awhile fascinated by the siren voice of vain philosophy and affected culture, many of the churches have drawn perilously near to the rocks of heresy and doubt, but divine grace is visiting them, and they will shake off the spell. Everywhere there is a cry for the gospel, for men who will preach it in the love of it, for ministers who will live it, and innoculate others with its life: the church is growing sick of essayists, and asks for men of God. She is weary of word-spinners, and pretenders to deep thought, and she cries for men fall of the Holy Spirit, who are lovers of the word and not speakers only. Soul-winners will soon be in demand, and your genteel essayists will have to carry their dry goods to another market. Sane men do not need fiddlers, while the life-boat is being manned to save yonder perishing ones from the devouring deep.

The intensely practical character of Christianity might be inferred from the life of its Founder. In Jesus we see no display, no aiming at effect, nothing spoken or done to decorate or ornament the simplicity of his daily life. True, he was a prophet, mighty in words as well as in deeds; but his words were downright and direct, winged with a purpose, and never uttered for speaking's sake. Nobody ever looks at Jesus as an orator to be compared with Cicero. "Never man spake like this man." He was not of the schools. No graver's tool had passed over his eloquence. In his presence Demosthenes is seen to be a statue, carved with great skill, and the very counterfeit of life ; but Jesns is life itself,—not art's sublimest fac simile of nature, but the living truth. Jesus, whether speaking or acting, was still practical. His words were but the wings of his deeds. He went about, not discoursing upon benevolence, but " doing good;" he itinerated not to stir up a missionary spirit, but "to preach glad tidings to the poor." Where others theorized he wrought, where they planned he achieved, where they despaired he triumphed! Compared with him, our existence is a mere windbag; his life was solid essential action, and ours a hazy dream, an unsubstantial would-be which yet is not. Most blessed Son of the Highest, thou who workest evermore, teach us also how to begin to live, ere we have stumbled into our graves while prating about purposes and resolves!

The first champions of the cross were also men in whom the truth displayed itself in deeds rather than in words. Paul's roll of labours and of sufferings, would contrast strangely with the diary of a reader of pretty little sermonettes; or, for the matter of that, with the biography of the most zealous among us. The apostles were intensely active, rather than intellectually refined; they made no pretence to be philosophers, but thought it sufficient to be servants of Jesus Christ. Their hearers remembered them, not because they had melodiously warbled sweet nothings into their ears; but because they spoke in the demonstration of the Spirit and in the power of God. They were not mystics, but workmen; not elocutionists, but labourers. We track them by the cities which they evangelised, the churches which they founded, the tribes which they converted to Christ. By some means or other, they came to grapple with the world hand to hand, whereas the good men of these times do anything but that: they tell us what was done of old, what should be done now, and what will be done in the millenium, but they themselves mingle not in the fray. Where are the heroic combats of the first ages of the faith? Where hear we the din of real fighting? We see shaking of fists, feints, and challengings in abundance, but of downright blows there is a lamentable scarcity; the modern battle of church and world is too frequently a mere stage imitation, a sham fight of the most wretched order. See the combatants of those davs—a whole-souled fight was

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