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The Training of Young Children on Christian and Natural Principles. By GEO. MOORE, M.D., of Hastings. Longmans.
WISE and weighty counsels, which young mothers will do well to read. When a physician is a Christian his words upon such a theme are doubly valuable; in the present instance, it would be difficult to recommend the advice too highly.
The Story of a Child's Companion. By
G. SARGENT. Religious Tract Society. Or all the little story-books of the season this is our favourite. We think it only costs ninepence, and it is pretty in appearance, and contains most profitable reading. The "Child's Companion is her conscience, and very sweetly it reproves her when she is in fault, and encourages when doing well. It is our pet little book. We hope many a Lucy will have it for a present.
Farewell Services of the Rev. W, Brock, D.D. Nisbet and Co., 21. Berners Street.
WELL done Dr. Brock, is our verdict after reading this interesting account of our excellent friend's farewell services. We have no intention of reviewing our Brother's labours, there is time enough for that in the years to come. Here are no signs of faltering judgment or mental weakness, though our beloved and revered friend has endured the strain of mingled sorrows such as might have tested any man, and would have crushed most of us. We have taken courage through perusing this little book. It is enough to make any minister rejoice to hear a veteran, doffing his harness after a well-fought campaign, declare that if he had to pass through it again he would use the same weapons with a firmer confidence of victory. There is many a field-day yet before our brother we trust. The church militant cannot afford to miss him from her midst as yet. Gladly do we rejoice over all the practical kindness recorded in the book, alike honourable to the author and to his many friends.
The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God? By HORATIUS BONAR, D.D. Nisbet.
A RICH book, suggestive, gracious, full of holy unction. Unlike many writers of the Evangelical school Dr. Bonar is not content with baling out milk for babes, but gives us real thought and teaching. There never was any need that orthodoxy and platitudes should go together, but they often have done so; no one can bring that charge in reference to this work. We say to all our friends, read and be refreshed. Whence does the Monarch get his Right to Rule. By the Rev. F. H. LAING, D.D. Washbourne, 18A, Paternoster Row.
We have read the book, and if we were of the Roman Catholic faith, like the author, we should deem ourselves to have performed penance enough to suffice for many grievous sins. We have the satisfaction of differing from the writer in toto, and can most heartily deny his assertions and challenge his statements. He thinks a ruler gets his right and authority from God: we believe they come from the people, and should be held, under God, for the good of the commonwealth, and not for any dynasty or family.
Mr. Faversham's New Year's Guest. By the author of "Ellen Clinton." James Clarke and Co.
WE have not the patience, nor the time needed, for reading works of fiction, but a judicious friend tells us that this story is interesting but most improbable. It has an excellent religious tone about it, and is meant to illustrate the power of godliness when it is pleaded for and
exhibited in little children.
The Secret of a Happy Life. By the Rev. G. W. CARDER. Religious Tract Society.
A VERY thoughtful and right-spirited book. Refreshing in its tender scriptural teachings. Though but a small volume it contains the secret of a happy life.
The Argument of the Epistle of Hebrews. By GEORGE STEWARD. T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh.
A WORK not to be lightly treated, but read over again and again to extract its deep and thoughtful teaching. It is an unfinished sketch by a master mind, and will well repay the student and general reader for a careful perusal. We like his clear annunciation of the substitutionary nature of the Atonement of Christ, and, say what our opponents may please, nothing but a substitutionary sacrifice will ever satisfy the judgment, the conscience, and the heart of a Christian. Charley Hope's Testament. Faithful
but not Famous. Rambles and Adventures in the Wilds of the West. Our Forest Home. Religious Tract Society.
ALL capital books for youngsters, and not without interest to their seniors. They will all do well for the Sunday School Library.
Memorials of Howard Johnston, a Servant of Jesus Christ. By the Editor of the Latter Rain. Shaw and Co. HOWARD Johnston was our own son in the faith, and it has greatly cheered us to read the story of his consecrated life. He preached the gospel fully and fearlessly, traversing the whole land to tell of his Master's love. Our invitation to him to enter the College appeared to him to be a temptation, and he declined it, and became one of the better order of Plymouth Brethren. He was never bitter or censorious, but always upright in following out his convictions, for which we admire the grace of God in him; at the same time we do not believe that his course would have been one jot less useful if he had seen fit to follow the same course as others of our spiritual sons. Whatever he did, we rejoice that he was faithful to the end. The biography contains far too much of that Plymouthist spirit which militates against the settled ministry, to be to our taste. We always fight for the irregulars, but we cannot agree with those who think them any better than those who patiently labour on in their spheres. Put out the candles which burn from year to year in their candlesticks, and trust altogether to the hand-lanterns, and our country would be dark indeed.
The Baptist Handbook for 1873. Yates and Alexander.
INDISPENSABLE for every Baptist minister, and useful to all Baptists who wish to know the men, the churches, and the work of the denomination. It is a great shilling's worth of names and figures.
Lectures and Sermons by the late Rev. J. B. Owen, of Chelsea, together with a brief Memoir. Wm. Macintosh. MR. J. B. OWEN was well known as a capital lecturer, and a genial-hearted clergyman. He was the successor of Mr. Noel, at St. John's, Bedford-row, and was dislodged from his incumbency by the collapse of that edifice. We do not agree with his politics or his ecclesiastical views, but we lament his death, for evangelic truth lost in him a sincere advocate. The specimens of his utterances which are here preserved are uncommonly racy and make up an entertaining volume.
The Women of Methodism. By ABEL SETVENS, LL.D. Wm. Macintosh. No section of the church has been more enriched and adorned by female piety than Methodism; the devout women of its heroic age were "elect ladies "
indeed. The author has done well to include the Calvinistic section under the head of Methodism, for the Countess of Huntingdon was second to none of the devout sisters. We trust the reading of this attractive book will fire the heart of many a sister in the Lord. The Pathway of Peace; or, Counsels
and Encouragements for the Earnest Inquirer. By W. M. WHITTEMORE, D.D. Wm. Macintosh.
AN excellent work for attendants upon Episcopalian worship. It is thoroughly evangelical, earnest, and clear, and will, we trust, do much good among those for whom it is designed.
Sunshine for 1872. By Dr. W. WHITTEMORE. Wm. Macintosh.
A PRETTY volume of a very pleasing penny magazine for children. We are glad that in the Church of England there are some literary men who use their pens for the gospel, though we deeply mourn that so many of the abler minds are bewitched by sacramentarianism. Mr. Whittemore caters well for the young folks of his denomination.
Among magazines we have not hitherto spoken of the Christian Family (Hodder and Stoughton.) We have read through the last year's volume with much interest. The magazine is a very able pennyworth. The Christian Armour, (Shaw and Co.), is a solid magzine; weighty, perhaps heavy, but still worthy of commendation. Like our venerable brother, The Baptist Magazine, it fixes its price at fourpence, and has, we hope, a remunerative constituency. The Baptist Magazine was never better; our friend Mr. Lewis battles manfully for the old ship, but we question whether there will be much prizemoney to share at the reduced rate. We should not have recommended our venerable cotemporary to attempt to live on groats. The Baptist Messenger is an old friend, and remains a very good pennyworth. The same may be said of The Church.
Words of Mercy and Peace. By G. S. Wm. Macintosh.
Six excellent tracts in large type. will give you rest" is a new year's tract by the same author, suitable for distribution.
The "City which hath Foundations." By
A. M. JAMES. Wm. Macintosh. MORE about the Gates Ajar, and its imaginings. Miss Phelps is doubtless more than satisfied with the sensation she has made. The lady who has penned the present little book writes well and graciously.
Canonbury Holt; A Life's Problem Solved. By EMMA JANE Warboise. James Clarke and Co.
ANOTHER religious novel, by a lady eminently gifted in that direction.
The Methodist Pulpit. Vol. I. Osborne, Farringdon-street.
TWELVE sermons by Messrs. Luke Wiseman, Wm. Arthur, Samuel Coley, and other distinguished Methodists. Those who would have a correct idea of the Wesleyan ministry should purchase this small collection of discourses. We sincerely hope that the preachers are better looking than the portraits here presented to the reader, or else we had sooner sit at the back of the pulpit than in front of them. Many wooden gravers resemble death in their business, for they are constantly taking people off.
Our Seamen; an Appeal. By SAMUEL PLIMSOLL, M.P. Virtue and Co.
A BOOK, and yet more than a book, for it contains a great number of photographs of all kinds. It is written with the humane desire of saving the lives of our sailors, who appear to be the victims of wholesale manslaughter through preventible causes. Mr. Plimsoll's information upon the tricks of ship-builders is appalling. The system of underwriting is also accountable for hundreds of lives, for owners send ships to sea which would never venture there if they were not insured. Mr. Plimsoll also shows that under-manning, bad stowage, deck lading, and overloading, are the real cause of a large proportion of our wreckage. We hope the members of the legislature will study this collection of facts, and see what can be done to preserve the brave sons of Albion from being wilfully murdered by rascally speculators (the compositor put it peculators in the first proof, and was very near the truth), to whom a sailor's life is not an item of consideration.
THE Church at the Tabernacle held its Annual Meeting, February 12, when reports of the past twelve months were given in. By every single point of detail gratitude was excited. The Lord has been in the midst of the church indeed, and of a truth. The membership now stands at 4,417. During the year one new church had been formed, and members dismissed
to become its nucleus. There had been added to the church 571 members during the year, and there had been removed by death, emigration, and change of residence, 263, so that the clear increase for the year stood at 308. The church has not gained by robbing other churches, for while receiving 143, it has dismissed to other communities, 169. It is thus making
its real increase from the world by conversion. All the funds were in a better condition than at any previous anniversary; more money being raised in every department of Christian work. The Pastor's illness had not operated injuriously in any manifest degree. Connected with the church are Alms-rooms for aged women, members of the church; these are not properly endowed, and therefore the inmates are a somewhat heavy charge upon the poor-funds of the church. Mr. T. Olney, the treasurer, therefore suggested the raising of a sufficient sum to make them self-supporting, and generously headed the list with £200. The pastor expressed his confidence that with so good a beginning, the matter would soon be carried through.
The Pastor's College ended its financial year with a balance of £161. Throughout the year study has been diligently pursued. The present students are men of good promise, earnest and devout. There has been no difficulty in finding suitable spheres for the men who have left during the year, but rather a lack of men to fill the places offering, many of the churches raising too small a sum to be sufficient for the maintenance of married brethren. Ministers educated in the College are, many of them, now occupying leading positions in the denomination, and many others have created for themselves, by the Lord's good hand, positions which are so much ground gained from the enemy. The College has been a home mission, and prayer is constantly offered that it may do more for the heathen;-the prayer is already answered in a measure. The great want is a building suitable for its purposes. The President has in hand about half the money needed, but requires from £5000 to £7000, more. May God. our eternal helper, raise us up friends who will provide us this amount. No needless expenditure will be incurred, the buildings are absolutely necessary if the work is to go on. The Lord has need of this larger house for the school of the prophets, and we prayfully cry to him to incline his stewards to help us in its erection. The buildings will, in some measure be used on the Sabbath for Sunday Schools and other purposes; our church has not its due proportion of Sabbath School Scholars, and we hope to see the number greatly increased when rooms are built. Where the funds will come from we cannot tell, but we hope that spontaneous gifts will do the
The Orphanage is bringing in fruit. We heard of one of the lads, who is out at business, joining the church in the
town where he lives. This was a token for good. Five others, three of them lads in situations, have come forward to confess Christ, and will be in fellowship with the Lord's people ere this magazine is issued. Many in the orphanage are we believe converted children, but we prefer to leave the confession of their faith to their own earnest desire. It is, therefore, a most welcome fact that it is the boys who have left the Institution who are now coming forward to confess their faith in the Lord Jesus. Good situations have been found for all who have gone out from us, and nearly every boy has sent a part of his first earnings to us, as a token of loving gratitude. The health of the orphans has been excellent for some time,-in fact the infirmary was empty for weeks. As soon as the spring comes on, the new buildings will be commenced. As everything becomes dearer our expenditure increases, but we believe this will always be met by increased donations. Our dear brother, Mr. Charlesworth, fills the place of Master to our great joy, and to the evident benefit of all the boys. We thank God for all his goodness; and we also thank our dear friends, both rich and poor, for their abounding generosity, and for all their gifts, both in money and goods for bazaar, clothing, and provisions.
On Monday, February 24th, five of the youths educated at the Orphanage were baptised at the Tabernacle, together with our friend Mr. V. J. Charlesworth, the Master, who gave an address explaining his reasons for being baptised as a believer. Mr. Charlesworth was formerly an Independent.
We intended to have given some account of Mr. Orsman's work this month, but from extreme pressure upon our time have not been able to manage it. He sa noble worker, and deserves the gratitude of us all for doing work which few men would attempt, and fewer still could perform. We honour him in our heart of hearts.
We are glad to see that our friend, Mr. Birch of Manchester, is printing his sermons weekly. They are full of life, love, and power. He is not only a philanthropist but a genius. He needs a larger house to preach in, and we hope the North, with its stupendous woalth, will not keep back, but put him up a meetinghouse at once. Would to God that more merchants would serve the Lord as Mr. Birch is doing.
We have good tidings from our late student, Mr. Groombridge, from Aden; he is on his way to China.
Will our friends pray very specially for our two brethren in Spain, and for all the saints in that country. Political changes cause us deep anxiety for their welfare.
The church at Redruth, Cornwall, is moving on under the care of our admirable friend, Mr. E. J. Edwards. They wish to build a chapel, and it is important that they should do so. We ought to look well to Cornwall, and maintain all our posts there, for they are few and feeble. We recommend the case of Redruth very strongly.
The friends at the Iron Chapel, Eastbourne, deserve the aid of all visitors to that delightful watering-place. They have a heavy debt, and are trying to pay off some of it by a bazaar; they need help.
Baptist Union Arbitration Committee.This Committee is now prepared to enter on operations. Dr. Angus is chairman for the year. Applications for the services of the Committee are to be made to the Secretary of the Union, J. H. Millard, B.A., Huntingdon.
We are glad to hear of peace and prosperity at Penge Tabernacle. More than fifty have joined the church during the
first year of Mr. Collins' pastorate, and prospects are bright for the future. The friends have lately made a presentation to the Pastor's wife, and mutual love and esteem are the order of the day; in all this we greatly rejoice. Mr. Collins is in all ways an excellent brother.
The Sabbath School Teachers of the South of London, of all denominations, met at the Tabernacle on Monday evening, February 17th, for prayer and the communion. It was our great privilege to address them upon their work. It was a very happy meeting. The collection was given to the Orphanage by the wish of the teachers.
If any brief notices are omitted our brethren must not feel hurt. We are only able to insert a few, and those must be sent to us; we have no time to hunt them up.
The Annual Conference of Ministers connected with the Pastors' College, will be held (D. V.) during the week commencing Monday, March 24th. Prayer is asked that this may be a special season of refreshing.
Baptisms at the Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:-January 23, nineteen; 30, fourteen.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Statement of Receipts from January 20th, 1872, to February 19th, 1873.