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The Books of the Chronicles. By C. F.
STUDENTS are placed under renewed
four volumes can be had for one guinea. Our churches ought to subscribe regularly for such works as these, and so keep their ministers' libraries replenished. The set of one hundred and sixteen volumes of Clarke's series would make a splendid present for a pastor, and would only cost £30 9s. We cannot say much for the spirituality of some of the volumes, but they are all helpful in interpreting the Scriptures, and enabling the student of the word to ascertain what literary criticism has to say upon the text of the inspired volume.
The Book-stall Boy of Batherton. By
MR. EDWIN HODDER has here killed several birds with one stone. Knocking over caste prejudices, he at the same time teaches boys that life, to be life indeed, must have some higher object than self. A very good shilling's worth. The Orphan Sisters. Sunday School Union.
WE are pleased to see the Sunday School Union so energetic in its publishing department; it is issuing some really good and taking things. This little book is one of their shilling Juvenile Series, and would be a pretty present for a little girl.
The Boy's Watchword; or, The Story of the Old Back Room. By JENNIE HARRISON. Shaw and Co.
A delectable story, but made to look a great deal larger than it is by being leaded out, so as to contain very little in a page. The mannerism displayed in such words as soul-boat, boy-key, mother-face and so on, is to us un- -English, and sickening; but for all that, a good story it is, and it is sure to be popular with the young.
Ointment Poured Forth; or, some of the
A COLLECTION of very good things in prose, and a quantity of rather feeble poetry. The whole book is sweet, very publications of this sort, all upon the sweet; but really there are too many same level of mediocrity, and all made up of scraps and hints, and effusions, about which nobody can say anything but that they are as good as gold and as heavy. Our friend, C. R. H., is the best judge of the spiritual meat which best suits his own circle of readers, and we always feel that his therefore, glad to see him sending productions are safe reading; we are, acceptable to hundreds of believers, forth works which will be sure to be even though we prefer rather more substantial meat.
The" Romance of Peasant Life in the
A LITTLE collection of facts of a very sad nature, bearing upon the condition of agricultural labourers in Somersetshire. The writer always handles his theme temperately and fairly, and the result is a plea for the oppressed convincing. We hope things will soon peasant, which to us is overwhelmingly be better; we blush to think they could ever have been so bad in any part of Christian England.
The Road to Destruction: an Allegory.
By a traveller for some years on the broadway. Elliot Stock.
THE author of this extraordinary rigmarole has evidently been all abroad, and his allegory is, therefore, very farfetched. In his preface he calls himself a fisherman, and discourses in so pleasantly familiar a style, that we feel ing personage,-but we think he had sure he is a good-tempered well-meansomething a little more comprehensible, better drop all allegorical baits, and try otherwise the whales and minnows which he expresses a hope of catching will not be very likely to get into his creel.
A Glimpse of the Great Secret Society.
Wm. Macintosh, 24, Paternoster Row. THE secret society intended is the Confraternity of the Jesuits; and if such be a mere glimpse, what would a full sight of it be? Of all the mysteries of iriquity to be laid bare when "there is nothing secret that shall not be made manifest," this must surely have the pre-eminence. If so hateful to man, when so little known, what must it be to Him that knoweth all things? Wickedness clothed in the garb of piety is more infernal than human, and, therefore, its works are in the dark. "It hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest its deeds should be reproved." It cannot, however, prevent the light, at all times, from coming to it. Here some rays pierce through the thick darkness and give a glimpse of its deeds. This work is a hole dug in the wall to reveal "the wicked abominations that they do here." If anyone would know what Jesuitism is and always has been; if he would know what part it has taken in the most tragical events in the history of Europe; if he would know how far the Fenian movements in the United States and in Ireland, how far the late Ecumenical Council in Rome, and how far the recent wars upon the Continent, have been influenced by it; if he would know what its purposes and operations in this country are at the present time; let him avail himself of this "Glimpse of the Great Secret Society." It is no rhetorical and impassioned tirade against Papal aggression, but a clear and orderly statement of facts, verified by accredited documents given in full detail. It is a burning as well as a shining light.
Bible Words for Wine: an Examination of Dr. Ritchie's" Scripture Testimony against Intoxicating Wine." By the Rev. W. MACLOY, Ballymena. Nisbet and Co.
THOSE Who wish to form a truthful view upon this subject should read this pamphlet, price ninepence. It is written by a teetotaller, and is, therefore, all the more valuable as a corrective to teetotal error upon the point discussed. When men go the length of calling the cup of the Lord the cup of devils, it is time that somebody should let a little daylight in upon them.
The Misssionary World: being an Encyclopædia of Information, Facts, Incidents, and Anecdotes, relating to Christian Missions. Elliot Stock. Multum in parvo! Just the book for our young brethren who are cutting their oratorical teeth, and airing their early eloquence, at juvenile missionary meetings. Here they will find a great variety of matter, much of it quite new to the general public (especially to that part of it which is not Wesleyan); and if they do not interest and influence the youngsters, so much the worse for them. The Encyclopædia ought to be placed in every Sabbath-school library at once, and used and re-used till it grows stale, which will not be just yet. Thanks to Mr. Stock for producing a work so likely to be useful in exciting sympathy towards the Lord's work in heathen lands. Puritan Theology. By Rev. G. MAC
AULAY. In Two Volumes. Nisbet & Co. WE have here not so much a statement as a defence of Puritan Theology, and this, we lament to say, is more needful at the present time. The second volume consists of practical discourses, but the former, which is the larger and more vigorous of the two, is devoted to the refutation of the principal innovations of modern thought. Rationalism is fully exhibited and discussed in its whole origin, progress, and results. The writer takes the vantage ground of inspired authority, and keeps it. Though evidently able to contend with Rationalists with their own weapons, and upon their own level, he adheres to the testimony of the Scriptures; and maintains, that to fight against that, is to fight against God. There is no middle ground, he affirms, between Atheism and Revelation. This is a position which commands all the fortresses of modern error, and cannot be reached by them. Another position assumed is, that Rationalism fails to provide satisfaction for a single want of man, while the Old Gospel covers the whole area of his being, and supplies his whole need. Here, too, he assails, and is unassailable. We consider these treatises upon the prevailing errors of the day, to be not only valuable in themselves, but as good examples for all who are "set for the defence of the gospel."
The Beautiful Gleaner: a Hebrew Pastoral Story: being familiar Expositions of the Book of Ruth. By the Rev. WILLIAM BRADEN. James Clarke and Co., 13, Fleet-street. WE are not among those who would violently spiritualise all Scriptural history, but we are equally at variance with those who find only the morality of common life in the sacred narratives. Could Mr. Braden never once have mounted to higher spiritual and evangelical considerations while lecturing upon the Book of Ruth? Is there no type in it? Has it no voice to the regenerate spirit? We complain not of what there is in his Exposition, though it has disappointed us, but we do complain of what is not, but ought
to have been there. Mr. Braden is of opinion that Samuel wrote the Book of Ruth in the early part of David's reign; but Samuel was dead long before David occupied the throne. He speaks rather cynically of certain commentators, whom, upon the whole, we prefer to himself. In all probability those whom he censures did good in their spheres, as we trust Mr. Braden is doing in his own.
The Feet of Jesus in Life, Death, Resurrection, and Glory. By Rev. P. B. POWER, M. A. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
THE present season has not produced a
more precious volume. It is deeply
spiritual and eminently practical, handling themes dear to all sanctified minds, and setting them forth in choice and attractive language. All Mr. Power's writings have a peculiar charm about them, and "The Feet of Jesus" is, perhaps, his masterpiece. The unction of the volume is not its only excellence, though it is, perhaps, the most remarkable one; but mental power is also manifest, and thus a clear mind furnishes the sacrifice, and a fervent heart applies the holy flame.
The Cottagers of Glenburnie: a Scottish Tale. By ELIZABETH HAMILTON. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co.
GODLINESS, cleanliness, and domestic economy are here beautifully commended in a pleasant story of their triumph over sin, dirt, and negligence. The work is adapted for great practical service.
Sunday Evenings ut Northcourt. GEORGE E. SARGENT. Religious Tract Society.
MATTER--excellent, but rather heavy. Get-up of the book-all that could be desired. On the whole, a volume to be reading; rich in gospel truth, holy highly commended for Sunday-evening experience, and devout fervour. Scriptural Holiness. A Series of Papers by Revs. JOHN HARTLEY, JOHN MOORE, and other Methodist Ministers. A. Osborne, Farringdon-street; and G. J. Stevenson, Paternoster-row. THE beauty of holiness is so perfect that none can extol it too highly, or enforce it too earnestly; so far we are at one with the authors of the work before us but if they are really aiming at the revival of the Wesley doctrine of perfection, we, without desiring to enter into controversy, must beg to differ. To aim at complete deliverance from indwelling sin is our duty, and our
privilege; to profess to have obtained it may be a gross error, and the cause of countless evils; but we forbear.
Scenes in Old London. Religious Tract Society.
THE story of the greatest of cities, concisely and attractively told. The information contained in this pretty little book concerns every Englishman, and more especially every Londoner. The first geography and history children. should learn, should be descriptive of their own country and native place.
DURING the Pastor's absence abroad, the church at the Tabernacle has not been without evidence of spiritual life. So many had come forward to avow their faith in Jesus, that there were one hundred and
thirty-five to be received into the church upon his return.
Mr. Spurgeon, through the extreme dampness of the weather, has suffered so much from rheumatic affections as to be
unable to occupy his pulpit. He is recovering, but is so weak and so susceptible of pain, that friends are entreated not to press him to preach for them for some months to
Mr. Groombridge, of our College, leaves us to be engaged in connection with the China Inland Mission, which has been so successfully superintended by Mr. Hudson Taylor.
Messrs. Wigstone and Blamire, of our College, have gone to Madrid, to labour for the Lord. May they prosper, and may a missionary spirit arise in many more hearts!
Mr. Wilson, of cur College, settles at Downham Market.
We are glad to see that the church under the care of our brother, Mr. George Sheppard, of Newtown, Sydney, is making progress, and has erected a new place of worship. Equally gratified are we to find Mr. Sheppard and Mr. Hibbert aiding in the instruction of young men for the Australian ministry.
Mr. Henry Morgan has arrived in Adelaide, and has been heartily welcomed.
Mr. Dyke, of Toronto, has celebrated a happy anniversary; may he be spared to enjoy fifty more such.
Mr. Babington, late archbishop of the church in the arch, Wyndham Road, Camberwell, has accepted a call to the church in Eastbourne. The church there is worthy of the help of all who love the gospel.
Mr. Pegg, of Turk's Island, and now of St. Domingo, has come to this country upon a visit. Brother Jacob Forth is labouring at Perth, Ontario; and Mr. Lennie at Smith's Falls, which is a few miles away. Thus our beloved brethren are spreading inevery direction, and we earnestly pray that in every place they may be a sacred salt, preserving the truth of God.
At once to complete the Orphanage buildings, so that they may hold two hundred and fifty boys, and to erect a suitable schoolroom for the junior children, is the object which lies first before us.
be done and cleared out of the way in a very short time, if half our many friends will give us speedy assistance.
We have a piece of ground in view upon which to erect buildings suitable for a College and rooms for classes, for our young men and women and senior scholars of the Sabbath School. Compared with the size of the congregation, we are badly off at the Tabernacle for class-rooms. We have the people, but greatly need accommodadation for them. The College rooms are dark, dreary, vaulty, and unsuitable; and happy shall we be to reach the upper air. Has not the Lord some steward who will feel it in his heart to help us through this necessary labour? We have some provision towards the building, but shall need some £5,000 more.
Mr. Moore has removed from Glasgow to Stockton-on-Tees. His Glasgow friends, at a valedictory service, presented him with a purse of sovereigns.
The church in North Shields has presented Mr. Pipe with a handsome testimonial. We congratulate both pastor and people. Kind actions are naturally beneficial.
We are glad to learn that the Baptist Church at Newton Abbot, in connection with which Mr. W. C. Jones has laboured with much success, has invited Mr. Field, formerly of Exeter, to be his successor. May the good work prosper.
The New Baptist Chapel, Faversham, Kent, pastor, Mr. A. Bax, late of the Tabernacle College, will (D.V.) be opened on Thursday, January 2nd, 1873, when Mr. W. G. Lewis, of Bayswater, London, will preach in the afternoon and evening. Sunday, January 5th, two sermons will be delivered by Mr. C. Kirtland, Secretary to the Home and Irish Mission. On Thursday, January 9th, Dr. Landels, of Regent's Park, London, will preach both afternoon and evening.
Baptisms at the Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:-November 21, thirteen; 25, fifteen; 28, twenty-two.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Statement of Receipts from November 20th to December 19th, 1572.
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Dec. 1 40
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A Lincolnshire Reader of Mr. Spurgeon's
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Mr. T. W. Doggett
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Mrs. Clayton for Infant School-room
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