Imágenes de páginas

therefore we cannot unite with her. Many other reasons I might bave given. Let these suffice. I know full well that in occupying this position, and saying what I have said to-night, I shall lay myself open to many charges. Men who, with honeyed words upon their lips, cau manifest the real lack of charity which excludes all Nonconformists from the one fold of Christ's Church, will doubtless charge me with being very uncharitable. Those who are members of a political Church, a Church made what it is, and continued as it is, and that cannot be altered from what it is but by political action, may call me that terrible thing, a Political Dissenter. But these things will pass unheeded by. I tell you what it is, brethren. The time has come when it is needed that we speak out. The rapid progress which this semi-popery is inaking amongst us calls for more earnest devoted Christian outspokenness. It seems to me as though a most determined effort is being made to induce Nonconformists, and especially Wesleyans, to amalgamate with the Church of England, One gets up and in persuasive tones declares that John Wesley lived and died not only a Churchman, but a Churchman holding the views that now distinguish the modern Ritualists, and from it the conclusion is deduced that Wesleyan Methodists ought to be Churchmen and Ritualists too. Another, not so wise and prudent perhaps, but animated with the same design, tries to frighten the Methodists into the Church, and when he cannot succeed, says, (and I give my authority for the statement: it is Mr. Barlow, J.P., a leading Methodist of Bolton, in Lancashire) : “Well, your John Wesley is burning in hell, for his schism from the Church of England." Yes, depend upon it, there is a battle yet to be fought in this England of ours; a battle in which, when once it is begun, we shall have to draw the sword, and throw away the scabbard. Be it ours to be prepared for it; prepared by an intelligent apprehension of the great principles involved in the conflict; prepared by a knowledge of the skilful use of the great weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God: prepared by lives of holy, unselfish devotedness, to the great cause we hold so dear; prepared by loving sympathy with him whom we delight to follow as the Captain of Salvation. So prepared, we will fight the good fight of faith, praying always with all prayer aud supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. And so fighting, we shall come off more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave himself for us.

[blocks in formation]

Acts VIII. 26—40. DEMARKABLE and immediate blessing attended the Spirit-taught and N directed preaching of the Apostle Philip in this neighbourhood, which seems to have been placed upon record to teach Christians to be always ready to make use of present circumstances in leading others directly and individually to a knowledge of their Lord and Master; and although Gaza, Askalon, Ashdod, Ekron, and many other places in the Philistine plain, are familiar to most readers of the Old Testament, yet in modern times no one seems to have taken sufficient practical interest in the spiritual welfare of its inhabitants to establish any perinanent mission in the neighbourhood.

Gaza is a town of some 16,000 inhabitants, and in the surrounding districts there are sixty towns and villages; while to the south-east, along the borders of Egypt, nearly 50,000 rather lawless Arabs form their camps in about 7,000 tents. Yet in modern times no systematic effort has been made to preach the gospel to them.

This large population professes the religion of Mahomet, with the exception of a few families belonging to the Greek Church. An Evangelical School has however been opened within the last few months at Gaza for boys, taught by a young Syrian from Antioch, and attended by some thirty-five pupils, nearly all of whom are Mahometans.

But no provision has yet been made for female education in the neighbourhood, and another wide field is there opening up for English Christian motherliness, prudence, principle and tact. Several ladies of private means are carrying on work of this kind very successfully in different parts of Syria. A recent lady traveller well remarks : “ What praise do not such devoted women deserve for the energy and self-denial they exert? Far away from their own circle of relationship, their sole wish is to raise to better things a populatiou immersed in ignorance; but this is rendered still more affecting by their locality in a land where once shone in its fulness the grace and mercy of our God and Lord.” And elsewhere : “I often think of the reproach contained in the reply of the poor Bedouin woman, who on hearing the simple principles of Gospel faith as unfolded to her by Miss W., replied, “No one ever told us of these things.' Age had prevented her joining those she belonged to in their daily wanderings, and the hours went slowly by in awaiting their return, and the solace of their talk May God grant a blessing on those words then spoken to her, and seemingly received with a reproach that they had never reached her ears before-to be a consolation and a hope which would bear her above her trials of dreary solitude ! This reproach causes a fearful responsibility to rest upon ourselves." See “ A Lady's Ride through Palestine and Syria." S. W. Partridge & Co., 1872.

Oh! that some large-hearted, true, godly women, with means at their command, might but hear their Master saying, “This is your place : cultirate Gaza for me!" Trained native female teachers, with some knowledge of English, may be obtained from Jerusalem and Beyrout, who may be employed in school work and visitation.

Procrastinating hopelessness has paralysed many of our efforts for Palestine, although 1840 years ago, He, who came from heaven to preach glad tidings to the poor of this very land which he claims as his own, commanded his disciples to look for immediate results to their work of faith and labour of love, saying, “Say not ye, there are yet four months unto the harvest; for I say unto you, Lift UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK ON THE FIELDS; FOR THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal : that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” “The barvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he would thrust forth more labourers into his harvest.”.

An English missionary would be quite safe at Gaza, but should have a native catechist to work with him. Three Englishmen have resided at Gaza for eight years, in charge of the telegraph between Alexandria and Constantinople, who are friendly to mission work. They report that they have found the town healthy, though rather hot in the height of summer for two or three months, when they usually sleep in tents near the sea. But, doubtless, as elsewhere, some more satisfactory way of securing ventilation may be discovered. Provisions are good and cheap, house rents low, and necessary expenses about half what they are in any ordinary English town at present.

W. D. Pritchett, Esq., of Bishop's-Stortford, on whose heart has been laid the soul needs of Gaza, has been, for the last four years, travelling as a volunteer distributor of the Arabic Scriptures, through the less known camps and corners of the land, beyond Jordan, from Damascus southwards into Egypt, through the ancient kingdoms of Og and Basban with their many ruined cities, and in the wild countries of the Ammonites, the Moabites, Edomites, and Philistiues. By one who has had ample opportunity of observation, he is said to be one of the best practical economists in money matters; and his own services in the proposed Gaza mission will continue to be gratuitous.

His proposed coadjutor says, “I know the people sufficiently well, together

with their habits and customs, to feel quite at home with them. Not having experienced a day's illness during the three years and a half I have spent in Syria, and having laboured among the people with an acceptance that is in every way encouraging, the path that Providence has planned for me is not to be mistaken."

Help for the Gaza MISSION may be sent to the care of Messrs. H. Gaze & Sons, Tourist Directors, 142, Strand, London.


John Ploughman's Talk. Passmore and The Captives. By Emma LESLIE. SunAlabaster.

day School Union. Our friend “ John Ploughman" has now

ANOTHER tale by Emma Leslie. This become the familiar acquaintance and

time the scene is laid among the ancient counsellor of a vast host. His book

Britons, at the time of the Roman dohas just reached one hundred and ninety

minion and the uprise of Christianity. thousand, and the sale is still brisk. It

The authoress always tries to impress has been translated into Dutch and 1

the youthful mind with right principles. Swedish, and has had a large circulation in those languages: it has also been re The Kindling Fire Counsels for Young published in the United States. It has

Christians. By P. W. DARNTON, been the lot of few writings in modern B.A. James Clarke and Co. times to be so widely sold; we trust its

A LITTLE book, but a wise one. Young homely precepts and plain speech will do good among the people for whom it

believers are honestly admonished and was written,

earnestly instructed by Mr. Darnton in

the duties required of them as followers What we saw in Egypt. Profusely Illus- |

of Jesus, and members of his visible trated. Religious Tract Society.

church on earth. The treatise is so very A CHEERFUL, cbatty account of Egyptian

small that it is likely to be read, and is

also the more likely to be circulated ways and wonders. As you read it you

among the class needing such counsels. seem to be listening to the late experiences of some friends of your own, and | The Inner Circle ; a Memoir of Helena you are thus led to feel an unusual in

Maud Stephens. G. J. STEVENSON. terest in the adventures related. These are common-place enough certainly, in

A LITTLE memorial of a young Welsh these days of travel, yet the book has a

girl who by faith entered into the higher freshness about it which will secure its

life. It is a pleasing account, and debeing read by young people, and they

serves to be read by all young people cannot fail to derive instruction as well

who desire to know the highest joys of as pleasure from its perusal.

the life of faith. It costs only twopence. Uncle Max, the Soldier of the Cross. | Hayslope Grange; a Tale of the Civil

A German Tale. By Mrs. GEORGE War. By EMMA LESLIE. Sunday GLADSTONE. Religious Tract Society.

School Union. A LITTLE story about cross-bearing. HANDSOMELY bound, tastefully illus"Uncle Max"is a deformed cripple, and, trated, and interesting and profitable in like all such afflicted ones, is tenderly matter. The hero of the story sides sensitive to scornful or contemptuous with the Parliament and the Puritan remarks upon his personal appearance. party from motives of patriotism, and As a true soldier of the cross, however, is therefore banished from the Grange he learns “ to suffer and be strong in the by his father, who is a sturdy Royalist. strength of Christ.” The story is very | His sufferings for principles are at interesting, and the various characters length rewarded, and the story winds sketched are life-like and instructive. I up most happily.

English Medieval Romanism. By the / of the people, it is better than we had

Rev. Henry J. Alcock, M.A. James supposed it to be. Its unchangeableMiller, Berners Street.

ness, however, will be its fall. In all

false Christianity it may still find conThe design of this book is to show what genial minds and hearts, but, armed Romanisın now is by what it once was. with plain gospel truths, “ one may This would be an unfair argument but chase a thousand, and two put ten for the fact that Romanism everywhere thousand to flight." and at all times is essentially the same. It can put on different appearances, in

Jesus, his Life and Work, as narrated by deed, according to times and circum

the Four Evangelists. By HOWARD stances, but that is one of its essential

Crosby. Henry Heath, No. 110, characteristics. Its claims are unaltered,

William-street, New York. and it has never disavowed any of its | This is an elegant volume, with good former principles and decrees. Its por- type, and well-executed engravings. trait is here taken from its full-grown The principal incidents in the life of age, prior to the Reformation, and | Jesus are carefully arranged, and faithchiefly in the light of its own docu- | fully narrated. It is more, however, a ments, by which the greatest fidelity of life of Jesus of Nazareth than of the description is secured. It is a moral i Christ of God. It is more moral than likeness, rather than doctrinal or poli doctrinal, more sentimental than spitical, and that in which Romanism is ritual. There is less of his teaching least known. Nor is it the moral, or | than of the circumstances by which it rather immoral, influence of its teaching was suggested. Many find their highest upon the people, so much as upon the religious exercises in the contemplation teachers themselves, that is here exposed of the life of Christ; we prefer to view to view. And if it be now what it ever it as part of the great scheme of rewas, and the same effects may be ex demption, and preparatory to the great pected from the same causes, what a central truth of his atoning death. The fearful insight is given into the inner facts of the life of Christ should not be most recesses of the whole system. “By | considered, we think, apart from their their fruits ye shall know them.” There | design. They are recorded, not as mere is no need for Romanism to be tried by matters of history, but as vital and unany other test than this. As moral truth changeable truths. We should like to advances, it inust decline. We have no have seen more of this, amidst much fear, therefore, of its gaining a second that is devout, instructive and good. empire. We agree with our author when he says : -"I do not hold the

Ethel's Strange Legacy. By Mrs. CLARA gloomy views of many men infinitely

Lucas BALFOUR. S. S. Society. wiser than myself respecting the present | A very improbable story, of which we state of things. The Bible Society has fail to see the moral. It is the old affair done its glorious work too effectually to of a queer lodger turning out to be s permit the return of a national Roman rich uncle, and saving a distressed ism, whatever may be the oversights of family. men in power. The snug little talks of Dr. Manning and his button-holing

Little Books by John Bunyan. Grace members of the aristocracy, who never

abounding to the chief of sinners. had the advantage of a scriptural educa

Blackie and Sons. tion in their youth, has produced, and Many times have we read this remark. yet may produce, great evil. But the able autobiography of John Bunyan. heart of the middle classes, the true It is calculated to be a great blessing to strength of the country, is sound, and those who are sorely tempted, especially in my opinion the middle classes will while they are seeking peace by Jesus take care that matters do not pass a Christ. The charming simplicity and certain limit.” Certainly, if Romanism, | deep sincerity of the narrative hold you which has always grown better in dark | bound as in a spell, and to those who ness than in light, can rise to its former | have been in the same distress it will dimensions with the Bible in the hands be eminently consolatory.

The Holy Bible, with Explanatory. I Four Lectures delivered at the Town

Notes, References, and a condensed Hall, Folkestone, by Rev. William
Concordance. Illustrated with more Sampson, upon the Ritunlistic Contru-
than Nine Hundred highly-finished versy. Simpkin, Marshall and Co.
Engravings. Cassell, Petter, and Price 3d.
Galpin, London and New York.

THESE lectures are trenchant blows A MARVELLOUS book, crowded with il

from a well-wielded hammer. If there lustrations, and those of the best kind.

were a Sampson in every town, there It bears the palm as a Family Bible.

would soon be wailing in the temples of The artistic talent displayed in the

the Philistines. The Folkestone priest engravings must have cost the spirited

will need to invoke the help of Saint publishers an immense sum, and we

Michael and all angels, especially those wonder how they can afford to sell the

from below; for his hold upon the sillte work at the price at which they offer

part of the population must be terribly it. There are notes to it, but the illus.

shaken. Mr. Sampson's lectures are trations are the grand feature, and they

remarkable for the absence of all bitterare incomparable. This is the Bible

Dess, and the presence of great earnestwhich we select to give as a present to

ness : he is at once courteous and Dewly-married couples, and we would

courageous; he smites terribly but not give every wedded pair a copy if our

unfairly. We can hardly wish " more purse were but long enough.

power to his arm," but we congratulate Matthew Henry's Commentary: in Nine and thank him most heartily. “May handsome Volumes. Nisbet and Co.

his shadow never be less." We have This is a noble edition of Matthew

made an extract, which will be found llenry, in large type, and beautifully

on another page of this month's mayabound. It is out of sight the cheapest

zine. edition published. No words are needed Arthur's Viclory. By A. E. War). from us as to the value of Matthew

Sunday School Union. llenry's work; it is still the best com

A VERY good and pleasant story. Arthur mentary in the English language for eneral readers, and he who studies it

passes through the vexations and annoywill see new beauties in the sacred

ances of school life into the greater word. If every other book must be

trials and temptations of the world of taken from us but one, we would hold

business; and, though these last are on to Matthew Henry's Bible to the

many, and very bitter, he is sustained by last. Students who apply to us and

faith in Christ, and at last is more than send a stamped envelope for reply, shall

conqueror through him that loved him. Ibe put in the way of getting it at the Loser and Gainer. By Sarah DOUDNEY. lowest rates.

Sunday School Union. Eda May; or, the Twin Roses. By A. A very pleasant tale, full of good teach

D. BINFIELD, Sunday School Union. | ing. That all“ sin brings sorrow," is A NICE book for little girls. The con- proved beyond a doubt in the sad expetrast between a spoilt and selfish child, rience of the hero and heroine of this and a dear, self-denying little maiden, story. They sin and suffer, but happily is for ibiy shown, but it is a pity that they repent and are forgiven. The the excellence commended is made to young reader is never for a moment left appear more as a natural amiability than in doubt as to where he must look for as the work of the Spirit of God in the help to walk in the more excellent beart.



The Annual Meeting of the Orphanage | but into a sufficiency for a few weeks. was a joyful occasion, and the amounts For the rest, the Lord will provide. We brought in sufficed to float the Institution, | owe many thanks to donors of goods and nor into very deep water or large funds, | books, and if any are omitted from the

« AnteriorContinuar »