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dence of Christianity, in calling it useless': late of Nottingham and Melbourne, not conclusive it certainly is, but useless it author of The Origin and History as certainly is not
of the New Testament.' London :
Hodder and Stoughton.—No one who The Word and the Works of God. A reads these Sermons will say they are dry. Course of Addresses to Young Men. By There is a symmetrical, and sometimes Maurice Lothian, F.R.S.E. Second and elaborate, outline, the promise of which Revised Edition. Edinburgh : Johnstone, is well redeemed by the filling up. The Hunter and Co. 1878. It is a good language is choice, the sentences rhythsign that a second edition should be called mical, and there is sustained throughout a for of such a book as this. These Ad- fine tone of composition very agreeable to dresses were delivered to a class of young the reader, and often eloquence of a high men whose ages varied from fifteen to five
order, though never rising into sublimity, and-twenty years old and upward,' and are and a strength of thought that compen. intended principally for scholars who have sates for the
absence of the adornment of left Sunday-school. The book, though not a vivid fancy. Illustration, in the shape of high literary pretensions, is very useful of simile, is rare, but there is no tameness. for the purpose for which it is designed. Mr. Martin's sermons are distinguished by
careful exegesis. Any difficulty the text Remarkable Cases of Conversion. By may present is boldly grappled with, and the J. R. Philips. London: S. W. Part- results of the Preacher's thought are fearridge. These records of experiences lessly presented. With some of his conshowing the power of faith,' will prove clusions, however, it is hard to agree. In valuable to all workers for God. The the sermon on Cain and Abel; or, The anecdotes are, for the most part, fresh First Sacrifice, he discards the generally and striking, calculated to arrest the care- received opinion that God Himself taught less, strengthen the faith of the tempted Adam and his children the meaning and and guide the enquirer to Christ.
purpose of sacrifices. But whether is the
more improbable, that man, who had until New Coins from Old Gold ; or, Homely this time been a recipient of God's goodHints from Holy Writ. By Thomas ness, only now woke up to the feeling that Champness. London: Hodder and he would do well to make some return for Stoughton.—These brief addresses will that goodness, and went about the work have a charm for all classes of readers. ignorantly, with the result recorded in the Mr. Champness has the rare power of put- Bible, or that, in so important a matter as ting a large amount of wisdom into terse, sacrificing, God gave instruction on a truth pithy sentences, which take firm hold on which man could not evolve from his own the memory
The tone of the papers reasoning? Does it not require great faith varies considerably. Some are tender and to receive such teaching as the following: admonitory, others racy and rousing ; all "This was, in fact, man's first lesson in are original and forceful. The 'get ap' saorifice. They were both trying their of the volume is admirable. It is one of hands at something entirely new. The the most tasteful books of the season. impulse was right, and, like every right
impulse, came from God. But God did Bible Teachings for the Young for not lay down the law. He let each try in Every Day in the Year, with Daily Cal. his own way, and waited till afterward to endar and Birthday Register. By T. show them which is best. Abel chose the S. Henderson. London : Hamilton, right way, and God showed that it was Adams and Co. This book is offered as a right. Cain's first attempt was not so daily help to the little ones of Christs good, and God took no notice. This was flock. The execution is as good as the not to discourage, but to let him see that design. The texts are carefully selected, Abel had found the true way to draw near, and the commenting is evidently the work Had he learned the lesson of " doing well,” of one who understands the temptations and be would have been accepted too.' religions difficulties of children. The Again, in his sermon on The Sacrifice style is winning and sympathetic, and the of Isaac, he asserts that Abraham was matter suggestive, appropriate and prac- mistaken in his interpretation of the Divine tical. These short counsels will be valued command: 'It was an obscure command, by all earnest, intelligent children. The no doubt; but it was not a command to volume is attractively bound and well illus- slay or burn. It wanted interpreting; trated,
but, in its strictest sense, it was simply
a command to give Isaac entirely up The Christian Mirror ; and other Ser. to God.... The natural tendency of the mons. By the Rev, James Martin, B.A., human heart is to believe that God
delights in victims slain. But Abraham large number of expository articles and a was to learn, once for all, that it is living still larger of "Sermonic Outlines'; sacrifices, and not dead ones, that God • Clerical Symposium,' and several chapreally desires.'
ters on Biblical science ; besides & conDoubtless, God never intended that siderable quantity of other matter. A few Isaac should be slain, or that this command of the Sermonic Outlines' barely reach skould be a precedent for, or justification the level of respectable mediocrity, and one of, offering human sacrifices where no such or two of the expositions manifest scarcely command was given ; but Mr. Martin loses more than average ability ; but the bulk of sight of the fact that God, Who gave the articles attain a high standard of Isaac's life by a miracle, had a right to excellence. especially the more solid ardemand that life back again by sacrifice, ticles. Dr. Dans' able Science Studies,' if it would in any way advance His glory. and Dr. Brace's thoughtful Parabolic The test to Abraham's faith would not Teaching of Christ' are real gains to have been so severe, if the wording of the theological literature. Altogether, the command had left room for hope that Homiletic Quarterly would be a helpful Isaac might be offered to God in some addition to a Minister's library. other way than by being slain and burnt hike other sacrifices. And surely if Abra- Zion's Harfe. Gesangbuch für die ham had been mistaken in his inter- deutschen Wesleyan ischen Methodisten pretation, some hint to that effect would (Hymn- Book of the German Wesleyan have been given in the subsequent narra- Methodists). Cannstatt : Wesleyan Booktive! With the lessons embodied in the Room.--Weare glad that our German brethrest of the sermon we thoroughly agree ; ren are provided with this excellent collecbat they do not depend upon the faulty tion of sacred songs. We have here many fine exegesis referred to.
specimens of German hymn-writing, ancient We need not call attention in detail to and modern, including the originals of any of the
other sermons contained in this some of the noblest hymns in our own Col. volume. That on St. Peter and the Keys lection. There are also several accurately of the Kingdom, is a masterly exposition of rendered translations of English and Amer. a mach controverted passage; while that on ican favourites. The tunes are tasteful and Dirine Jealousy the Measure of Divine appropriate : the correctness of their har. Grace, is an original, but none the less mony is guaranteed by the leading Prosatisfactory, explanation of a text, the usual fessor in the Stattgart Conservatory of interpretation of which is anything but Music. satisfactory. The sermon on Completeness in Christ, or, Ritualism and Spiritism The History of the Tea-Cup; with a Judged by St. Paul, is very cogent and Descriptive Account of the Potter's Art. powerful, and deserves a wide circulation By the Rev. G. R Wedgwood. London : in the present day.
Wesleyan Conference Office.-A large We have pleasure in commending to our amount of valuable information relative readers this volume of sermons as a worthy to the growth and preparation of tea memorial of an able Minister of the Gos- and the various processes employed in pel. It is impossible to peruse them without the manufacture of the tea-cup, is coma feeling of regret that the hand that pressed into this little volume. The illuspenned them is still in death, and the trations, which are good and frequent, mind that produced them removed to greatly help the descriptions. No intellianother sphere of service.—The book is gent reader can fail to be interested by the got up' with the usual care and taste of perusal of this attractive gift-book. the publishers.
The Cliftons, and their Play-hours. By The Homiletic Quarterly. Vol. II, Mrs. Cosslett.-Ned's Motto ; or, Little by London : Richard D. Dickinson. 1878.- Little. London: Wesleyan Conference OfThe four nambers of this magazine for fice.-The Cliftons, is a thoroughly sensible the past year make a goodly volume of story, very original and lively. It contains five hundred and sixty-four pages. Its no very alarming adventures or impossible Table of Contents occapies four pages : incidents, but the every-day life of a family its Index of Scriptures illustrated nearly of intelligent children is portrayed in a three. Hence it will be judged that most interesting style. The religious diffithe bill of fare is sufficiently varied. culties and mistakes of Fleda
are very The volume contains exposition touching and true to life. of the Book of Obadiah ; instalments Ned's Motto, is an excellent boy's tale, of commentaries, on different plans, on full of interesting incident, combined most Jadges, Esther, Hebrews and James ; a happily with sterling practical lessons. It
OBITUARY. MRS. JUBB, whose maiden
reference to her decease, interment and Sarah Orange, was born in 1809, at family concerns; and nearly three weeks Wombwell, in Yorkshire.
before she died she went through all parwere accustomed to attend the services of ticulars with great calmness ; then, having the Established Church, but occasionally expressed her wishes, dismissed earthly worshipped amongst the Methodists. Gov. affairs from her mind, and never at any erned themselves by strictly moral prin- subsequent time alluded to them. She asciples, their children were trained to sured her friends that she was going to be honesty, truthfulness and industry ; but for ever with the Lord.' To one friend their spiritual teaching was grievously de- she said, 'I have had a sight of the crown fective. Sarah, as she advanced to woman- that is laid up for me.' hood, gave decided preference to the For about five weeks she took little but Wesleyan-Methodists, and when about cold water. Frequently in pain, and at times seventeen years of age was brought to suffering severely, she was often in prayer, the experimental ‘knowledge of the truth,' asking for Jesus to come and help her, and under the instrumentality of the late take her to Himself. On April 18th, in disEdward Brooke, Esq. Her religious prin. tressing pain, she said to her husband, 'It is ciples became fixed, and she held on her hard work.' He replied, 'Yes, it is ; but Jesus way, waxing stronger and stronger. Her will help you'; to which she immediately whole deportment, from the time she be- responded, 'My Jesus to know, And feel His came an avowed believer, was characterized blood flow, 'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaby regard for the Scriptures, love of the ven below.' Maternal affection gushed means of grace and devotional reading. forth in prayer : ‘Bless my family!
In 1837 she became the wife of the Watch my family!' Her last utterances, Rev. Martin Jubb, and for nearly thirty- about two hours before her departure, nine years was a follower of holy and godly were in response to the question put to her matrons. She was naturally of a cheerful by her husband, 'Do you feel yourself safe disposition ; and though not qualified to in the arms of Jesus ?' 'Yes,' was the shine in office or in company, yet in do- distinct reply ; and shortly afterwards, on mestic life she was a model of order and one of her sons saying, “You will soon be neatness, and was bright to her husband, at home, mother, she replied, without hesifamily and friends. No one could surpass tation, Yes.' Without a struggle or å her in household management. She never groan she gently breathed, until, on the ate the bread of idleness. She looked well evening of May 1st, 1876, she fell asleep in to the ways of her household. Her children Jesus, in the sixty-seventh year of her age. arise up and call her blessed. Though not of robust constitution, her love of activity en
• The dead are like the stars by day, abled her to go through a great amount of
Withdrawn from mortal eye ; domestic toil. In September, 1875, failure
Yet holding, unperceived, their way in health was manifest ; but no one thought
In heaven's unclouded sky. the weakness to be premonitory of approaching dissolution. On November 8th, • For death its sacred seal hath set in the Wesleyan Chapel, Keelby, she was On bright and bygone hours ; seized with faintness, and lost consciousness And they, (whose absence we regret,) for a while. Conveyed home, she became
Seem more than ever ours ! gradually worse, until it was evident that Ours, by the pledge of love and faith, the disease would be fatal. All means And hope of heaven on highemployed to arrest its progress were A trust triumphant over death, vain. She felt that the end was in- In immortality evitable. She made arrangements with
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