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Such infidelity is not to be met by arguments or ap- | meet our brother, who is already known as peals, by sending missionaries or building chapels,
a rising young minister in our own denomibut by giving clear proof that there is something
nation, and as the author of several excellent nobler in religion than these professors exhibit.
publications for Sunday School Teachers, The objection must be refuted in the warehouse
whenever again he commits his thoughts and the workshop, rather than in the pulpit and the bible-class; for the followers of Jesus may be
to the press. sure that when a holiness which worldly rules could THE WORKING MAN'S FRIEND. Parts 1 to never attain begins to characterize their conduct,
8. London: John Cassell. then, but not till then, the world, seeing their good
Though this Periodical may be supposed works, will glorify their Father who is in heaven," -(Pp. 95, 96.)
by some to interfere, in some degree, with
our own publications, we have not, on that But we have quoted at so much greater
account, like a well-known contemporary, length than we had intended, that we must
refused to advertise it on our cover, nor are depy ourselves the pleasure of further ex
we now in any degree reluctant to give it tracts, as well as omit some remarks of our
our hearty recommendation. It is, indeed, own; the whole chapter, however, though
an admirable publication; conducted with we might not venture accordance with
great energy and judgment, written in every opinion in it, will be perceived to be
generally forcible language, and altogether worthy of earnest study; and we cannot but think that he would be a benefactor to
of an earnest, elevating tendency. The
Monthly Supplementary Numbers, devoted the churches who would reprint it, and
to contributions from the Working Classes, circulate it amongst ministers and members
are, of course, peculiarly interesting. A very of every christian denomination.
pleasing feature is also being presented by The chapter on “ The Press” is of course
the insertion of a Series of Tales and peculiarly attractive to us. Mr. Green
Sketches illustrative of the Condition of quotes the fact, proved by Mr. Oakey, and
our Operative Population. We do not which cannot be too often repeated, viz.,
know the circulation which the periodical that the grand total issue of publications
has attained; bát we hope it is such as will whose influence is all on the side of moral
repay the exertions of the publisher, and corruption, is 28,162,000 per annum ; and
enable him to sustain for the work the that, on the other hand, adding together
high character it has so soon gained. the issues of Bible Societies, the entire issues of the Tract Society, from hand-bill to
Kecent Publications. volume, and the entire circulation of every Ministerial Support and Ministerial Efireligious periodical and denominational ciency; or, The Duty of Dissenting Cormagazine, they amount to but 24,411,620. gregations in Relation to the Pecuniary Add to these statistics, the important fact Support of the Ministry. (Pp. 36. Lonthat the religious literature referred to cir don: B. L. Green.) A highly intelligent colates chiefly among professing christians of and well-reasoned tract, full of excellent the middle classes, while that of a demoral and weighty truths. It is admirably adapted izing character finds its way in a very large to put into the hands of those who, on the proportion to the houses and haunts of the one hand, question the scripturalness or the poor; and then think of the great inade desirableness of ministerial support, or, on quacy of the vast majority of the religious the other, are grudging and ungenerous in publications to the wants and wishes of the their efforts for ministerial maintenance. working classes, and surely we have a loud Baptismal Regeneration as maintained call, which cannot but be heard, upon the by the Church of England, a Letter to the earnestness and piety of christian men Rev. J. Scholefield, M.A. (London : Benj. everywhere. “Tbe children of this world
L. Green.)-A keen exposure, by a young are,"indeed," in their generation, wiser than Baptist minister, of a should-be evangelical the children of light."
Greek Professor's mystifications of the But we must forbear. We must not, “Anglican” baptismal service. however, forget to thank Mr. Green for his What we should pray for as we oughtapproval of our own little periodical, “The Scriptural illustrations of the Lord's Prayer, Appeal.” The “Hints to the Working designed especially for the assistance of People” in the last chapter, are, though brethren called upon to lead the devotions brief, very judicious. We commend the en of the prayer-meeting, with a preface on tire volume to the careful perusal of every extempore prayer, by D. Griffiths. (Ppclass of our readers; and shall be glad to 28. London: A Hall & Co.)
A Page for the Young.
before aid could be rendered, poor Elizabeth had sustained such injury, that death terminated her sufferings the following day. A few hours before her decease, it being Sabbath morning, she remarked, “I think I am strong enough to get up, and should like to go to Sunday school, and be there in time.” Dear child, she had taken her last lesson, and it is hoped had learnt it at the feet of Jesus.
To the youthful reader we would say, while you drop a tear over the fate of Elizabeth Attwood, remember you are alike liable to accident and death; and that nought will avail you then, but the favour of Him who has graciously declared, “I love them that love me, and those who seek me early shall find me."
AFFECTING DEATH OF A SUNDAY
SCHOLAR. 5 Although children are often assured by
their parents or teachers, that the young are exposed to calamity and death as much, or more, than those who are advanced in life, the admonition is too often disregarded, and they are slow to believe that “the flower may fade before 'tis noon,” and youthful gaity and hope be extinguished in
the darkness of the grave. The truth of - this is confirmed by the following affecting Hi event. i Elizabeth Attwood, late of Canterbury,
was a good little girl, and though only in her sixth year, belonged to the Sabbath school connected with the Baptist chapel
in that city. Both to her school and * teachers, she was much attached, and de
lighted to impart to her sisters the know
Jedge she had acquired. One Saturday † afternoon, having been playing without - doors for some time, she came in with her
sisters, and after warming herself, stepped be on a chair, and, unasked, requested her
mother to hear her repeat her favourite
Lord, teach a little child,
Thy grace betimes impart;
Renew my infant heart.
To Him let little children come,
For He has said they may;
Their tears He'll wipe away.
Shall surely taste His love;
To dwell with Him above.
her mother to hear her go through the whole yet once more, but engagements prevented; and she acceded to her fond parent's request in again going to play, her mother little supposing, however, that this was to prove the final act of her brief career. Shortly
after this, having ventured too near a brick, kiln in an adjoining field, her clothes caught |
fire. Immediately she was enveloped in
THE FIVE PEACHES. A peasant, returning from the city, brought with him five peaches, the most beautiful ones he could find. It was the first time his children had ever seen this fruit; therefore they admired them, and were delighted with their red cheeks and delicate down. The father then divided them among his four children, reserving one for their mother.
At evening, before the father went into their sleeping room, he asked them, “ Well, how have the peaches tasted ?"
"Deliciously, dear father,” said the eldest. “ They are fine fruit, so juicy and sweet. I have carefully kept the stone, and I will plant it, and rear a tree.”
“Good,” replied the father ; "that is acting prudently, and caring for the future, as becomes a farmer."
“I ate mine up at once, and threw away the stone,” said the youngest," and mother gave me half of hers.” “Well," said the father, "you have not acted very wisely, but still naturally, and like a child. Wis. dom will come by and by.” The second son then said, “ I picked up the stone which little brother threw away, and cracked it. There was a kernel in it just like a nut. But I sold my peach, and received for it money enough to buy twelve when I go to the city.”
The father shook his head, and said, “It was wisely done, indeed, but it was not
natural or childlike. I think you are des- | his bed and came home.” tined to be a merchant."
“Well," said the father. “and who has “And you, Edmund ?" asked the father. made the best use of his peach? Edmund answered frankly and carelessly, Then all three cried out, “ Brother “I carried my peach to our neighbour's Edmund!” son, the sick George, who is ill of fever. But Edmund was silent, and his mother He refused to take it. Then I laid it upon embraced him with tears in her eyes.
The CHURCH AND THE WORKING CLASSES.
I have spoken of the ordinary strain of evangelical preaching, and I do not think the accuracy of my delineation will be questioned. It may, indeed, be doubted whether the evils referred to are of a kind especially to operate upon the working classes. Are they likelier, it may be said, than others more highly educated and superior in station, to crave a manly, thoughtful, and free exposition of religious truth ? I be. lieve that they are. The middle and higher ranks are now, in scarcely any measure, dependent upon the pulpit for intellectual food. This they find amply provided in books. They have therefore ceased, very generally, to look for instruction in the house of God. Nowhere can they less endure the being called to think. A little mental stimulus is all they wish. Hence the fact, at first sight so anomalous, that many of our most gifted laymen select and enjoy the ministry of preachers, whose chief characteristic is an elegant destitution of thought. The position of the la. bouring classes is widely different. The pulpit is still their chief instructor. Such, at least, is its theoretical position; if forfeited, the fault is in itself. The Sabbath is often the only day, the sermon the only means, by which the intellectual activity, fostered, but unregulated, all the week, can be guided and controlled. Let this power be inactive or misused, and the Sunday newspaper, with influences even worse, will usurp the preacher's place. We may depend upon it, that the natural depravity of the unrenewed heart is not the only, nor the greatest, reason why the “ Hall of Science,” on a Sabbath evening, is crowded with eager listeners, while the neighbouring chapel is almost empty.-The great want of our age is simply a full and free exposition of the whole counsel of God. The fundamentals of the christian faith may be duly regarded, without being the theme of every sermon. There is a glorious superstructure too. Let christianity be inculcated as the all-regulating, all-controlling spirit of life. Its connexion with everything true and wise, generous and holy, lovely and of good report, should be the preacher's frequent theme. It should be proclaimed as the only source of freedom, the only bond of brotherhood. While it claims the right and the power to regene.
rate the world, it should be seen girdi itself for its mission. It should speak of common life, its duties and its evils, 10 trials and its cares, declaring that bones labour and patient endurance are theme selves parts of religion, that the distinction between things secular and sacred Is Taist, and that, in words which a modern thinker has caught from a kindred spirit in ancien time, and urged with eloquent comment, “Work is worship." Laborare est orati. It should remind the complacent loungers of the sanctuary, that their religion is not there, in the cushioned pew, in the mer ous hymn, but out away in the stiri work of life, among their brother men, be exemplified in high-principled integrity, equal justice, free-hearted benevolence. The glorious, vet most solemn declaration, “Ye are not your own; ye are bougo a price," should demand otber respouse than a pious sigh, or a liberal subscription Boldly should the minister speak of er relation which man sustains to ma business, service, or affection; setting to its duties in the light of New Tes teaching, and as earnestly denounc perversions and deceits. Nay, why shoulu political duty be omitted?! branch of morality as clear and any other? Are not the principi gospel here most clearly applicable not the exercise of political power
and abuse the most fearful misconception and of things spiritual? Wherefore, the delicate fastidiousness, pass it celebrated apology of Leighton to thren, who reproached him for pe regard in his preaching to the. signs of the times in which he little better than an unwor “ When so many," he said, "are for the times, may not one po preach for eternity ?" It is as sentiment, but it will not bear ana true regard to the interests and the life that now is, is an essen tion for the life that is to come best fitted for earth is precisely best fitted for heaven. "GO our prayer-meetings often their pastor may preach as a 0. dying men; we would fain some the petition, that he may preach man to living men."- The Work by the Rev. S. G. Green.
ly applicable? Does itical power contain
herefore, then, with Ss, pass it by? The
Leighton to his breched him for paring 10
ing to the marvellous 10 which he lived, seems
he said, "are preaching
is a sonorous
bear analysis. A
is precisely the mau
y preach as a living
BAPTIST FOREIGN MISSIONS. 1 towns ; but if they are conducted upon the
same principle as they are with us, I much
doubt their efficiency for sustaining the We have received the following letter
flame of missionary zeal amongst us. When from a correspondent in Sheffield. The
these services were first commenced, they remarks it includes are very appropriate
were hailed with delight, and the crowded and important, and we have much pleasure
assemblies shewed the warm interest they in commending it to our readers' atten
excited. Now, the body of one of our tion:
smallest places of Worship, is more than Dear Sir,
sufficient to contain all, out of five or six Will you permit me, through the churches, who feel any interest in the submedium of your much-esteemed periodical, ject. This may be, partly, because the “ The Church,” to make a few remarks novelty has ceased. But if, instead of three relative to our missions, and the interest long, dull, prosy prayers, and as equally dull manifested in them by the members of our
an address from ministers, only the people churches ?
were permitted to unite their supplications The return of our Annual Mission Ser with their pastor, all thus pleading together vices favoured us with a visit from one of for a blessing, a healthy vigour would our devoted missionaries, the Rev. J. Make reanimate the service, alike beneficial to peace. His clear, powerful, energetic eluci
all. dation of the effects of missionary labour,
How seldom is the cause of missions made in the conversion of vast numbers of Euro the great subject of our supplication at our peans, as well as Hindoos, to the Saviour's weekly prayer-meetings. That it is not cause, made a powerful impression on the wholly omitted, is true; but it is only inaudience; which was still increased by his troduced incidentally, and generally clothed relation of the almost insuperable difficul in a few thread - bare expressions. Why ties they have to encounter from the various can we not have a Missionary Meeting every languages of the people, the vast extent of month, when the ministers might read from country to be traversed, and the tens of thou our Missionary Herald some of the most sands of human beings sought to be rescued striking facts, and speak to the people from debasing superstition by so small a
in strains calculated to excite their inteband of veteran soldiers of the Cross, whose rests and warm their affections ? Or, why number is continually lessened by the hand
might not those who are able, and who feel of death. How deep and poignant was his
deeply on these subjects (for we have many feeling, when, after contrasting the amount such among us), exhort their brethren to of good effected there under all these diffi greater diligence and self-sacrifice for this culties, with what is done in our country with
noble object ? our numerous facilities, instead of the voice Surely nothing would be so calculated to of encouragement and continued assurance
infiame our hearts with love and concern of being sustained by the earnest prayers for the souls of those who are perishing and liberal contributions of our churches,
around us, as thus pleading with God and they are repeatedly urged to reduce their each other, on behalf of the heathen expenditure, to lessen the number of their abroad. stations, schools, &c. God has bestowed Mr. M. asked if the very small sum of one upon us, of late, abundance of cheap bread, halfpenny per week could not be raised by plenty of trade and work for the lower each member throughout our churches ? classes, whereby all may, by honest indus No doubt it might, and more, if the duty of try and frugality, give to this great cause such an effort was urged upon them. But "as the Lord has prospered them.” It be I am inclined to think very few, comparacomes us, then, to enquire, why is it that tively, of the humbler class of our church the work of missions is not supported as members ever see the Herald, and but very formerly; or, rather, why our liberality seldom hear extracts from it, consequently, does not bear some proportion to our in are as ignorant of what is doing abroad, as creased benefits? Are our churches become they are of their own duty towards them at callous to the object, or the great subject home. As an instance of this, a female brought before them in all its force, so as servant was so struck with Mr. M.'s powerto enlist the warmest sympathies of the ful address, that she exclaimed, with tears, renewed heart? I think not. Let us “ How is it? I have never heard these examine.
statements before. I am resolved, so long Once a year, a missionary meeting is got as the Lord gives me strength to work, I up, and its cause pleaded, it may be, with will give twopence a week for so glorious eloquence; the collection is made, and the a cause.” Rather than these men of God people disperse, and the subject is suffered should be curtailed in their work and labour to die or lie dormant, until the return of of love, let the committees in every tow the next annual meeting. Some will reply, urge on each of their fellow-members to we have united missionary services. We relinquish some personal enjoyment,-some have. Probably they are general in large costly gratification at home. Is it a time
anfant causealed this pars of the ch
to indulge in any fondness for display in our persons, our houses, or our churches, while our band of missionaries are contemplating the fearful consequences resulting from deserted stations, and forsaken converts? What kind of gratification can we derive from painted windows, and splendid decorations, with fine-toned music from the organ, while they are toiling, and struggling, and dying, in the midst of unheard of difficulties, for want of that aid it is in the churches' power to supply.
Allow me to suggest the propriety of our ministers urging on the attention of all classes of our Societies, the interesting details narrated in “ The Herald;" making it a text-book from whence to arouse our sluggish zeal, and excite to deeds of selfdenial and consecration, to the cause of Him who has redeemed us from death by bis blood. I am, dear Sir,
A FRIEND OF MISSIONS. BAPTIST UNION OF SCOTLAND. The Annual Meetings of the Baptist Union of Scotland, and of the Theological Academy connected with it, were held in Glasgow, July 30th and 31st, and Aug. 1st, the Rev. J. Taylor presiding. The annual sermon was preached on the evening of July 30th, by the Rev. F. Johnston of Edinburgh; and the report, which was read on the following day, shewed a considerable amount of good effected, and a considerable increase in the number both of churches and members. On the 1st of August the annual public breakfast and meeting of the Theological Academy was held. The report stated that nine students had attended during the last session, and that those previously in the academy were successfully employed in various important fields of labour.
NAUNTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. The opening of the new Baptist Chapel, recently erected in the above village, took place on Friday, August 2nd, 1850. The weather was remarkably fine, the attendance unusually and unexpectedly large, and the entire engagements of the day were of the most interesting and sacred character. The services of the opening commenced by a prayer-meeting at nine o'clock, a.m., when the Rev. J. Acock, of Stow-on-the-Wold, presided ; at half-past ten the introductory prayer was offered by Mr. Acock, after which the Rev. J. Statham, of Bourton-onthe-Water, read and prayed, and the Rev. J. Aldis, of London, delivered a powerful and impressive sermon, from the last clause of 1 Cor. xi. 26. About 500 persons afterwards dined together in spacious tents which had been erected for the purpose, and at half past two, p.m., a public meeting was held. Over this meeting Thos. Nicholson, Esq. of Lydney, presided, and prayer was offered by the Rev. J. Jackson of Coate. The Rev. J. Teall, the pastor of the church at Naunton, then read the report; Mr. Comely, of Notgrove, one of the deacons, gave a statement of the cash ac
count; and addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Statham, J. Acock, J. Jackson, E. Hull, J. Hockin, N. Haycroft, and J. Aldis. At the close of this meeting 1300 friends drank tea together; and at six o'clock, so large was the assembly, it was found necessary to divide the congregation, and to have preaching in the open air, as well as within the chapel. Mr. Aldis kindly and readily consented to take this additional service, and preached from Isaiah lv. 3. At the same time the chapel, vestries, and schoolroom were crowded in every part, and the Rev. N. Haycroft, M.A. from Bristol, delivered an eloquent and appropriate discourse from 2 Cor. xii. 2-4. The services connected with the opening were continued over Lord's-day, August 4th, when Mr. Haycroft preached morning and evening.
RYDE. The foundation stone of the Schools and Vestries in connexion with the intended Baptist Chapel, was laid on Monday evening, September 2nd, when the Rev. Samuel Lillycrop, of Windsor, addressed the spectators on the necessity for more places of Nonconformist Worship in this fast increasing and important watering place, the Rev. Dr. Ferguson (Independent) offered a most appropriate prayer, and the pastor of the infant cause, the Rev. W. Newell, after singing, concluded this part of the service by prayer. The members of the church and friends then adjourned to their temporary preaching room, when the remainder of the evening was spent in suitable addresses, prayer, and praise.
ASTWOOD BANK, WORCESTERSHIRE.
The Rev. John Phillips, for nearly thir. teen years pastor of the Baptist church, Southwell, Notts, has accepted a cordial and unanimous invitation from the church at Astwood Bank, near Redditch, Worcestershire, which for fifty-five years enjoyed the ministrations of the late Rev. James Smith, and intends to enter upon the duties of the pastorate the first Sabbath in October.
WHITESTONE, NEAR HEREFORD. The Rev. J. Ramsey, late of Gloucester, having accepted the unanimous and cordial invitation of the Baptist church meeting at Whitestone Chapel, near Hereford, commenced his labours among them on Lord's-day, August 25th.
HUNSLBT, NBAR LEEDS. Mr, John Bamber, of Oswaldtwisle, having received an unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Hunslet, commenced his stated labours there on the first Lord's-day in September.
STANNINGLEY, YORKSHIRE. Mr. Hilyard, of Shiffnall, Shropshire, having received an unanimous and cordial invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist church, Stanningley, commenced his stated labours there on Lord's-day, August 18tb.