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river of the water of life, the crystal would be prevented, valuable time would streams of which are ever at hand, and be saved, and the church would be libeneither the drugs of the physician nor rated for the needful attention to the the knife of the surgeon will often be higher matters of its own life and growth. needed.
I would further remark that, in so far Another remark arises here. The as the whole church is compelled to unevangelistic mission of the church should dertake the discussion and settlement of not be forgotten in the indulgences of the drier items of business, each mempiety. Mere luxury enervates; but the ber should feel the necessity of bringing genuine appetite is maintained by work. to the task not only the wisest judgment Enjoyment, if coveted for its own sake, but also the most wholesome spirit. Let always both palls and poisons; so that the due distinction be made between the very means of existence become crotchets and principles ; let there be agencies of disease. Therefore, let the mutual deference; let each esteem the church meetings be dedicated not only others better than himself; let personal to worship, but also to the origination feeling merge into the general interests and maturing of plans for usefulness, to of the body; let there be a rigid mainthe examination of the results of work tenance of a kindly and genial temper; already done, and to the encouragement let no individual member assume disproof the spirit of work by mutual emula- portionate influence; let patience have tion and by reverential recollections of her perfect work; let the strong bear the example of the Great Master “who with the infirmities of the weak; let went about doing good.”
the entire church ever keep in view its In such exercises as these the time of family character, each member feeling a church meeting may be profitably and guarding the union of all the others occupied. If, however, it should be to Christ the head, each striving in all asked how the drier matters of business things to promote the highest happiness with which a church has necessarily to of all. If these aims are preserved, and deal are to be transacted, I would reply, sought in the spirit of prayer, the family in the first place: Let these be delegated unity will remain intact, individual selto a committee of management, com
fishnesses will die, bickerings will cease, posed of the wisest heads, periodically light will never be wanting even on the chosen, responsible to the church, and most intricate questions, the current of implicitly trusted in the special respon- the divine life will flow through the body sibilities they are called to sustain. In without impediment, and the church will most of our churches there is a large
a thing of beauty" which shall proportion of youthful persons of slender be “a joy for ever.” Such churches as individual development, and possessing these would be as a city set on a hill but little of that discrimination which which could not be hid-as the salt of the judicious adjustment of business the earth in the full possession and use requires. Sometimes cases of alleged of its savour. Their moral power in the immorality are brought up, the details world would be incalculable. Indifferenof which must unhealthily excite the tism, on every hand, would melt into curiosity and lower the moral tone of earnestness; and the earnest would flock the young. The importance of having to our side, saying, “We will go with such cases investigated, not by the you, for we verily perceive that God is church as a whole, but by persons in
Such churches as these the church who possess the requisite would supply a public demonstration qualifications, cannot be over-rated. that our religion is no sham, but a divine, Their final decision need not rest with mighty, resplendent reality, would consuch persons—their work should be sim- stitute a vindication of the gospel minisply to go into cases of this order with try which no sophistry could silence, due care, present to the church the re- and would push the triumps of the cross sult of their inquiry, and leave to the to the ends of the earth. “ Awake! church the final adjudication. By the awake! put on thy strength, O Zion! selection of a committee of manage- put on thy beautiful garments, 0 Jerument much unholy and useless talk salem !”
A “GRACE" THAT MAY BE SUNG INSTEAD OF "THE USUAL VERSE."
THY providential care
Our social board has spread;
And eat the Living Bread.
NORTH and South, East and West, our friends are beginning to think of the Annual gathering of the churches to be held at the close of the current month in the ancient and beautifully-situated town of Nottingham. We know a hearty and generous welcome awaits the assembly. For the eleventh time in the history of the Connexion the representatives of the churches go to share the hospitality of this busy, enterprising, midland town. Stoney Street chapel, our head-quarters, and admirably adapted for the transaction of business by its abundant rooms, etc., has just been renovated for our reception, and some kind hosts have already corresponded with their expected guests. May this mustering of the tribes of our Israel greatly promote the welfare of the associated church
and in manifold ways help on the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour !
We meet as brother-warriors engaged from year to year in a fierce contest with deadly error, insidious superstition, thickening wretchedness, and all the legions of sin, to review our past operations, to test our methods of warfare, to examine and report upon our plans for future campaigns, to fortify the territory already wrenched from the grasp of the enemy, to reinvigorate our strength, and to get inspiration from our Glorious Leader for fresh and better service. We have victories to recount. Proofs of material and spiritual progress will cheer our hearts. Here and there regiments have been considerably increased, and from many parts of the field, we believe and hope, most encouraging statements will be made as to the numbers and condition of certain divisions of the army. Brave and skilful leaders will be missed; but the memories of these departed veterans will hover over us and urge us to carry on and complete their work. And this will we do if God permit. Well we know He gives no substantial victories to dolts and laggards, no abiding rewards to vanity and selfconfidence. Moses must keep on praying, Joshua and his comrades fight if Amalek is to be destroyed.
capacity, courage, and energy, must work, and work hard, if they are to win any great successes : but they must pray as fervently as though the entire victory depended upon their supplications. The Lord does not always fight our battles for us and bid us stand still and see the salvation of God: but He will always fight with us if we ask Him. Jehovah. nissi : this is our watchword in the war. O Lord hear and help us: this is our cry as we go forth to the attack. We are nothing without God, and shall surely go down before the foe if the Lord of Hosts is not with us. May the opening prayer meeting, on the Monday evening of our great Festival Week, augur well for our future in its numbers, spirit, and power.
Of the various matters that will engage our attention several are of special interest. The discussion of our future policy with regard to Home Mission enterprize ought to issue in well-conceived, broad, and far-reaching plans; plans based upon experience, and calculated to promote the prosperity of the denomination in all its parts. The proposed Mission to Rome is likely to rally enthusiasm and stir liberality. The Centenary movement, aided by the Bazaar, ought to be crowned with the last sovereign. The skill, taste, and energy, displayed at the College Bazaar held at Nottingham in 1863 are sufficient warrant for large and lofty anticipations of success from the efforts of the, ladies of the Association generally, and of Nottingham in particular, on behalf of this fund. A meeting of a public character on Friday night for the declaration of Nonconformist principles; or a series of evangelistic services, would, in the former case, be in harmony with our position and claims as Nonconformists, and with our doctrine of Christ and His sacrifice in the latter.
Both in work and worship may it be given us to realize the presence of our gracious Saviour, causing our hearts to glow with love to Him and the brethren, and filling us with "the spirit of wisdom and revelation."
“LAYING ON OF HANDS."-An old G. B. writes in reference to the report of ordination service (p. 159), in which it is said the "prayer was accompanied with laying on of hands.” G. B. wants to know, (1.) Who hath required this manual appendix; (2.) What it means; and (3.) concludes by saying that the custom savours strongly of Ritualism and ought to be given up by all BAPTISTS. Little need be said about this. The New Testament does refer to the ordinance; but does not enjoin it. In so far as the early church practised it, it was not restricted to ministers; but followed each baptism as its “supplement." Grantham defends this general use of it. But it has long been given up in the case of members; and no one, we think, will seriously contend that it ought to be retained for ministers.
THE SAVIOUR'S PARTING PRAYER FOR HIS
DISCIPLES. By W. Landels, D.D. Stock. RARE gifts and high culture are required for the effective exposition of this Intercessory Prayer. It is pre-eminently " the Lord's Prayer;" His not merely by authorship, but by actual use, not made expressly as a model for others to employ, but breathed out in a spirit of the sublimest self-forgetfulness in the most solemn and eventful hour of the Redeemer's solemn and eventful ministry. He is indeed a master in Israel who unveils the spirit, and discloses the feeling and fervour of this unique supplication. Such a rank the author of these discourses has taken. From first to last the writer never loses sight of the idea that he is interpreting a prayer; and style, and imagery, and phraseology, are all moulded by this everywhere penetrating conpiction. The majestic but selfhumiliated Suppliant seems always before him in the depth of His agony, greatness of His love, and the divinity of His nature, and this gives a degree of reverence, holy quiet, subdued feeling, and restrained power, unequalled in any other exposition of this chapter with which we are acquainted. The prayer is treated as revealing the heart of Jesus; and the meaning of its successive petitions is distinctly set forth and wisely applied. The doctrinal bearings of the supplication are never missed; but they are so skilfully traced as to heighten rather than check the flow of devotional feeling. The style is clear and unruffled, the language chaste and graceful, and the spirit thoroughly devout. We earnestly commend the book to Chris. tians generally for their “Hours of Devo. tion,” and to pastors and teachers as a model of and a help to "rightly dividing the word of truth."
of sentiment every day: and this of itself will render unwelcome any view of the future of the human race that does not provide for the complete happiness of all its existing members. But all will not yield to sentiment. Many will still demand the proofs of philosophy and of scripture for what they believe: and these will find no better supply of both on the subject of man's immortality than in the above work. The reasoning is careful, well-sustained, unfaltering and conclusive. The psychology is scientific and reliable. The philosophy is of the soundest type, and the interpretations of scripture are fair, broad, and conceived in a truly scriptural spirit. There is no straining of the “law and testimony," no wresting of the ords of opponents, no want of candour, no trusting to mere rhetoric. The theories of White, Constable, Parker, etc., are honestly represented and ably refuted. Inquirers for truth could not have a safer guide, those who “stand in the old ways" a surer confirmation of their faith, nor those who have accepted terminationism an abler opponent.
THE TEMPERANCE BIBLE COMMENTARY. By
F. R. Lees, Ph.D., and D. Burns, M.A.
Partridge. This is the third edition of a most useful work. Those who practise and advocate total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks know well enough that they have sufficient basis for their faith and works in experience, physiology, and political economy. But there are many who cite the word of God in favour of their moderate use as beverages, some who go to the scriptures for weapons of warfare against total ab. stainers, and others who would at once ally themselves with the temperance movement if they only saw the law of God favoured it. For such persons an elaborate, exhaustive, and learned treatise of this kind was necessary. 493 passages in the Old Testament, and 144 in the New Testament, bearing with more or less directness on this subject, are examined. An extended and logical dissertation pioneers the exposition, and Appendices, Indices, and Supplements follow and crown it. It is a complete repertory of Biblical information, and its diligent perusal will render the teetotaller throughly furnished for his good work. We are glad this standard treatise has reached a third edition, and wish for it an increased circulation and abounding usefulness.
Man's IMMORTALITY PROVED: with Confu.
tations of Modern Theories of Annihila.
tion. By George Peill. Stock. The controversy upon this subject is not yet hushed. Nor is it likely to be. As this age becomes more and more benevolent in its spirit, shrinks with increasing aversion from suffering as though it were worse than sin, and in its short-sightedness hastens to apply any remedies that alleviate social woes rather than to be patient and heroic in the use of such as promise a permanent and effective cure, so will it reject, with augmenting force, the current doctrine of the endless suffering of disbelievers. We are becoming more and more the creatures
THE NOTTINGHAM ASSOCIATION. A COMMITTEE from the three churches has been formed for the purpose of providing accommodation for Representatives and friends during the sittings of the Association. Mr. Barwick, Sherwood Rise, has been appointed Secretary. It is requested that all applications for beds be made to him during the first or second week in June, and he will supply the needful information in due course.
Barwick, were elected members of the Midland Home Mission Committee; H. W. Earp, Esq., was re-elected Treasurer; and the Rev. C. Clarke, re-elected Secretary.
VI,—The next Conference. To be held at Ashby, Tuesday, Sept. 17. Subject for the morning—"Individual effort in Chris. tian work;" to be introduced by the Rev, J. Wilshire. Subject for the afternoon“ The conversion of our young people and their reception into the church ;" to be introduced by the Rev. J. P, Tetley.
VII, Finances.-Balance in hand last year, £2. The annual collection was made, and amounted to £4 17s. 5d, Total, £6 17s. 5d, Expenses of Conferences during the year, £3 175. Balance in hand, £3 Os. 5d.
VIII, The Rev, T. Ryder read a paper on “ The duty of the Christian church in relation to the drink traffic,” friendly and fraternal conference on the subject followed, A unanimous vote of thanks was given to tbe writer, and he was requested to send the paper to the Magazine for publication.
The Rev. T. Stevenson concluded with prayer. The weather was favourable, and the attendance large. It was a very interesting and useful Conference.
C. CLARKE, Secretary.
CONFERENCE. The MIDLAND CONFERENCE was held at Melbourne (instead of Hugglescote), on Whit-Wednesday, May 22.
The morning service was opened by the Rev. J. H. Lummis, who read the scriptures and prayed. The Rev. W. Evans preached from Ezek. xxxvii. 10. Subject: The condition of unregenerate men, and the means to be employed for their quickening.
The afternoon session commenced at 2.15. Rev. J. P. Tetley opened with prayer. The Rev. J. Salisbury, M.A., presided. 1. The Minutes were read and confirmed.
II. A resolution adopted at a Fraternal Meeting of Baptist ministers held at Wel. lington, Somerset, commending the Rev, J. Wilshere to the affection of the minis. tors and churches of this Conference was read. Our brother, now settled at Mary's Gate, Derby, was cordially welcomed into the Conference.
III. The Bradwell Property Case. --The business committee to whom this question had been referred, having duly considered it, recommended the Conference to pass the following resolutions :
1. That Messrs. F. Thompson and T. H. Harrison, of Derby, be requested to search for the Bradwell Chapel Trust Deeds, and report to the Business Committee of the Association,
2. That in case the deeds cannot be found this Conference recommends the Association to authorize the Trustees (provided they are willing) to sell the property to the Primitive Methodists.
Resolutions adopted unanimously.
IV. Home Missions. The resolution sent by the London Conference suggesting an alteration in the conduct of our Home Missions was considered. Resolved–That this Conference recommends ths adoption of united denominational action in Home Mission work as soon as practicable.
V. Midiand Home Mission.-Messrs. Charles Stevenson, W. Bennett, and E.
LOCAL PREACHERS' UNION. THE 22nd annual meeting of the Nottingham Union of Baptist Local Preachers was held on Whit-Monday at Prospect Place. The brethren composing this union now number 44. The reports of the churches were unusually interesting and cheering. One of the village churches reported 100 conversions to God during the last quarter; another had baptized 13 candidates, ten of whom were from the Sunday school. Another church mainly supplied by the union, had baptized 16 candidates, and others had been quickened. May every church in the connexion catch the holy fire.
I. The sad intelligence of the death of two Leicester brethren-Mr. Jarvis Read, by accident, and Mr. W. Holmes, by small pox, both comparatively young and of considerable promise- being reported, the Secretary was desired to write letters of condolence to the Leicester branch of the association.
Resolved, If. That the members of the Nottingham Baptist Local Preachers' Union present a very cordial vote of thanks to Dr. Burns, for his generous gift of 120
volumes, towards the formation of a lay Culross, Mr, H. D. Wood (Treasurer of the preachers' library, and they also request Building Committee), and Mr. G. F. Bayley those ministers and gentlemen who can, (Secretary), also taking part in the service, out of their abundance, spare any small The fineness of the weather gave an addi. lots of books suitable for the above object, tional charm to the surrounding scenery, to supplement this noble and unsolicited and greatly contributed to the comfort and gratuity, in order to help a band of men enjoyment of the very large assembly who are bearing not only a share of the present on the occasion. The whole of responsibilities of their individual churches, the service was most solemn and interest. but are ministering to other churches ing; the chairman's excellent and appro. every Lord's-day. Any parcel of books or priate address being listened to throughout donations for the founding of a circulating with profound attention. Then followed library, sent to the following address, will an overflowing tea meeting in the Tembe thankfully acknowledged. W. Richard- perance Hall, and a similar public meeting son, 24, Portland Road, Nottingham, Sec. afterwards; the latter being presided over
by the Rev. F. Tucker, and addressed by
ministerial and other friends, The contriCHAPELS.
butions on the stone and at the evening COVENTRY.—Mr. Varley, of London, has meeting amounted to about £260. The recently visited Coventry for the second Treasurer reported that this sum, added to time, and held special services. The visit that in hand, or promised, and including has been most gratifying, not only to our the grant made by the L. B. Association, own church, but to most in this city. showed a total of £1830; leaving a balance
NANTWICH, Cheshire. - The foundation of about £970 still to be raised, stone of a new chapel was laid on Easter OVENDON, Halifax. -On Good Friday this Tuesday, April 2nd. The Rev. R. Kenney, new building, (see G.B.M. p. 319, 1871) was of Wheelock Heath, was presented with a formally opened, sermons being preached silver trowel and mahogany mallet, and morning and evening by the Rev. T. having laid the stone, he, on account of Goadby, B.A. On Easter Sunday the Rev. the unfavourable weather, requested the I. Preston preached in the afternoon, and friends to adjourn to the Corn Exchange, the Rev. B. Wood at night. A tea party where addresses were delivered by the Rev. was held on the Monday. This was fol. R. Kenney, Rev. W. Underwood, D.D., (the lowed by a public meeting, presided over latter relating some interesting incidents by the Mayor of Halifax, J. D. Hutchinson, connected with the past history of the Esq., Rev. T. Gill offered prayer. The Rev. Baptists in Nantwich, which was com. I. Preston presented the following financial menced about 1688,) J. Burns, D.D., and statement. The late Sir Francis Crossley Rev. T. E. Rawlings. At five o'clock a public £100; Mr. Miles Birbeck, one of their own tea meeting was held in the Town Hall, friends, and a member of the church at when 350 sat down to tea. After tea Dr. North-parade, £10); Mrs. Pegg, Chesham, Burns delivered a lecture on his tour in £25; Messrs. Pilling £20; Mr. John Egypt, &c. The chapel will be in the Crossley £10; Col. Akroyd, M.P., £10; Gothic style, of red patent bricks, orna. Mr. W. Whitworth £10; Mr. Nathan mented with white and blue bricks in Whitley £10; Mr. John Whitley £10; the string courses, with projecting gables on Mayor of Halifax £10; Mr. Malcom each side, which will improve the external Bowman £10; Mr. T. H. Bowman £10; and internal appearance, and also add to Mr. H. Townsend £12 12s.; Mr. Joshua the stability of the building. The pews Wilson £12 12s.; Mr. C. Townsend £10; are open, and made of polished pitch pine, Mr. 1. Clegg £12 12s.; Mr. G. Aked £10; which, with an end gallery, will seat 300. A Friend £10; Mrs. Sharp £6; Mr. T. It will be 50 feet long and 36 feet wide. Horsfall £6; Mr. J. Akroyd £6; Mr. W. The cost of chapel and schools, with land, Wilson £5 10s.; Mr. W. Oswin £6; Mr. will be near £1,400, towards which £700 T. Sunderland £5 10s.; Sir Titus Salt, are already promised. The Rev. R. Kenney Mr. D. Clegg, Mr. J. Bramley, Mr. J. is the principal contributor, having given Binns, the Rev. 1. Preston, Mr. John £300. Messrs. Horsfield and Son, of Marshall, Mr. D. Wilson, Mr. J. Skelton, Halifax, are the architects, and Mr. Henry Mr. J. Holt, Mr. S. Law, Mr. M. Stocks, Ray, of Nantwich, the builder. It is to be Mr. John Wade, Mr. W. Kerkshaw, Miss complete by the end of October, next. S. Sutcliffe, Mr. Drake, Mr. J. G. Noble,
R. P. £5 each ;-total, including collections and NEW BARNET,—The memorial stone of small sums, £727 73. 6d. The land the Baptist chapel now in course of erec- secured and the building they had erected tion was laid on Tuesday, May 21, by the would cost, when completed, somewhere Rev, F. Tucker, B.A., Ex-President of the about £1,500, so that they had realized London Baptist Association; the Revs. J. nearly half. The Chairman said when the Clifford, M,A., LL.B., J, H. Atkinson, Dr. invitation to preside reached him, it ap