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grave objection raised by professors of preference to the theology of conscience as theology, and by eminently scientific men. explained by the author of this work. It is this objection which Dr. Carson mi- Whether the ideas of sin and sacrifice are nutely examines, and by arguments, appa- “seminally instinctive" or not, we have no rently complete, abundantly refutes. He idea that true religion has its root iu “the goes even further, and successfully shows world's consciousness ;" or that redemption that phrenology is the only basis upon is universal because Christ was the brother which the immateriality of the soul can be of all mankind. Those who differ from us upheld by metaphysical science and argu- may read this book, which is written in ment. For if the brain be not the organ a smart, effective style and displays of the soul, and if that organ be not com- polemical attributes of no mean order. pound, the soul must have a structure with parts that may become inactive, turbulent, Prayer and the eternal covenant of Salt : or idiotic, and which, in old age, mostly Reflections upon the spiritual consideradrivels into childishness; whereas the soul tion of Hymns 317 and 318, Wesley's being a percipient principle, invisible,
Selection. To be had of Mr. Sedgwick, and of endless duration, is a separate thing
Hymnologist, 81, Sun-street, Bishopsgate, from the brain altogether, and dependent London. on it only for its manifestations; hence A shrewd fellow remarked in one of our obligation to God for a healthy brain his books, not long since, that "there as the physical medium through which never was such a place as London for comind in its embodied state is ordained to incidences;" he might have added, act, and therefore must act when it acts at for contrasts and contradictions." We shall all. As to another world, there is no physi- only say, whosoever does not know his own cal theory that can be relied on. “We mind, or has but little mind of his own to walk by faith, not by sight.” But we may know, should avoid contact with both this safely conclude that a glorious provision is and the preceding publication. made for the “sons of God," who will not “ be found naked,” but each be clothed Notes of Sermons by the late W. PARKS,B.A., upon with his house, “not made with Rector of Openshaw, near Manchester. hands, eternal in the heavens." Believers Collingridge. are in the hands of their great Redeemer;
This small volume of imperfect sermons and being inseparably united to him, may is as full of gospel as an egg is full of meat. calmly leave in abeyance the doctrine The lamented author was one of the few which respects the mode of their future existence, and the means of personal mani- gospel ministers who, as yet, speak from festations. No doubt we shall each have pulpits in the Establishment. He was a a medium of some kind, befitting the wis- ing to the order of covenant relationships
champion for the doctrines of grace, accorddom of God, and as much suited to a between the Divine Persons in the Godhead. heavenly state as the present is to an earthly one. Meanwhile, persons who Sure of Heaven. By Thomas MILLS. Elliot wish to become acquainted with the science
Stock. of phrenology, can hardly do better than
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often beautifully delineated. Prayer: its source, its nature, its ground, and
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wanted. We think, however, when dis
cribing the qualifications for church memJohn Wesley; or, the Theology of Conscience. bership, the author might have named By the Author of "The Philosophy of baptism. It seems we are to have a letter Evangelicism.” Elliot Stock.
on baptism some time hence; why not We advise our readers to study the plan have had at least a respectful notice of it of salvation from the covenant of grace, in in its proper place!
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our Sabbath-schools, with whom it has be The City Diary and Almanack for 1869. By come a decided favourite. It should be in W. H. COLLINGRIDGE. “ City Press,"
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By C. SCHWARTZ, maintains its pre-millenBesides the usual almanack matter, the of all things," and in the face of strong
nial views, despite of Mr. Grant's “End new edition of this annual publication contains a mass of information respecting of talent, and the author's affinity with the
proofs to the contrary. It is not destitute schools, colleges, hospitals, companies, scattered tribes may lead him to think churches, deaneries, &c. &c., with informa “glorious things are spoken of them.” We tion concerning members and officers of the cannot say we indorse his millennial Corporation, the City clergy, &c.; the views.-The Gospel Magazine continues to whole occupying several pages of closely deserve the confidence of evangelical Epispacked letter-press, and forming a com
copalians, and to supply spiritual nutrimenti plete guide to the various business offices of the city. The book is interleaved two numbers evince an improvement both
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The Chairman, in a few introductory LONDON:
remarks, expressed his gratification at the
large attendance, and briefly glanced at the MOUNT ZION CHAPEL, CHADWELL-STREET, early history of the church, when, sevenCLERKENWELL.
teen years ago, it consisted of but 36 memTHE Fifteenth Anniversary was held on bers, and the total number of his hearers Lord's-day, Dec. 13th, 1868, when two ex- was but 60 or 70. Their numbers, howcellent sermons were preached by the ever, soon increased ; so that their former pastor, Mr. Hazelton, who, at the request place of worship proved too small; and 15 of the church, occupied the pulpit as usual. years since they purchased the present The attendance was good, and the collec- building, with money borrowed chiefly from tions most encouraging.
a building society. He had no faith in the On the following Tuesday the annual undertaking at the time; but through the Tea Meeting was held. A numerous com- Lord's goodness, this debt (viz. to the build-pany sat down to tea; after which the ing society) had been removed. It had been public meeting commenced, when Mr. said that the truth of God was dying out, and HAZELTON presided.
that when certain old ministers departed, Mr. Wise opened the meeting by prayer. I their peculiar views would cease.
joiced, however, in the fact that the truth | clared himself the Bread of Life, because of God would never die, He had often they were destitute of spiritual life. Christ been called bitter, censorious, and higoted : and his work were spiritual bread to the but he had gone on with his work, sinners living soul, and this bread was for all that had been converted, and the church had wanted it. It was to be found in our enjoyed uninterrupted peace and pros- Father's house, the church of God. He perity; so that with humble gratitude he had said, “I will abundantly bless her could say, “The Lord hath done great provision; I will satisfy her poor with things for us, whereof we are glad.” bread." In every stage of Christian ex
Mr. FOREMAN next addressed the meet- perience Christ was precious. ing, on “The Book of Life” (Phil. iv. 3). MR. GRIFFIN spoke upon
The Promise His subject was figurative. À book con- and Hope of Life. The expression “eternal veyed the idea of order, regularity, partic-life” implied not merely eternal existence, ularity, and continuity. Men of business but a life like that of Christ himself. The had their books; hence the figure suggested blood of the paschal lamb was the life of the the exactitude of God's knowledge of his Israelites, and Christ was the life of his people, and of his dealings towards them. people. He had voluntarily become so in To have a name in the book of life was to the counsels of eternity, and hence he was be registered for eternity. It was a safe called “the Lamb slain from the foundaand indelible record, and suggested the idea tion of the world.” He could not rejoice of-1st, Electing love. (Here the speaker in God's covenant with Adam, nor in his described in a very encouraging manner covenant with Israel; but he could rejoice the characteristics of those whose " names in God's covenant with his Son, who was are written in heaven.") 2nd, Redeeming responsible for all the conditions it con. love. Hence it was called “The Lamb's tained, and of the performance of which Book of Life. 3rd, Regenerating grace ; his resurrection was the proof. Because and_4th, “ Being written among the living I live," said the Saviour, ye shall live in Jerusalem," or having an experimental also.”. As to the promise of life, God had name in the Bible. If we possessed the given us not only his promise, but his oath. evidences of spiritual life, our names were The promise was exceedingly great and in the heavenly register, although we could precious,"-great, because it related to not read them.
eternity; precious, because the believer had Mr. MILNER, after congratulating the nothing else to trust in. After a few repastor and his people upon their prosperity, marks upon the hope of life, the speaker announced his subject, -—"The Tree of concluded. Life” (Rev. xxii. 2). The Revelation was Mr. Meeres, in addressing the meeting a mysterious book, and commentators too upon “ The Crown of Life," said that the frequently passed over the most difficult subject of the evening- life, was passages of Scripture. “The Tree of Life," important one. Even natural life was no doubt, alluded to the Lord Jesus Christ; most dearly prized; but spiritual life was yet the subject was perplexing, -as, for in- of unspeakable importance. After briefly stance, the position of the tree“ on either adverting to the source, the stream, and side of the river.” He suggested that “the the consummation of this life, he said that river” might represent the Holy Spirit, a conflict or a race was involved in the who was given shortly after Christ had as- figure, a crown of life.” Timothy was cended;
and that Christ, as the “Tree of exhorted to "endure hardness as a good Life," was on one side of the river prophet. soldier of Christ Jesus; and none could exically, and on the other side as having ac. pect to be crowned except he strove law. complished his work; so that both Old and fully. He alluded to the Christian's New Testament saints rejoiced in the same armour,—the shield of faith, the helmet of object. The twelve fruits might denote salvation, the robe of righteousness, and the perfection and fulness, the plentitude the preparation of the gospel of peace. and variety of the blessings of salvation; Final victory was certain, and a crown of and as the tree yielded its fruit "every life" was laid up not only for the Apostle, month," so Christ was needed all the year but for all who love Christ's appearing; round. The leaves might represent the while the prospect of the crown enabled means of grace; for Christ was everything the Christian to endure to the end, “ lookin the gospel.
ing unto Jesus." Mr. WBBB was the next speaker. His Mr. Wise, having requested permission, subject was “The Bread of Life.” Bread, briefly expressed the pleasure he had felt he said, was indispensable; so was Christ. in being present. He could add his hearty Bread was needed every day; so was Christ. amen to all that had been advanced, beThe Jews were offended when Christ de- I cause he felt a union of heart to all who
had been called by God's grace. He had | on “Spiritual Revival ;" Brother Sankey, on realized the pleasures of Christian commu- “ Christ and him crucified;" Brother Crownion, which was like that of the saints in hurst on “Be of good courage;" Brother heaven.
The Love of Christ;" Brother After a few concluding remarks by the Stringer was present also. After a few Chairman, the benediction was pronounced, remarks from Brother Cook, the meeting and the meeting separated.
was closed with the benediction. It was a good meeting,—the house was full, and the
presence of Christ was felt and enjoyed. WOOLWICH: CARMEL CHAPEL.
P.S.-Mr. Osmond immersed four beON Lord's-day, Dec. 7th, 1868, four lievers on Lord's-day evening, Nov. 29, 1868. brethren and one sister were added to our number as a church of Jesus Christ. They are the fruits of the ministry of our es
General. teemed pastor, Mr. Maycock. Evidences are visible of the Lord's blessing
the word PROGRESS OF ROMAN CATHOLICISM. to others in the congregation. During the ROME.—A communication from Rome in few months our pastor has been with us, the Monde says :-“A rumour is current thirteen have been added to our number. that Pius IX. has the intention of reconstiMay the Lord continue to smile upon his tuting the ecclesiastical hierarchy in Scotlabours.
land, and of creating at the approaching
consistory two new cardinals in England; HOXTON:
that Messrs. Manning and Ullathorne are EBENEZER CHAPEL, HIGH-STREET. mentioned the persons designated. On Monday, Dec. 7, a social tea meeting There is also said to be a question of was held to celebrate the completion of appointing a Primate of Scotland, in the Mr. Osmond's first year of labour. About person of Mr. Batherson.” 150 persons partook of tea, after which Mr. AMERICA.—The New York Times says Osmond commenced the evening service by that America is and has been for some giving out a hymn and reading the Scrip-time, a favourite field for Roman Catholics, tures, after which Mr. Cooke, of Trinity and that on this continent they are meeting Chapel, Borough, implored the Divine with their greatest
In Europe blessing.
with a population of 287,000,000, 23 per Mr. Whittaker then took the chair, and cent. are Protestants, and 50 per cent. made some very excellent remarks with re- Roman Catholics; while in America, with ference to anniversaries, speaking of the a population of 73,000,000, 38 per cent are harmony and prosperity with which the Protestants, and 59 per cent. Roman church had been favoured during the past Catholics. But then it must be rememyear. He said he had a pleasing duty to bered that all America, with the exception perform on behalf of the church, viz., to of New England, was originally colonized by present a small token of its love and esteem Roman Catholic countries. It is a favoruite to Mr. Osmond. He then presented Mr. theory with the Romish clergy that RepubOsmond with a very handsome copy of lics arethe best fields for their missionaries; Denham's Selection of Hymns. Mr. Os. but unfortunately, where the Church prosmond then rose and in a feeling manner pers the Republic does not, and vice versa. expressed his sincere thanks, saying that the love of Christ shed abroad in the heart
SUNDAY ENTERTAINMENTS. would surely develope itself in the conduct. He believed that love existed in those An important decision has been given in among whom he laboured, and prayed that the Common Pleas, in the case of Baxter v. God's abundant blessing might be the rich Langley, in which the plaintiff sought to reward of all his friends.
to restrain the defendant from permitting After singing, Mr. Wilkins, of Sohe the Sunday evening entertainments at St. Chapel, addressed the meeting, from whose Martin's Hall. Their lordships stated that address the sweet savour of the truth was the case was one of considerable importance, enjoyed. He first congratulated the pastor and they had taken some time to deliberate and people, and expressed his desire for before giving judgment. They had, how. their spiritual and lasting prosperity; he ever, come to the conclusion that the then made a few remarks from the words, statute of George III. did not extend to “I will be as the dew unto Israel.” the case, inasmuch that the plaintiff had
Brother Griffith then addressed the failed to show that the proceedings com. meeting from Heb. xii. 28; Brother Griffin plained of tended to irreligion. It did not
follow that because their views of religious
RITUALISM. worship differed from the state, or other
THE BISHOP OF LONDON AND FATHER sects, that they were irreligious; certainly IGNATIUS.—The following letter has been nothing tending to profanity or immorality addressed by the Bishop of London to the had been proved, and although payment rector of St. Edmund the King and Martyr, was, in some instances, demanded they did and St. Nicholas Acons, City :-"Fulham not see that the defendant could be de Palace, S.W., Dec. 7th.-My dear Mr. Hill, prived of the Toleration Act; and while expressing their faith in the good intentions placed in my hands a letter which Mr. Lyne
a lady with whom you are acquainted has of both parties they felt bound to give acknowledges to be his, in which that judgment for the defendant. This decision gentleman states that he proposes to ex: is, of course, open to appeal, but whether communicate her daughter, and publish the
case will be carried further we have yet the sentence in the newspapers. He states to learn.
that the daughter had 'broken a solemn
life-vow of obedience to him, received and THE CURSE OF ENGLAND.
taken in the name of the most Holy Trinity.'
I consider this letter to show that I cannot At the early age of 26, having wasted a splendid patrimony, the Marquis of Hast
with any propriety allow Mr. Lyne any ings fills a premature grave: one of the longer to officiate in your church, as he has victims of the turf, of which he was called bitherto done for some time past with my (surely ironically) * the patron.” May his knowledge and allowance, though without example prove a blow to our great national any license. I know how much you have juggernaut-horse-racing, from which it felt that the zeal of Mr. Lyne and his earnest will never recover. In addition to the appeals on the great Christian verities have fraud and chicanery which characterize affected many of your people for good, and the turf, it has added blasphemy to its I wish you could retain what is good in him
without being compromised by his pecuother sins, for we find the racing corres. pondent of the Daily Telegraph, of Oct. liarities, but I have no doubt now that this 30th, says :—“The Crucifixion filly had it cannot be.”—A. C. LONDON. all her own way, and since winning her
Since this prohibition, Father Ignatius race her name has been changed to Atone- has been delivering addresses to large ment." It is difficult to find language Music Hall; having laid aside his ordinary
numbers of persons at the Store-street sufficiently temperate to censure this scandalous appropriation to gambling purposes
clerical costume for a black monkish habit, of two names whose solemnity is such that and having his neck quite bare. Christians pause with reverence before pro- The Ritual Commission sat on Thursday, nouncing them. We hope, however, this the 17th Dec., but little progress, it is said, great national evil will receive some check was made and that the liturgical revision at the hands of the new legislature. chiefly occupied their attention.
THE DISESTABLISHMENT QUES-
CRIME. THERE is little doubt that the success of DR. HAWKDAY, in a paper which he read many Tory candidates at the recent elec- at the Society of Arts, on the 18th Dec., tions is due to the influence of the rural says; that 2,000 convicts are annually clergy, who have worked might and main turned loose on the community of London, to prevent the success of any candidate in addition to 100,000 of all sorts of cul. who held decided views on the disendow- prits from our jails, and that 100,000 ment of the Irish Church. Not a few children, destitute of proper guardianship, cases of intimidation have been resorted to, were left to the training of beggars and in fact we should not be over-estimating thieves. He said that he doubted if so rethe case if we asserted that 90 agricultural pulsive a picture could be found out of the voters out of every 100 have been driven to kingdom of Dahomey. the Tory side of the poll by their landlords A correspondent of the Times says that or clergy. No wonder the Tories are afraid this is painting the king of Dahomey too of the Ballot, which, if once adopted, will black; and, what with all his barbarism be the death-blow to their unlimited in and cruelty he would never suffer such a fluence in the counties.
state of things in his territory.
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