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“Secondly: The book has no denominationalism. It has no special reference to our body,' or to our Church.' As denominational strength is not necessarily soul strength, nor denominational religion necessarily the religion of humanity, it is the aim of the HOMILIST to minister that which universal man requires. It is for man as a citizen of the universe, and not for him as the limb of a sect.

“Thirdly: The book has no polemical Theology. The Editor-holding, as he does, with a tenacious grasp, the cardinal doctrines which constitute what is called the orthodox creed '—has, nevertheless, the deep and ever-deepening conviction, first, that such creed is but a very small portion of the truth that God has revealed, or that man requires ; and that no theological system can fully represent all the contents and suggestions of the great book of God; and, secondly, that systematic theology is but means to an end. Spiritual morality is that end. Consequently, to the heart and life every Biblical thought and idea should be directed. Your systems of divinity the author will not disparage; but his impression is, that they can no more answer the purpose of the Gospel than pneumatics can answer the purpose of the atmosphere. In the case of Christianity, as well as the air, the world can live without its scientific truths; but it must have the free flowings of their vital elements. Coleridge has well said, “Too soon did the doctors of the Church forget that the heart—the moral nature—was the beginning and the end ; and that truth, knowledge, and insight were comprehended in its expansion.'

“The Editor would record his grateful acknowledgments to those free spirits of all churches who have so earnestly rallied round him, to the many who have encouraged him by their letters, and to those, especially, who have aided him by their valuable contributions. May the last day' prove that the help rendered has been worthily bestowed; and that the HOMILIst did something towards the spiritual education of humanity, in its endeavours to bring the Bible, through the instrumentality of the pulpit, into a more immediate and practical contact with the every-day Life of man!”

DAVID THOMAS.

Holly Bush,

Loughborough Park, London.

CCXLVIII. Matrimonial Misery

CCXLIX. The Wicked

CCL. The Cry of the Poor

CCLI. Social Anger
CCLII. Moral Contrasts
CCLIII. Hopeless Apostasy
CCLIV. Self-Indulgence a Source of Poverty

CCLV. The Wicked a Ransom for the Righteous
CCLVI. Wealth in Relation to Character
CCLVII. The True Pursuit of Mankind
CCLVIII. The March of the Good
CCLIX. The Government of the Tongue

CCLX. The Infamous
CCLXI. Sloth

CCLXII. Wickedness

CCLXIII. Moral Qualities and their Results
CCLXIV. Reputation and Riches

CCLXV. The Rich and Poor
CCLXVI. The Wisc and the Foolish

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The Last Days of St. Boniface. (Rev. G. F. Maclear, B.D.)

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The August Meteors. (Spectator.)

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Similes from a Preacher's Note-Book. (Rev. H. Bower) 185, 251, 316

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The Hive

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The World of Anecdote

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My Contemporaries of the
Nineteenth Century

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The Student's Handbook of
Christian Theology

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The Spirit Controversy

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Anecdotes of the Wesleys

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Ancient Maxims for Modern
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Clinical Lectures, with Obser-

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Heirs of the Soil

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Redemption Thoughts. Poems 192

Pcden the Prophet

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The Joy of Suffering

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A Homiletic Commentary on

the Acts of the Apostles

Earth and Sea

History of the Church in the

Eighteenth and Nineteenth

Centuries -

A Spiritual and Most Precious

Pearl

The Christian Leaders of the

Last Century
Topics for Teachers

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