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morning, visiting two or three families after dinner, and preaching on the Sunday. Societies abound. Committees are ubiquitous. Lectures are incessant. Newspapers and magazines flood our tables. Conferences and Associations have to be papered.” These claimants, and I know not how many more, push themselves forward, each bristly with “urgent and important” demands on the minister's time and strength. Can anything but real, well-nourished, and deep-toned healthfulness, bear the immeasurable strain ?
Nor is this all. Mental work requires more and better health than muscular. The ordinary labouring man does not consume a tithe of the life-energies worked up by the thinker. Nerve-tasks require the fullest vitality. The hodman may get through his round of mechanical duties with a jaded body and a feeble pulse, but the preacher of the living Word needs an overflowing healthfulness. Professor Haughton, a scientific witness of great weight, proved, in 1868, that five hours of cerebral activity are equal, as to expenditure of energy, to about ten hours of merely muscular activity; and it is certain, all questions of proportion aside, that very much more force is used in mental than in bodily activity in the same time. “The potential energy of the brain is the greatest of all known kinds of vital energy or tension, and requires a larger supply of blood to maintain it” (Dr. Laycock, British Medical Journal, p. 218, Aug. 27, 1870).
But the preacher is not merely a thinker. Besides the drain of power for the composition of the sermon, there is a still heavier demand for its delivery. Then the nerves, those telegraphic cords of the body, are in their full play. Profound emotion often stirs the soul to its deepest depths. Whilst the medical man may be impassive as a stoic, and the lawyer cold as his brief, it is at the risk of all success that the preacher of the gospel withholds a large expenditure of feeling. All hearers have hearts; only few have cultivated minds. Mere intellect may, perhaps, (for it is doubtful,) benefit the select few, but certainly the people generally must be approached through their emotions, and this cannot be done without impassioned earnestness, or deep and real pathos in the speaker. Jeremy Taylor says,
Every meal is a rescue from one death, and lays up for another; and while we think a thought we die.” It is true “We must be born again, atom by atom, from hour to hour, or perish all at once beyond repair.”
And this perpetual regeneration of physical health is what we have to seek. The remedy is not, in many cases, less work, but wiser living. The men that really die of hard work in a twelve-month might be counted on the fingers of one hand. Wise brain work will hurt no one. It is healthy. Indolence is decay. Activity is the increase of vitality I would advise any man to think half a dozen times before he flatters himself with the pleasant delusion that his weakness comes from excessive brain-work. The Lancet maintains “that a constant and high degree of intellectual activity is a preserver rather than a destroyer of nervous health;" but adds, “ this is only true when the conditions of ordinary hygiene are not outrageously or unnecessarily violated.”—Lancet, Jan. 4, 1873. The Times, in an elaborate article on the subject, concludes that “brain-work does not kill, but brain-worry.” The body is a splendid machine, and blessed is he who knows how to get the most from it without weakening its productive power.
J. CLIFFORD. THE CHURCH AND DRINK.—After all the labour of our Temperance Societies, Good Templar organizations, and the steady increase of the number of total abstainers, there is no diminution in the nation's drink bill. The duties paid last year on beer, spirits, wine, and tobacco, were £34,693,153.
And this fearful sum represents duties only. The actual cost to the drinking and smoking population is more than a hundred and twenty millions of money! Can anyone tell what this awful expenditure means ? Is there any power able to measure the gigantic proportions of this national calamity ? Leaving out the drunkenness that results in sensual excesses, obscene vices, and degrading brutalities, who can estimate the waste of means, the wearing away of life by artificial excitement, the stupefaction, the sapping of the moral manhood of the people ? “ The country,” says the Nonconformist, “is passing into the hands of its liquor lords." The nation is drinking itself out of its financial difficulties, and into moral decay. Surely it is high time for the church to awake out of sleep-and to attack with united phalanx this most determined foe of our time. The Anglicans have taken the field. The Roman Catholics are organizing for the onset. Brethren, shall we have no share in this struggle. Let us to the front at once, and by brave and self-sacrificing deeds prove that we "understand the signs of the times, and know what Israel ought to do.”
a sweet attractive kindliness, beautiful self-denial, and a real and impressive piety. To her fellow-disciples this memorial must be very welcome; and to others it will prove a source of instruction and consolation.
THE CONVERTED FAMILY: OR THE RICHES
OF DIVINE GRACE. By W. W. Robinson,
M.A. Nisbet. HAVING been privileged to lead every member of his family, including both parents, to Christ, the Rev. W. W. Robinson feels constrained to tell the story so that men may glorify the exceeding riches of the grace of God. Led to Christ himself by the faithful and earnest talk of a Christian woman, he at once became solicitous about his relatives. His father had been a clergyman for fifty-three years, but was only a rigid formalist and unacquainted with the simplicity of the gospel of Christ. His brothers were students at Cambridge. But by the aid of the Rev. C. Simeon, tracts and books published by the Religious Tract Society, Pike's Guide for Young Disciples, he was at length enabled to rejoice in the salvation of the whole family by faith in Christ. This interesting memorial is calculated to do much good. Formalists will be rebuked by it, and workers will get courage and hope from it.
SHADOWS OF CITY LIFE. By G. W. M'Cree.
Stock. NINE brief papers on such topics as “Slang Words,” “ Waste of Money,” “Sir Charles Champagne and his Sparkling Brothers,” “After Office Hours,” make up this little book. Strong good sense, much practical wisdom, and many telling facts, are put in a plain and direct style that “goes to the goal” at once. Young men, now to the shadows of city life, will find it a timely warning; those who are wandering in the thicker darkness with a sad heart will hear a message of hope; and such as are wishful to do good to the tempted and erring, an effective ally.
THE HOME AND SYNAGOGUE OF THE MODERN
JEW. Pp. 243. Religious Tract Society. THE Jewish church of the old Testament is far better known to most Christians than the Jewish church of to-day. The exclusiveness of ancient Israel still obtains, and prevents us from knowing much of the chosen people. The writer of this book has had special means of becoming acquainted with the present customs and ritual, and with the domestic and religious practices of the Jews in Morocco, Belgium, France, Russia, and all over the world. The work is a reliable and interesting representation of the present phases of Jewish life. It is well illustrated, and many of the engravings are after designs by the celebrated painter, Simeon Solomon. It contains an account of the Talmud and the thirteen fundamental articles of the Jewish faith, and the famous six hundred and thirteen precepts.
COME AND WELCOME TO JESUS CHRIST.
By John Bunyan. Blackie and Son. We are glad to introduce to our readers Messrs. Blackie and Son's issue of the “Little Books by John Bunyan.” The first, consisting of more than two hundred pages, elegantly bound, with red edges, is before
It is the always popular “Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ,” and is to be followed by “Grace abounding to the Chief Sinners, "" The Water of Life,” etc., so forming a neat and useful “Bunyan Library." The cost of each volume is only eighteenpence.
A SAVIOUR FOR CHILDREN and other
Sermons for Little Folk. By James Dunckley.
Second Edition. Partridge and Co. Yates and Alexander. We cordially welcome a second edition of these interesting sermons for the young. It differs from the first in the addition of several appropriate and pleasing pictures illustrative of the subjects of discourse, and in the superior finish and elegance of the volume.
THE YOUNG DISCIPLE. Memoir of Mary
Bowman Lees. By her Mother. Walsall :
T. Kirby. This is a simple, unaffected story of the lowly life of a young Christian, told for the interest and benefit of the writer's Bible class. Translated into the upper school of Christ before she had completed her seventeenth year, yet, by the grace of God, this young disciple had made such progress in “learning Christ” that her character showed
THE MOTHER'S TREASURY, London Book Society, is a monthly publication adapted in the most perfect way for mothers' meetings. Well-selected anecdotes, and interesting and practical papers are its chief features.
CONFERENCES. The next LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held at HeptonstallSlack, on Wednesday, June 4. Service to commence at 11 a.m. J. MADEN, Sec.
THE LONDON CONFERENCE will be held at Hitchin, on Monday, May 26. In the afternoon at 2.30, business meeting, and a paper will be read by Rev. R. Y. Roberts, on “ The Instruction of the young in religious knowledge by the pastors of churches." The Rev. S. Cox, of Nottingham, will preach in the evening. JOHN SAGE, Sec.
The LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was held at Wisbech, on Thursday, April 17th. A sermon was preached in the morning by brother Parkes from Zech. viii. 23. After prayer by brother Chamberlain, the reports of the churches were given, 49 baptized, 21 received, 23 candidates.
I. A statement was made of Christian work done in the General Baptist Chapel at Stowbridge, by Mr. Wilson, pastor of the Baptist church, at Downham, and was resolved, “That we approve of the efforts of Mr. Wilson, and encourage him to continue his labours, assuring him, and those who work with him, of our hearty sympathy."
II. Brethren Allsop, Winks, and John Wherry, were requested to visit the church at Magdalen, and report the condition of affairs to the next conference.
III. The following resolution was passed in silence—“We desire to record our deep regret for the loss we have sustained in the removal by death of our late honoured and esteemed friend, Mr. Robert Wherry, who, for nearly twenty-four years, acted as treasurer of this conference. We thank God for his long and faithful services, his consistent life, and his peaceful death; and we hereby express our sympathy and condolence with the surviving widow and bereaved friends."
IV. It was agreed to request Mr. Roberts, of Peterborough, to take the office of trea
The Half-yearly CHESHIRE CONFERENCE was held at Tarporley, April 8. Rev. W. March preached in the morning from 1 Chron. xii. 32. Rev. R. F. Griffiths presided at the business meeting in the afternoon. Baptized since last conference 19; candidates 2. Reports of the churches showed a larger number baptized than usual, and were generally encouraging.
1. That R. P. Cook's full and satisfactory Home Mission Report be adopted for the Association.
2. That the Home Mission Committee be advised to proceed, as soon as possible, in selecting a suitable minister for Congleton church.
3. That the Poynton church be accepted into this Conference.
4. That our best thanks be given to Rev. W. March for his excellent sermon, and that it be printed in the Magazine.
5. That the next Conference be at Stokeon-Trent, on the first Tuesday in October, 1873 ; Rev. R. P. Cook to be the preacher; or in case of failure, Rev. R. F. Griffiths.
6. That our cordial thanks be presented to Mr. R. Pedley for his paper on “The duty of the church in the relation to the Liquor Traffic.” Revs. R. P. Cook, I. Watts, and R. F. Griffiths, and Messrs. Bates, Whalley, and Collins, took part in some spirited discussion upon this subject, the general opinion being that the churches ought to discountenance the public and licensed traffic in intoxicating drinks.
7. That Rev. I. Watts be asked to read a paper at the next meeting on the question # Whether we ought to preserve our distinctive names of General and Particular as a denomination of Baptists."
8. That Rev. R. F. Griffiths be instructed to prepare petitions to parliament in behalf of Mr. E. Miall's motion for the disestablishment and disendowment of the English church, and Sir Wilfrid Lawson's Permissive Bill.
WILLIAM MARCH, Sec.
V. The following grants were made from the Home Mission funds-to Whittlesea £10, to Chatteris £10, and to Fleet for Holbeach £10.
VI. A conversation was held on the visitation of village churches; and it was agreed to resume the subject at the next meeting.
VII. Brother Barrass was requested to consult with Mr. Day and Mr. Paul about the chapel property at St. Ives and Hunstanton, and to prepare a case to lay before the next Association.
VIII. The next Conference is to be held at Chatteris, brother Lawton to preach.
A public meeting was held in the evening, and addresses were delivered on “ Prayer in relation to church work,” by brethren Winks, Barrass, Orton, J. A. Jones, and Wilson, of Downham.
WILLIAM ORTON, Sec.
GENERAL BAPTIST ASSEMBLY. TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir,—Though I have retired, after nearly forty years' service, from the office
of Secretary, I will take upon me to renew the invitation I have given for some years past to our brethren of the New Connexion, to give us their company at the General Baptist Assembly on Whit Tuesday, June 3, and at the Lord's Supper service (catholic, not denominational,) on the following ovening. The usual advertisement on your rers will furnish further particulars. Yours faithfully,
JOSEPH CALROW MEANS. 21, New North London, N.,
April 17th, 1873.
CHAPELS. CHESHAM.-On Tuesday, April 1, the members of the Rev. D. McCallum's Bible class met for tea. One hundred and twenty were present. The evening meeting consisted of singing, readings, recitations, etc., given chiefly by members of the class. Mr. McCallum has a Bible class of young people rarely met with in a small town. The labours of our pastor are bringing forth much fruit.
HALIFAX, North Parade.—To reduce the debt on the class rooms, now completed, a bazaar was held in the school room from March 25 to April 1st, and the adjoining nine class rooms were filled, two with curiosities, two with paintings and works of art, microscopes, &c., one with mechanical inventions and novelties, with several steam engines in full work, with boiler for getting up steam. Two were occupied with an unique exhibition of the Bible in 121 languages, lent by the Bible Society in London; one with electrical apparatus, vacuum tubes, telegraph instruments, &c., and another with a powerful galvanic battery. Each room was fitted up with glass cases for the preservation of articles exhibited in the bazaar. A very refreshing and artistic fountain was placed in the centre of the school room; the large pond surrounded with rocks, evergreens, and ivy intermixed, and with four pieces of statuary, lent quite a relief to the whole of the scene. One large stall was supplied by the teachers and scholars, and the other by the congregation. On the opposite side of the school was a very choicely set out refreshment stall, which did a thriving business. Shewing the interest manifested over £100 was received the first day. The total proceeds amounted to £312. The success far exceeded expectation, and the tone and character of the proceedings were everything that could be desired.
LEICESTER, Dover Street — Reopening Services.—This place of worship, which formerly was one of the most uncomfortable, and in an architectural point of view, unseemly buildings in Leicester, has lately undergone extensive alterations.
as six years ago the very unsatisfactory state of the edifice was felt rather keenly by the members of the church and congregation. A proposition was made that the church should remove to another locality, and it was thought that the triangular piece of ground at the junction of the Welford and Aylestone roads would be a suitable position. That proposal, however, did not find much favour, and beyond a bazaar being held, nothing further was done in the matter until last Easter, when at a tea meeting the state of the building was again brought up, and a hope was expressed that before the jubilee of the church, in 1873, the chapel would be so altered as to make it more attractive and convenient. The congregation then set to work heartily, a committee was formed, Mr. J.Wilford being elected secretary, and the result of their labours is that the place has been all but rebuilt. The roof was taken off, and the walls raised six feet higher. New and larger iron-framed windows, with casements, and filled in with tracery, have been put in, which has thrown more light in the building than formerly.
The body of the chapel has been completely reseated, and four tiers of seats which were in the end gallery, and which were only used by children, have been replaced by three rows of seats for grown up persons, with stall ends. A new oak pulpit has been erected, and the baptistry has been raised about twelve inches. At the back of the pulpit an organ loft has been made, which in about a month will be filled with an organ, which will cost considerably over £200, and is now being erected by Mr. Porritt, of Leicester. The vestries have been completely renovated, but the school-rooms remain as before. A new vestibule or porch has been erected in front of the chapel, and new iron gates have replaced the old ones. The grave-yard has been re-turfed and levelled, and new iron palisades erected round. The heating apparatus remains as heretofore, and a sunlight has been placed in the centre of the roof. The estimated cost of the alterations, including the organ, is £1700. On Wednesday, March 26, the Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown preached the opening sermons. At five o'clock a tea meeting was held in the school rooms, and no less than 700 persons partook of a sumptuous repast, which was gratuitously provided by a gentleman belonging to the congregation, the proceeds amounting to £35 3s. The total amount obtained from the days' proceedings was £83 10s. 9fd. On the following Sunday, March 30, the Rev. J. J. Goadby preached morning and evening, and the Rev. J. W. Thew in the afternoon. Collections £34. On Wednesday, April 2, Rev. Newman Hall, LL.B., preached in the afternoon, and in the
evening at Belvoir Street chapel (kindly wanted; but we are too poor to raise such lent for the occasion). The results of
Will friends kindly help? Post both services were in every way satis- Office orders or stamps sent to the Rev. factory. On Sunday, April 6, the Rev. John Fogg, Misterton, near Gainsborough, J. P. Mursell preached in the morning, will be thankfully received. and the Rev. A. Mackennal, B.A., in SWADLINCOTE.— Our sixth anniversary the evening.
On Wednesday, April 16, was celebrated by a public tea in the MarRev. C. Vince, of Birmingham, preached ket Hall, on April 11, when above two very excellent sermons to good congrega- hundred sat down. A public meeting was tions. The services were brought to a close afterwards held, presided over by Mr. C. on Tuesday evening, April 22, when Rev. Crane, treasurer of the church. Addresses A. Mursell, of London, preached. The to- were given by the Revs. Watson Dyson, J, tal amount realized during the services is Greenwoood, of Chilwell College, Mr. Smith, about £200, which, together with £600 L.C.M., and Mr. Cooper, deacon. On the raised during the pastorate of the Rev. J. following Sunday the Rev. Watson Dyson J. Goadby, and £400 subscribed since, give preached two sermons. Congregations and a total of £1,200. This will leave a deficit collections were good. of about £550. Towards this about £120 are promised; and the remainder we hope
NEW CHAPELS. gradually to pay off with the kind help of the “ Building Fund Committee,” to whom BACUP.—The friends at Bacup have lawe applied last year for a loan in prospect boured for a long time under the disadvanof our large but greatly needed outlay. tage of having no convenient and comfortPrevious to the re-opening of our chapel, able place for divine worship and Christian special prayer meetings were held to ask
work. This disadvantage has been removed the Divine blessing upon the work of our by the building of a new chapel at a cost of hands, and especially upon the ministers about £1,600. The new edifice was opened whom we had invited to preach for us, so on April 3, by the Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., that permanent spiritual results might at- LL.B. Further services were held April tend and follow their visits. Our prospects 6, 11, and 13, in which the Revs. W. Gray, greatly encourage us, a spirit of unity and J. Green, J. Smith, and W. Chapman took earnestness pervades the church, and many part. The few but earnest and self-denyin our school and congregation give us ing friends have collected £853. hope of their speedy decision for Christ and WISBECH.—The new church and schools union with His people.
recently built on the site of the old chapel MANCHESTER, Bank View, Hyde Road.- and adjoining premises were opened at the The Rev. B. Wood preached two sermons to latter end of March. The opening services unusually large congregations, April 14, were commenced by a dedicatory prayer and on Easter Monday a tea and public meeting held in the church on Wednesday meeting took place. Mr. T. Jarratt, author evening, March 19, in which several minisof the Christian Chorister,” presided, and ters of the town took part. On Thursday, spoke on “preparation, punctuality, polite- 20th, Mr. Vince, of Birmingham, preached ness, and participation in Christian work ;" two sermons, and a public meeting was the Rev. B. Wood on “How do you do ạ”. held in the evening, presided over by Henry Mr. Don, formerly of Loughborough, on Goodman, Esq., of St. Ives. The Revs. Č. “Onward.” Messrs. Peter, Jones, Worsley, Vince, T. Goadby, B.A., J.T. Wigner, Lonand Nettleton also gave addresses. We are don; F. W. Goadby, M.A., Bluntisham ; and glad to report decided signs of progress in W.E. Winks, pastor of the church, were the this effort to establish a General Baptist speakers. On Sunday, March 23rd, serchurch in Manchester, and believe that, with vices were conducted by Mr. Winks. On the divine blessing, we shall succeed.
Thursday, 27th, by Rev. T. W. Aveling, MANSFIELD.-On Easter Monday, the an- Kingsland, and on Sunday, 30th, by Rev. nual social tea meeting was held, and a J. F. Stevenson, LL.B., of Reading. These public meeting took place. Addresses were services were brought to a close by a series delivered by Messrs. Lacey, Robinson, of special meetings conducted by Mr. Henry Hazard, and Pinder. At the close a collec- Varley, of London, commencing April 1st. tion was made to establish a benevolent After the service on Wednesday evening, fund in connection with the church.
believers' baptism was administered to MISTERTON, Notts. This church was eight candidates. The proceeds of collecfounded about 1610, by William Bradford, tions and donations at all the services one of the pilgrim fathers, who sailed in amount to £200. The new church will the Mayflower from Plymouth, Sept. 6, 1620.
seat 850 persons.
The school and class (The Puritans in England, and the Pilgrim rooms are well adapted to the requirements Fathers, page 361.) The old chapel greatly of the church and Sabbath school. Mr. J. needs repairing; the roof and ceilings are Wallis Chapman, of London, the architect, in a dangerous state. £25 are all that is and Mr. J. Chappell, of Holbeach, the