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obtained in various ways is obvious: in towns the numerous services and meetings held will go far to supply the need for pastoral visitation; but my own perience in the country is, that a pastor who does not visit’loses power. Our own pastor, who does visit, starts about 3 p.m., spends an hour in one home, takes tea in another, another hour in a third, another in a fourth, and perhaps takes supper in a fifth, before returning to his own house. Admitting that a sermon is worthy of three or four days' hard work, is it necessary that this time should always be given by the pastor. Many men in business could find time to put together thoughts which would be extremely helpful to their brethren, who cannot find time to visit them; and the time which could thus be utilised by the pastor would be immense in removing the mountain of labour under which he now groans; but under present arrangements even a Gladstone may do no more than read the lessons; and if he were an Independent, or Baptist, he would not be allowed to do that. I know men in our own and neighbouring churches who are more eloquent and better cultured than their own pastors, who are gladly listened to away from home, but may not speak in their own church; and a few months ago a friend of mine was asked by his minister to occupy a neighbouring pulpit, in order that the minister there might be free to fill his own.
pastors would now and then allow their pulpits to be filled by members of their own churches, by their own testimony they would gain at least three clear days whenever this was done.”
That word about “Gladstone not being allowed to read the lessons in an Independent or Baptist church is, I hope, very much too strong. I am acquainted with not a few places where the pulpit door has had the lock off for years, and the so-called "laity” have had free access.
VI. THE INCOME OF PASTORS.-We gather from a note being issued by the Sustentation Fund of the Presbyterian Church, that it barely yields £200 a year for each minister. That is the minimum received by their pastors. I wonder what is the minimum income of the pastors of Baptist churches! Would it amount to one half of the above? I fear not. I have the most thoroughgoing disrelish of the minister who makes his pay a determining element as to the sphere and character of his work; but the church that permits its pastors to subsist on a bare pittance, and to be harrassed with domestic cares, deserves the severest reprobation.
VII. THE REVISION OF THE ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT is completed, after 85 sessions and 337 days' work. commenced in 1870. It is hoped we shall pot be long now before we have a sight of it.
THE BIBLICAL MUSEUM. Old Testament.
Vol. IV., pp. 384. By J. Comper Gray.
Price 4s. 6d. Stock. We have so often and so warmly eulogized this Museum, that it is only necessary to say that another compartment is now added, containing the Kings and the Chronicles, and is as richly stored with manifold and interesting treasures as any other part of the spacious building. Ali who have been over the other rooms will cheerfully pay the extra sum to wander through this, under the guidance of the able and familiar cicerone, the Rev. J. C. Gray.
BAPTISM DISCOVERED. By John Norcott.
A new edition, corrected by C. H. Spur
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THE EVANGELICAL ALMANACK for 1879, (S. W. Partridge & Co.,) is published at sixpence; is rich in information, seeds of thought, and religious stimulus.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park,
opNov. 4th an inaugural meeting of the The LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE
“ Finsbury Mutual Improvement AssociaCONFERENCE will be held in Enon Chapel,
tion" was held. Addresses were delivered Burnley, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The
by the president, W. H. Smith, and the Rev. J. Bentley will preach in the morn
secretary, Mr. Offen, setting forth the ing. Service at eleven o'clock.
objects of the society, and an entertainW. SHARMAN, Secretary.
ment was given by the “Finsbury Choral Society. Fifty-five have joined the Society.
LONGTON.—We held our annual tea CHAPELS.
meeting, Oct. 14. The trays were given. COALVILLE.-The friends of the British 220 were present. Net proceeds, £15. school had a grand day on Nov. 25. A The Mayor of Longton presided; and room has recently been fitted up for an the after meeting was addressed by infant school, which now being filled with brethren March, Field, Dunnett, and scholars, argues well that a great need Springthorpe. has been supplied, and that the provision Louth, Eastgate.--Anniversary services in this department is appreciated by Nov. 17, when Rev. S. S. Allsop preached. parents. To aid in defraying expenses, After a public tea the next day, Mr. the Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., preached in the Allsop lectured on “Hymns and Hymn afternoon; and in the evening lectured on Writers.” On Monday, Dec. 9, a happy “ Education out of school.” Friends came social meeting of the church and congrefrom far and near, and showed their un- gation was held. After tea addresses abated regard for Mr. Bertenshaw and his were delivered by brethren W. Barker, work after eighteen years efficient service. Dales, J. Knight, H. Swingler, M. The Revs. J. Salisbury, M.A., J. Brownson, Thompson, and the pastor. Mr. F. G. Needham, — Josephs, and W. Wootton, Thompson was presented with a handtook part in the services. The tea in the some timepiece, by the choir and congreafternoon was given by several friends, gation, as a mark of their respect, and and £25 was received during the day. appreciation of his services at the har
LINEHOLME.--Chapel anniversary, Nov. monium. 17. Preacher, Rev. W. Sharman.Congregations good. Collections liberal. LONDON, Borough Road.—The Recrea
MINISTERIAL. tion Society now numbers eighty mem- BROWN, Rev. JAMES, has, on account bers, and is doing much good to the of failing health, resigned the pastorate young people. Open-air preaching, and of the church at Clayton, near Bradford, the advocacy of temperance, have been which he has held for three years. Thirty steadily pursued this summer. The Mis- have been added to the church in that sion is doing well. The church has sus- time; £500 of the debt paid; and 4,200 tained a heavy loss in the death of Mrs. square yards of land secured for building J. V. Smart, who presided over the purposes, and enlarging the grave-yard. Mothers' Meeting in the Mission Hall, His address is, 24, Camden Passage, and was much beloved by all who know Islington, London, N. her. At the annual social tea on Nov. MANNING, Rev. J, was recognized as 27, G. L. Turney, Esq., J.P., who attended the pastor of our church in Freeman the first anniversary of the chapel, de- Street, Grimsby, Nov. 29.
A goodly livered an interesting address; and J. number sat down to tea. Councillor Underwood, Esq., presented the pastor, Jackson presided. Addresses were given in the name of the subscribers, with a by the newly-elected pastor, Messrs. C. purse containing twenty pounds.
Leachman, G. Cooling, T. Shipman, O. LONDON, Worship Street.-A tea and Emerson, C. Tartellian, and T. Stephenson. public meeting was held, Oct. 28. The ROBERTS, Rev. R. Y.-On the occasion pastor, W. H. Smith, presided. Addresses of Mr. Roberts leaving Portsea for the paswere delivered by the Rev. J. C. Means, torate of the church at Belgrave, Leicesand Messrs. Marten, Rollinson, Offen, and ter, he was presented with a testimonial J. Smith (father of the pastor), all mem- by the members of the Portsea Island bers of the church. The attendance was United Missionary Union, of which Mr. large, and the spirit enthusiastic, On Roberts had been Secretary for the past
The testimonial bears witness to bis consistency and earnestness and ministerial efficiency. A watch was also presented to Mr. Roberts, and a salver to Mrs. Roberts, by a number of gentlemen connected with Portsmouth. The following inscription was placed upon the watch, “ Presented to the Rev. R. Y. Roberts in recognition of his public usefulness in Portsmouth during his ten years residence. Dec. 10, 1878.”
UNDERWOOD, Rev. A., M.A., has resigned the pastorate of the church at Burton-on-Trent.
Wood, Rev. W.—The public recognition of the Rev. W. Wood, as pastor of our church, Infirmary Street, Bradford, were held Dec. 14. The services commenced with a welcome tea meeting given by the ladies of the congregation. Over 200 persons were present to tea. Mr. James Rhodes, the chairman, gave a brief history of the church and its ministers, and after expressing his earnest wish for their present and future prosperity, called upon Mr. H. Sharp, one of the deacons, to read the correspondence that had passed between the church and Mr. Wood. The newly-chosen pastor then addressed the meeting, stating that he should preach an unadulterated Gospel, that he should not be disheartened by difficulties, and that above all things he should exalt Christ. Other addresses were given by the Rev. G. Edmondson, J. A. Andrews, B. Wood, W. Fountain, W. Jones, S. Whittaker, and T. Robertshaw.
OBITUARIES. SHAKESPEAR, John, died at Netherseal, Nov. 25, 1878, aged 78. Our deceased friend was an “old disciple.” Baptized at Measham, April 18, 1824, and received int, the church by the late Rev. Joseph Goadby, of Ashby-de-laZouch, under whose ministry he was brought to a knowledge of the truth. He was one of the oldest subscribers to the G. B, Magazine, having taken it for more than half a century. Truly denominational, he was also catholic in spirit. He was unostentatious and unobtrusive, and to strangers appeared somewhat reserve; but to those who shared his friendship, open-hearted, genial, and kind. By his industry and perseverance he not only brought up a large family respectably, but secured a competence for his old age. He possessed many sterling qualities, and was highly esteemed by those who knew him best.
J. G., A. WATSON, MARTHA, was born Jan. 24, 1850, at Coningsby, and died at Hastings, Nov. 2, 1878. She was a true Christian. In early youth she accepted the Lord Jesus, and joined the Con. ingsby church, in whose fellowship her mother had been for many years, and with which her sister shortly after united. In her daily avocations at Coningsby, Melton, and Hastings, she acquitted herself well, securing the esteem and confidence of those who knew her, and especially of those who knew her best. She was exemplary, not only for her cheerful piety, but in this respect, that she united herself with a Baptist church in the different places in which she lived, becoming a member both at Melton and Hastings, and so gave the cause of Christ the benefit of her presence, usefulness, and zeal. Her employer at Hastings, Mr. Metcalf, in whose establishment she occupied a responsible position, entertained a high opinion of her, and bore the most pleasing testimony to the general excellence of her character, expressing, at the same time, a fear that it would be difficult to find one to fill her place so well. As a member of the church, and as a teacher in the Sunday school, she was esteemed and beloved. The most satisfactory and comforting expressions from the teachers and children of the school, and from Mr. Barker, the pastor of the church, were received, after her removal, by her friends at home. Her illness came on suddenly, and it was short but severe. She bore her sufferings with the utmost patience, and gave the most pleasing evidence of “joy and peace,” and “
“strong consolation," in the solemn hour and article of death. Her decease reads a solemn lesson to the healthy and strong. Such was she. She had scarcely ever ailed
anything. Was the strongest in the family. Had never looked so well as during the last summer and autumn. But in such an hour as she thought not, the Master came and called for her. It reads, also, a solemn admonition to the young-for she was young--and it teaches them that they cannot, and should not, presume on length of days, but in early life, as did she, come to decision in religion, and stand ready, ever ready, for that change which all must undergo, and which they may be called to undergo sooner than they think. The conduct of Martha Watson, too, is an example and encouragement to the young members of our churches in going from home, to connect themselves with Christian churches of a similar faith and order, and endeavour to make themselves useful. The subject of this brief notice did so: and she was useful. She was useful in the school and in the church; and she was useful among the young ladies of the establishment, one of whom became a follower of Jesus through her instrumentality.
MARRIAGES. NADIN-NADIN.-Dec, 2, at the Baptist Chapel, Macclesfield, by the Rev. J. Maden, Mr. Samuel Nadin, to Mrs. Selina Nadin, both of Macclesfield.
WILLIAMS-MACMILLAN.-Oct. 17, at the Baptist Chapel, Cuttack, Orissa, by the Rev. J. Buckley, D.D., Thomas Watkin, second son of the late Thos. Williams, Esq., of Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Rosamond Clementina, eldest daughter of John Macmillan, Esq., Executive Engineer, D.P.W., Bengal, and late of Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.
The Valedictory Services of Rev. A. S. Shaw,
N. H. .
VALEDICTORY services, in connection with the departure of the Rev. N. H. Shaw (late of Dewsbury) as a missionary to Rome, were held in Broad Street Chapel, Nottingham, on Tuesday afternoon and evening, November 5th. The attendance was good, beyond expectation-friends being present from Derby, Dewsbury, Castle Donington, Loughborough, Leicester, etc. The Rev. R. Silby, of Retford, commenced the afternoon service by reading the scriptures and prayer. In order to shorten the afternoon service the introductory address was reserved till evening. The questions were proposed by Rev. W. Bishop (a fellow-student of Mr. Shaw), which, together with Mr. Shaw's answers, we have the pleasure to furnish for the information of absent friends. An appropriate prayer was offered by the Rev. Samuel Cox, after which a most suitable address, full of practical wisdom, was affectionately delivered by the Rev. S. S. Allsop, of March-Mr. Shaw's former pastor. The Rev. Dr. Underwood concluded this interesting service with prayer.
In the evening a public meeting was held. Mr. Thomas Cook occupied the chair. The Rev. E. Stevenson offered prayer, and the chairman gave an interesting sketch of the origin and progress of our missionary operations in Rome. Appropriate and effective addresses were then delivered by Revs. E. Medley, B.A. (of Derby Road Chapel, Nottingham), N. H. Shaw, and H. B. Robinson. A collection, amounting to £12, was made, and the hallowed services of the day were brought to a close by singing Dr. Sutton's hymn:
“Hail! sweetest, dearest tie that binds,” &c. The Rev. E. Medley, in the course of his speech, said that with the view of reviving and sustaining the missionary spirit many matters might be referred to, but he would refer to only one, viz., the diffusion of missionary information. He had been into a missionary monthly prayer meeting—held in connection with a large church—with just a few people scattered here and there—where the minister was reading, in a dull, uninteresting way, missionary information, and the whole affair felt like an ice-house. Were the minister to select and read interesting information, in an interesting manner, a change for the better would soon be apparent. In connection with his own church the
missionary prayer meetings were among the best attended and most interesting that were held. At these meetings their custom was to contribute small sums of money which were devoted to the purchase and sending out of a new book to one and another of their missionaries. It was delightful to note how these spontaneous, unofficial acts were appreciated by the missionaries. In acknowledgement they received the
ost interesting letters—letters which tended to keep up the missionary spirit and which more than repaid the trifling expense incurred.
During the interval between the services about two hundred sat down to tea. Mr. Frettingham kindly supplied the tables with choice plants, and sent also a quantity of beautiful roses for distribution among the friends.
The following are the questions by Mr. Bishop, and the answers of Mr. Shaw:
MY DEAR BROTHER,—We have known and good men of the Roman Church were your “manner of life amongst us” as a great and good in spite of, rather than minister and pastor since your student because of their connexion with her. days, and we have no doubt as to your They belong to the universal church, and fitness for the work you are entering it is only their weaknesses for which upon, or as to the motives which actuato they were indebted to Rome. you in putting yourself at the service The doctrines and practices of the of the churches for work in Rome. But Roman Church are a gross perversion of it will be helpful to us, and deepen and the religion of Jesus Christ. We are not strengthen our interest in your work,
ignorant of the attempts of educated and our sympathy with you, if you will Roman Catholics to explain away the answer one or two questions, as fully as
idolatry and attendant evils of their you can, bearing upon the Christian
church; but, at the best, all they urge in enterprise to which you have dovoted
their defence is as reasonably put forth your energies and life.
in defence of Buddhism or Hindooism, I.
and, moreover, is such an explanation or
defence as nine-tenths of the people are As you are our first Missionary to Rome, incapable of receiving or comprehending. a professedly Christian city, will you In that church we behold the Pope in kindly explain why you think a mission the place of God, the priest in the place to that city needful ?
of Christ, the crucifix substituted for the
true cross, penance for repentance, a I am a Protestant; and that fact alone gorgeous ritual for spiritual worship, is a sufficient reason why I regard a salvation by works for the doctrines of Mission to Romo as desirable and neces
and blind submission to sary. Roman Catholicism I look upon authority is demanded instead of a as only paganism, with a Christian name, following after God with reason and and a thin Christian disguise. I do not conscience for guides ; while at the heart deny that there is much that is good in of the system, as the mighty engine for connection with it, and much that is propelling the vast and complicated beautiful; but the same may be said of machinery of superstition, is the docmany forms of paganism.
There are trine of transubstantiation, which not parts of the creed of the Roman Catholic only robs of its glory the sacrifice once Church which I heartily believe, and offered on Calvary for the sins of the some of her services I could conscien- whole world, but involves, necessarily, tiously join in. Some of her saints com- the degradation of the laity, and the all mand my reverence and love. Her Ber- but deification of the priesthood. For nardo and Francis Xavier were men the priest who can, by incantations, whose shoe latchets I am not worthy to change bread and wine into the very unloose. Their hymns embody the deepest body and blood of Christ - who can offer Christian feeling, and are among the best up Christ as a scrifice for men's sinswe sing in our services. Even Ignatius who can, therefore, grant or withhold Loyola bas much in him that compels salvation—who has the keys of heaven admiration. But, not to speak of such and of hell-must be more than an men as Savanorola—who was a protestant ordinary man; and the man who believes without exactly knowing it—the great in the jugglery--for it is nothing else