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The Baptist Hymwal,
We think many of our readers will be pleased to see the following, which is from a review of the Baptist Hymnal in the October number of the Scottish Baptist Magasine.
« This is in every respect an admirable book. The work of selection has been accomplished with great care, wide knowledge, and real discrimination. Most of the really best among the old hymns have been retained, while nearly all the potable hymn-writers of our own and the last generation are represented by their best work. The book contains a sufficient number of the ordinary metre hymns to abundantly satisfy the requirements of any village church ; while we rejoice to find in it so many of the most inspiring of our modern particular metres, corresponding to most of the finest tunes in the Bristol and other leading tune-books. Above all, the book, being a very recent and bran-new publication, is free from the antiquated and unsingable hymns, which more or less encumber all the older collections, making them considerably more unwieldly, and not a whit more efficient, like over-stout men. In fine, we do not hesitate to say the work will take its place with the very best of the latest hymn books of the time. It is already in use in a number of Scottish churches; and we believe has given much satisfaction to them all. It manifests a real unity, and breathes a high spirit; and it has been obviously a delight to the compilers to give all possible emphasis to that boundless grace of God which, when sin abounded, did so much more abound.
“Altogether the book is a piece of careful, earnest, and excellent work; and we should advise any of our churches, which may be thinking of introducing a new hymn book, at least to examine this one before making their choice.”
Notices of New Books.
THE REALITY OF FAITH. By Nowman
Smyth, D.D. Price 6s. London : T.
Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square. A SERIES of very thoughtful, suggestive discourses, by the author of “Old Faiths in a New Light,” preached, we presume, to a congregation in Now Haven of more than ordinary intelligence and culture. Some of the sermons we like exeeedingly; for example, those 6 God's SelfRevelation through Life," on “God's Forgetfulness of Sin," on “The Missionary Motive," on "Time a Rate of Motion” -a New Year's sermon, and on “The Law of the Resurrection"-an Easter sermon. The book is one for ministers and other Christians who think, and are not afraid of old truths put in a new light. To such we heartily commend it.
of glorious facts. To us one great charm of the volume consists in the fact that, except in the concluding portion where it speaks of the Jews, it takes us among tribes and nations with whom we are loss familiar than with those we frequently hear about from respected missionary brethren. Just now it is specially interesting to read of what is being dono in the way of evangelizing the Nile Valloy, and diffusing Christianity among Mohammedan nations. The book is not a complete history of Christian missions, but it is a cheering and instructive record of good work done in particular regions.
LIGHT IN LANDS OF DARKNESS; a Record
of Missionary Labour among Greenlanders, Eskimos, Patagonians, Syrians, Armenians, Persians, Egyptians, and Jews. By Robert Young. Price 6s.
T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square. The second edition of a book, which to those who rejoice in the triumphs of the gospel must have the interest of a romance, whilst in reality it is a narrative
THE CHILDREN'S PORTION. By Alexan
der Macleod, D.D. Price 58. Hodder
and Stoughton, Paternoster Row. FOR some years the author of this volume has been in the habit of giving from ten to fifteen minutes of the morning service on Sunday to the instruction of the children present. In that brief space a children's hymn is sung and a children's sormon proached. The book before us is a selection from these sermons to children delivered by Dr. Maclood during the last three years. And a very charming selection it is. We have seen another NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.
book of the same kind by the same
Outlines of Discourses delivered at the
Buildings. A VOLUME of sermon-outlines by the great preacher, prepared with a view to the assistance of brethren who on six days in the week are engaged in the shop or warehouse, or farm, and on the Lord's. day try to do good by proaching the gospol. Wo sympathize very heartily with Mr. Spurgeon in his purpose; and when such a man undertakes such a work, we are sure it will be well done. We have not here a collection of dry bones, but ample outlines; whilst to each sketch are appended a few short, striking illustrations. We trust the book will be extonsively used, and be very useful.
SALVATION: The Way made Plain. By
James H. Brookos, D.D. Price 1s. 6d.
cloth. London: Hodder & Stoughton. We feel a difficulty in speaking of this
it contains so much that is good and true, and strikingly expressed, along with much that requires qualification or further explanation. For example, the writer says, “I do not ask you to give your heart to God,' or to enter into covenant with God that you will serve Him,' as the means of obtaining His favour; for this is wretched advice, although you often hear it urged. God is already favourable, and in Éis infinite love is holding out to your immediate acceptance a divine righteousness as the ground of your instant, completo, and eternal justification." Now it is gloriously true that “God is already favourable," and that we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” but it is also true that we must "yield” ourselves unto God, and take on ourselves Christ's yoke. Obedience is essential to faith. On the whole we think that if we were again“ anxious enquirers we should be as much perplexed as helped by the book.
THE FOUNDATION OF DEATH. A Study
of the Drink Question. By Axel Gustafson. London: Kegan Paul, Trench,
and Co. We are glad to know that this masterly volume has reached a third edition. It is without question the supreme work on the question of Intemperance, far surpassing all other efforts of like sort in the fulness of its information, thoroughness of its research, skill of arrangement, and cloarness and authoritativeness of statemont. There are nearly 600 pages, well printed and well bound, and yet it is cheap, costing only five shillings. It is the Encyclopædia of the “Drink Quostion.” Every Temperance worker should have it. The man of “facts" is the man who impresses his auditory, illumines the mind, convinces the judgment, and moves the will. Here are the facts, obtainable with ease, and to be relied upon to the uttermost degree. It should be in our public librarios, Sunday school teachers' and young mon's libraries. “Teetotal" deacons would do well to prosent a copy to their pastors this New Year's morning.
SAMUEL RUTHERFORD. By Rev. Andrew
Thomson, D.D. Price 2g. 64. London:
Hodder and Stoughton. ONE of a series of Biographies which is being brought out under the title of “ Mon worth Remembering." And most truly does Samuel Rutherford, the Scottish Covenanter, answer to that title. If any of our young men have at present no acquaintance with him, let them obtain this cheap and well-written volume, and learn all about a man small in stature but large in soul,—one of the greatest preachers of his age,—the writer of the famous “Letters,”—a leading Divine in the celebrated Westminster Assembly, a saint of God whose dying utterances are enshrined in that sweet and touching hymn which speaks of “Glory, glory dwelling in Immanuel's land.” The volume contains not only a biography of Rutherford, but also a collection of choice sentences from his writings.
JOHN KNOX. By W. M. Taylor, D.D.,
LL.D. Price 28. 6d. London: Hodder
and Stoughton, Paternoster Row. A VOLUME belonging to the same series as the Life of Rutherford, noticed above. Knox was not so loveable & man as Rutherford, though more tender-hearted than is commonly thought. But he did
a great work for his country—& work clear, scholarly, and interesting. The with which this generation is not, we Notes are not so numerous as most porthink, so well acquainted as it should be.
sons would expect, apparently not being Let young people read this well-written intended to save Bible students the volume. The facts are fairiy stated; trouble of thinking. They relate chiefly Knox's errors are candidly admitted ; to points on which historical or theobut the perusal of the story of his life logical information is really needed, makes one feel that, in spite of some including, however, here and there a faults, he was a thoroughly good man, as quaint, pithy, practical sentence culled well as a man of remarkable ability and from Matthew Henry. When completo wonderful power over his follows.
the work will be a useful one for intelli
gent Christian laymon. "OUT OF EGYPT:” Bible Readings on the Book of Exodus. By G. F. Pente
THE BIBLE THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEXT cost, D.D. Price 28. London: Morgan BOOK. By Alfred Holborn, M.A. & Scott, 12, Paternoster Buildings.
Price 28. The chapters contained in this volume
OUTLINE LESSONS FOR JUNIOR CLASSES are made up from a series of Bible Read
ON THE LIFE OF OUR LORD.
By ings recently delivered in several places
Annie B. Price 38. 6d. in London in connection with the Evan
London : Sunday School Union. gelistic Mission lately held. Having been stenographically reported, they ap
USEFUL books for Sunday school teachers. pear in matter and stylo as they were
The former is very carefully written, spoken. We do not believe in the author's
but is suited only to the higher class theory of types. It is a mere human
of teachers; the latter will be found fancy that the rod of Moses was intended
suggestive and helpful to all. Christian to be typical of anything in the Christian
womon as a rule know best how to teach life. Moses throwing down and taking
not only girls but also younger boys; up his rod may be used as an illustration
and many a masculine intellect may loarn of gospel truth, but common sense revolts
a good deal from “Annie B.” from the idea of its being regarded as a fore-ordained type. Still, in this book A MANUAL OF POLITICAL QUESTIONS OF are many striking and useful remarks
THE DAY; AND THE ARGUMENTS ON and interesting anecdotes; and Christian
EITHER SIDE. By Sydney O. Buxton, readers, who can separate the chaff from M.P. Price 6d. London: 18, Walthe wheat, will find much in it to please brook, E.C. and profit.
A CAPITAL little book for all, whether
Liberals or Conservatives, who wish to THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, with Intro- be able to give a reason for the political
duction, Notes, and Maps. By T. M. faith that is in them. Reform or Aboli. Lindsay, D.D., Professor of Divinity in tion of the House of Lords,—the Land the Free Ohurch College, Glasgow. Laws,-Disostablishment and DisendowPrice 18. 6d. Edinburgh: T. and T. mont,—Temperance Legislation — these Clark.
are some of the subjects discussed, and This is the first volume only, embracing the arguments are briefly but fairly the first twelve chapters of the Acts. stated on both sides. Members of DeThe Introduction is very
good bating Societies will find it useful.
THE EDITORS TO THEIR READERS.-In beginning a new year's volume the editors present to their readers hearty new year's greetings. They desire at the same time very earnestly to request their aid in the extension of the circulation of the magazine. In conducting it thoy propose to follow in the main the same lines as in the year just closed, but hope to introduce
improvements. Thus, instead of one serial story extending through the yoar, which, however good, is apt to produce the impression of sameness, they intend to give a succession of shorter ones on different topics. Also, they have in contemplation some practical papers church life and work, which they hope may be both accoptable and useful. But
fool to assist any longer in propagating the views in regard to the future, and to questions of biblical authority, the advocacy of which Dr. Cox under his editorship permitted. Now if it had been only rocontly that the "Expositor" had assumed its present character, — if “ Salvator Mundi” had boon published only a year ago, we could have understood the action of Messrs. Hodder & Stoughton. But so far as we have observed, the “Expositor” is the same in its teachings now as it has over boon. For years and years the world has known the views of Dr. Cox. He has made no secret of them, but has publicly advocated them. Neither of the editors of this magazine holds the opinions of Dr. Cox. Both have at different times spoken and written in opposition to them. But it does seem to us as though in this matter he has been shabbily treated. Wo have been glad to learn that Messrs. Hodder & Stoughton recognise his claim to some pecuniary compensation ; but to a man who takes a pride and pleasure in his work—a work which he himself has originated—it is impossible even with the “guinea's chink” to make full amonds for deprivation of it.
they ask from their friends, both ministers and poople, more than good wishes. Let each ono try to obtain a new subscriber.
THE OLDEST RELIGIOUS PERIODICAL IN GREAT BRITAIN.-A few weeks ago our respected contemporary, the Christian Leader, fell into a little mistake. Speaking of the Baptist Magazine, now edited by the Rev. J. P. Barnett, of Oxford, the Leader described it as the oldest religious periodical now in existence. That honour, however, such as it is, we think belongs moro properly to our own Magazine. The Baptist Magazine first appeared in 1809. But it was in 1798 the General Baptist Magazine was first published, under the editorship of Dan Taylor. True, at the end of 1800 it was discontinued under its first form for want of sufficient support. But in 1802, at the request of the Association, Mr. Adam Taylor brought out a periodical miscellany under the title of the General Baptist Repository. At first a number appeared every six months, then every throo months, and at last every month. A few years ago the Association decided, chiefly under the advice of Mr. J. F. Winks, of Leicester, who spoke as a business-man, to revert to the old name of Magazine. But neither the character nor the management of the periodical was changed-only part of the name. We think then that we may fairly claim to be accounted the oldest living religious periodical in Great Britain, and trust, that though old, we are neither lame nor blind, fooble nor decrepit.
Rev. T. GOADBY AND THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE.-Our readers will be interested to learn that a work is completed which the Principal of the College has long had on hand—the translating and printing of Ewald's important treatise on Revelation. It is being published in one handsome volume by Messrs. T. & T. Clark of Edinburgh, the well-known publishers of the “Foreign Theological Library,” and other similar translations from the German. We hope to give a more extended notice of this great work in a future number; but we 800 that it will be stiff reading, and cannot be dispatched like a story or volume of travels.
DR. Cox AND THE “EXPOSITOR,"_It is, wo suppose, very generally known by this time that Dr. Cox, in accordance with the wish of his publishers, has ceased to be editor of “ The Expositor.” The reason assigned is the conscientious objection Messrs. Hodder & Stoughton
A MARE'S NEST.-The Christian World of Doc. 4, contained an extract from the Liverpool Mercury to the effect that another sect of Baptists was about to be added to the national collection. The enumeration by the Mercury of the existe ing sects of Baptists, reminds us of Theodore Hook's practical joke, in which ho showed some ladies the lions of a small town, and contrived to make the two or three public buildings do duty for a dozen, by calling the buildings different names as he approached the different sides. The said ladies were not more amazed at the number of important institutions in so small a place than were we when we read the list of Baptist bodies given in the Mercury. The same socts are called by different names, but the strangest thing of all is that we should be doomed the new sect "about to be added to the list"wo who long ago celebrated our centenary as a new connexion, and who in our ancient form claim to be the oldest organized Baptists in the land. Dr. Clifford was good enough to set the readers of the Christian World right upon the subject the following week. The occasion of the mistake was the application recently made to the Board of Trade to give us the legal status, of which we have for some time felt the need, particularly in dealing with Foreign Mission property.
OPENING OF NEW SCHOOL-ROOM AT NANTWICH. On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26th, the Rev. C. Spurgeon, of Greenwich, preached in the Town Hall, Nantwich, in connection with the above event. There was a large attendance, including many friends from Audlem and Crewe. Mr. Spurgeon took for his text, Prov. xviii. 10. A collection was made in aid of the building fund.
After the service the friends proceeded to the new school-room, which was formally opened. There were present on the platform, in addition to the Rev. C. Spurgeon, the Rev. Price Williams (pastor), Rev. J. Austin (United Methodist Free Church), Rev. G. Towler (Audlem), Mr. R. Pedley (Crewe), Mr. Forey, Mr. Morgan (Market Drayton), &c.
Mr. Forey reported 200 scholars on the books, whilst the accommodation bad scarcely been sufficient for 100. Hence the need of the new building. The committee had worked right heartily. The cost of the school was expected to be about £500, of which £125 had been raised, and it was hoped that the projected bazaar would realize £200, leaving a deficiency of not more than £175. After a speech by Mr. C. Spurgeon, the Rev. Price Williams (pastor) stated that the old room would be converted into five class-rooms.
A tea meeting followed, at which 150 sat down. In the evening, under the presidency of Captain Cotton, Rev. C. Spurgeon gave his popular lecture on “Hoarding Information; or, Lessons from Advertisements." The lecture was illustrated with dissolving yiews. Mr. J. D. Dutton accompanied the choir on the harmonium. Mr. Birchall, of Wilaston, and Mr. W. Johnson, moved and seconded votes of thanks to the chairman and Mr. Spurgeon.
On the following Sunday two sermons were preached in the chapel by Rev. T. E. Williams, of Aberystwith. Total collections nearly £10.
News of tậe Churches.
All information for this department should reach Rev. J. FLETCHER by the
16th of the month.
by T. T. Ball, Esq., of Burwell. Collec
tions over £18. AUDLEM.-In order to pay off a small debt, and to re-furnish the chapel and HALIFAX, North Parade.-In Novomschool-room, the ladies have commoncod
bor the young men arranged a toa and a sowing class. £90 have been promised entertainment for increasing the funds of towards the £250 required, and the friends
the sale of work; they presided at the are earnestly looking for outside help to
trays like “old hands." The performers wards the bazaar to be held sometime in
were all unconnected with the chapel. the spring.
There was an organ rocital in the chapel CHATTERIS. Anniversary sermons between tea and concert, by Mr. W. were preached on Nov. 16 by Rev. T. H. Clough. The sum of £16 108. was handed Smith, the services being also associated over after meeting all expenses. — On with the pastor's recognition. On the Dec. 11th and 13th a Sale of Work was Tuesday following, the Rev. T. Graham held in the school; the object of which Tarn, of Cambridge, preached to a good was to clear off deficiency on church congregation. A public tea was partaken accounts, and balance to fund for painting of by a large number of friends, and in chapel. Mr. Joseph Holt opened the the evening a public meeting was held, proceedings in a most felicitous speech, when addresses were delivered by Revs. and presented £2 10s. as a donation T. Barrass (Peterborough), H. B. Robin- towards the object. The goods were exson (Kettering), F.J. Bird (Hitchin), and posed upon two stalls. There were also the town ministers. The chair was takon à refreshment stall, an ice cream stall,