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during the week of the Association, the members of our churches re. at Nottingham, in 1863, to assist in quire to be told the things which extinguishing the debt on the Mr. Dowson has most weightily told College at Chilwell.
them in the first page of your Dec. The amount required is nearly issue. They need, and the world £1,000 in addition to what has been demands, preaching of an exalted already paid and promised.
and exalting character. But is it We are happy to state that the not too much to assert thata minister ladies connected with our churches should give himself wholly to the in Nottingham have commenced pulpit and preparation for it? Is a society for the preparation of he not to teach both publicly and articles for the Bazaar ; an example also from house to house ? to be which might be followed in other instant in season and out of season ; towns where two or more churches to rebuke and exhort; and to comfort exist. In places where working the feeble-minded ; as well as more societies of this kind cannot be publicly to lift up the standard to formed, we respectfully request that the people. I suppose it may individual effort may be employed. perhaps lie in the nature of things,
As the Bazaar was appointed by that the same person should be the annual meeting of our Body, called to sustain the distinguishand as it is Denominational in its able, though usually united, offices object, we hope to obtain the co-of preacher and pastor. They work operation of all the churches in well together. Perhaps many a carrying out the appointment, and preacher will acknowledge that not in accomplishing its design. Con- à few of his most useful sermons sidering also the town in which the have been suggested, almost inBazaar is to be held, and the public spired, during his pastoral visitaoccasion on which it will be open, tions. It is then he has become it is desirable that it should be as acquainted with the ‘variety of rich in its contents, and as attractive experience, difficulties, prejudices, in its appearance as the whole De. and mistakes,' prevailing among nomination can make it. We forbear the people. to specify the kinds of contributions I dwell on this the longer, because which will be acceptable, since any I am half conscious, and half afraid, enumeration of them would be in that Mr. D's remarks may foster in complete. Everything useful or us ministers a tendency that seems ornamental which ingenuity can to need no encouragement, to make devise, which skill can execute, and too light of pastoral house-to-house which generosity can part with, work. The difficulty is to combine will be thankfully received by Mrs. the two in just proportion. Lewitt, Annesley Grove, Mrs. G. Mr. D. says, that everything Truman, Derby Road, and Mrs. T. betokens the convulsion of present Hill, Arboretum Street, Nottingham, systems ;' but hopes for a better or at the College, Chilwell, near system of ecclesiastical arrangeNottingham.
ments. There is a point sanctioned, W. UNDERWOOD, President.
not more by antiquity, than I think Wm. R. STEVENSON, Classical Tutor. hy common sense, to which we T. W. MARSHALL, Treasurer. Congregationalists would do well JAMES LEWITT, Secretary.
to return. Would it not be well, November, 1862.
if it were a rule among us, that no
one should sustain the pastoral ON THE WORK OF THE
office, till he had, for some period,
been an assistant minister ? A young MINISTRY.
man, however he may have profited To the Editor of the General Baptist by his inestimable advantages at Magazine.
college, is not prepared all at once DEAR SIR,-I have no doubt that for the undivided labours of either
a pastor or a preacher. When the in its proposer, he will, I hope, united tide of both offices is rolled allow me through you to say that on him, he is carried away or over- the reason we use the word chapels whelmed. Oh. had he only been for our places of worship is, that is serving as a son with a father,' as so exactly expresses what we mean, Timothy did with Paul! Without that everyone understands us (and such training, pastoral in addition no mistake), and that we know no to collegiate, no one in the Roman other term that could answer the Catholic church can have a cure of purpose better, or
so well. souls committed to him. In the * Church' would have done; but Anglican church, a man, before he unfortunately our English translacan be made a priest, must have tion of the Bible always uses that been at least twelve months a curate, word for ecclesia, and that term is in thatis, an assistant minister. Inthevari- Scripture never applied to a building, ous Methodist bodies an equivalent but to an assembly of people. Its regulation prevails. Overpowered common application in England to by the weight of his duties ef. ecclesiastical structures, has proficiently discharged, I believe many duced an ambiguity (which, judging a young man feels himself driven from its most perverse application to habits of indolence in his pastoral in Acts xix. 37, was, I fear, inand carelessness in his preaching tentional); and we do not approve duties. He gets through; and he loses of ambiguous expressions ; so that all hope of doing anything more. when we speak of our churches, What a boon would it be to him to we do not at all intend people to have at once a coadjutor and a guide! think we our chapels, nor The older brother, the actual pastor rice versa. We speak intelligently and of the flock would have better oppor- neatly, when we speak of the church tunity for the discharge of his far meeting, for instance, in Salem chapel. larger share of the work. See But how would it sound, if we spoke Exodus xviii. 32. And would it not of the church meeting in Salem also be a twofold source of blessing church? nor would it be much to the church itself, receiving both improved by saying, as the Quakers the additional care of an esteemed do, the church meeting in Salem young under shepherd, and the meeting house; or if we said in edification of his fresh ministry, Salem Hall; or Salem house of as. and his not overtaxed powers.* And sembly; or Salem assembly room; with what enlarged abilities, ripened or Salem synagogue; no; Salem experience, and chastened courage, chapel is best. Wecall the fourth day would he afterwards undertake a of the week Wednesday without pay. charge for himself, to the incalcu- ing douleia to Woden, and the sixth lable benefit of the flock of which Friday, without rendering hyperhe became the overseer.
donleia to Freya. And our house Humbly commending these of worship we call chapel, without thoughts to the serious consider. honouring St. Martin's cope, or ation of your readers,
caring whether the word came from I am, dear Sir, ever yours,
kaandia, a booth at fairs, or from SENEX. capella, the goat's hair which covered
its roof. Just as a plain man dig. ABOUT THE WORD 'CHAPELS.' ging in his garden (without caring To the Editor of the General Baptist
whether his implement got its name Magazine.
from pateo, or from somewhere else),
calls his spade a spade ; so we call DEAR SIR,—Though the subject of our chapels chapels, because they your correspondent's query is, I
are so, in a sense that no think, hardly worthy of any anxiety misunderstand.
* The College might furnish half his I remain, dear Sir, salary for one year.
Ever respectfully yours,
Notices of Books--- Acts of the Apostles.
67 QUERY ON HEBREWS VI. 4.6. of apostacy, it is impossible to be
delivered. He has also understood To the Editor of the General Baptist
the 13th verse of the 5th chapter of Magazine,
Matthew to teach the same truth. DEAR SIR,—(Heb. vi., 4th, 5th, and Is he right or wrong ? If 6th verses) A. B. has been ac- wrong, does his opinion militate customed to consider these verses against one of the General Baptist as teaching the following truths : tenets ? 1. That it is possible for a person,
Answers to the above will be very after having been once truly con- acceptable to several students of verted to God, to fall into an un- biblical truth, and will oblige, converted state.
Yours truly, 2. That from this latter condition
J. W., D.
Hatices of Books.
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES : an exposition, bore in Old English, as Dean Trench,
for English Readers, on the Basis in his work on the Authorized Version of Professor Hackett's Comment of the New Testament, proves from ary on the original text. By the Sir Philip Sidney. The sense is Rev. J. S. GREEN, B.A., Rawdon now, however, obselete; and indeed, College. With a new and literal the probability is, that the English translation. Vol. II. (Bunyan translators employed the word in Library). London: Heaton and its modern significance of “ acts of Son.
worship.” If so, they were deWe have purposely given the whole cidedly incorrect; as the original of the title of the volume before signifies, things worshipped (so 2 us. It so exactly and pithily de- Thess. ii. 4), and is used as a generic scribes the main contents as to term, under which classed make it unnecessary for us to give temples, images, altars, and the them again in detail, as in our like. The altar particularly menfirst notice. Nor, after an examin- tioned was one of these. [The ation of this second volume, do we English versions fall into the bait one jot of the praise already same error—"the manner; how ye awarded in these pages to Mr. worship your gods ; excepting Green, for the admirable way in Rheims, which has, more correctly, which he has popularized Professor “your idols," and Wiclif, who reads Hackett's commentary.
youre mawmetis.” In Old English There are three supplementary notes a mawmet was an idol : strangely to the present volume. The first con- enough; the word being derived tinues the narrative of the Acts; from Mahomet, who was regarded the second touches upon Paul's as the great impersonation of the visits to Corinth; and the last is heathen antichrist. Our ancestors a connected and popular sketch of forgot, or did not know, that the Paul's career.
Mahometansystemwas distinguished We give one or two citations from above all by its repudiation of image the commentary, and the notes. worship-Ğ.'] * Acts xvii. 23. 'And closely observed 'This, in ignoranceofwhich, yeworship.
. the objects of your veneration. (“de- Hereobserve the word which governs votions,” Authorized Version). It the relative is not the verb, worship, is not quite certain whether our but the participle rendered (erronetranslators intended to use this ously) in A.ĭ. ignorantly. The word in a sense which it sometimes 'apostle does not say, “Ye Atheniang
are ignorant worshippers of God;" | who first brought the gospel hither, but “ Ye are worshippers, ignorant 'tis so long since, the British church of God.” This distinction involves hath forgotten her own infancy, who a serious difference.-G.'
were her first godfathers. We see The following is from the first the Light of the Word shining here, supplementary note : Writers of but see not who kindled it. I will earlier times make it clear that not say, as God, to prevent idolatry the gospel was preached in Britain caused the body of Moses to be conin the age of the apostles : and it is cealed, so to cut off from posterity, highly probable that Claudia, the all occasion of superstition, he Christian lady mentioned in 2 Tim. suffered the memories of our primiiv. 21, was the daughter of a tive planters to be buried in obscurity.' British king. The name of Paul is, however, unconnected with
THE BAPTIST HAND-Book for 1863.
London: Heaton and Son. any Christian traditions respecting We are glad to welcome what has Britain in any writer earlier than Venantius Fortunatus, a bishop of
now become a familiar friend-the Poictiers, about the year 600, of has been taken to make the present
Great care whom a Latin stanza has been pre issue as accurate as possible. Its served :
place can be supplied by no other Transit et Oceanum, vel quâ facit insula
publication-dear or cheap. To the portum,
Baptist it is simply invaluable. If Quasque Britannus habet terras, quasque you have not ordered it, reader, ultima Thule :
do not delay another day. thus qnaintly rendered,
THE MI. ARRIAGE GIFT BOOK
BRIDAL TOKEN. By J. Burns, Saint Paul did passe the seas, whose isle
D.D. London: Houlston and Makes ships in harbour stand,
Wright, 1863. Arriving on the British coast,
* POETS, moralists, biographists, The Cape of Thule land.
philosophers, and divines,' the
author tells us in his advertise. "The tradition of St. Paul's visit to ment,' have been laid under conBritain,' say Cony beare and Howson, tribution' in the preparation of this ‘rests on no sufficient authority,' volume. The central idea of the Vol 2. p.490. And the'wise and witty book is marriage. Dr. Burns has Thomas Fullerwellstates the matter. gathered together in the former • Churches are generally ambitious part numerous quotations in prose to entitle themselves to apostles for and verse on marriage from various their founders; conceiving they aspects. The latter part touches should otherwise be esteemed but upon the marriage rites of some as of the second form and younger score nations, ancient and modern, house, if they received the faith offers us a portrait gallery of eighteen from an inferior preacher. Where excellent wives.beginning with Sarah fore as the heathen, in searching the wife of Abraham and ending after the original of their nations, with Mrs. Sherman, and concludes never leave soaring till they touch with a chapter entitled 'the table. the clouds, and fetch their pedigree talk, &c. on woman, love, marriage, from some god; so Christians think and domestic life,' among others of it nothing worth, except they relate Plutarch, Luther, Coleridge, Old the first planting of religion in their Humpbrey, Bulwer, and the author. country to some apostle. Whereas, After this it is needless to say that indeed, it matters not if the Dr. Burns has here provided a very doctrine be the same, whether the various entertainment, and one that apostles preached it by themselves, will be duly appreciated by a newly, or by their successors. We see wedded pair. We heartily commend little certainty can be extracted the volume as a gift-book.
CHRISTIAN FAITH AND PRACTICE. nor elaborate; but are written in an
By J. W. ALEXANDER, D.D., excellent style, and will be certain New York.
both to win readers and help them CONSOLATION. By the same Author. spiritually to profit.
London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co. THE TEMPERANCE CONGRESS of 1862. Both these volumes are composed London: Tweedie. of excellent discourses. In the This volume contains a revised first the texts are stated at the report of the papers read at the beginning of each sermon. In the Temperance Congress held in second they are omitted, but are London during the past year. It is not very difficult to discover. The an interesting and useful pamphlet, sermons are neither commonplace | and may be had for half-a-crown.
correct to request that all
the churches in the Connexion THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE as forward in future their contributions sembled at Birchcliffe, December to the Buptist Union, to be trans26, 1862. In the morning the Rev. mitted to the Lancashire Baptist J. Maden read the Scriptures and Relief Fund. prayed, and the Rev. C. Clark, of 2. That the best thanks of this Halifax, preached from Jeremiah Conference be given to the Leeds xii. 1-5.
Relief Committee for their noble In the afternoon the Conference efforts in obtaining assistance for met for business, when Rev. W. the distressed churches in this Gray presided, and Rev. J. Tunni- district. cliffe prayed. Reported baptized 3. That we request the ministers since the previous Conference, sixty- in the Conference to meet the wishes three. The attendance at both ser- of the friends at Stalybridge in supvices was good, and the following plying their pulpit during the next resolutions were passed :
quarter. 1. Moved by the Rev. R. Hors- 4. That the application of the field, of Leeds, and seconded by church at Archview for admission the Rev. T. Gill, of Shore, and into this Conference be left in the supported by the Rev. J. Tunnicliffe hands of a Committee, consisting of and G. T. Woodson, Esq., Leeds : Revs. J. Alcorn, T. Gill, and 0. Having heard with great pleasure Hargreaves till the next Conference. that the Lancashire Baptist Relief 5. That the next Conference be Committee do not recognize in their held at Stalybridge, on Good Friday, distribution of money and clothing and that the Rev. E. Galdwell preach any distinction between the different in the morning. sections of the Baptist Denomination, 0. HARGREAVES, Secretary. and that all Baptist churches within the distressed district are equally THE WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE eligible to receive relief from their held in Lombard - street chapel, funds; and also that the Lancashire Birmingham, on Monday, January Committee have sought out necessi. 12, 1863. tous General Baptist churches and In the morning Rev.J.M'Naughton, have already granted them liberal of Wolvey, opened the meeting with assistance ; this Conference in reading and prayer, and the Secretary structs the Leeds Relief Committee on preached. ascertaining that, these statements In the afternoon brother Cheatle