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Necessity of Piety in the Preacher.
deur, while the million forms of insect | Ambrose, Chrysostom, and Augustioe, life will be constantly speaking to him to Luther aud Calvin, to Good win and of the beauty of tbe Lord. The sudden Owen, Charnock and Howe; they give and rapid entombment of towus pre- us iminense materials of thought. pare him to expect that "a short work A preacher exhaust himself! If so, it will the Lord make on the earth"- must be because there is an incapacity while the slow and prolonged accre- for the reception of thought, or a slugtious on the surface of the earth shew gishness that will not make the effort that one day with the Lord is as a to receive it. The geology of religious thousand years, and a thousand years thought is of itself a subject that may as one day. Thus, ihe vasi and minnie, task a mao for life. Our imaginary the sudden and the slow, will all be student is sometimes oppressed with “ voices of God." God speaks in man. the vastness of the resources ou which The preacber would hear Him there, he has to draw for the furniture of his and shew how, in the complicated miod. Insiead of asking— Where mechanism of the buman soul, there shall I find materials for a work so. are already at work ihe materials for great?” he asks-- How shall I make future reiribution or award. Society use of all that lies before ine?" aod is the voice of God. The iviant's prat- this will lead him to see tle or the old man's moan, the blessing 3. Or what material he himself is on ihe house of the good and the curse inade. He sees pow, even inore than in the dwellings of ihe bad, the con- he did at first, the absoluie necessity tioual action and reaction of the moral of Piety for such a task as bis. He world ou the physical and of the phy. never donbted that. But he is more sical on the moral, will be fraught with and more sirong io his feelings on that lessons for bim. The changes in hu- point. He sees now so very much in man governmenis, political revolu- ihe Bible, in the Gospel, in the atonetions—these will be ihe voice of God, ment, in the Trinity, of which an unwbile it is for him to convey the les- converted man can make absolutely sons High Heaven is addressing to nothing! And, I doubt not, you will man! In the word of life, that "grand find his convictions firmer than ever old book," with its historic detail, its respecting the reality of a divine "call" holy iaspiration, its precepts and its to the mioisiry; that unless a man is promises, he will find, in a still higher inwardly moved by the Holy Gbost sepse, the voice of God. Iu ihe aton- to take this office upon him. he has no ing sacrifice of which it treais, and the right in the ministry at all; and that invitations to a lost world with which the true “ordination" is when the it is filled, there are voices of God” Holy Ghost says to a churcb, “Sepawhich it may well be his delight to rate me : . : for the work," &c. declare. While the bighest revelation But experience will bave shown him of God-GOD IN CHRIST—is enough that a combination of qualities is to command all bis admiration, and to needed to ensure complete success. inspire his tongue with an everlasting That there must be-1. A thorough theine! He can never be at a loss for understanding of the work to be done. materials. All nature is full. Every 2. A judgment to select the right maletter inscribed ou the pillars of the terials, and then to use them. 3. Culuniverse, and every turn of the wbeels tivation of miod and heart: light in of Providence, the word of life, the the reason and love in the soul. 4. A cross in its glory and iis shame, --what spirit of self-sacrifice which will accept life is long enough to bring out these ? Col. i. 24, as an exact description of -what tongue eloquent enough for true ministerial life. 5. A very high theines like ihese ?—what culture can standard of piety: much communion be loity enough to eoable linn to soar with God, to keep him perpetually as so high?
enthusiastic in his work as when the There are the voices of God, too, in heat of youthful ardour was his. & subordinate sense, in the good men He will have learnt, too, how small of all ages. Holy men in every age a matter may impair a minister's have contributed their quola to the power; that in the pulpit he may form of the church's thinking on gos- preach like an angel, but if he is hasty pel truth.
We are indebted to St. l in his temper, uppunctual in his pay
ments, overbearing in his administra- | thinking as varied as possible, embraction in the church, what he builds up ing Logic, Psychology, Ethics, Natural with one hand he will pull down with Philosophy, Natural History, Phythe other!
siology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, III. It is just possible that the past pared to shew the harmony between
Astronomy, &c., that he may be preten years may have done something the word and the world, and thus keep towards modifying our ideal student's abreast of the thinking of the age, as view of what PREPARATION for the well as of its evangelistic activities. ministry should include.
Orderly thinking and close thinking 1. He once thought, perhaps, that if he will strive after, as condensers of he could but just preach Christ in some power. rural district and work on unobserved, 3. And there is no doubt that bis that would be enough for him; but views of college life will be materially now, if he begins again, it will be with changed. If ever he thought for a the distinct aim at being all that God moment that a collegiate course might has made it possible for him to be. He be dispensed with, he never thinks will study his special failings and cor- so pow. He would gladly push back rect them,-his special aptitudes, and the wheels of time, begin again, and cultivate them. Nor will he let phy- spend eight years instead of five sical culture be lost sight of. He in preparing for his high and holy once thought far too little of it. He work. He can estimate better now wished to forget that he had a body. than once he could the advantages But he finds that even in cultivating of such a course, and at the same inind and heart in order to get the time he sees what once he could hearts of others, if he forgets to attend not see, that the prescribed currito the body, the body will sooner or culum is, and must be, that which is later give him a sharp reminder of its on the whole best for the majority of existence, and will threaten him with men. But if he is anxious to rise total suspension of work if he refuse to above mediocrity, and has a studeut's give due heed to its call. Moreover, enthusiasm, he will, while at college, he has come to feel that the body is strike out for himself many lines of the temple of the Holy Ghost, and, for thought which cannot be touched the sake of him who dwells therein, there, many courses of study which should be kept in good repair; being, cannot be embraced there. He will moreover, the vehicle for the expres- assiduously cultivate his own peculiar. sion of religious sympathies, that ex- mental habitudes and tastes in studies pression will be seriously distorted if which are altogether over and above the body be incompetent to fulfil the what is required in the course prebehests of the soul. He will, too, pay scribed to him by others. far more attention than once he did to Besides this, however, he will deem voice and manner, that in running his moral and spiritual culture to be pararace he may lay aside every weight as mount in its claims. Nothing would well as every sin.
compensate for deficiency here. He 2. His views of mental culture are would keep the balance even between changed too. As he has to do with work and prayer; and for the mental life in very many aspects, to be equally exhaustion of intellectual study he at home with the rich and the poor, would add the counterpoise of much and to be the connecting link between fellowship with God. All, all will be them; as he has to preach to some subsidiary to his great end and aim. engaged in scientific pursuits, or in the His main lines of study will be the learned professions, or in commercial gospel - man - the time's — and his affairs, he feels the importance of work-together with the influences touching life at all these different which are at work against bim and for points, of being able to speak freely him; while all branch lines of thought and sensibly with every class of his will lead him on to the one grand hearers, that "by all means he may trunk line of gospel truth. He would save some." It will be in his view be what he exhorts others to be; and most undesirable for his thoughts to so delicately would he seek to adjust run in one "rut.” He would have his mental work and spiritual rest, so
Candidates for the College.
13 symmetrically to form the character Let us not hesitate to use the “earthen under the training of the Spirit of God, vessels." Let us, as Gideon's host, sanctifying him and sanctifying his take our earthen vessels to the field, studies, that he may be a “vessel unto and though they are shivered and honour, meet for the Master's use, and shattered there, yet even then the PREPARED TO EVERY GOOD WORK !" light shall blaze forth, and we shall : Now, as we look at such a man, shout, “THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO what shall we venture to predict con- GIVETH US THE VICTORY !" cerning him?
'Tis cot a venture. 'Tis a certainty. God works in a sphere of means and ends :
CANDIDATES FOR THE COLLEGE. times, indeed, doing more than we MR. EDITOR may expect, but never less. And with Dear Sir, - Is it well to receive such a man starting on his work when young men in their teens as students college time expires we are sure (1) in our College ? The question has that work will be easy, because it will lately forced itself upon my mind, be a delight. (2.) His work will be a briefly, in this way: The term of power, Such a man must tell. He study being limited, the period of a will be full of God. (3.) His work will young man's entry thereupon must not be a growing power. He will not be be considered apart from the period of weary when
the first feeling of novelty his removal and subsequent position. has gone; but the more he gathers from Further, unwisely, as I think, the God by personal communion, and of greater part, if not the whole, of the God by observation and thought, the duties of teaching, and ruling in a richer will be his spiritual and mental modern church are laid upon one man furniture, the intenser his enthusiasm, |--the pastor ; and, wisely or unwisely, the diviner his growth, the more potent there is no recognised official position his energy, and the more manifest the for a young man leaving college other tokens of a large success. God will than this of pastor. Such being the delight to bless such a man. He will case, I cannot think that it is good to never preach in vain. The result may admit a youth to our Institution with be hidden, but it will always be real. the certainty that at twenty or twentyThere will be some receptive hearts in two he will have either on the one whom the seed will abide and bring hand to fill a post to which in ordinary forth fruit. His work will give him cases he is wholly unequal, or, on the greater power the longer he pursues it. other hand, find himself unrecognised, It will bear a life-long pursuit, and will and a nobody, either in the ministry of enrapture him more at the close of life the church, or in the business of the than at its beginning; while the work world. will tell on the grand issue which God I do but give the opinion of valued is bringing out, it may be one of the personal friends in the ministry when little tiny rills which finds its way to I say that a few years spent in the ocean's bed unseen ; but the great field, the counting-house, or the shop, Lord whom he serves watches every is the best preparation for the peculiar rill, and counts every drop, and his duties of the pastorate. If the condrops" will not be lost!
sciousness of a higher calling in the There is no doubt that the putting mind of a youth be genuine, a plant of forth of all the ardour of the soul in our Heavenly Father's planting, it will Christ's cause, and the action of spi- strengthen and develop itself in this ritual syınpathies will sooner or later soil, and will bave become of some sorconsume the frame. The zeal of God's viceable stature when, in the discharge house will “ eat us up." But that of the duties of office, the strain of dismatters not.
appointment, trial, and opposition is “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not brought to bear upon it. breaths;
I would have all our candidates for In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most the ministry to be men whose fortitude lives
and valour have been tried somewbat Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." | in the battle of life--who consecrate
Spiritual successes are glorious com- to the service of Christ a manhood of peusations for physical exhaustion.'conscious strength, not a feebleness
which alike incapacitates for the busi- | scholar; and he who sits up late at ness of the world, or of the church. vight not only burns bis life's candle at The pastors of the early church were both ends, but puts a red-hot poker to men." "A bishop must be ... one the middle." A minister one day ac. that ruleth well his own house. ... knowledged to the docíor that he was If a man know not how to rule his own in the habit of remaining laie in bed, bonise, how shali he take care of the and added that he had been proiesiing church of God ?" I coiniend the prin- and praying against it for many years, ciple involved in this passage to the but that it still lingered, and seemed io consideration more especially of the be a most in veterale in vot incurable members of our College Cominiitee. evil. The docior addressed him: "My Faitbiully yours,
dear brother, you have entirely misapA Business MAN. prehended the case. The remedy is Dec. 13, 1863.
simple, and easy of applicatioo. It
has been a maxiin with me for many HOW ADAM CLARKE GOT TIME about a thing I can do myseli. . Now,
years never to trouble the Almighty FOR STUDY.
instead of lying in bed and praying on It was not by sitting yp laie at nighi, the subject of early rising, I get up at but by rising early in the morning the appointed time, dress inyself, and that he found time for sludy. He well go at once to my study and iny books. observed : “A late morning student is If you take my advice you will act in a lazy one, ayd will rarely make a true future on the same maziin."
VALUABLE TESTIMONY. | The efforis of the superintendent, at The first of last January the superiu- the beginuing of the year, brouglit a tendent of a Sabbath school in vitea large number inio ibe school, many of every one of the congregacion to join
whoin were young married people; and the school. Among others, he asked
now most of them have been liopefully an intelligent lawyer, wbo was a very bers of the church.
converted, and many of them are meminoral, excellent man, to joiu. To the Burprise of the superioiendent, this man said he would join.
THE ROCK SMITTEN IN HORED." He went as a scholar, and commeoced wiih the first chapter of Ro- Having recently visited Mount Siuai, maps. The superintendevi gave biin says Mr. Hurier, of the American Baroes' Notes to aid him.
Syrian Mission, I thougt you would In a short time this lawyer became be interesied in the discovery o! a greatly interested in the siudy of that spring of water uoder the east side of importaut epistle. Soon after, there Mount Horeb, which I cavuot learn was inanifested among some of ihe bias been noticed by any traveller who people more than usual religious in- has wriiien on Sinai, bui which is so terest. By and by this inan was at striking, ihai bad it been seen, it the prayer-meetings, ihen at the in- would certainly loave been mentioned. quiry meetings; and in a few weeks be Iu comiug iowards Mouni Horels, we was bopefully converied.
took the road followed by Dr. RobinSoon after his conversion this lawyer, sov, by Wady er-Rahah. On page 89 in speaking at meeting, bore this valu- of the firsi volume of his liesearches, able testimony to the importauce of the he says: "On the lesi of Hore', a deep Sabbath school : be said he had learned and narrow valley runs up sontli-southmore about the way of salvation in the east, beiween Josiy walls of rock, as if eight weeks he had been in the Sabbath in continuation of the south-easi corschool, than in ou his life before. He is ner of the plain. In this valley, at the still a scholar in the school.
distance of vearly a mile from the The Tower of Babel.
15 plain, stands the convent." On the twenty or more fruit trees. As I was east side of this valley, and at its en the first (as far as I am aware) to obtrance, is a small hill separated from serve this singular "reni” in the the mountain by a road aboui one buo- “ Rock of Horeb," and am unable io died feel across, which travellers fol- find any allusion to it in the books of Jow in goiog io the conveni from Burckhardt, Robinson, Sianley, or other Wady er-Sheikh, while ihose who go travellers, I have thought it my duty to ine cooveni by Wady er-Ralali passlo inform the public of the fact, in on ille wesi side of the bill. On the order that suiure travellers may not south side of this bili is ille camping- fail to see it. Could we suppose that ground, and in geiting to it we inade Moses had a rod about six feet loug, a shori circuit of five minutes' ride 10 and that, raising the lower end of it avoid a precipitous bank. Oo arriving as high as his head, struck it obliquely ai our camping-ground we requesied against the granite cliff, and that a our cameleers, before dispersiog to our wedge-shaped cavity was ibus miracuhomes, io fill their barrels wiih waier. lously formed, this rent would meet They said they wonld iake two of them tbe conditions exactly. to a spring where there was a reser- I would simply state that I made voir, into which ihey would place them. ihe above discovery on the 26th of They poivied out to us the direction, February. on the west side of the valley, under Horeb, ayd we perceived a jew trees ai that place. Towards evenivg I told
THE TOWER OF BABEL. my party that I would go and see wherber ihey hd filled and sunk ile After a ride of eight miles, says a barrels in the pool. The direciion of writer in Blackwood, we were at the the spring was siraight across the foot of the Biers Nimrood. Our horses' valley from the camping-ground. feet were trampling upon the remains
Afier leaving the tenis, in about two of bricks, which showed here and there minutes I ascended the ground where through the accumulaied dust and rubwe made the circoit, theo passed down bish of ages. Before our eyes uprose a slight declivity, afier which the a great mound of earib, barren apd ground gradually rose uniil I reached bare. This was the Bier Nimrood, the the spring, in about ien miouies, by a ruins of the Tower of Babel, by which rugged path over large boulders of the first builders of the earth had syenite. Here I was surprised io find vainly boped to scale bigh heaven. a fine spring of pure waier issuing from Here also it was that Nebuchadnezzar a rent iu tie rock. The ren i was iu built--for bricks bearing his name have an oblique direccion, the highest part been found in the ruins. At the top of it on the leit, and slopiug down of the mound, a great mass of brick towards the right. The lowest part of work pierces the accumulated soil. the fissure was as biglı as a man's lead With your finger you touch the very from ground. The surrounding bricks, large, square-shaped, and masrock is the solid red graniie of Sioai, sive, ibat were" thoroughly" burved; smooth on the face, and unbroken by the very mortar-the slime," now fissure or seain. The fissure is about hard as granite--handled niore than six feet long, four inches witle, five four thousand years ago by earth's inches deep at the bolion, and twelve impious people. From i he summit of at the top, and runs down inio the the mound, far away over the plain, rock parallel with the perpendicular we could see glisiening, brilliant as a side of the mountain. The waier star, the gilded dome of a mosque, seeing io issue abouí two feet above that caught and reflected the bright the boiion of the rent, ilowing over rays of the morning sun. This glitterthe lowest part of it in a síream about ing speck was the tomb of the holy the thickness of a man's fiuger. Aly. To pray before this at soine
The reservoir is about twelve feet period of his life, to kiss the sacred Jong by five in widihi, and four feet dust of the earth around, there at deep, and was nearly full when I soine time or other to bend his body reached the place. When full, the and count his beads, is the daily dewater is let off, to irigate sume sire of every devout Mohammedan.