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THE above engraving is a representation of the chapel about to be erected
for the church and congregation under the pastoral care of our formerstudent, Mr. G. S. Neale, who went to Monkwearmouth in April, 1870, and now sends us the following account of the work in which he has been engaged during the past three years :
“I found, upon coming here, a good chapel, free of debt, capable of holding 300 persons, but the church was almost extinct, eleven persons only composing both church and congregation, with a dense population all around. I accepted the invitation of this little band, not for what it was, but for what it might become; not for what there was inside the chapel, but for what there was outside. I have never regretted the step I took, but rejoiced in it. By the end of the year the place was filled, and every sitting let, which has continued to the present, and large numbers are waiting for sittings in our new chapel. We commenced a Sabbath school, which gradually increased, and, for a length of time our average attendance has been 120 scholars and 16 teachers; we might have many more, but cannot accommodate them, till we get more room. Our membership is over 70, and there are cheering prospects of regular increase. I am happy to state that our last Sunday evening text and motto for the year, which was, “ Go forward," has been blessed to the decision of many, not only to be on the Lord's side, but to go forward in obedience to the Lord, in baptism; I expect in a few weeks to baptise a number of believers. We are earnest, united, loving, labouring, and liberal, and devise liberal things; hence, a year and a-half ago, we resolved to extend our place; we have ground behind tomake it three times as large as it now is. We have counted the cost, and found it would be about £1,500 ; we determined to have two-thirds of the money before commencing the building, and the other third before the opening day, as We are determined not to have any debt upon it. We have now nearly £800 in hand, and by April next, when we intend to build, we hope to have £1,000; this will be principally raised in Sunderland. I trust that by an appeal to friends of the denomination at a distance, and other efforts, we shall succeed in having the building opened free of debt. We think we are warranted in this undertaking, first, because we cannot increase further till we have more room; secondly, because of our central situation, in the midst of a population of 30,000, which is constantly increasing, and ours is the only Baptist Church. On the other side of the river Wear, a few hundred yards distant, there is a popalation of 80,000, with only three Baptist Churches, and two of these very weak ones. Our chapel built, and our present pressure removed, we shall be able to go up at once and possess the land, the boasting and threatening Goliaths shall be slain by God's Davids and the giants, the tall sons of Anak, shall be despatched by God's Joshuas and Calebs.
Education : the Old Rut and the New The Miracle Recorded in the Tenth
Road. By a Wesleyan Minister. Chapter of the Book of Joshua; an Elliot Stock
Enquiry, Critical and Scientific, to CAPITAL. A most able review of the excite further Enquiries. By Rev. great Wesleyan debate upon national EDWARD BILEY, M.A. Hatchards, education. Everyone should read it Piccadilly. whatever their views
this A CLEVER and interesting argument, in difficult question. The manner in which which the author endeavours to shew Wm. Arthur handled the question com- that the phenomenon of the standing mends itself to us right thoroughly ; still of the sun and moon may have been but the way in which some of the occasioned by the temporary arrest of School Boards are profaning the Bible the earth's rotation on its axis. The in their debates, renders us doubtful hypothesis appears to have been well whether any. good can come of their ventilated in a dissertation by a French touching religion, except such as God geologist, entitled Eléments de Geologie, can bring forth by overruling evil for par L. A. Chaubard, and, whether it good.
be correct or not, its discussion brings The Insidious Thief; a Tale for
to light many singular facts. No reader
need fear that he will be entrapped Humble Folks. By one of themselves. Samuel Tinsley, 34, South
into a sceptical pitfall, the little treatise hampton Street.
is written by à devout and believing
man. Perhaps we had better add that A LIVELY tale, well wetted with sea
only those of our readers who are water; it shows the sorrows which a
persons of scientific tastes will care for drunkard brings upon his family, the this treatise. joys of his reformation, the horrors which attend his relapses. Not only The Biblical Treasury: a Magazine of teetotallers, but all other temperance
Scripture Illustration and Catechism, men will approve the author's design, Vol. III. Sunday-School Union. though they may judge that the story We do not know where we could find is rather meagre, and too plentifully a more useful serial; it is full of insaturated with the sea-faring slang structive illustrations of Scripture. The which is supposed to be the mother- yearly volumes are in constant use in tongue of old sailors, but which we con- our own library, and the penny numfess we have never heard from them. bers, month by month, interest us.
Minutes of the Proceedings of the Con- to the report of their tutor, the Rev. George ference on Colleges summoned by the
Rogers) both apt scholars and successful Committee of the Congregational
preachers. We consider,' he adds, 'that the Union. Hodder and Stoughton.
Evening Classes furnish the missing link;)
for they bring the abilities of young men of A VALUABLE record of the views and earnest piety under the immediate notice of opinions of eminent men of the Inde
the tutor, and thus we have an additional
guarantee of their suitableness for the work pendent body as to the education of
of the ministry." students for the ministry. We shall have something to say upon the subject
A New Cyclopædia of Ilustrative Anecat a future time. The cucumber, it is
dote ; religious and moral, original said, should be carefully sliced, dis
and selected. Elliot Stock. creetly, peppered, plentifully flavoured A NEW Cyclopædia of illustrations, but with vinegar, and then thrown on the not a Cyclopædia of new illustrations by dung-bill; on the same principle, the any means. It will be of great use to amalgamation of Colleges needs much those who have no other, but those who consideration, and when well con- possess either Arvine, or Mr. Dickinsidered should be finally abandoned. son's “ Dictionary of Illustrations," need The mingling of several subjects in the not purchase this. Having been issued students' course is a wise method, in monthly parts it will reach many who though Mr. Allon judges it to be an otherwise would have had no store of evil. As a man can work more and anecdotes to fly to, and thus it will more easily by changing the form of his answer a most excellent purpose; but labour and bringing various muscles into we wish the work had been a little play, so can the mind endure more newer, and together with the antique study if the objects presented to it are and venerable stories of our great varied. We should be sorry to see our grandfathers, had presented us with a young ministry kept for three years few more fresh gathered clusters. No apart from all divinity studies in order authors' names are given, and it is as to perfect them in the classics, as well well, for nobody now knows who first keep a child's heart without blood until wore these “old shoes and clouted ; the hair grows on its head. Nature the mercy is that the material affords carries on her processes simultaneously, the best proof of its intrinsic quality by and the way of wisdom is to follow her having endured the wear and tear of track, and train the whole mental man- time. We have great reverence for orahood at the same time. We are glad torical illustrations which have “ braved to see Mr. Groser advocating free a thousand years the battle and the evening classes for young men aspiring breeze," as these have done, and we to preach the gospel, and that our shall not be ashamed to wave some of College subscribers may see that their them in conflicts yet unwaged. Good generous gifts are not bestowed in vain, old things may be better than new; we quote a paragraph from his paper, certainly old, pithy, sententious, and read at the Conference.
forcible things are better than flimsy,
vapid, frothy novelties. "Mr. Spurgeon, with characteristic acuteness, and a promptitude which one could have Life Thoughts. By T. DE WITT TALwished to see imitated elsewhere, bas organ- MAGE. Bemrose and Sons, 10, Paterized Evening Classes, in connection with noster Buildings. his Pastor's College, in which young men receive elementary instruction gratuitously; What was long ago done for Mr. passing thence into the College, if duly quali- Beecher is here performed for Mr. Talfied, and desirous of entering the ministry; if otherwise, engaging in other departments
mage. The extracts are not only “ life of Christian effort. There are no denomina
thoughts” (we have no idea what that tional restrictions; and it is not many months
means) but live thoughts, all alive ; "all since the pastor of an Independent Church a growing and a blowing” as our flowerexpressed to me, in the warmest terms, his sellers are wont to cry. The preacher sense of obligation to Mr. Spurgeon for tho is full of mental electricity, a man timely and valuable help thus afforded. From these classes, which were commenced in 1862,
charged like a Leyden jar: we do not .young men are constantly passing into the
know his like. May he win thousands College, many of them becoming (according to Christ.
Feathers for Arrows, a book of Illus- An Earnest Question; or, Why Bap
trations. By C. H. SPURGEON. Pass- tize an Infant ? By A. M. STALKER, more and Alabaster.
Southport. Que book of illustrations, mostly original, Rejoinder by A. M. STALKER to “ The has had a fair sale, so that our pub
Analogy between Circumcision and lishers have printed the twentieth thou- Baptism,” by a Layman of the Church sand. They want a fresh notice in The
of England. Sword and the Trowel, and we would Both of these tractates may be had of therefore inform our new readers that Mr. Stock, of Paternoster Row, for the book is prettily got up and is very One Penny, and are in spirit and in matcheap, being only half-a-crown. It is ter models of controversial reasoning. as good as we knew how to make it, Surely the Circumcision theory only and the reviewers have without excep- needs to be carefully thought over to be tion given it a good word.
for ever renounced by spiritual men,
and, indeed, by all rational people. It The Father of Methodism: a Sketch of is one of the weakest of the various dethe Life and Labours of the Rev. John
fences of Infant Baptism which the Wesley. By EDITH WADDY.
ingeniuty of error has devised. It is a leyan Book Room, 66, Paternoster
web scarcely strong enough to retain a Row.
fty. The countless evils which daily We thought there were lives enough of arise from the departure from the primiJohn Wesley, but assuredly this is not tive ordinances should drive all Chrisone too many. Teeming with illustra
tians to their Bibles for plain warrants tions and prettily written, it will do for every article of faith and practice. more to make Wesley known to the Happy will that day be for the church, many than any other dozen biographies but it will usher in the downfall of of him. Methodists will buy it by the many a cherished idol, and Pædobaptism thousand, and Christians of other de- will perish with the rest. Meanwhile, nominations will purchase it too. For the wide circulation of such pamphlets a lady's first essay it augurs well; we as these before us will be a means to shall hear more of Edith Waddy.
the much desired end. The Resurrection of the Dead. By Across the Sea; some Thoughts on the WM. HANNA, D.D. Edinburgh : Voyage of Life. By BENJAMIN Edmonston and Douglas.
CLARKE. Sunday School Union. THERE are so very few works upon the VERY good thoughts very well put. resurrection, that we the more heartily
Earnest use is made of the appliances of welcome this exposition of the memor- vessels, and the incidents of voyages, able fifteeth chapter of the first epistle of the Corinthians. Dr. Hanna writes
and important truths are brought for
ward in a form in which they are likely flewingly, yet discreetly. We do not in
both to strike and stick. T'he book is see with him, but we have read his work with instruction and
well rigged without, and well stored
within; young people will find Mr benefit, especially that portion which Clarke a first-rate steersman. deals with verses 23 to 28, which in a future number we hope to give to our The Sower, Vol. XI., and The Little readers. There are mysteries connected Gleaner, a Monthly Magazine for the with a future state which only the event Young, Vol. XIX., both published by can clear
up, and the prophecies con- Houlston and Sons, are thoroughly cerning the second advent are especially gracious and sound publications. Whatperplexing to some of us; but the ever may be their artistic and literary glorious hopes which Jesus brings are merits, one thing can be said of them, none the lest bright because we cannot without contradiction, viz., that they altogether decipher them, it is in fact are full of most precious gospel truth, their excessive glory which overpowers
undiluted and unadulterated. The our limited understanding. The work highest Calvinist will be content with before us is tastefully produced by the them, or else he is good for nothing publishers, and is altogether admirable. himself.
Dublin Addresses, as delivered at several | Helps for the Untrod Way; or Illustra
of the half-yearly Believers' Meetings tide Sketches for Youth. By Rev. in Dublin from 1862 to 1872, Edited MATTHEW BROWN, Hightae. John by C.R. H. Shaw and Co.
Menzies and Co., Edinburgh. ADDRESSES varying much in worth, so
EARNEST addresses to young people upon far as edification is concerned. When
personal religion, and the life which heard, we have no doubt they were all grows out of it. Mr. Brown adapts impressive, and under the Spirit's bless
himself to his readers, and presses home ing were rendered graciously helpful to
his teaching both pleasantly and forcithe hearers; but, as read in our own
bly. His book deserves a better binding; quietude, we must confess that some of
our copy has lost all form and comelithem seem to be devoid of depth, and
ness, merely in coming to hand. Pubindeed of anything like teaching. The
lishers should not send out books in volume will be a very pleasing memo
covers which will be ruined in a day or rial of happy meetings to those who
two; it injures their sales. united in them.
Tales of Heroes and Great Men of
old. Religious Tract Society. The Experimental Guides. By ROBERT PHILIP, D.D., of Maberly Chapel.
This is the very best way to teach boys Wm. Nimmo, Edinburgh.
the old Greek mythologies. What com
mon sewers we waded through in conTHESE "guides” are a series of eight nection with Lemprière’s Dictionary, excellent devotional books, which in and its delicate classical explanations ! former years enjoyed a large circulation, Holywell Street is nothing to it. It was a both in England and America. The
dipping in the Styx, or something worse, subjects treated of are all of practical and might have been our ruin for time importance, the style is simple and and eternity. In this book all is pure earnest, and the matter is calculated to
and clean, and as far as possible the be of much service to the
Chris- venerable rubbish is put to practical tian and the seeker. In all probability, use: in fact, it is an interesting, inwe should differ from the author in
structive, and improving book for the some of his modes of utterance, but we juveniles. none the less heartily acknowledge the value of his books, which are akin
Book of Texts. Arranged by MAT Rise and Progress of Doddridge and
VISCOUNTESS HOOD. Hatchards, Picthe Anxious Enquirer of J. A. James.
cadilly. The good man has gone to his reward,
ONE hundred and thirty-seven texts in but he still speaks. His useful books
red, with verses of poetry in black, had become almost unknown to this appropriate thereto; that's all. generation, and Mr. Nimmo has done A Handbook of Revealed Theology. By well to give them a resurrection. After John STOCK, LL.D., with a Recomforty years of usefulness in the past, it mendatory Preface by C. H. Spuris not presumptuous to prophesy that GEON. Elliot Stock. they will have a blessing resting upon This is a third and enlarged edition of them in the future.
a work which was produced by Mr. Memorials of Lucy Maria Holy. Part
Stock at our urgent request
. It has ridge and Co.
certainly grown a great deal, and we
hardly knew the child again when we A LOVELY child, an amiable girl, a holy put eyes upon it in its third stage woman is here photographed, as was existence. May our young men study most meet. She lived a choice life, in- this and similar compendiums of sound terspersed with suffering but full of divinity, and by God's grace escape holiest peace and love. She has fallen those horrible swamps of misbelief, nonasleep early. It is well. The king has belief, and sham-belief which are now one more of “his honourable women engulfing thousands. to behold him in his glory. To those anythingarians are just now riding who knew her this memoir will have the high horse we must never despair great value.
for the truth, nor even grow low in
Albeit that the