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meeting. Speeches were delivered by the Rev. Mr. , Street, Sunderland, having resigned his charge, and Barker (Methodist Free Church), the Primitive the resignation having been accepted, the church Methodist minister, Mr. Thatcher (Wesleya is destitute of a pastor.-Mr. C. White, of the Mr. Morgan, and the Rev. Messrs. Macmaster Baptist College, Haverfordwest, has accepted the and Penny, from Bristol.
unanimous call to the pastorate of the church at
Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, and will enter EYTHORNE, KENT.-The usual annual services
on his labours the first Lord's-day in May.-Tbe were held at the Baptist chapel in the above place
Rev. E. Davies, of Pembroke-dock, has accepted on Good Friday. The church met in the morning and liberally subscribed toward the extinction of a
a cordial invitation to the pastorate of the church debt of over £40 which had been incurred for
at Newtown, Montgomery, and entered on his
labours the first Sabbath in April.---The Rev. alterations and improvements in the chapel during
Thomas Lewis, Jerusalem, Rhymney, bas accepted the year. In the afternoon the Rev. W. Landels
the unanimous invitation of the church at Priory preached a beautiful and thoroughly evangelical
Street, Carmarthen, to become its pastor, and will sermon to an overcrowded congregation, gathered from all the surrounding towns and villages. Tea
commence his ministry there on the first Sunday
in May.-The Rev. W. Wood, who has for thirty was then supplied to upwards of 400 friends, the tables having been furnished gratuitously by ladies
years been the pastor of the Baptist church, Tod. of the church and congregation. At the evening
dington, Beds, having been compelled by age and meeting, addresses of a practical and appropriate
infirmity to resign his charge, the Rev. T. Hayden,
of Steventon, has accepted a cordial and unanimous character were delivered by the Revs. C. Kirtland.
invitation to the pastorate, and has commenced of Canterbury ; B. C. Etheridge, of Ramsgate;
his labours.--The Rev. W.A. Claxton, formerly of T. B. Hart, of Dover; and J. T. Bartram, of Deal,
Madras, has acceded to the cordial and unanimous under the presidency of the pastor, the Rev. C.W.
wishes of the Baptist church, West Row, Suffolk, Skemp, who had the satisfaction of being able to
to settle among them, and recently commenced his state, at the close of the meeting, that, as the result of the morning's subscriptions, the after
ministerial labours with encouraging prospects of noon collection, and the proceeds of the tea
success.-The Rev. W. Nicholson has resigned the
pastorate of the Baptist church, Steeplane, near meeting, the debt had been wiped off.
Halifax, Yorkshire.-The Rev. W. J. Wilson has • MINISTERIAL CHANGES.--The Rev. F. Bugby, been coni pelled, through ill health, to resign the on account of domestic affliction, has been com pastorate of the church at Middleton-in-Teesdale. pelled to resign the pastorate of the church at --The Rev. T. Davies, late of Paulton, has accepted Preston, which he has held for pive years. He will the cordial and unanimous invitation of the continue to occupy the pulpit till the end af June, church at Cheddar, and has commenced his and afterwards as equently as possible till his
labours there.-Mr. J. Williams, of the Baptist successor shall be appointed ; but his address will College, Haverfordwest, has accepted a cordial and be Eldon Cottage, Southport. The aflliction which unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the compels Mr. Bugby to leave Preston will prevent church at Ponthyr, Monmouthshire, and enters his accepting another pastorate at present.--The on his labours the first Lord's-day in May.--Mr. Rev. Josephus Bailey, of Canton, near Cardiff, has Richard Davies, of Haverford west College, has informed his church that be shall resign his present accepted a unanimous invitation to the pastorate pastorate.- The Rev. W. Osborne, of Kilham, near of the English Baptist church, Maesteg, GlamorDriffield. Yorkshire, will relinquish his present ganshire, and intends to commence his labours charge in May.-The Rev. C. Burrows, of Meas there the second Sabbath in May.-The Rev. D. ham, having accepted a call from the General Bap G. Griffiths, of Pontypool Collego, has accepted tist church, Lentop, near Nottingham, will enter the cordial invitation of the churches at Ebenezer upon his new sphere of labour on the first Lord's. and Penuel, Eglwyswrw, near Cilgeran, Pemday in May.-The Rev. Dr. Bannister, late pastor brokeshire, and will enter upon his labours in the of the church meeting in the Baptist chapel, Sans / course of the present month.
We have pleasure in announcing that our next number will contain a beautifully executed portrait of the Rev. WILLIAM LANDELS.
May we direct the attention of our readers to the advertisement of THE BUNYAN LIBRARY on another page? It will be seen that the volume which is to appear first in the third year's issue, is a volume by the celebrated John Foster. This volume will contain an “Essay on the Improvement of Time,” which has never before been published. The volume, which will be one of especial interest and value, will be edited by Mr. Foster's biographer, Mr. J. E. Ryland, and introduced by Mr. John Sheppard, of Frome, one of Mr. Foster's most intimate friends. The “Memoir of Andrew Fuller," which is the second volume on the list, is by Mr. Fuller's grandson, the Rev. T. E. Fuller. It will have the advantage of containing facts and documents which have never before been published, and will, it is hoped, be the memoir of one of the most distinguished men of our denomination. The other volumes for the year are, a “ History of Baptism,” by the Rev. J. T. Hinton, edited by the Rev. J. H. Hinton, with a preface and an appendix by the Rev. Dr. Gotch ; and the second volume of Dr. Évans' valuable work on "I'he Early English Baptists." We trust that the “Library” will still receive the support of the denomination, and that the publishers may be encouraged to complete the series with volumes of as much interest and value as those they have already issued to the subscribers.
“ Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophots, Jesus Christ himself being the
LOVE ON EARTH REVEALING LOVE IN HEAVEN.*
BY THE REV. EDWARD WHITE. “No man hath geen God at any time ; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."- John i. 18,
THE apostle John cannot possibly intend by those words that nothing can be known of God apart from the revelation by Christ; for mankind is surrounded from pole to pole by a vast system of perpetual revelations whereby the INVISIBLE UNIVERSAL LORD makes known his eternal power and Godhead to the sons of men. . He is made known by the world of nature, by the world of mind, and by the world of historical events. In nature the living, thinking Designer is clearly seen” in the infinity of adaptations which are visible on all sides around us'; one thing being fitted to another, as the eye to the laws of light, in a way which demonstrates the presence and providence of mind. Not less is he seen in the universal reign of proportion-in forces, elementary atoms, numbers, times, figures, and movements, throughout the world'; indicating the action of a Spirit who counts out and measures all things with matchless exactness; whơ " weigheth the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance.”. Every one feels, that if we must attribute some particle of wonderful instinct to insects, in order to account for the regularity of the bee's comb and the spider's web, much more must'we attribute the perfection of intelligence to that Cause who orders the circling orbs of heaven and regulates the ordinances of the earth. Not less is this all-pervading mind seen in the foresight displayed in these marvellous works. There clearly was some one who foresaw the decay of plants and animals, and provided for their reproduction. There was some one who foresaw the waste of animal bodies, and provided for their nourishment; just as there is some one who foresees that the roads will require mending, and places heaps of broken stone at intervals for the purpose along the way-side. But foresight is one of the plainest evidences of mind. · And lastly, God is revealed by the feeling displayed in nature. There was some one, not only who invented and created the sun and the earth, but who felt how beautiful was the sunrise, and how beautiful his setting. The earth is full of beauty, in landscapes, in mountains, lakes, and valleys, in flowers, and herbs, and trees, in animals and their movements, and in the human face and form divine. There was One who felt this beauty before it grew; just as a painter feels his picture before it blooms upon the canvas. We cannot rid ourselves of the persuasion that the adaptation, proportion, foresight, feeling, displayed in nature, reveal a living God. The world of mind within confirms the testimony of external creation. The reason within us feels itself to be but a ray from an uncreated intellectual Sun. The human mind listens as to a perpetual argument from one who says,
* A Sermon preached at St. James's Hall, London.
“ Come, now, let us reason together.” It is so made that it can rest only in the faith of an eternal Cause of causes, almighty, all-pervading, all-wise. And Conscience adds its final witness. It is the sun-dial in the temple of the soul, whose shadow is cast by the Everlasting Light. Conscience points ever to a Law. giver and a Governor in heaven, as the compass points at sea perpetually to the pole. The world of mind re-echoes the voice of nature around. And the course of events in history speaks the same lesson. However tangled the skein of history, however awful and obscure the developments of humanity, there are some things which cannot be hidden. God is in history. There has been a steady progress towards intelligible ends. The moral government is obviously supreme. All things tend towards the final sovereignty of right, a Divine kingdom on earth. And this is proof positive of a God, of One who “doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth."
Thus “ that which may be known of God is manifest" to mankind; “for God hath shewed it unto them." But how unsatisfactory this knowledge, both for life and for death. For life how unsatisfying. Nature we can study, and digest our knowledge into sciences; but what can astronomy, geology, chemistry, do for the guidance of our daily life ? what light can they throw upon the mysteries which confound and the temptations which beset us? What can the world of mind teach us, except that human life is wrong, and that darkness is before us! No voice of mercy issues from the inward oracle. We are “convicted by our own consciences,” and go out, one by one, to die in starless and impenetrable night. Yes ; it is in death that we feel our desolation. What comfort to a dying man that you take him a beautiful flower, or utter to him some scientific truth, or remind him of the moral laws, or recount to him the proofs of the existence of a God ? He will answer you, “In vain is this! Oh! tell me something which shall assuage this fever of the heart, which shall make known a living God within my bosom, which shall assure me of pardon and salvation, and open to me a home beyond the grave in God's eternal realms !” And this is what nature, and the world of mind, and the wisdom of history, cannot give.
But God has given it in the revelation of his Son. “No man hath seen God at any time;" but he who spake the words of God, and was the image of God, and was God manifest in the flesh, he hath revealed him. To know Jesus of Nazareth is to know God. Yes ; and the only way of knowing God, as we require to know him, is to know Christ.
This is a remarkable constitution of things, that salvation depends on the knowledge of a person. And here at once some one may object, “ Why is there not given to us some one living in the midst of us, some image of God, some perpetual Christ, conversant with our daily modern life in London! We could Then more hopefully expect to discover in him the wisdom, and the holiness, and the mercy of the Unseen. Besides, this Jesus of Nazareth is lost to us in the mists of antiquity. He lived hundreds and thousands of generations ago; 80 as to be almost lost amidst the shadows of the ancient world. How can we be expected to know him so really, so fully, so closely, and so warmly, as to learn from him the lessons of eternity P" Now this style of objection is based on misconception. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived 1,800 years ago, at the beginning of modern history. Twenty lifetimes of ninety years each would cover all the space between our age and that of the Incarnation. An old man of ninety will tell you that his age has crept on him as a surprise, so recently was he a child. Europe contains many buildings, many books, many coins, many races, much older than Christianity. It is a delusion that Christ lived too long ago to be well known. There are few characters in ancient history whom we know well; there is no one whom we know so well as he. Socrates is the first person whom we seem to know well in Grecian story ; and there are a few