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upon St. Paul's Chapel. It is a great undertaking for the few friends who are able to give, work, and beg, so that we need all the help which sympathising friends in other parts of the Connexion may be able and willing to render.
We must be honest while we plead for assistance, and acknowledge what has already been promised towards this laudable and indispensable object. The Conference has generously offered £450, Mr. Love has nobly followed suit with £100, four friends here have guaranteed £200, while another has given £10; so that £440 have to be raised to complete the effort.
The ladies are doing what they can (but they are very few) to provide goods for a bazaar to be held at Easter. This is a work of great difficulty, but with the aid of the young people in the school we hope the result may prove a success. If a few of our wealthy friends would send us presents of money, or if, being manufacturers, would send us goods for sale, they would cheer and inspire us very much.
Hoping that these few lines may elicit practical sympathy, -I am, yours very truly, 29, Evington Street.
Notices of New Books.
A Survey of the Unity, Harmony, and Growing Evidence of Sacred Truth.
By William COOKE, D.D. 4, London House Yard. The author has set forth his aim in this volume so concisely and clearly that we transcribe his words. “By “Sacred Truth,'” he says, “I mean the Truth unfolded in the Bible. By "The Unity of Sacred Truth,' I mean that, though the Bible consists of various parts, historical, bio. graphical, prophetical, poetical, &c., one grand purpose pervades the whole volume of revelation-namely, the salvation of men through Jesus Christ. By “The Harmony of Sacred Truth,' I mean the perfect agreement of its principles under all dispensations, and the subordination of its facts during all ages to this purpose, giving cohesion, symmetry, and ultimate completeness to the system of revelation. By "The Growing Evidence of Sacred Truth,' I mean that its evidence, as well as its revelation, has been progressive; that though its revelations were completed by the writings of the Apostles, its evidence is still accumulating, and will continue to accumulate and brighten down to the end of time. I call this work a 'Survey,' because its design is to glance at these topics as unfolded in the history of the Church, and recorded in the holy Scriptures, and I adopt the word ‘Survey' because the limits of the work admit of no more than a general view over so wide a field of observation.”
All the readers of this Magazine will know what to expect in a volume from the pen of Dr. Cooke, of which the above is a correct outline. They will expect to see the outline filled up in a way satisfactory alike to their intelligence and their piety; that is, they will expect to see the execution of the work marked by sound learning, extensive and accurate research, cogent argumentation, fearless avowal of convictions, and burning zeal for evangelical truth. Nor will the perusal of the volume disappoint their expectation ; on the contrary, we shall be surprised if the most ardent admirer of the Doctor does not find in it all his anticipations surpassed. We are not sure whether our acquaintance with his numerous and excellent
writings is sufficiently particular and thorough to qualify us to give a positive judgment, but it strikes us that this work is the best the author has written. Certainly it seems so to ourselves. As we have gone over its pages they have enchained our attention. The vast stores of information collected in them, and the masterly manner in which they are applied to the purpose for which they were obtained, enkindles our high admiration, and makes us proud that so able a champion of the Word of God is found in the communion to which we belong.
The Canadian Methodist Magazine ; Devoted to Religion, Literature, and
Social Progress. January, 1875. Toronto: Samuel Rose, Methodist
Book-Room, This is the first number of the Magazine to be published by the Methodist Church of Canada. It consists of ninety-six pages, and is well printed on good paper. In its getting up it is most creditable to the Book Committee and the Canadian press, the very look of it impressing the mind strongly in its favour. Nor will that impression be weakened by an acquaintance with its contents. The articles are mainly on interesting subjects, and written in an excellent style. We have transferred the article on "The General Conference” to the pages of our own Magazine, as we thought it might help our readers to form a correct idea of the motives and objects of our Canadian brethren in forming the union which has of late caused so much anxious discussion amongst ourselves. While on some points with regard to this union we have not been able to see eye to eye with them, yet their intelligence, their zeal, their devotedness to the service of their Master, commands our profound respect. They are evidently bent on being a power for good in the Canadian dominion. They mean Methodism to tell on their national, as well as on their domestic and personal life. We honour them for this, and wish them God speed in their work. We should have been glad to be able to state where this Magazine might be procured in our own country. Surely, among the various Methodist denominations in England, there will be many who would, if they had the opportunity, become regular purchasers of it. An intercharge of our literature is very desirable on many grounds. Of course all who are willing to bear the expense may have it mailed to them direct from Canada by sending to the publishing office their subscription and address. The postal charge we cannot definitely give.
Aids to the Study of German Theology. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark.
Price 4s. WHATEVER opinions our readers may hold respecting German theology, they cannot do wrong in making acquaintance with the contents of this little work. The views of a German author, as the writer remarks, cannot be unveiled by the mere translation of German words into an English vocabulary; they are the ideas, and not the words, which require to be interpreted. In these “Aids” such an interpretation is attempted, and admirably effected. German ideas are transmuted into the garb of English thought, and with such intelligibleness that the perusal of the work is a most interesting and profitable exercise. To the general reader, and to theological students in
particular, we give the book a sincere recommendation. If ministers who are fond of denouncing German theology from the pulpit would read it, they would know perhaps more accurately that whereof they affirm, and speaking more intelligently, would speak with more effect.
Critical and Exegetical Handbook of the Gospel of St. John. By H. A. W.
MEYER. Vol. i. Translated by Wm. URWICK, M.A. Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Epistle to the Romans. By H. A.
W. MEYER. Vol. ii. Translated by J. C. MOORE, B.A., and EDWIN
JOHNSON, B.A. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark. In the first number of Dickinson's " Theological Quarterly," our ministerial readers will find an interesting biographical and bibliographical account of Dr. Meyer, by Albert H. Newman, Rochester, New York. We commend that memoir to their perusal. It will enable them to form a correct estimate of the character of his commentary, and we shall be surprised if it do not result in the speedy placing of their names on Messrs. Clark's subscription list for so invaluable a work. The subscription is one guinea for four volumes, payable in advance. No Biblical student will regret the outlay.
Theology of the Old Testament. By Dr. Gust. Fr. OEHLER. Vol. i. Trans
lated by ELLEN D. SMITH. Edinburgh : T. and T. Clark. We can scarcely in a brief notice adequately express our estimation of the value of this work as a contribution to the right understanding of the Old Testament Scriptures. The author's stand-point may be clearly ascertained from his own words :—“It is true of every intellectual product, that it cannot be rightly esteemed by those who concern themselves only with its outer features, or with individual fragments of it; and of the Bible this is peculiarly true. What is here unfolded is the great economy of salvationmnam continuum systema, as Bengel puts it—an organism of Divine deeds and testimonies, which, beginning in Genesis with the creation, advances progressively to its completion in the person and work of Christ, and shall find its close in the new heaven and earth predicted in the Apocalypse ; and only in connection with this whole can details be rightly estimated. He who cannot apprehend the Old Testament in its historical context may produce in detail much that is valuable and worth knowing, but he lacks the right key to its meaning, and therefore true joy in the study of it; then he easily stops short at the puzzles which lie everywhere on the surface of the Old Testament, and from them he condemns the whole. Now, to introduce to organic historical knowledge of the Old Testament, is the very business of the discipline to which these lectures are to be devoted."
Those who are interested in the subject of the work we advise to procure it. They will find it a general unfolding of the truth our Lord enunciated to the woman of Samaria when at Jacob's well :-"Salvation is of the Jews."
The present volume, which embraces the doctrines and ordinances of Mosaism, is to be followed by a second, embracing Prophesy and Chochma. When the work is finished, a complete register of names, matters treated, and quotations will be given.
Biblical Commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon. By Franz Delitzsch, D.D.
Translated from the German by M. G. EASTON, D.D. Vol. i. Ediu
burgh: T. and T. Clark. This is a learned work, but it will not on that account be found unserviceable to the English student; on the contrary, he will reap from it a fund of interesting and useful information, which will largely qualify him for the fulfilment of his duty as an expounder of the Scriptures to others.
The Year of Salvation.— Words of Life for every Day; A Book of House
hold Devotion. By J. J. VAN OOSTERZEE, D.D. The Festival Portion
of the Year. Translated by C. SPENCE. Edinburgh : T. and T. Clark. The title of this book we have given fat length because it pretty clearly indicates its plan and purpose. It forms the first volume of a series about to be issued by Messrs. Clark, entitled the “Foreign Devotional Library." The idea is a good one, and we hope will meet with practical encouragement, for, as the publishers say, “It is well known that Germany and Holland are
ich in works of a healthy devotional nature, which have, along with hymnology, maintained a pious spirit among the people, even when Rationalism filled the pulpits.” The volume we now notice contains a series of expositions of a portion of Scripture suitable to the day, embracing all church festival days from Advent to the end of May. The papers are short and simple, and, judging from those we have read, are suggestive of holy thought. It is a book to which we shall often have recourse for devotional stimulart.
Wemoirs and liecent Deaths.
MR. KINGLEY ROBERT MOORE,
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, FORMERLY of Chelsea, London, and still more formerly of Tatbank, Oldbury, was born in Birmingham, on the 5th Oct., 1830. He was baptised in the Established Church, but changes certainly took place in the religious views of the family, for the great Rowland Hill preached the funeral sermon of his mother, who must have been a godly woman to have elicited Mr. Hill's remark : “that if ever woman had gone to heaven, she had." When Mr. Moore had become a man, his life was so far from being good and godly as to be wild and wicked. Not only was the Bible his sainted mother had given him never opened, but his conduct was so extremely wrong and wretched, that his wife prayed that the afflicting hand of God might be upon her as a means of compelling him to ponder his ways and turn into the narrow way that leadeth to life.” Illness, sharp, severe, and dangerous followed the doubtful prayer. But the sickness was not unto her death nor his spiritual life, for as she got better physically he spiritually became worse. Her recovery was his relapse.
Living at this time at Tatbank, Oldbury, where Methodists, who would pray anywhere when the door opened, sought whom they could save, the wife adopted a far, far better plan. She opened her house for prayer meetings. The ark of the Lord might attract the blessing of God, even life for evermore. Her house becoming a temple, God might save all who dwelt therein. A most reasonable expectation. That house where God's people meel to pray shall not fail to obtain the blessing of God. Oh, that many a fond wife, whose life is cursed by the conduct of her husband, would not grumble
at him, but ask devout people to honour her home by their united supplications, then would she thus receive manifest blessing. The prayer meeting impressed our sainted friend. He began to think-an important step. “He would go to the church and examine for himself. He would see what the service was like, and how the work was performed. If convinced of the justice and uprightness of all he saw, he would walk in the ways of religion; and, if he did profess, he would possess." Oh, if the wicked men of earth, whom God has endowed with brains, would but use them to examine the excellence of Christianity, how wearied of sin would they become, how anxious for that good! So, as the saints of the Lord went to the house of our friend, in turn he went to the house of God “for to see." He went not only to the more open and public service of the sanctuary, but also beyond this exoteric, into that esoteric—the class-meeting. Many has this precious means of grace kept in the faith by its consolidating and conserving influences; and not a few has it led into the life of God. The class blesses, for it makes both saint and sinner think.
Our brother was now convinced that religion is a real power to uplift and save men. It has a genuine virtue. It is a vital something; and that is salvation. Thus the cursed disbelief or doubt of the godless as to the reality of godliness was destroyed by mingling with the godly. And the important conclusion that the grace of God is not talk, but a positive energy giving life, was attained. Then our brother yearned for this real power. It existed, tut not in his heart. He prayed for the true life. Religion is a genuine force ; he would feel it. He prayed-prayed for six or eight weeks. The Lord would prepare the vessel before pouring in the sanctifying gift. The joy would be better appreciated if waited for. Years he waited before he sought; what if he waited weeks before he found ?
At length he went to another time-honoured Methodist service, the love-feast. While our brother thus waited and worshipped, his wife prayed at home. On arriving at home, not like the publican justified, he went upstairs for about half-an-hour, and then coming down, exclaimed, “ Glory be to God, I do believe that ihe blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses me from all sin.” He returned in the afternoon to the love-feast; and having found the peace which lights up the face and loosens the tongue, he told that God was a sin-pardoning Father, to the inspiration and excitement of the meeting. The godly call upon God in a time when He may
be found, "for that He forgives the iniquity of the sin ” of those confessing. Many saw, and feared, and trusted in the Lord, because He brought our departed friend “up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set his feet upon a rock, and established his goings, and He put a new song into his mouth, even praise unto our God.” Nothing so fills a Methodist with joy as the joyous cry of a new convert. Thus had the secret prayer received open answer. Thus gloriously the work began in the prayer meeting, deepened in church and class, quickened into joy in the secret chamber, culminated in public confession. So salvation is a work of steps and stages ; not one, but many influences ; not one, but many agents bring to Christ Jesus.
Our brother's conversion issued in a course of conduct constantly and consistently Christian. For the eight following years that he remained at Tatbank, so regularly and well did he attend class that he was never absent save in case of sickness, while his place in the sanctuary was as surely filled, and his post in the Sunday-school as certainly occupied. He did not compromise by uniform attendance at one means for absence at other means. He was found always at each.
The same noble regularity may be affirmed of his conduct at Radnor Street, Chelsea. For ten years his place was never vacant. In this society he became a leader, and some urged him to preach. Nor was the last request without its influence. Many preach without preparation; he prepared without preaching. In looking through his secret papers after his decease, the family and myself found a number of sermons very carefully