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lling of the bell of Time, which tells into nothingness; let not the Christian is that another, and another, and slack his hand from work; for he that other are gone before us; through doeth the will of God may defy hell he noiseless rush of a world which is Itself to quench his immortality. poing down with gigantic footsteps
MISSION WORK IN CEYLON. vulgar tongue of Magadha, the origi
There are few places in the world 'nal seat of the religion of Buddha. Dore beautiful than the island of The Singhalese are a branch of the beylon. Glorious mountain scenery, I grcat Aryan race which colonised sich with vegetation and flowers of the southern India, and amongst whom most gorgeous hue, the foliage ever both Brahminism and Buddhism had green and fresh, affords to the traveller their rise. atlong its forests and desolate cities It is among the Singhalese that our the most exquisite delight. Every- | missionaries labour. The mission was suere are found traces of a population commenced about fifty years ago by that has faded away, and of a state of the late excellent Mr. Chater, and has furosperity and wealth which the pre- made such progress that fourteen or ent inhabitants know only by tra- || fifteen native churches, containing 450 diton. Enormous tanks, the resort | members, have been formed. About
ulephants, choked with trees; the fourteen or fifteen hundred persons lykes broken that retained the waters, are connected with these congregaDear to the ruins of temples and cities tions, the great majority of whom of massive architecture, show that in have been brought out of the darkness hrer ages there existed a high civili- ! and apathy of Buddhism to the patri, an artistic culture which it is / glorious light of the Gospel. At my rain to look for now. The popula seventy-four stations, most of them een must have been, in times long situated in the depths of the forests,
Ta by, far more numerous than now, I the word of God is preached by the while the religious faith of the people, missionaries, and by their eighteen smus a vigorous and living thing | native helpers. Thus day by day large Ceylon is now inhabited by two dis- | numbers of persons hear the word of Pect races. The northern portion has | God, and we rejoice to know that it non colonised from the continent of ! is not preached in vain.
ua. The people are Hindus in re- During last year sixty-eight persons Don, and they speak the Tamil were baptized, a number beyond any lingue. They have brought with previous accession to the churches in
em the superstitious idolatry of their j a single year. This would seem to be Putive homes, so that Jaffera is the owing, under the blessing of God, to
$ of the worship of the gods of the excitement which has of late Industan. The central and southern sprung up in the very bosom of the Oracts are inhabited by the true ! Buddhist community itself. For many Singhalese. They are followers of long years the priests appear to have ouddha. Their language, though allied | looked upon the labours of the mis
the Sanscrit, is founded on the 'sionaries of all denominations with ancient Pali, which was probably the | indifference and contempt. The sure
but silent progress of truth seems at concluded, he departed in the Lord, in last to have disturbed their apathy. faith. They begin to fear that the Gospel will Another death of deep interest ocrob them of their adherents, and will curred here in April, that of a young overthrow the effête system of which man named Hawadiya. He had been they form a part. Hence in various an ignorant Buddhist, the son of places Buddhist priests have an parents still more stupid and stubborn nounced lectures on Christianity, and in their superstitions. On account of have challenged the native Christians illness he was never able to attend the to controversy. Such a discussion Sunday services, and, indeed, never took place last year at Waragodde, in eyen saw the schoolroom; but which the pastor of the Gonawelle, through the conversations of our Juan Silver, encountered the Budd brother M. Perera, and the reading of hist champion. Another took place in books, especially that precious and the Kandy district, when the Christian universally known “Come to Jesus," advocates had to confront no fewer he was led to a simple faith than seven priests. The result was in the Saviour, and a joy in the Holy the overthrow of the priests, and the | Ghost, which, contrasted with his confirmation of the disciples of Christ | former condition, were truly astoundin His faith and word. It is worthy of | ing. His peace and joy in sickness notice that the priests have not been | and death demonstrated to his neighslow to avail themselves of the scep bours the infinite superiority of the tical writings of Parker, Newman, and blessed Gospel to their own fruitless Colenso.
fancies, and will continue to be " to The reports from the stations con the Lord for & name and a siga" tain some interesting narratives of among them for a long time to come. conversions. The wife of one of the During the last few years a spirit of members of, the Kandy church was liberality has been growing among the baptized last year. Her husband had churches, and each year a considerable been a follower of Buddha ; but sum is raised among them for missionthrough the exertions of the Christian ary purposes. Two or three of the brethren had become a Christian three churches raise sufficient to support years before. Now, through his in their own pastors. fluence his wife has been brought to The mission has lost, by the death the Saviour, giving satisfactory evi of the Rev. James Allen, a faithful dence that she was living in Christ, and ardent worker in the Lord's yineand was being led by the Holy Spirit. yard. For more than twenty years One old man, between seventy and he toiled in his Master's service, but eighty years of age, has been bap now he rests from his labours, having tized, renouncing in his last days the won the esteem and confidence of ail faith of his fathers.
who knew him. Two brethren only Another person who was seeking are left upon the spot to carry on the baptism, and had been an inquirer for work—the Revs. H. R. Pigott and J. a long time, died before his wish could Waldock. The Rev. C. Corter is in be realised. He was shot by the acci this country diligently engaged in his dental discharge of a gun which he new translation of God's Word. Who had laid in his garden to destroy por will go to fill up the place of the lost cupines. After lingering a day, in the one? Is there no one ready to say, night of August 30, just as the usual “Hero am I, Lord, send me!" prayer-meeting at his house had been
in the Sailors' Institute, when a large com STANSEA.-The Rev. C. Short, M.A., of
pany sat down to tea, gratuitously provided Mount Pleasant Cbapel, Swansea, having ac
by the ladies of the congregation. Speeches ei an invitation to the pastorate of the
were delivered by the Revs. A. Jukes, B.A., Cestist Church, Sheffield, his friends deter
J. F. Smith, A. Bowden (Driffield), R. med to manifest their love for him by pre
Bayley (Scarboro'), J. Macpherson, L. B. kuing him with a testimonial. Among the
Brown; and also by J. Dalton, Esq., W. ribers were members of all religious
Raynor, Esq., S. J. H. Hill, Esq., solicitor, bandies, and the borough and county members
&c. Hearty greetings were offered to pastor u Puliament, as well as the Mayor and ex
and people on their improved position and the Vape of Swansea. On Tuesday, Aug. 28,
very cheering prospects that now appear to lio jaslie tea-meeting was held, at which a
before 1 hem. Collections and attendance were very large company sat down. After tea, the
exceedingly good throughout. opacy adjourned to the chapel, and a public Bath.-On Tuesday, Aug. 28, a social teaeeting was held. E. M. Richards, Esq., meeting was held in the schoolroom conme of the congregation, was called to the nected with Somerset-street chapel, Bath, to Chair, and was supported by a large number commemorate the twenty-seventh anniversary fristers, and by the deacons of the church. of the Rev. D. Wassell's pastorate, and to The Chairman said he felt pleasure and pain welcome the Rev. J. Davis, late of Arlington, va that measion-pain that the church was as co-pastor. About 130 partook of tea. At about losing the services of a very able and seven o'clock a public meeting was held, preved man, but pleasure that at the close of a sided over by Mr. Wassell, who, after singing
Distry extending over fifteen years, Mr. and prayer, gave, in an eloquent address, an shirt still lived in the affections of all who admirable summary of his twenty-seven years' Lay hin. He then called upon the senior labour, referred to the great changes which desnon, Mr. Caulker, who spoke to the good time bad wrought in the church and in the cling which had existed ever since Mr Short general character of the people of Bath since bad been in Swansea, and expressed his regret he first came among them; and also gave ex24s ministry so efficient and happy should pression to his earnest desire for the comfort
disturbed. He then pr-sented Mr. Short and success of his colleague, Mr. Davis. The with a parse, containing £156 78. 60., as a Revs. J. Huntly, J. Bromley, and W. Dyer, When of love from the church congregation afterwards delivered excellent addresses, exwe other friends. The Rev. D. M. Evans, pressing their high appreciation of Mr. Was4 lanelly, spoke of the esteem in which Mr. | sell's mental endowments, and catholic and 5.1 was held in the neighbourhood. The Christian spirit, and desiring for Mr. Davis a 7. J. Bailey, of Cardiff, and a number of course of much happiness and usefulness. her ministers, also addressed the meeting.
Mr. Davis briefly stated some reasons why he Arli.-The Baptist Church and congre
hoped and believed Mr. Wassell and himself suna heretofore meeting in Salthouse-lane
should co-operate harmoniously and successbapel, have long felt the necessity of a more
fully, and also thanked both pastor, ministers, atral and commodious place of worship.
and people, for their warm welcome. The warh-street Chapel, for many years the scene
meeting was crowded and enthusiastic. After the Rev. John Pulsford's ministry, having
a vote of thanks to the ministers for their ently been offered to them, they at once
presence and sympathy, the benediction was znanimously resolved to purchase it. After
pronounced, and this interesting service unting, cleaning, and repairs, they have brought to a close. Cleted their new sanctuary, and have cele TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE.- On Thursday,
sted the event by a series of opening ser August 16, tbe new Baptist Chapel in this Fontys On Friday evening, August 17, a place was opened for the worship of God. In Sie prayer-meeting was held under the the morning at half past ten o'clock, the
idency of the Rev. L. B. Brown, pastor of Church assembled for special prayer and 24 charch, and addressed by the Rev. James supplication. At two o'clock p.m., the Rev. acpherson. On Sabbath, the 19th, two | Stowell Brown of Liverpool, preached from
ons were preached ; in the morning by the 1 Cor. i. 19, 21, and again in the evening er, L. B. Brown, and in the evening by the from Luke xii. 49, 50. On Lord's-day, the het. H. Ollerenshaw. On Sabbath, the 26th, | 19th, the opening services were continued, ***, to sermons were preached; in the when the Rev. Dr. Burns, of London, Waing by the Rev. A. Dodgson, and in the preached to crowded congr-gations in the
ning by the Rev. L. B. Brown. On Mon. | afternoon from Ezra vii. 22, and in the y, the 27th, a public tea-meeting was held evening from Haggai ii. 9. The collections on the two days amounted to £115 16s. On this undertaking are earnestly desiroos of Monday, the 20th, a tea-meeting was held in raising the remaining £250 before the end I The Town-hall, when about four hundred December, and to enter upou the new year irca persons sat down; and in the evening, at six from debt. o'clock, a public meeting was held in the
ARCHER-STREET CHAPEL, DARLINGTON, chapel, which was crowded to success. The -On Tuesday evening, August 28, a meting chair was taken by Mr. James Aston, of was held in this place in connection with the Brassey Green, and eloquent and impressive
settlement of the Rev. W. T. Ader as coaddresses were delivered by the Revs. Dr. pastor with the Rev. P. W. Grant. The Burns, J. Marshall (Independent), J. Johnson
Rev. T. Green opened the meeting with (Wesleyan), T. Bateman (Primitive Metho
prayer, after which the Rev. W. Long, dist), R. Dutton, and E. Bott. pastor of the
Stockton, asked the questions usually put cu church. The chapel is in the Gothic style, such occasions, to which Mr. Adey appropri. and of red brick with stone facings. The ately replied. The Rev. E. Adey, the father entire cost will be about £1,330,towards which
of the young minister, then offered up a most upwards of £1,060 have been raised by sub
fervent and impressive prayer in behalf of bis scription and opening services.
son, who was then addressed by Dr. Abgus a MIDDLETON TEESDALE.-On Sunday and the duties of the pastoral office, and the spirit in Monday, August 26 and 27, interesting ser which they ought to be discharged. Then fola vices were held at Hude Chapel, Middleton lowed a most impressive and interesting addreu Teesdale, in connection with the settlement of to the church by the Rev. W. Fawcett. The the Rev. W. Lionel Green, formerly of Re ministers of the town, in succession, spoke a gent's Park College. The Rev. Dr. Angus, few words of kind encouragement to the young president of the college, preached two powerful minister and the church. The Rev. P. W. sermons on the morning and evening of the Grant, the senior minister of the church Sabbath. On the Monday, afternoon and brought the proceedings to a close by prayer. evening services were held. In the afternoon PRAED-STREET CHAPEL, PADDINGTON the Rev. Dr. Angus delivered the charge to
On Monday evening, August 20, a soirée 24 the minister, the Rev. W. Fawcett, of Crosby
held in this chapel, for the purpose of its Garrett. the charge to the church. The Reva.
fully recognising the abundant blessing of J. H. Lummis, T. H. Pattison, late paftor of
God bestowed upon the labours of the Rev.d. the church, P. W. Grant, P. Gibb, and J.
Clifford, M.A., LL.B., during his pastorated Hoyle, B. A., as well as the pastor, took part in
upwards of seven years, and to afford an this service. In the evening Dr. Angus presided
opportunity for the expression of the unabited at a public meeting, when addresses fraught
attachment of the church and congregation ta with kindly counsel to church and pastor.
his ministry. Addresses were delivered by were delivered by the Reve. T. H. Pattison,
Messrs. T P. Dexter and William Morgan P. W. Grant, J. Hoyle, B.A. (Independent),
(dencons of the church), with special referencer J. W. Lummis, W. Darwent (Independent),
to the usefulners, happiness, and prosperity W. Graham (Primitive Methodist), W. T.
the church during the last seven years. A Adey, and W. Fawcett. The pastor, on his
purse, containing sixty pounds, was presented own behalf and that of the church, thanked his
to the minister as a token of the love and rs. brethren for the kind help they had rendered.
gard of the people for him. Mr. E. Cayfr BARNES, SURREY. — The new Baptist spoke on behalf of the contributors, and teschapel recently erected in this village wag tified to the thorough beartiness and cher opened for public worship on Monday, Sep fulness with wbich all had aided in the effort tember 10. In the afternoon the Rev. MINISTERIAL CHANGES. --The Rev. b. Arthur Mursell preached from Hebrews ix. G. Moses, B. A., bas resigned the pastorate 24-28. The devotional exercises were con of the church at St. Clements, Norwich ducted by the Rev. Messrs. Blake, of Brent - The Rev. J. E. Sargent having met ford, and Green and Bailhache, of Hammer signed the pastorate of the church at smith. About fifty friends took tea in the Wyken, near Coventry (which he has beld chapel at the close of the service. In the for more than fourteen years), has accepted. evening a public meeting was beld, Mr. I. B. unanimous invitation from the church af Nicholson in the chair. Prayer was offered Bursiem, and will enter on his stated labour by the Rev. Mr. Taylor, of Acton, and the first Sunday in September.-Mr. Haddock addresses were delivered by the Revs. Messrs. a student of the North Wales Baptist College, Green, Bailhache, and Perrat, of Hammer has accepted a unanimous call of the Baptis: smith, Cox (Independent), of Putney, by the church at Twyngwyr, Monmouthshire. --The chairman, by Mr. George Vavaseur, of Rev. J. R. Taylor, of Rishworth, Yorkshire Barner, and by Mr. Nicholson, senior. The has accepted the unanimous invitation of the entire cost of the building is £450, towards church in Agard-street, Derby, and entery which £200 have been contributed or pro- | upon his labours with 'pleasing prospects of mised. The friends who have engaged in usefulness.
* Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner-stone.'
MARRIAGE “ ONLY IN THE LORD.”
BY THE REV. JOHN ALDIS, JUN.
HERE is another paper on that old and hackneyed subject, “ the unequal Joke :” a subject that has been the theme of many sermons, and of more allusions in sermons; of many grave articles in magazines, and of more narratives, true, founded on facts, or fictitious. “Then wherefore is it that this plat is not mended ? Many of the King's labourers, by the direction of His Majesty's surveyors, have been long employed about this patch of ground. Yea, to my knowledge, here hath been swallowed up many cartloads of wholesome instruction, and they are the best materials to make good ground of the place; but there is the unequal yoke still, and will be when they have done what they can."
The question of the propriety, or otherwise, of marriages between Christians and unbelievers, which are so common, is one of great importance. And since the conduct of the members of our Churches in this respect will be affected by the general sentiment among Christians, it is highly important for us all, as far as possible, to attain to correct views, that those whom it may personally concern may be guided to right practice ; and that those who have no personal interest in the question, may, by the influence of their convictions, expressed on all suitable occasions, elevate the general sentiment, and thus indirectly improve the general practice of the Christian society in which they move. Let us candidly examine the teaching of Scripture, and the lessons of experience on this matter.
It must be admitted that we have no definite and positive “ commandment from the Lord.” But we are furnished with certain precepts, from which we cannot but draw inferences, which those who view them as the writer views them will regard as possessing all the force of a plain and positive command. The Epistles to the Corinthians furnish the passages