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midable, when & Liberal Government the people of his charge, and the extensive thinks so extreme a measure indispensable | additions which had been made in a mateto the safety of the island.
rial form towards the consolidation of the From Jamaica, little more that is definite infant c use. The Revs. C. Chapman, is known, excepting that the Royal Com. M.A., of Percy Chapel, Bath, and W. mission has entered upon its labours. Mr. Newell, of Bradford, having followed by Evre, in relingnishing his government to most appropriate addresses the senior Sir H. Storks, has chosen to Aling more of
deacon, Mr. Butterworth, preserted to Mr. his poison d arrows at Dr. Underhill and Clarke a testimonial, consisting of a very the Baptists; but his statements, as is handsome nurse, cont-ining £36 4c., and now usual, are certainly without corrobo
acrompanied by the following address :ration ; and the statements that are made “The accompanying purse, containing against him. if they should be proved £36 4s.. was presented to the Rev. E. true. constitute an indictment more for.
Clarke, twelve years pastor of the Baptist midable than any since the famous one
Church at Twerton, on his departure for against Warren Hastings. Nav, if the
Italy as a small token of appreciation of statements made should be in any reason
his varied Cbristian and philanthropic able measure sustained, Warren Hastings
efforts for the benefit of the working was faultless by the side of Governor
classes ; wi h earnest prayers for a blessing Eyre!
upon his future lahours in a country so Trustees of chapel and other charitable
identified with the life and labours of the
greit Apostle of the Gentiles." trnsts under trust deeds dated prior to
A little 17th May, 1861, which were not dulv
girl then stepned on the platform and preenrolled at the time of execution, should
sented Mr. Clarke with a handsome cony observe that the extended time granted
of Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Prngress," saying
“I give this for my claga." It was a present by 27 and 28 Vict., Cap. 13, for the enrolment of such trust, deeds, will expire on
from the infant class of the Sabbath-school. the 17th May, 1866, and that all such
Mr. Clarke then gave a gketch of some of trust deeds, if not enrolled before that
the most important events which had oo•
curred in the village, and in connection date, will be absolutely void.
with the church, since he was chosen 24 We are sorry to annonnce that a sad
pastor, to many of which the deacon had calamity has befallen our friends at Luton.
made so pleasing and gratifying a testimony. The portion of the new chapel which had
The Revs. W. C. Pratt, of Keynsham, and been prerted, and was being erected for D. Wassell. of Bath. in addresses suitable the church at the Old Meeting, was blown
and heautiful, addressed the meeting, and down on the night of Sunday, the 4th
expressed their regards for the departing ult., and a large portion of the old chanel
pastor and his sister. Anthems were sung was bu'ied beneath the ruins, within half
at intervals, and altogether the services an-hour of the departure of the congrega
were of an unusually interesting and im. tinn. Had the accident occurred only
portant character. half-an-hour sonner, several hundreds of nessons must inevitably have heen killed.
KEGWORTH. LEICESTERSHIRE. – The We are sure that ons friends will have the
General Baptist Chapel of this populous sympathy, as they will need also the help,
village was last year very considerably enof the denomination, in this most un
larged and improved, at an outlay of £300. looked-for calamity.
It was re-onened on Tuesday, September 5th, when the Rev Thomas Pottenger, of
Rawdon, preached in the afternoon and DOMESTIC.
evening The attendance was good, and
the collections were liberal. As it was TWEBTON, BATH.-On Tuesday, January fifty years last Christmas since the erection 30th a tea-meeting was held in the Baptist of the chapel on its present site, it was to school-rooms, and afterwards a public solved to make another effort towards remeeting in the chapel, for the purpose of moving the debt. Accordingly. jubiles hidding farewell to the pastor, the Rev. services were held on Lord's-dav. January E. Clarke, and his sister, who are leaving 28th. and on the following Monday. Un for Italy. After prayer by the Rev. W, C. the Lord's-day morning, the Rev. J. Pratt, the chairman referred to the num. Gale. pastor of the General Baptist Church, her of years it had been his pleasure to be Woodgate, Loughborough, and in the even acquainted with Mr. Clarke, the deep in.
ing. the Rev. E. Stephenson. pastor of the tereat he had taken in the welfare of the General Baptist Church, Baxtengute of Baptist Church at Twerton, the unmistak. the same town, preached. The ser able evidence he bad given of his love to l and collections were good. On the .
day, a very large number of friends from presiding : after which the meeting was far and near met for tea and held a public closed with prayer. meeting afterwards. The Rev. Thomas
FRIAR LANE, LEICESTER. — The cereYates presided, and Mr. T. W. Marshall,
mony of laving the memorial-stone of a of Louzhbrough, prayed. The finan
chanelow in course of erection on the site cial statement showed that the outlay
of the old Friar Lane Chapel, Leicester, amaunted to £300, and towards this sumn
was performed in the presence of a large £33 had been received, leaving a balance
assein bly on Tuesday, January 23rd, by of £37, which, however, was reduced by
Robert Wherry, Esq., of Wisbech. The the proceeds of the tea, and a liberal rol.
proceedings were commenced by a short lection after the meeting, to ahout £20.
devotional service, at the conclusion of The Rev. W. Jarrow then read an histo
which those more immediatelv concerned rical view of the church from its re
in the laying of the stone retired to the formation. It is one hundred and
south-east angle of the building, where Mr. thirteen years since the cause was
R. Wberry received a handsome silver begun, and it was one of the original
trowel, inscribed, “Presented to Robert churches that formet the nucleus of the
Wherry, Esg., on laving the Memorial"New Connexion of General Baptiste."
stone of the Baptist Chanel, Friar Lane, Several speakers followed : the Rev.
Leicester. January 23, 1866." A mahogany Meets, Jones, of Derby ; Stevenson, of
mallet accompanied the trowel, and having Loughborongh; Cockerton, of Donning with these properly adjusted the stone, he ton: Gale of Lough borough ; and Messrs. T. W. Marshall. Baldwin, Lacey, Somer
pronounced it to be well and truly laid.
The party then retired to the school-room, ville, &e. The chapel was crowded to ex. where Mr. Wherry addressed the meeting in cers, and the meeting was one of the most
very appropriate terms, and then called upon animating description.
the Rev. J. C. Pike, who made an interestBELTOIR STREET. LEICESTER.-On Wed ing historical statement. Mr. Pike stated nesday evening, January 31st, a large the reasons that had led to the present meeting was held in the new school-room, effort, and mentioned the donations which which has for some time been in the course
had been placed on the stone, amounting
had been place of erection, in connertion with Belvoir | to about £180. Excellent addresses were Street Chapel. At half-past hve o'clock,
afterwards delivered by the Revs. J. Bar. nesly three hundred of the members of
ker, H. W. Williams, T Stevenson, T. the congregation and their friends sat down Lomas, W. Woods, J. J. Gnadby, Mr. R. to tea. At seven o'clock, the chair was
Harris, Mr. G Baines, and others. In the taken by the Rev. J. P. Mursell, and the
evening. the Rev. J. P. Mursell preached pable meeting commenced. J. Whitmore,
an eloquent sermon in the Oxford Street sy, chairman of the Building Committee,
Chapel, kind'y lent for the occasion, from read his financial and statistical report,
Timothy jj. 19. The proceede of the day, from which it appeared that, without in.
from offerings on the stone and collections, cluding the class-rooms (which can be were close upon £200. thrown into tbe large room), the school SHEFFORD, Beds.-The recognition ser. root is sixty-six feet in length, thirty. vices in connection with the settlement of saven feet in brearth, and thirty-five feet the Rev, C. R. Player. late of Great Shelin height, to the apex of the roof; that it ford, Cambs, were held on Thursday,
lighted principally from the roof, and, | January 18th. In the afternoon, the -erby an arrangement of the glass, tbat the vice was onened hy devotional exercises, light is subdued and effused in a most conducted by the Rev. W. T. Whitmarsh. agreeable manner. Satisfactory reports of of Brixham, Devon, the late pastor ; and the progress during the past year of the an andre-s was delivered on “Christ as the Belvoir Street and Harvey Lane Schools Head of the Church,” by the Rev.W. GrifFere read by their respective gecretaries. fith (Independent), of Hitchin. In the After the more formal business of the evening, the Rev. P. Griffith, of BigglegEvening had been disposed of, the meeting wade, read the Scrintures and prayed : the
as addressed by geveral ministers and Rev. W. Alliott (Independent), of Bed. friends who were present, and at intervals ford, delivered an address to the new pas. Che choir of Belvoir Street Chapel per tor; and the Rev. G. Short. B.A., of formed selections of sacred music. Votes Hitchin, addressed the church on their of thanks were passed to the superintend | duties to their pastor. The late pastor, the tots and teachers of the schools for their ! Rev. W. T. Whitmarsh, of Brixham, then past services ; to the Building Committee, offered the recognition prayer: the Rov. and to Mr. F. Drake, the architect; to the John Keed, of Cambridge, delivered an choir; and to the Rev. J. P. Mursell, for I earnest address on the “ Relation of the Church to the Neighbourhood around;" and Oliver Flett, of Paisley, suitably addressed the Rev. J. Brown, B.A. (Independent), the church. Mr. St.bo was a member of junior minister of Bunyan Meeting, Bed the Baptist Church at North Frederick Tord, closed the service with an address on Street, Glasgow, and received his theolo“ The Duty of the Church to the Young." gical training under the auspices of the On the following Sunday, the Rev. W. T. Baptist Association of Scotland. His proWhitmarsh preached twice to his old spects of success at Kilmarnock are very friends. when large congregations as
encouraging. sembled. Mr. Player enters on his labours with pleasing prospects of success.
HOLYHEAD.-On Monday, January 15th.
there were interesting services held at New WHITEBROOK, MONMOUTHSHIRE. -- On Pa k Street Chapel, Holyhead, in connec Monday, January 29th, a tea-meeting and tion with the installation of tbe Rev. Alei. recoguition service was held in the Baptist | J. Hamilton (from Mr. Spurgeon's Col Chapel, Whitebrook, in connection with lege) as pastor of the church. On Sunday, the settlement of the Rev. T. L. Smith .s
the 14th, the morning service was con pastor of the united churches of White ducted by the young pastor, and in the brook and Llandogo, Monmouthshire. The evening by the Rev. D. Evans, of Dudley weather being favourable, many friends On Monday evening, the ordination service from the neighbouring churches were pre tvok place. The usual questions were pot sent, and 180 snt down to tea. The public by the Rev. Dr. Morgan, and were meeting commenced with singing a d pray answered by Mr. Hamilton with great pro ing, after which the cbair was taken by prirty and feeling. The ordination prayer Mr. J. B. Trotter, Coleford. Addresses was then offered, accompanied by the laywere subsequent y delivered by the Rev. ing on of hands, after which Dr. Morgan G. P. King, St. Brintels, and Mr E. delivered the cbarge to Mr. Hamilton, and Jones, Penalt, “On the Duties of the the Rev. J. Williams delivered the game Church towards their Pastor." The Rev. to the church. The Rev. D. Evans then T. L. Smith, pastor, then read a statement preached a very useful and impressive serof his experience, doctrinal views, and call
mon to the congregation. Mr. Hamilto to the ministry. The Rev. R. Smith,
ente's upon his sphere of labour with every Mov mouth, then ad ressed the meeti g
prospect of success. "On the Importance of Christian Consi.tency;" and Mr. J. Smith, Redbrook, spoke MINISTERIAL CHANGES. -The Rev. J. **On ihe Value and Importance of Sabbath P. Lewis, on account of ill health, las reschools as an Auxiliary to the Christian signed the pastorate of the church at Diss. Ministry." The Rev. W. H. 'Tetley, Cole - Mr. Edward Blewett, of the Metropolitan ford, followed. After a few remarks from Tabernacle College, has accepted the the pastor, the doxology Wns sung and unanimous call of the church at Westbury prayer offered, when the interesting ser: Leigh, Wilts. - The Rev. Joseph Perkins, vices of the d y were brought to close. whose resignation of his pastorate of the Mr. Smith enters on his ministry in this Independent Church at Duxford, Cambs, place uuder very encouraging circum on account of his change of views on bap stances.
tism, was rerorded a short time ago, has
accepled an invitation to the pastorate of KILMARNOCK, N. B. ---Interesting services the Baptist Church at Bridgewater, were held in this ancient town on Thurs- | Sumerset.The Rev. J. Ke
Cam day, January 18th. At half-past five bridge, has accepted the unanimous in vita. o'clock, twenty-four believers were formed tion of the infant church at Acton, into a church by tue Rev. Dr. Paterson, of Middlesex. His future address will be %, Glasgow, assisted by Messrs. T. W. Mac Cambridge House. Priory Grove, Actos; alpine and A. Gibb, of Paisley. After the W.-The Rev. J. T. Wigner, on account church had beeu formed, the friends pre of ill health, has resigned the pastorate of sent celebrated the cruinance of the Loid's the church at Lynn.- Mr. J. W. Williams, Supper. After an interval of fifteen of Haverfordwest College, has accepted minutes, the second portion o: the proceed. the unanimous invitation of the English ings commenced, when Mr. Edward Stobo Baptist Church at Mountain Ash. He in was solemnly ordained as pastor over the tends to enter upon his sphere of labour newly-formed church. In this part of the the first Sunday in May.- Mr. L. Roderick service, Messrs. Dr. Paterson, Oliver Flett, and Mr. J. Lewis, of the same college, T. W. Macaipine, and Adau Horne, took have been invited, the former to the pas part. Tea was next served, after which torate of the church at New Quay, and Mr. T. W. Medhurst, of Glasgow, gave an
edhurst, of Glasgow, gave an | the latter to that of the quurch 4 address to the pastor, after which Mr. | Ffestiniog.
"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner-stone."
"GOD IS LOVE.”
1 John iv. 8.
BY THE REV. W. LANDELS. This is one of those texts-nay, it is emphatically and pre-eminently above all others in the Bible--the text which is ever fresh and now, and whose meaning can never be exhausted; to which, however often we have studied it, we may come again and again, with the fullest confidence that we shall find in it some new theme for meditation, and some hitherto undiscovered depths of meaning, well fitted to awaken and amply to reward the most devout and prayerful thought.
It is a text in which we are most momentously concerned. Revelataon contains not another of equal importance. It demands our attention because it tells us of the Infinite One. It claims to be understood because the definition it gives of his character is fitted to gladden all hearts. It presents a refuge for the distressed, a resting-place for the Feary, a banner of hope to the nations. It ought to be the foundation of our theology, the centre from which all its lines radiate, the pridary truth with which all its parts harmonize. It is fitted to influence all our religious experience. Wherever it is understood correctly, though but in part, it gives colour and form to the whole fabric of the Christian life.
It is a text withal which is directly at variance with the unbelief of the natural heart. We are slow to admit its truth. After we have done so, we are apt, by ingenious glosses, to explain away its meaning. Uiten, we unintentionally, and by an imperceptible process, give place y thoughts and feelings which are directly at variance with it. So that fere is great need, that, by its frequent contemplation, we should have vir impressions of it rectified, and our faith in it revived and confirmed.
Dar purpose in this paper is to give a brief exposition of its meaning, and to show that, from its very nature, it is and must be true. first, then, What are we to understand by this definition, or apparent definition of the Divine character ? I say apparent, because it has recently been questioned if it conveys to us any meaning whatever if it does not leave us ignorant of what God is, because ignorant of what love is when predicated of him. A very able and eminent philosopher, in a volume which excited much attention among the more thoughtful portion of religious men, takes ground which appears to me something very much like this:--That not only are we unable to discover God for ourselves, but that Revelation does not and cannot reveal him; that in the Scriptures God does not reveal himself as he is, but only as he requires us to think of him. The reader might take this ground, and by way of carrying out and defending the doctrine, might argue that our text contained no revelation of God--that though we are to “God is love," we know nothing of God; love in him being a very different thing from love in us.
I should be sorry to believe that this author and you were right What, that God can never be known! That the knowledge of him, or the fancied knowledge of him, which I derive from the Bible, is not ! knowledge of God as he is, but of something different from what he is After the human heart for centuries has been crying out for God, sas. ing by its instincts and its yearnings, “O that I knew where I might find him!” “Show us the Father and it sufficeth us!" the Bible gives a response, which after all is no real response; so that I never can be sure whether the knowledge I have derived from it be a true knowledge of God or not! It were a terrible thing to me, I say, were I compelled to believe that! And I thank God that the teaching of his word differs 80 widely from that of the philosopher. God may be known, it tells me—not perfectly, indeed, yet truly, nevertheless. For “this is life eternal, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." “God is love ;” and “he that loveth is born of God "and knoweth God. Love in him does not differ from true love in us; for ours is the of spring of his-the result of his indwelling. And if we truly love, we know his love through our own. The unregenerate man may not know it truly; for according to John, the unregenerate man does not truly love-knows not what love is; and therefore knows not what God is "He that loveth not, knoweth not God.” But the child of God knom it; for he knows, from his own experience, what love is, and therefore what God is. “Every one that loveth is born of God, and knometa God."
What then does it mean—what do we understand by the phrase "God is love"? Why this—that love is the essence of his character That he cherishes no feeling toward his creatures at variance with lover That he does for them all that love can do. And that of all the feeling with which he regards them, love is the sum. Love is not only a per fection, it is the essence of his perfections. As Dr. Winter Hamiltų says, “It is not merely an attribute, it is his nature, his being, himself. I
Yes, but what is love? There is need for asking the question, admit; and in answer to it we say, Lore is goodwill, benevolence,