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imperfections of our common nature, good sense and knowledge of human nature have been elevated and consecrated by grace.
There are many ministers, who, like the present writer, have been censured for statements made over the dead when they carefully guarded their testimony and avowedly confined it to the record of their own intercourse with the deceased ; and some, who have had “ hearers” take their departure because enough was not said in eulogy of their buried kindred. Such things must probably be expected in the complications of it society, partly Christianized, and largely influenced by conventional usage. A true minister can only try to maintain in himself a conscience void of offence, and at the same time aroid the giving of just offence to others.
The Rev. Dr. Sanderson, in undertaking to aid young ministers, has two clements of encouragement in the attempt. The first is that he has been himself an active pastor, and understands the work to be done. The second is, that not wholly relying on his own judgment, he avails himself of the labors of others, who have secured the confidence of the Christian community.
In commending his undertaking I may be permitted to reproduce words long ago intended to warn against excessive and indiscriminate praise, and which the observation of later years has not tended to weaken, but rather confirmed.
Suppose Herod Antipas had died six months before John the Baptist was beheaded. Imagine a courtpreacher of the day making the funeral address. There is no evidence that the Jews had at that time any eervicebook or anything to read in the synagogue except the Old Testament. So he must make his funeral service according to the circumstances. He would, of course, glanco lightly at that infelicity of the royal departed which complicated his domestic life by making him the husband of his niece, who was also his living brother's wife, and in the room of his living wife. “There are, however, lappily other and brighter spots on which the memory would love to linger. He had shown the deepest interest in that great revival preacher who had, as all knew, stirred the hearts of thousands. He had heard him often, and been deeply impressed. He had even opened his house to him. He gave the influence of his great name and authority to him, so that the courtiers, as they all knew, had been also attracted and interested. Not only that, but the distinguished dead had proved the depth and sincerity of his convictions by doing many things recommended by tlie eloquent preacher. How can we, in view of all these evidences of pleasure and profit from such ministrations, doubt that this child of an Idumean family has gone to be with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?” Unfortunately, however, Herod lived too long, and his having a place in bistory is mainly due to the circumstance that he ordered the beheading of this “interesting” and eloquent preacher without the formality of a trial, and from being a patronizing and interested hearer becomes the Baptist's murderer.
and then, the reality of which is a pleasant variety among the shallow and painted frauds of the theatre, and opera, and even fashionable social life, and it is quite another to believe with the heart what is said. It is one thing to be on good terms with the prominent men in the church, and so conciliate their followers, now and then to give a subscription, perhaps even forego a dinner-party to preside at å benevolent meeting; and it is quite another to submit one's self to God in faith and obedience. It is one thing to respect devoted men, and even publicly compliment them as sincere and so forth, and quite another to put luists and passions under the control of the truth they teach, and to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. But to rich and poor, high and low, this is the divine requirement; and we must be sparing of our culogies over men, as Christians, however prominent or public-spirited as citizens, if they have never given evidence of subjection to the Father of spirits. Happily we are not the judgc of men's standing before God; but we may make ourselves such, and rest favorable judgments on very slender evidences.
Home Bereavements. .Henry Ward Beecher.
Piety in Childhood. ..Rev. Robert Wye Bctis.
Sunset at Noon...
. Rev. W. Rodwell..
The Sleeping Damsel. . Rev. F. Wagstaff.
One Note in a Burial Hymn. Rev. Chas. Jerdan.
Life for the Dead..
.James IIamilton, D.D..
Awaiting Coronation.. William Sprague, D.D.
Passing Through the Valley; J. R. Macduf, D.D..
Faithfulness and its Reward, Charles Hodge, D.D.
Crossing the River..... T. De Witt Talmage, D.D. 195
The Solemnity of Death.. .C. F. Decms, D.D.
The Compensations of Life
Dean A. P. Stanley, D.D...... 193
The Rendezvous of Humani.
Gratitude for Triumph... ... Rev. Wm. Jay..
Deliverance from the Grave, Canon F. W. Farrar.
The Match of the Great De-
. Rev. Archibald G. Brown... 206
No Victory without a Battle. Morgan Dix, D.D.
The Place of Sacred Deposit. Rev. Canon II. Melville.
Christ's Desire to have His
People with Him.... .J. McElroy, D.D.
A Precious Death..
Christian Consolations. .Rev. Daniel Moore,
Jacob's Dying Words. Andreu R. Bonar, D.D.
The Final Battle...
W. R. Williams, D.D., LL.D.. 222
Deliverance from the Fear of
The Believer's Farewell
The Death Day Better than
A Royal Alarmist.
The Ilappy Mourners. . Alexander Dickson, D.D. 238