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BY THE EDITOR-

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The Old Year and the New

1

The Silence of Moses concerning Man

after Death

12

Puritanism in the Eighteenth Century“ 59

The English Reformation

62

Christian Worship in Nottinghamshire 103
The Political Crisis

121
The Great Liberal Victory::

161

Prayer Meetings at Home and Abroad.. 173

Our Nottingham Assembly

200

Sunday School Centennial Memorials :: 223
Greater London: its Spiritual Needs

241
The Marquis of Ripon..

260
Our Home Mission Work in 1880

281
General Baptists in 1880
Our Building Fund

418
Baptists and the Baptist Total Abgti-
nence Association..

421
Christmas in December

441
Woman as a Preacher among the Early
English Baptists

452
Our Denominational Organ

461

Sunday Schools and Modern England

I. The Sunday School and the Evan.

gelical Revival ..

3

II. Young England before going to

School..

41

III. & IV. Robert Raikės: his idea,

Method, and Spirit..

81, 121

V. Robert Raikes: his Opponents,

Helpers, and Successes..

170

VI. The Sunday School at the beginning

of the Nineteenth Century 215

VII. The Passage from School to Church 243

VIII. & IX. The Teacher for the New

Century

.. 366, 408

Leaves out of our Church Books—

I. New Members' Meeting

63

II. Sectional Meetings

63

III. Seat-holders who are not Members 106

IV. Members of the Congregation at

Church Meetings

107

V. A Brotherly Help Association
SCRAPS FROM THE EDITOR'S WASTE BASKET-
Liberalism in 1880..

29
What Politicians have to do

29
General Baptist Courtesy

29
Our Magazine..

29, 65
The Almanack for 1880

65
Our Political Condition

65
Low Ideals of Work

65

Sir Stafford Northcote among

the

Publicans..

66

Our Church Scribes

66

Who Support the Public Houses ?

66

Brains in the Pulpit

66

Rev. Charles Payne

66

Home Missions

66

The Lessons of the Elections

108
Temperance Jubilee

108
John Bright on his Ecclesiastical Rela-
tions

108
Herat, and Lord Beaconsfield's Foreign
Policy..

108

Association for 1880“ in the air.”

147

Mr. Gladstone on Nonconformists and

the General Election

147

The St. Gothard Tunnel

147

Ecclesiastical Hospitality

147

The Last Demon

148

The Pattern of the Afghan Policy 148

John Ruskin and Usury

148

An Infallible Pope..

148

The Off Boy

148

The Burial Ground Question

188

The First Death in the Ranks of the

New Parliament

188

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Quinquennial Parliaments

188

Discoveries in Connection with the

Election

188

Line

upon

Line: here a little and there

very much

227

Ritualistic Means of Grace

227

Indian Finance

227

“Mr. Bright on the Gallows »

266

Chapel Debts in America

266

Our New Hymnal in Wales

266

Who said it, and what was said

266

The Best National Investment

266

The Preacher's Motive

267

The New Political Broom

267

Help for the Farmers

267

What to do with Mr. Bradlaugh 267

Death from Stupidity

268

Deputation to Freewill Baptists of

America

309

Sunday School in Rome

. 102, 809

Absolution Needed

809

A New Departure in our College Life 809

Leicester School Board

809

Mr. Froud on the Baptists..

309

A Large Question (re “Bradlaugh"

Incident)

348

Ministerial Persistency

348

Lost

348

Mr. Gladstone's Reward

349

Baptist Union

849

Sunday School Centenary

849

Sunday School Centennial Memorial 349

The Tactics of the Tories

349

Politics in August

349

Alcohol and Public Hospitality

849

Back to Work ..

386

G. B. Almanack and Directory for 1881.. 386

Cheap Editions of the Hymnal

386

Caps to Spare..

886

Nazebottom

886

The Rev. Stopford Brooke..

386

A Unitarian on Unitarianism

387

The Methodist Decrease

887

Connection between Foreign Missions

and Total Abstinence

387

Drink in the Home

387

Love and Honesty..

387

Autumnal Session of Baptist Union 428

The Daily Christian World and the

Baptist Union..

428

Dulcigno

428

Joseph Cook, of Boston

428

The End of the World..

428

How to Stop Bribery

429

Drink and Missions

429

Not the Climate that Kills.

429

Fainting in Church

429

A Unitarian Confession

429

“Quite a Book”

465

“Man after Death"

465

"Christmas Gifts"

465

“The Red Cross Knight"

465

AXTON, E.J.-

A Deadly Trial

7

ARNOT, REV. W.-

The Hour before you go to Church 45

AVERY, Rev. W.J.-

Catherine Tait

91

Crauford Tait..

125

The Association at Work

290

ATKINSON, REV. J. H.-

Protestant Missions in Italy

BALL, REV, G. H., D.D.-
America's New President ..

455

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BISHOP, REV. W.-

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General Baptist Building Fund

105
Miss Cook-In Memoriam..

459

BARRASS, REV. T.-

How to secure the Attention of a Class 179

BINNS, J.-

Religion as Affected by Modern Life 252

BURNS, REV. D.-

Our Deputation to America

361

COOK, REV. R. P.-

The Public Services of the Association 287

Woman as a Preacher ..

412

CUYLER, REV. T.-

Boy Christians

375

E. M. B.-

Woman's Work. By a Woman

196

EVANS, REV. W.-

Christian England an Argument for

Foreign Missions

303

The Church Congress at Leicester : 424

FLETCHER, REV. J.-

Mr. Bright on the Christian Ministry 23

Enaid.,

141, 183

“I think the 'Noes' have it”

458

PRESIDENT FINNEY-

Preaching so as to Convert Nobody 222

GRIFFITHS, REV. R. F.-

A Fragment on Wills

16

GOADBY, REV. T., B..A-

Chilwell College

186

The Young People of our Christian

Families and Congregations

293

The Freewill Baptist Centennial

324

American Freewill and General Baptists 401

HENSON, REV. T.-

Moriah

55

DR. HOLLAND-

Signals for Preachers and Teachers 101
A Doomed Army

144
M'CREE, REV. G. W.-
What the State Clergy Say

26, 87
Our Denominational Literature

419
MURRAY, REV. W. H. H.-
Secularizing the Spiritual..

221
MOORE, A, H.-
Frances Ridley Havergal

377
PAYNE, REV. C.-
Momentum in Christian Work..

371
RICKARDS, S. D.-

Christian Bands: are they desirable ? .. 443
ROBINSON, REV. H. B.-
Half-hours in a Country Museum 210

257, 337
ROGERS, J.
Sunday School and the Church: their
Mutual Relations

341

STEVENSON, REV T. R.-

Wet Sundays

49

STEWART JOHN-

Communion with God..

95

SILBY, REV. R.-

The Ambulance in the Coal Mine

98

SHAW, REV. N. H.
The Roman Carnival

165
Rome during Lent

202
Progress of Catholicism in England 261

SMITH, J.-

The Qualifications of an Efficient Local

Preacher

415

TURNER, Rev. J.-
Home Missions and the Present Age 298
The Living Voice, the Living Word, and
the Living Spirit

447
WOOD, REV. B.-

The True Power of Baptist Nonconformity 18
WILLIAMS, H, C.-
Sunday Schools in Wales

346

FOR THE YOUNG-

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The Boy Missionary. By Uncle John 28

Take my Yoke upon you. S. D. Rickards 52

Boys, Look at this!

146
Boys and their Teachers. By the Right
Hon. W. E. Gladstone

187
The Land of Short Memories. 'S. s. Colt 224
A Boy's Leisure Hours

264

The Boy who Changed his Name. By s.

D. Rickards

265

One Drop of Ink

308
Harry's Secret

347
Helen's Light Reading

427

IN MEMORIAM

Rev. James Greenwood

46

Ann Brittain

64

G. F. Bayley

193

Mrs. Jolly ..

142

Rev. James Brown

213
Joseph Taylor..

307
Elizabeth Annie Lawton

308
Rev. W. Bailey

899
Miss Cook..

459
NEW AND RENOVATED CHAPELS-
Long Eaton

226, 462
Sawley

230

Haven Green, Ealing (with engraving)241, 326

Loughborough, Baxter Gate

347

Gamston

381

Stanground

462

POETRY-By Rev. E. H. Jackson

The Meaning of New Year Hopes

22

It is well with the Child

124

* Liberty and Victory

A Free Churchyard

218

A Centenary Rhyme

286

Rock and Sand

374

Clouds and Stars

418

The Star in the East

462

Nellie Johnstone-

New Year's Hymn

6

Dainty, A.-
Enoch Walked with God

61

Parker, W. H.-

The Cheer of Winter

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Larcom, L.-
Why Life is Sweet..

251
Salisbury, Rev. J., M.A.-
Prove all Things

840
Holland, J. G.-

A Christmas Song..
Faber, F. W.-
The Flying Years

451
MISCELLANEA-
Father Taylor on Balaam

48

Ministerial Farewells and Presentations 69

Magic Lantern for the Little Romans 102

The Work of our President at March 140

Quaker Anecdotes..

143

A Valuable Secret..

209

The Chronometer of God

219

Pay John Williams

225

How Old is Man?

259

Little Churches

264

A Shower of Iron

292

Is Life Worth Living?..

383

Chilwell College, Nottingham

384

Lay Preachers in Leicestershire

385

Kimberley and the Local Preachers

420

The New Burials Act

423

A Poacher Burning his Nets

423

A Vital Question

426

REVIEWS-

Pages 30, 67, 109, 149, 189, 228, 269, 310, 350

388, 430, 463

CHURCH REGISTER-

Pages 31, 70, 110, 150, 190, 229, 270, 311, 351

390, 431, 475

MISSIONARY OBSERVER-

Pages 33, 73, 113, 153, 193, 233, 273, 313, 353

393, 433, 469

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“A VOICE cried, sobbing in despair :

With glorious light, Weep for the tears you've shed;

And promise bright,
Weep for the joys now fled,

Will burst the New Year's dawn.
The hopes that promised fair,
All melted into air.

“On through the silent frosty night Weep—for the year is dead.

Shrill rang the voice and clear,

Fresh joys, fresh hopes are here, “A voice went ringing through the night: A tablet white Rejoice-a year is born;

On which to writeNo longer weep and mourn;

Greet, then, the new-born year.” So the “Two Voices” of the Old and New Year fall on our highly sensitive ears, and quicken and chasten the current of our thought. The sentries of time are changing. Weary December gives place to vigorous January. 1879 joins " the dead past.” 1880 steps forth, with nimble foot, bright eye, and lips all eloquent with promise upon“ the living present.” We utter our tender “good bye” to trembling Age, but hasten to dash away the tears of Regret, that we may give a cheery welcome to quick-footed, impetuous, and hope-inspired Youth.

It is the Midnight of the Years. The clock is striking twelve. The notes of the great bell of time peal along the clear crisp air, making the profound stillness resonant with an other-world solemnity and awe. The dear old year is dying: yes, is really going —, is gone!!

Why, it seems but yesterday we rose to greet its advent, and with believing and hopeful heart to share its companionships ; our timorous spirits, a little apprehensive, indeed, of repeating old sins and meeting new sorrows, but still wonderfully soothed by Him who is the Lord of all our years, and who presides over the succession of the Ages, as He said, “ Be not afraid, only believe ” Me.

Gone! gone beyond recall, and beyond redemption! That halffilled hand cannot receive another gift; that scant store of holy deed cannot be increased by a solitary jot. We meant, ah! did we not ? to load the year with our goodness; to fill his hand with “ the fruit” of our Spirit-life, to wreath his brow with a graceful coronet of pure, heroic virtues, and to crowd his granary with the harvest of our beneficence.

JANUARY, 1880.-VOL. LXXXII.--N. S. No. 121.

the yea

But the door is shut, the key is turned, and we cannot get in another shock, not even a solitary ear of corn; the grip of the hand is fixed, and will not relax, and our pleas and regrets are alike in vain. Our hearts ache at the sight of our helplessness to repair the past, with its wasted hours, its follies, its mean selfishness, its sins. Ah, comrades, let men say what they please, we feel it an unspeakable solace at this midnight of

to know that God, our Father, sends the light of His radiant holiness through all this year, and searches out every sin and brings it to the all-revealing and all-purifying light of the Cross, that “the blood of His Son Jesus Christ may cleanse from all sin.” It is that fact of full forgiveness, and of glad welcome into the Divine Light, that lifts the crushing burden of regret and shame, and enables us to start the New Year determined, in spite of a thousand gnawing failures of purpose and of motive and of achievement, to "press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Nor can we hesitate a moment as to our persistent effort; for though we have put so little into the Treasury of the Past, yet, how sublimely God has loaded it with His benefits! What mercy, what patience, what long-suffering, what gentleness! How loving His disciplines! How strong His support! How cheering His presence ! Had it not been for His precious love we could not have survived the crushing sorrow that came down on us like an avalanche, started by a whisper! If He had not inspired us with new hope we must have sunk beneath the engulphing waters of despairs and defeats, of blighted trusts, and broken plans. Had He not cheered us in our desolations and given us the strength to resist the fierce onset of evil, we must have lost all ! Verily our Father has been good, unutterably good to us! His loving chastisements, and gentle leadings, and strong consolations, have been new with the mornings, and persistent through the nights! Regrets! Ah, we would spend hours on them were it not that our hearts are so filled with gratitude for the exceeding riches of His grace, that song drives off regret, joy wipes away the tear, and we stand on the threshold of the New Year with a glad and thankful psalm.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.”

But although the bell has struck the clock is still ticking. Time

moves on

6 Fresh joys, fresh hopes are here,

A tablet white,

On which to write." Though one voice is hushed, another fills the air, and invites to Anticipation and to Work. January is New; and in his tiny hand holds the key of the future. What doors it will fit, to what spacious abodes, filled with plenty, it will admit us, we know not : but eager hopefulness gleams from the Stranger-Infant's Eye, and the possibilities cf the Young are infinite and glorious.

But all the years join in the mandate of the new morn,“ Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” The moment for regrets is gone. The hour of anticipation is passing.

“ Act, act, in the living present,
Heart within, and God o'er head.”

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