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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHM
_ @@? (Ebiti iT TS sometimes needful that the minister say "1" or "We," but he will do well to ji void it as much as possible. Who that heard I )r. Thomas E. Peck preach ever heard him use either one of these pronouns? And therein lay one element of his strength. A more fearless proclaimer of the truth never lived, but lie himself was utterly eliminated. It may well he believed that hai> he any time wandered off from the truth he would have come back and heralded the gospel more strenuous than ever, and that he would have shunned more than ever the first personal pronouns. ? P IT is too much "I" and "mc" that leads 1 men astray, through the supposed workings of their inner consciousness, through their /radii All V illf?r??a?i?ir? onnfidmi/in i? .. 1. ^ j vviiiiuuuv^c in niciunri vC!>, tlirough their exaggerated view of their own importance, the remedy is to be found in taking refuge in Christ alone and in so hiding themselves behind the cross .that nothing but that cross will ever be seen. Paul found extreme satisfaction in the fact that he was "hid with Christ in God." WE AliE almost moyed to reconsider the warmth of our welcome to a well known evangelist who has returned from unitarianisin to orthodoxy. He is writing and speaking about himself entirely too much. The same exaggerated view of himself and of the importance of the inner consciousness as a factor in religion which led him astray f" u to be characterizing his utterances on h; urn. It would he pleasant to bear less of himself and more of the power of the truth. Some impersonal preaching or writing by him would, to say the least of it, be in far better taste just now. And men may be estimated by plain, simple preach mg of the truth far better than by discourses 011 themselves telling of how they went astray and by what processes they were led back. 7"ISION" is another very much over-work? ed word, of late, It is taken from the prophets. As used in the Scriptures it has liuich dignity and significancy. As used popularly to-day it is a very flippant though somev. hat affected expression setting forth, not some unusual revelation of experience, or some happy solution of a crisis in the progress of the kingdom, but the ideas which come out of one's own " ici vuusuiuusiiess. 11 is usea 111 connection with very commonplace and ordinary affairs. % its old associations and meaning it is made to contribute character and elevation to many very small things. ONE of the three causes to which Dr. B. Pay Mills attributes his sixteen years' Ideological defection was a "social vision, by which I came to conceive of Christ as the Saviour of the social organization rather than [OND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JULY 21, 3 ortal jgotea anb Com of individuals." This is a frank statement and acknowledgment of a fact which many have regarded as true. In its last analysis, and in its wprking principle, the "social service" idea which many are seeking to graft upon the Church is nothing less than that which Dr. Mills states, a substitution of something for the end for which Christ came into the world, and a substitution of something else for the Church's duty of witnessing for Christ. However good and desirable these other ends, and however much Christians may seek them, they are only incidents to that which should be first and foremost all the time, the offer of redemption to lost souls. (( \ PROBLEM," by a correspondent in this l\. issue, raises a very important question: What can be done with the children of mothers who have to go out to work for a support? One solution of the problem has been reached in Richmond in what is known as "The Belle Bryan Day Nursery." Here mothers may bring their children in the mnrnincr hefnv<? th?v on to work, and leave them through the day in safe and comfortable quarters under the care of an experienced matron and assistants. At the close of the day the mother takes her children home with her for the night. Thus the mother is helped, the children are cared for, and yet mother and children are not separated. For this care the mother pays the mere nominal amount of fifteen cents a week. THE other day the papers told of a man who was advertised for special Christian and evangelistic work as "the man who was once a train robber." It would surely seem more fitting if he were recommended simply as "a sinner ^aved by grace." Paul spoke candidly of his former evil deeds, but it was only to express his sorrow for them, never to use them as a means 01 attracting people to himself. "Come and Jiear me in spite of the fact that I once persecuted the Church, not because I was such an eyil doer." We once heard a would-be evangelist urging the people in a hotel lobby, at a seaside resort, to come to his services, "For," said he, "I was once behind the bars." lie was glorying in his shame. It is little wonder that people turned from him in disgust. IN a few weeks efforts will begin, in connection with preparation for "Rally Day" and like enterprises, towards the increase of numbers in the Sunday-schools. It will be a happy thing if something can be done to make results more permanent. The efforts are too much like spasms. And spasms do not last long. The "Contests" which are sometimes resorted to, between "The Reds" and "The Blues," and such like methods, are becoming more and more objectipnable, on account of the BBBOT westernppesbytep/afia al presbyter/an c rhernpresbytep/an ?~ ^"""l L915. J i' ! | No. 28 VIWG. ?r-n i i .... ment ephemeral nature of their results. May we not have suggestions of something better? IN THE Northern Church, the moderator of tlje General Assembly projects his term of service and usefulness far beyond the meeting of the Assembly over which he presides. Besides his ex-officio membership on the Assembly's Executive Commission, often called up there "the little Assembly," he spends a great part of his time traveling over the Church, making special addresses, presiding on special occasions, and the like. Last winter it is reported that Dr. Maitland Alexander averaged fifteen addresses a week during the entire season, in connection with his moderatorship. He hardly had time to visit his own family! /"|""*11ERE lies before us a letter offering an op m. portunity to "cash in" with an enterprise designed to popularize "a fine and wholesome new habit, one which appeals to men, women and children, all ages, all classes, all over the country." How is such a proposition, even if its claims as to the fineness and wholesomeness of a "new habit" which it is seeking to popularise be true, better in principle than the saloonists' and whisky dealers' plan to develop love for drink and patronage of the saloons by giving whiskeyized candy to the school children? An artifieialized "habit," created simply for the purpose of commercializing some invention, is evil just in proportion as it is possible to make it general. Good habits, formed or cultivated for good ends, are well and good. But where the sole object is to put money into somebody's pocket, where the habit is needless or something which men, women and children have got along well enough without, in the very nature of things there is something crooked. "Investors" in that kind of business will be doing little short of striving to make "blood money." r IIAPLAINS are very much needed in the ariny anci navy ot tins country. Under the law recently passed by Congress the number is to be doubled. Seven are to be appointed at once, if suitable young men can be found. This is a much needed work which offers opportunity for great good. Those desiring information on the subject can get it by writing to Dr. II. K. Carroll, 1114 Woodward Building, Washington, D. C. When Julia Ward Ilowe wrote to an eminent senator of the United States in behalf of a man WIIA WOd A - ? 1 * - 1 ....... ...... ..a,, ouiicniig grt-ai injustice, ne replied: "I am so much taken up with plans for the benefit of the race that I have no time for individuals." Mrs. Howe pasted this letter into her album with this comment: "When last heard from our Maker had not reached this altitude."?Ex.