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GREATER NEW YORK is now said to be the largest city in the world, with a pop ulation of nearly 6,000,000. From the Church standpoint it presents the greatest field for mission work that can be found probably on any like area in the world. Of all that vast population it is said that in all the Protestant churches there are only 330,000 contributing members. There are registered in the public schools 1,750,000 children. Besides these there are vast numbers of school age who are not in school. In Protestant Sunday schools there are only 385,000, and in Roman Catholic Sun day schools there are 158,000. This leaves 1, 410,000 children in that great city who are not touched by the Sunday school. What an opportunity that presents to the churches! HURCH attendance is one of the most difficult problems of the pastor. Few churches have an average attendance of one half of their membership, even at the Sunday morning service. The night congregations are usually not half as large as those of the morn ing. On Wednesday night most pastors are met with congregations made up of about ten per cent, of their membership. With the nor mal church member there is no better criterion by which to judge of his interest in the church and in what it stands for than his attendance upon the services of public worship. There is a close inter-relationship between a man's church attendance and his religious life. The man who does not attend and take part in the public worship of God will find that his Chris tian life will ebb very low. This shows the importance to him of going to church. How can attendance at church be increased? The church member should realize his need of it. lie should realize that he is under obliga tion to God to do all in his power to sustain and build up the church. He should also re member that he pledged his support to his pastor when he united in the call to him to become his pastor. He is under obligation to the unconverted to attend church. They ought to be there. Every time he stays away he is exerting his influence to keep the unconverted away. They naturally think that there is lit tle to be gained at church when its own mem bers fail to attend. The pastor can sometimes do more than he does to secure attendance in two ways. He should visit his people as much as possible, especially "those who are not regu lar attendants. A personal acquaintance and a personal affection will draw men as little else will. But the pastor must give the people something when they come that will make them want to come again for more of the heavenly food their souls need. This kind of preaching comes from prayer and study. The pure gospel when earnestly, clearly and strong ly presented will draw men as nothing else will do. + + + CRITICISMS without information are all too common. "The Cumberland Presby terian" of Nashville, Tenn., says editorially: "We have about concluded that the biggest thing in Billy Sunday's evangelism is Billy Sunday himself." We are very sure that the writer of that sentence has never been through a Sunday campaign. After hearing him more than once a day for seven weeks, we say with out fear of contradiction that the biggest thing, indeed the only big thing in his evangel ism is salvation for lost sinners through faith in Jesus Christ. If all the preachers and writers were as sound in the faith as Mr. Sunday is there would be no heresy trials. No man, no matter how great, can move a whole city as Mr. Sunday's evangelism has moved conserva tive, orthodox Richmond. ? * ? A Church Paper in Every Home This is the goal set by the General Assembly's Stewardship Committee. It can be approximately reached by united effort. The -pastor , in most cases, must be the leader in the movement. He must instruct, encouragc, and inspire his people. No one will be more benefited than he, for a church paper in the homes of his people is his best assistant. Church officers will select the workers for the Every Member Canvass. They can impress upon them the importance of trying to accomplish this end. Canvassers, as they solicit subscriptions to the sup port of the Church's work, are asked to secure in each family a subscription for the church paper. Our readers can help greatly in this matter, even where they are not canvassers. If each one were to secure one or more new subscribers it would greatly advancc the work of the Church. Why should this be done? Because those who read the church papers are the intelligent, active, wide awake Christians. We will give as a commission for securing new sub scribers during this campaign $1.00 for each one who pays $2.00 for the paper for a year. ? ? + THE "Progressive Program" of our Church under the leadership of the General As sembly's Stewardship Committee is the big gest thing the Church has ever undertaken. This year we are trying to raise $3,000,000 for the benevolent work of the Church. Next year the amount is to be $3,500,000, and a canvass for subscriptions of this amount is to be made this month in the churches. The year following the amount is to be $4,000,000, and the year after that it is to be $4,500,000. Can this goal be reached? It yet remains to be dreamed what our Church can do when it is oncft aroused to full consecration of means and effort. This program is great, because it is going to mean far more to the Church than the raising of money. It is going to quicken its spiritual life. CITIZENS of this country, and especially those who are members of any Christian Church, ought to -realize their duty to observe the laws which are passed by properly consti tuted authorities. In 1 Pet. 2 :13 we read : "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake." Our Saviour said (Matt. 22:21): "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." For any minister to teach the contrary is a violation of God's law and is dis loyalty to the government. John L. Belford, rector of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of Brooklyn, New York, is reported in the Brooklyn Eagle to have made this state ment in regard to the recently adopted prohi bition amendment to the National Constitu tion: "It is an unjust law. No one is bound to obey it. No one should have the least scruple about evading it, breaking it or defying it." We do not pretend to be lawyers enough to know whether such a statement made by a leader of people subjects him to any penalty at the hand of the law or not. But we do know that any man who attempts in this way to overthrow the power of the government and lead his people to break or defy its laws is a dangerous citizen, and deserves to be classed with the Bolsheviki, no matter what law he may treat in this way. ? + + UNITED PRESBYTERIANS are consid ering the question of uniting with the Northern Presbyterian Church. A call signed by seventy-four ministers and twenty-one lay men has just been issued calling for a meeting of members of that Church in Pittsburg, Pa., on March 11 and 12, for prayer and discussion of the subject of this union. The call says: "The two Churches are one in the statement of their belief in the great essential doctrines of Chris tianity, in their evangelistic and missionary aims and in their forms of organization and government. And we have wondered whether the things that keep the Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Church apart to day are more important or essential than were the things that separated the Associate and Associate Reformed Church prior to the union of 1858." It may be remembered that for sev eral years committees representing our Church and the United Church tried to reach a basis upon which we could unite with them. The plan was finally adopted by both Assemblies and was referred to the Presbyteries for ap proval. It soon developed that the United Church was not ready for the union. So far as we could learn, the chief objection that Church as a whole had to the union was the fact that we would not agree to give up all of our hymns and sing only Psalms in our public worship. The terms of the plan was that each congregation should settle that question for itself. We wonder whether it has changed its mind on that subject.