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constitute what is called the 'orthodox creed'—has, nevertheless, the deep and over-deepening conviction, first, that such creed is but a very small portion of the truth that God has revealed, or that man requires; and that no theological system can fully represent all the contents and suggestions of the great book of God; and, secondly, that systematic theology is but means to an end. Spiritual morality is that end. Consequently, to the heart and life every Biblical thought and idea should be directed. Your systems of divinity the author will not disparage; but his impression is, that they can no more answer the purpose of the Gospel, than pneumatics can answer the purpose of the atmosphere. In the case of Christianity, as well as the air, the world can live without its scientific truths; but it must have the free flowings of their vital elements. Coleridge has well said, 'Too soon did the doctors of the Church forget that the heartthe moral nature-was the beginning and the end; and that truth, knowledge, and insight were comprehended in its expansion.'

“The Editor would record his grateful acknowledgments to those free spirits of all churches, who have so earnestly rallied round him, to the many who have encouraged him by their letters, and to those, especially, who have aided him by their valuable contributions. May the • last day' prove that the help rendered has been worthily bestowed; and that the ‘Homilist' did something towards the spiritual education of humanity, in its endeavours to bring the Bible, through the instrumentality of the pulpit, into a more immediate and practical contact with the every-day life of man!"

DAYID THOXAS. Loughborough Park, Brixton.

CONTENTS.

All the articles in this volume are written by the Editor, with the exception

of those which have a signature attached.

HOMILIES.

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Manasseh ; or, the Material and the Moral in Human Life
The Object of Soul-Redemptive Faith: A Person-not Propo-

sitions
Christianity the Great. (Douglas Allport)
The Hour of Destiny. (P. L. Davies, A.M.)..
Enoch, one of the World's Great Teachers
Noah: Man in Relation to Things not seen as yet."

61 121 181 241 301

HOMILETIC GLANCE AT THE “ACTS.”

Paul at Cæsarea before Felix

9 Paul at Cæsarea before Festus

70 Paul at Cæsarea before Agrippa

131, 194 Paul's Journey from Cæsarea to Malta; or, the Voyage of Life 250 Paul at Malta -Good in Heathendom

310

HOMILETIC NOTES ON THE EPISTLE OF JAMES.

By U. R. Thomas, Bristol. IX. Respect of Persons

78 X. The Law of Philanthropy XI. Semblant and Sincere Faith ..

266 XII. The Discipline of the Tongue

268 XIII. The False and the True Witness

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The Rival Armies. (H. G. Parrish, B.A.)
Life in Christ. (John Davies) ..
Colossal Image; or, the Aggregation of Evil
Christ's Relation to the Great Father
Eternal Life a Gift. (Currie.)
The Glorious Issues of Christian Fidelity. (Stevenson.)
The Truth Seeker. (J. G. H.)
A Wonderful and an Alarming Fact. (Philos, B.A.)
Christ "above all" as Teacher
The Lessons of a Day
Harvest Home a National Festival ..
Nature a Preacher..
The Foreign God
Sins of the Tongue. (T. D. Jones, M.A.)
Spiritual Illumination. (J. O. Griffiths.) ..
The Purpose of Being. (W. Jones.)
Commanding Gifts. (Rev. W. Webster, M.A.)
Following the Holy Dead

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21 25 29 81 84 87 90 137 143 147 205 210 270 274 319 325 330 334

THINKINGS BY A BROAD-BIBLEMAN.

VI. The Know-nothings of Yesterday.. VII. God's Half-Bible

31 92

BIBLICAL CRITICISM.

Acts of the Apostles :-Emendative Renderings. (By Rev. Charles

Wills, M.A.) Pp. 38, 94, 149.

MIS APPLIED TEXT S.

III. Rom. xiv. 23. (Rev. William Webster, M.A.).,
IV. 2 Cor. iij. 5; John xv. 5. (Ditto.)

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THE PREACHER'S FINGER-POST.
The Effective Spread of Christianity:-a Growth
Heaven's Appeal to the Sinner
Genuine Philanthropy
The Good Fight. (Richard Gray)
Christs' Mission
The Business of Life ..
The Altar “of Unhewn Stone."—Simplicity of Worship
The Gospel and its Opposition. (William Griffiths)
A Divine Appeal, (J. W.)
The Shiloh, or the World's Tranquillizer
The Loss of Hope, like Death
Christian Consciousness as a Witness
Human Holiness the Great Object of the Divine Will
The Fundamental Facts of Evangelism
Aspects of Life. (H. J. Martyn)
True Glory
The Gospel : its Description, Preachers, and Hearers
Sou) Orphanhood
Pastor and Church. (D. Lewis)
The Departure of the Good ..
Christ Washing the Feet of His Disciples
The Washing of Peter's Feet
Existing Ignorance and approaching Knowledge
Light and a Dark Journey. (H. J. Martyn.)
The Incarnation ..
The Right Use of the Residue of our Time

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45 97 99 101 102 105 156 159 161 164 165 167 224 226 229 231 279 281 283 285 286 337 338

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Sarah's Funeral: The Transitory in Human Life
“Watchman, what of the Night?"
Thorns. (R. V. Price, M.A., LL.B.)
The True Object of Worship. (Joseph Jenkins.)
The Right Use of Property. (The late Rev. Caleb Morris.)
Christmas. (Ditto.) ..

343 345 346 346

SCRIPTURE AND SCIENCE.

By EVAN LEWIS, B.A., F.R.G.S.

IV. T'he Sun

SEEDS OF SERMONS.

THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.

CVI. Nemesis : Destiny following Character

50 CVII. Material Wealth ..

51 CVIII. Parental Discipline

52 CIX. The Satisfaction of the Body Determined by the Condition of the Soul

53 CX. Housewifery

64 CXI. Human Conduct

55 CXII. Speech a Rod

105 CXIII. The Clean Crib, or Indolence

106 CXIV. Veracity and Wisdom

107 CXV. The Society to be Shunned

108 CXVI. The Heart's Hidden Depths..

109 CXVII. The Soul's Home ..

109 CXVIII. The Seeming Right often Ruinous..

167 CXIX. Sinful Mirth

168 CXX. The Misery of the Apostate, and the Happiness of the Good

169 CXXI. The Credulous and the Cautious

170 CXXII. The Majesty of Goodness ..

171 CXXIII. A Group of Social Principles

172 CXXIV. Labour, Talk, Wealth

232 CXXV. The True Witness

232 CXXVI. Godliness, Safety, and Life

233 CXXVII. The Population of an Empire and the Honour of

its Ruler CXXVIII. Temper ..

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