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In an editorial The Congregationalist says: "It has been apparent for some time to admirers of John Watson, D.D., that he was something more than a clever story writer and interpreter of humble life. Again and again he has revealed a power of insight in penetrating to the heart of shams and follies, and a courage in rebuking them with shafts of irony or open wrath which have set him forth as having proportions like unto the prophets of old who rebuked Israel. Of this sort was his sermon on Middle Class Pharisees, just preached to the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in England, in his official capacity as moderator. Acknowledging freely that he was a middle class man preaching to other men of his class, and first pointing out distinctly the virtues of his class, he proceeded to strip naked the smug egotism, the worship of respectability and the aversion for the outcast and the poor of the middle-class Christians of his time. With Frank T. Bullen, he says that the average church to-day is altogether too respectable for an artisan or laborer to venture in it."
In an article in the (Methodist) Christian Advocate on "The Relation of the Church to the Poor," Thomas Blake says: "So far as the Church of Christ is concerned there ought to be no middle wall or partition between the rich and the poor. The failure of the Church to reach the masses may be due largely to the fact that such a barrier exists. The up-town movement of the churches into more fashionable neighborhoods, together with the select audiences attending these churches, indicates a state of things at variance with the true spirit of the Gospel. It was the crowning feature of Christ's work here on the earth that the poor had the Gospel preached to them. It was preached to them by one who, though rich, had made himself poor for their sakes, that they, through his poverty, might be made rich. No wonder the common people heard him gladly."
The Universalist Leader publishes the following: "The editor of The Homiletic Review, Dr. D. S. Gregory, in considering 'Some Lost Notes in Present-Day Preaching,' observes: 'There is manifestly in many quarters a subtle and pervasive Universalism, a lack of faith in retribution for sin, especially in future retribution for sin.' Subsequently in the same article Dr. Gregory remarks: 'No rational exegesis can get away from Christ's two-fold teaching; that sin unrepented of will be visited with a penalty awful beyond the power of human language to express, and endless in duration.' There are other hard sayings under the section treating of man's lost condition and imminent peril of judgment and perdition.' But the above are a sufficient text for some further present-day preaching."
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Violins and Violin Making
with contributions from L. J. Moore, C. W. Brown
with contributions from O. B. Frothingham
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
From Day to Day
Among the Churches
with contributions from E. D. Hall, Norman E. John, W. Spaulding
The Great Siberian Railway
with contributions from Pusey
BY EUNICE POND ATHEY.
BY H. W. N.
Not Opposed to Christian Science
BY EMMA GOULD EASTON.
The Advantages of Attending a Christian Science Church
BY FLORENCE MAGIVNY.
Milton's View of the Supremacy of Good
BY A. C. S.
BY MOWBRAY MARRAS.
Light in a Moulding Room
Andrew H. Rundstaller
Healed after Twenty-five Years of Suffering
The Seed of Truth Sown in Austin, Pa.
Della H. Horn
Christian Science and Dentistry
Flora A. Justus
Healed by Reading Science and Health
Daniel F. Beatty
Christian Science in Childbirth
Laura Charnley with contributions from Phillips Brooks