A writer in The Baptist Watchman says, "There is a certain class of minds which would repudiate the New Testament revelation if it should turn out that the mustardseed is not actually the least of all seeds."

There is a whole world of truth—human truth—in this statement. It well illustrates the hypercritical habit of not a few minds, especially those minds that have a large confidence in their own culture and intellectuality.

We have heard of persons, and know of others, upon whom able and helpful sermons have been utterly lost because the preacher mispronounced a single word. We know of other persons who have gone home from church disgusted and disgruntled because the minister did not pronounce some of his words after the latest fashion prescribed by some authorities, although there was respectable and even standard authority for the offensive pronunciation. Yet the hypercritic lost all that was good in the sermon because of his own hypercriticism.

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August 1, 1901

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