In connection with the truth committed to their custody, much has taken place in recent years to make to churches uncertain and timorous. This critical and scientific age has forced them to recast traditional systems of thought, to phrase anew their message, to shift the emphasis of appeal, and to adjust their teachings to the generally accepted conclusions of geology, psychology, and other branches of knowledge. The process of re-adjustment has made some churches doubt whether they have any special and important truth to give to the world. Another factor tending to induce nervelessness has been the upspringing of institutions designed to ameliorate the conditions under which men live and to enrich and better their lives. As the church sees social settlements, libraries, hospitals, dispensaries, and kindred philanthropic agencies ministering to the people, it rubs its eyes sometimes and asks: "Am I needed in this network of institutions? What can I give men that they cannot find elsewhere?"—The Congregationalist.

A Gospel for the whole man and for all men in every relation,—this alone can prevail, but prevail it will. Men are recognizing the necessity of living in the Spirit and of what such living implies. The triumph of the Spirit is coming. It is coming as truly as there is a God in nature and an eternal purpose behind the universe. Slowly but surely the mind of man is coming to see that the happiness of one is the happiness of all. Each exists for all the others. Already in this day of broad and liberal culture, and yet intensest religious devotion, humanity seems to have pitched its tents on the borders of the Promised Land. A few steps more and wearied limbs are free; a few steps more and oppression ceases; a few steps more and man extends one arm to embrace God and the other to draw the race unto his heart of love. In the heart of human kind a perennial song is sung and the long-sought-fe-life of perfect love begins.

Rev. Horace G. Ogden.
Western Christian Advocate.

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September 22, 1906

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