Uùf è ; -li/r ; AS'-* «•« ’ ÙtlttìsTÌAìsr ÌIÌÉÌÌALD 4 lowing editorial note which we take from it, and which speaks for itself: A subscriber of the American Baptist Reflector called on its editor - for “as strong an article against . as. can,.pros., duce.” How “ strong ”• an article he has produced can * be judged from one point. He says : “ Camp bellites” and others go on the theory that baptism is not a church ordinance, but is in the keeping of the preachers. “ They meet a man __ in the roaxbimmerse him then and there, and go on their way.” Per sons so baptized cannot, he says, be received into a Baptist church ■without controverting its declara tion of faith. This is a pretty ¿tmhg censure of Philip tizing the eunuch ; but then, in the days of the Apostles, the American Baptist Reflector and the Baptist Battle Flag had not fully developed the wonderful system of Hardshell Baptist principles. It is very true that this is a pretty "strong censure on Philip for baptizing the eun uch ;” but after all it may be a question as to which • is the most consistent the Baptist papers for calling it alien<dmmer- sion, or the Fndependent for mak ing a mockery of th’e solemn or dinance by substituting sprinkling for going down into the water and being immersed ? “ C hristianity A W ork .”—A writer in the Christian at Work says: Christianity is not a theory, but a work. Considering the character of its Author it could not be other wise. Was Christ’sjife a dreamy, contemplative, apathetic one ? Was it a life of seclusion spent in scru tinizing, and self-formenting exer cises Z Wa« it an inner life merely? Was it a life of inglorious ease and luxury ? Far from it. From the manger to the cross it was a life of labor, a devoted, self sacrificing life. Even in his boyhood he was heard to say, “ I must be about my Father’s businessand in his man hood he said : “ I must work the works of him that sent me while it is day; the night cometh when no • man can work.” He expects us to follow his example. And the Bible says : “ Whatsi>ever thy hand find- eth to do, durit withthy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.” Christian activity was taught not only by Christ, but by the apostles also. They inculcated it both by example and by precept. Surround ed as they were, by idolatry and superstition; beset on every hand with bigotry, with bitter prejudice against the new religion, and cruel hate of its Author, they saw clearly that nothing but united, persistent, and unceasing labor would ever Ovefcome the obstacles which seech- ed to be in the w ay of the preaching and spread of the gospel of Christ. The gospel can never be published through the earth, nor its pure and ever-active principles established in the human heart by singing pious songs and offering earnest prayers, companied by labor, by solid work, by heroic devotion, by generous giving, and noble sacrifices of time and comfort. The apostles fouud this necessary; and so have all Christian workers in every age. Ther epistles*abound with exhorta tions to diligence, activity, and per sonal effort to advance the Master’s cause. These letters were read by all the churches, and received by the members as if personally ad- .dixssed. xa. xaclioue. .. Thegreat. aim of the apostles seemed to be to make workers, to enlist agents in the service of Christ. They sought to impress upon every new convert the importance of being instant in season and out of season to win souls. Missionary Column. MISSIONARY BOARD. t'liwreh of ..President. W. H, Adams, Portland I. G. bavidjon. Portland.......... .Treasurer. 8. M. HubWard, Amity Rec. Secretary. B. Wolverton, Corvallis Cor. Secretary. All communication« relating to the employ ment of evangelist«, protracted meeting«, co operation in «een ring pastoral work, etc., all pledges ot as«istance with requests for the same, and all brines« properly coming before the Board will be addressed to the Cor. Sec retary All collections, payments of pledge«, etc,, will be addressed to the Treasurer. STATE EVANGELIST. At last, after numerous delays and disappointments, we are pre pared to announce good news to the brotherhood of Oregon. No one, without the sweet.“experience,” can appreciate the reasons of such delay. At our last annual gather ing it was expected no delay would occur as a suitable person was ready (as supposed) to enter the field, But, by the time a call could reach him, it was found he was otherwise engaged, Next came the correspondence, and we will briefly state why seven months have been consumed in the consummation of this W’ork. Not every person has the qualifications for State Evim- gelist; of those not every one can come to Oregon ; of those not every one can come when needed ; and of those not every person was know n to the Board, and even when found, he could not determine to accept the work till he could know more of the field. This is, sufficient apology. If any one does not think so, let hint address himself to the task and attend to the necessary correspondence and he will be satisfied, .before half the work is % MB done. -Even this would have been delayed had not the Board wisely chosen to call to their aid Bro. D. II. Dungan, of Davenport, Iowa, whose correspondence coupled with his good judgment and hearty in- Fere^nr^ advantage and for whidh the Board desire to publicly express their thanks. With these extended pre liminaries we desire to introduce to the brethren of the State Original Contributions. ± BIBLE TALKS. BY M. It LEMERT. NUMBER Vili. Ak artre» iskrnwu fruiUr so is God by w’hat he says and , does. We are lingering among the Old Testament Scriptures, because, as before said, these containing a reeord of his sayings and doings reveal God to man ; for we wish to ----- ............... W. H.-KHERM AN, —----- learn what He is, together with his present editor of the Christian attributes, with special reference to Worker, of Meaford, Canada, for his veracity, that we may judge for merly of Indiana, who has accepted ourselves whether we may confi- the call of the Board, to become -dently--hop«. in—bis -fYFemiHeey-iUid— State Evangelist. In doing so it is whether—if we live moral lives— not with the intention of append we are in any real danger of his ing his biography that we add a threatenings in case we are indif few’ words ‘ of com mendation. His ferent to his commandments.enjoin works speak for him, and the ing and prohibiting—I say we favorable commendations which we want a clear understanding of these have received from various sources things that we may direct our steps justify us in saying that our State accordingly ; and if deciding in the Evangelist will be found to com affirmative, “ that we may have bine the qualities of head and heart grace whereby we may serve God necessai y to. properly discharge, the oreeptaHv with reverence andgwHr- great responsibility which he te- feM," The love of the world, Inlre- cepts. He will be in Oregon warmness, irreverence and indiffer- September 1st or before to enter ence to the worship of ,God, and » upon the work. As the busy walking in his commandments, season throughout the valley will which characterize the church of Tiave been past, and as he will ex the present time, I think grow out pect to enter immediately after his of its very meager knowledge of arrival upon the w’ork of holding God, his greatness, his.holiness, his meetings wherever brethren are abhorence of sin, his omnipotence ; ready, we trust the churches w’hich resulting from ignorance of the desire his services will not" be slow’ Scriptures, especially of the Old to write accordingly. Likewise do Testament, where his wrath and not forget that Paul plants, Apollos vengeance stand out so fearfully. waters, but God giveth the increase. Neither are they read and taught And except the Lord be with you in the family nor the pulpit as in the work nothing wi l l be ...... ac . their merits demand. Had we the complished. Then let us 1 while" knowledge of God, (obtained from praying the Lord of the harvest to his word) of his goodness and send his lalx>rers, also pray that we mercy, also of his wrath and vean- may be ready and willing to geance that David had from his ex second the efforts of Bro. Sherman, perience and observation we would by our hearty cooperation with feel like exclaiming with him, “ The him in every good work. Lord is great and greatly to be - ._____ a- praised ;* He also is to be feared Bro. A. D. Goodw’in, of Salinas, above all gods.” “ Stand in awe Kansas, son of our lamented Elijah and sin not; commune with your Goodwin, a graduate of Butler own heart upon your bed and be University, and a preacher of still.” “ Let all the inhabitants of ability, is expected here in June on the world stand in awe of him ; for a visit to the State. He comes he spake and it wras done; he com with the view’ of locating in our manded and it stood fast.” “ Enter State, and we trust a place will be into his gates with thanksgiving, found for him. He will desire to and into his courts his praise.” hold some meetings and become ac Such awe and reverence for him quainted with our brethren. Any who has measured the waters in the, congregations desiring his services hollow of his hand, and meted out for a few days wdll please corres heaven with a span and compre-| pond with the Board. His arrival hended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the inounl will be duly announced. tains in scales, and the hills in a C or . S ec . 4?.