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Going faster than the experience led, has been the bane of many. Men have preached in certain terms and phrases according to the tone given by others, while the thing has never been made out even to their conviction, much less in their experience.

It is a most important point of duty, in a Minister, TO REDEEM TIME.

A young Minister has sometimes called an old one out of his Study, only to ask him how he did: there is a tone to be observed toward such an idler: an intimation may be given, which he will understand, « This is not the house!” In order to redeem time, he must refuse to engage in secular affairs : No man, that warreth, entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. He must watch, too, against a dozing away of time: the clock-weight goes down slowly, yet it draws all the works with it.

Owen remarks, that it is not sufficiently considered how much a Minister's personal religion is exposed to danger, from the very circumstance of religion being his profession and employment. He must go through the acts of religion : he must put on the appearances of religion: he must utter the language and display the feelings of religion. It requires double diligence and vigilance, to maintain, under such circumstances, the spirit of religion. I have prayed: I have talked: I have preached: but now I should perish, after all, if I did not feed on the bread which I have broken to others.

A MINISTER must CULTIVATE A TENDER SPIRIT. If he does this so as to carry a savour and unction into his work, he will have far more weight than other men. This is the result of a devotional habit. To affect feeling is nauseous and soon detected: but to feel, is the readiest way to the hearts of others.

The leading defect in Christian Ministers is want of a DEVOTIONAL HABIT. The Church of Rome made much of this habit. The contests accompanying and following the Reformation, with something of an indiscriminate enmity against some of the good of that Church as well as the évil, combined to repress this spirit in the Protestant writings; whereas the mind of Christ seems, in fact, to be the grand end of Christianity in its operation upon man.

THERE is a manifest want of spiritual influence on the ministry of the present day. I feel it in my own case, and I see it in that of others. I am afraid that there is too much of a low, managing, contriving, maneuvering temper of mind among

We are laying ourselves out, more than is expedient, to meet one man's taste, and another man's prejudices. The ministry is a grand and holy affair; and it should find in us a simple habit of spirit, and a holy but humble indifference to all consequences.


A Man of the world will bear to hear me read in the desk that awful passage: Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction; and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life: and few there be that find it. Nay, he will approve it : “ The Minister is in the desk : he is reading the lesson of the day.” But this very man--were I to go home with him, and tell him in his parlour that most of those whom he knows and loves are going on in that road to eternal destruction –this very man would brand the sentiment as harsh and uncharitable. Though uttered by Christ himself, it is a declaration as fanatical and uncandid, in the judgment of the world, as could be put together in language.

MANY hearers cannot enter into the REASONS. of the Cross. They adopt what I think is Butler's grand defect on this subject. He speaks of the Cross as an appointment of God, and THEREFORE to be submitted to: but God has said much in his word of the reasons of this appointment: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that be. lieveth.

Several things are required to enable a Minister to attain a proper variety in his manner. He must be in continual practice: if I were to preach but once a month, I should lose the ability of preaching. He must know that his hearers are attached to him—that they will grant him indulgencies and liberties. He must, in some measure, feel himself above his congregation. The presence of a certain brother chills me ; because I feel that I can talk on no one subject in the pulpit, with which he is not far better acquainted than I am.

The first duty of a Minister, is, To call on his hearers to turn to the Lord. “ We have much to speak to you upon. We have many duties to urge on you. We have much instruction to give you—but all will be thrown away, till you have

turned to the Lord.. Let me illustrate this by a familiar comparison. You see your child sinking in the water: his education lies near your heart: you are anxious to train him up so, that he may occupy well the post assigned to him in life. But, when you see him drowning, the first thoughts are not how you may educate him, but how you may save him. Restore him to life, and then call that life into action.,

A DISINTERESTED regard to Truth should be, what it very seldom is, the most striking character in a Christian Minister. His purpose should be to make proselytes to truth, and not to anything which may be particular in his views of it. “ Read my books” says one. “ No!” says another, “ read mine.” And thus religion is taken up by : piece-meal; and the mind is diverted from its true nature by false associations. If the teacher, whom this man has chosen for his oracle, disgrace religion by irreligious conduct, he stumbles. He stumbles, because he has not been fixed upon the sole and immoveable basis of the religion of the Bible. The mind well instructed in the Scriptures, can bear to see even its spiritual father make shipwreck of the faith and scandalize the Gospel; but will remain itself unmoved. The man is in possession of a treasure, which, if others

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