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PROFITABLE SUNDAY AFTERNOONS R) V C. H. SHAVE'S LECTURES TO WORKING MEN. "THE BIBLE AND LABOUR PROBLEMS." Last Sunday the Rev C. H. Shave discoursed > to a congregation of working men (with a sprinkling of ladies) on The Bible and Labour Problems." The Romilly Hall was nearly filled, and on the platform was the Barry Temperance Choir, under the direc- tion of Mr J. Petty. Mr W. Graham (late presideat of the Liberal and Radical Associa- tion) presided, and as chairman gave what in itself was a remarkable address on the character of the present-day church and its ministry. In this way Mr Shave was led to make a few remarks on the subject, which was in itself closely associated with the title cf his lecture. He spoke of the contempt which many people showed for the Bible, and the readiness with which they would quote contradictory passages from it, and maintained that this could be done, but that the Bible, the Old Testament especially, was largely history. On points affecting the eternal welfare of J: ankind no contradictory passages could be found. Oue could scarcely help feeling a contempt for the small-souled people who brought forward their puerile arguments, and then scoffed at religion. A larg-, part of the Bible hdd nothing whatever to do with tkern at the present day. They bad no connection with the ritual of the Temple, the sacrifices, and other rights and ceremonies pertaining to the religion of the ancient Hebrews. The speaker said be did not inteud to prove anything from The Bible and Labour Problems "—that he left to others. The Boers and other people proved things from the Bible, but he did not think it was right. They should treat the Bible as a history of men's growing consciousness of God. That wns what revelation meant. Age after age the Bible showed then how men conceived Him. Gradu- ally and steadily they grew to a more moral conception of Him, aT d finally they felt a personal relationship to God when Jesus came. For this reason they ought still to value the Bible. He bad to say chat some neglected the Bibls. Perhaps it had grown "stale to many men, who had been so familiar with it from their childhood. He urged them to take the Bo(,k up again, and specially to read the prophecy of Amos. If they wanted a descrip- tion by a man keenly alive to the needs of his age, of problems of labour and poverty, let them read the Book of Amos. They would be amazed if they read it with care. Then they c, uld taki the Gospels, and read those. They should not read every word with the thought that that was the Word of God, and they must not question it. They should rather say that the book was going to tell them something about bow men thought of God. Let them read it in that way, and gradually they would see in it a great deal more than they ever saw before. He had unfolded to them his belief about the Bible, because he wanted them to deal summarily with men who would put to them questions concerning its consistency. They wanted to deal with more important qwep-tionis-wbat was religion, what was the soul of man, and many other questions which were of more importance to them. The Bible was something for them to-day. It dealt with questions closely connected with them, such as labour problems. "That the servant should be looked upon as something more than between man and man." "And servants, do not serve your master solely for the sake of pleasing him, but because you are serving a higher Master; you are serving the Lord Christ." That was what the Bible said with regard to labour. They were not to serve their masters merely for the sake of money. They must serve for the sake of doing their duty. The Apostle Paul had a horror of tramps, and of laziness: Vben we were with you, this we commanded you. If any will not work, neither let him eat. For we hear of some that walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." Mr Shave next quoted the Bible in reference to trade unionism, and to the effect that man should have some leisure, and should never be called upon to work hour after hour, but should have ample time for the cultivation of the soul. Mr Shave concluded by saying that they wanted more of the cultivation of the mind, more time to think on the things he had been speaking about, and since the Bible had so much to say about their werk, he asked them to read it carefully, and they would find it of the same great help to them aB it had been to men age after age, and, beat of all, it told of the old, old story of Jesus and his love, of Him living their life and dying for their sins. The Book was precious to all mankind. Let them love the Bible, but not by putting it away with a nice cover on it, but by making it a constant companion. The address was listened to with marked attention. It was announced that the meetings would in future be properly organised. The Rev C. H. Shave has been chosen president, Mr S. A. Williams vice-president, Dr Percy Smith secretary, Mr Miller assistant secretary, Mr E. J. Roberts treasurer, Mr C. Rowlands musical director, and a committee of 14 will be appointed. It is intended that members shall be enrolled, and the institution conducted on much the same lines as other societies of the kind in the kingdom. During tke meeting the Barry Temperance Choir rendered the Hallelujah Chorus," "Worthy is the Lamb" (from the Messiah), and the" B om. of Song." Miss Williams, B A.M., and Mr C. Rowand8 accompanied. The subject next Sunday will be Tipping.'

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