Charles edward Jefferson ny times 1898

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Charles edward Jefferson ny times 1898 - TABERHICLE'SKEW PASTOR The Rev. Charles E....
TABERHICLE'SKEW PASTOR The Rev. Charles E. Jefferson Preaches His First Sermon in the Broadway Church. CONGRATULATED BY MEMBERS Ttxt filected th Barely Ud One? "God So Loved the World that Ho Gars His Only-Bo- ' ' gotten Son." i A larse eowrrecation irat tiered In the Broadway Tabernacle yesterday morning to bear, the new paator, the Rev. Charles Ed ward Jefferson, preach nla . nri Knnm. fr. JrfT arson comes from the C'antral Con-creKatlonal Church at C3elaea, Mass.. whera Ma (uccm in building up a Urg consre-Uoa attracted general attention. Expectancy shone in every face aa the audience awaited the result of the ordeal of the first appaar&nco of the younjf successor to the pulpit made famous ry Dr. William M. Taylor. Not less Interested appeared the preacher himself.. During the singing he waa pale and motionless, uve for the nervous twitching of hia thin hand, that were closed over ..... . . . K v In l4 tne new .testament, jt-m uw mo-black gown, hia deep eyea half concealed by -i. ........ w1 hla hatarrilaaa fan ETaved by study and thoughts he looked aomewhat like an ascetic The Importance and significance of the moment seemed to weigh upon him. When he offered the prayer before the ermon bis voice faltered and wavered at first, but aoon regained Us natural tone and became strong and vibrant. Evenj at this urly stage he gave evidence of the manner hi- ihniivht biw! nhrAjtlnir. '"We feel ourselves of- the earth earthy," he said, " when we try to throw our wishes into spew-h." The sermon that followed fully lustlfled the fancy that he would make free uitu of trope and metaphor. Mr. Jefferson's voice la full of power and charm. It Is not robust or sonorous, and yet it fills and seems to overflow the great church. He makes few gestures, and depends for effect upon a wide range of tone and modulation. His quietness Impresses one as springing from Intensity of conviction, and his reserve has the aemblance of enthusiasm. When, at the close of his sermon, he recited a few lines of poetry, he spoke the deeply dramatic words unthe-eirtoally. letting them fall slowly Into the sense of his audience with perfect rhythm and cadence. He began his sermon by reading from the Sixteenth verse of the third chapter' of John: " God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son," and continued: " It is very rare that this text Is preached from. I'osslbly the oldest churchgoers in the congregation have not heard it preached from more than a half-doxen times in their lives. In looking through seventy volumes of sermons by the best preachers of the nineteenth century I did not see one nermon on this text. Of course, the essence of this thought was diffused through ail these sermons. The atmosphere of It lay like a halo around every volume, but not once was it Used as a text. ' This may seem strange, because it is one of the greatest of text. Martin L.uther used to say it was ' the little gospel.' because in ii is condensed the essence of all the gospels. It Is one of the most familiar senteifM of the Scripture. In quoting from the. bible other verses elude us; but this V.WllI ,.1,1 fulthfi,l antAnn. rnavo- alia nu and we enn always fall back upon its familiar and substantial declaration. . ' A Bible .la Itself. '"If all the Bibles of the world were burned and went up in smoke, and there should fall whirling back to earth a single Crisp piece of paper containing this sentence, the world would' still possess a Bible, and around that Bible a church would be formed.' As a text, it is so vast that it is almost impossible to do anything with it. It hampers a man Into silence; it appalls him. There are some sentences that a man can walk around, and walk Into, and take possession of the truth. This Is not such a sentence. There are sentences that are eaKily explained, but this Is not such a sentence. There are some sentences whose meaning we may measure sentences along which We can lay our measuring lines, and take their length and breadth. No such sentence a this. It is kraueasurable, infinite. ' I'l '-Krt fKnlafn trt m th. linfvorM in n half hour. And yet that request would be reasonable compared to the request to explain the meaning of this sentence in a ermon. That Is the reason that preachers seldom touch this sentence as a text. It is a reservoir from which have trickled other sentences that are better fitted for ordinary texts. A tin cup is big enough to bring to a congregation. It Is only waste of. time to at tempt to bring the ocean. " But there are rare occaaiooa when it. does a preacher arxi congregation good to aland and look upon the ocean. That is why I have taken this sentence for my text. I dont want to explain anything, to Illustrate anything, to expound anything, but I want us to stand tn the presence of this tnountalnllke sentence, and. fail into silence before it. " God so loved the -world. The day begins with God. That Is where every pastor and every church begins. 11 'at is where the universe begins. Home on. has said, Lret tne define God. No! To define that word -would be to spoil It. It is the greatest noun in the language. It is wider Uian the sky, deeper than space. Tou cannot crush It Into the bounds of a definition. Let it remain vast and indefinite. My heart this AornThg loathes definitions. " Jod loved.' Love is the greatest verb In the language. Some one said. Let me analyse it. No! Tou cannot analyse love. You spall it If you attempt it. Let the word stand In lndescriliable loveliness. " ' God so loved. So That word was ordained of God. It Is going to multiply that word love into Infinity. Don't brush R aside. Now we come to a more familiar word. It la warmer world.' Don't try to de-tine It, .You might clip off the edges of it and make it a smaller word than Jesus made it. Let us keep it. with Jesus' accent upon It. You might leave out some sinner, some Samaritan. Iet it stay aa Jesus spoke it. It stands there reaching out its arms, gathering nations, tribes, peoples, empires, into Its embrace. "God That sounded rather cold at first. God ' and love 'taken together ' they are like two stars that r.hlne aloft; and when we add the world It seems as if the stars had come down and touched us. Ood so loved the world that He gave.' We knew that word was .coming. It does not take us by surprise. We had anticipated it, Wherever you find love you will find ' give The two words go hand In hand throughout the universe. You know our word g.t That la the earth word Let us rub out get ' and write down ' give Te Cfcaan Bttwera Jeans mmu Mas. "He 'gave Hla only-begotten Son Ah! There is the word that surprises' Son That surprising word is reserve! for the end. We could not have anticipated that. HI only-begotten Son 'mark the adverb. 8ee bow the word cuts a chasm between us men and that Man! Look at Buddha. Confucius, Zoroafcrer, and Mohammed. They ail wore crown, but nor a crown like His only-begotten Son. There Is Plato; there stands Socrates; over there Is Srneoa; down there is Marcus Aurelius. and Epictetus. They are or one order. He of another Savpnarola. and Husa, and TYndale were martyrs; He Is ihe martyr. " Books have been w ritten explanatory of love. 1 know it; but 1 prefer to read this Book. I want to see the prodigal coming home, and see the harlot cast herself at Jesus' feet. .'.' ' Son-". Mn cn Pll the meaning of this word. 1 know it. There have always been mrn who -could explain it; such are very frequently called 'advanced thinkers.' They are not advanced, but belated. I call no man advanced who has not got ''six inches beyond the reach of pagan thought two thousand years before we were born. When Moses ld the people out of Egypt he took them around by the mountain of Sinai. They saw the mountain Dame and smoke, while thunder reverberated from its crags, and the people looked up . with imbruted faees. not understanding the full meaning: but they knew that from that mountain God was speaking to them. The Hebrew race has never escaped from the experience of that d;iy. The flashing moun- ti..,. I.. h. . A, iiiru pumry auu oratory. We. too. look back to a mountain. It is Golgotha Calvary. Its. top -is brilliant with excess of light. We cannot approach its summit; but stand off and veil our eves. But we are aure that God speaks from Calvary.. Historians may take up the crown of thorns and crush it down upon Jesus head, but they must say that history changed Us course when Jesus died. Skeptics and scoffers may shake their dice at t h foot of the Cross, but they must say that SPRING MJJXINERY. - . , . . . . ' French and American 3 odels Will be exhibited on Tai sday March 8th s nd 9th. JAMES McCRE Twenty Broadway and their hinges, and elevated tne world to new Ideals. ' -i " We know to-day that the .thought, Ood is leve,' has become a commonplace. Even skeptics and scoffers use It. It has become an axiom in our human' thinking. But where did you learn that God is love? The world did not discover it until 2,M years ago. - Philosophers had climbed high Into the celestial regions, but they did not bring back this message. It was not learned from nature. As Tennyson has said: " Nature, red In tooth and claw With ravine, shrieked against the creed " You will not learn this truth from history; for history is filled with so many confused and discordant voices. God commended His love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, lie gave Hla only-begotten Son to die for us. " ' Into the woods my Master went, Clear forespent forespent. Into the woods my Master came, Forespent with love and shame. But the leaves were not blind to Him. And the little gray leaves were kind to Him, The thorn tree had a mind to Him, When into the woods He came. Out of the woods my Master went. And He waa well content. iUut -of the woods my Master came. content with death and shame. When death and shame would woo Him last. From under the trees they drew Him last, 'Twas on a tree they slew Him last. When out of the woods He came " After the services a large part of the congregation pressed around the pulpit to shake hands with the new pastor and to congratulate him upon the success of his first sermon.- A reception will be tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson at 8 P. M. to-day. THE WARSZAWIAK CASE AGAIN. Scotch Presbyterians Are Demanding a New Trial to Find Oat Where SI 3,000 Has Gone. There Is a new development in the Wars-zawlak case. At present an appeal to the Synod of New York on the charge of gambling is pending, and the Synod may either affirm or order a new trial. Demands have Just reached here from Scotland that a new trial be ordered, in order to give opportunity to show what -has become of $13.XK collected In Scotland for the benefit of Warszawlak's mlsMon to the Jews in this city. Questions were asked a year ago about this money, and Warszawlak promised to make a statement, which he has not yet -done. Some time ago the Rev. Dr. Patterson, his counsel, wrote to the Chairman of the Scottish Presbytery Committee that the money was in a bank in Edinburgh. About the same time a Mr. Conant of this city, a friend of Warszawlak. wrote to the same man that the money was in a bank In this city, but so placed that the New York Presbytery could not get hold or it. Within a few weeks Warszawlak, who has been In England, but Is expected to arrive In New York this week, told the Rev. John Wilkinson, f. London editor, that the money was exhausted. I Ja-n these conflicting statements The Christian of London cautions its readers against Warszawlak, and members of the Scotch Presbytery, In which most of the money was collected, point out that this Is a new charge, quite apart from the one of gambling, and urge a new trial. It is known that money in drafts bearing Warszawlak's receipt on the back have been received and cashed in this city. CONOBEGATIONS TO UNITE. Temples Israel mad Beth-Elohim W ill Erect a Jitw Synogogae. At a meeting of the congregation of Temple Beth-Elohim held in the synagogue in Keap Street, Brooklyn, yesterday afternoon it was unanimously decided to consolidate with the congregation of Temple Israel, at Bedford and Lafayette Avenues. The matter had been under discussion for nearly two years, but' not until recently was it strongly favored by both congregations. The first to give a favorable decision were the members of Temple Israel. A resolution was drawn up and passed by Beth-Elohim congregation that a committee of seven be appointed to sell the Keap Street property, which cost the society fttM.OUO when purchased many years ago. The society owns an adjoining house, which will also be sold. The membership of Temple Beth-Elohim numbers ISO and the Temple Israel 140. As neither of the synagogues will accommodate the Joint congregations, it is the Intention to erect a new building in another section of the city. An offer may be made for the Aurora Grata Cathedral. Both congregations are composed of wealthy Hebrews. LUTHERAN CHTJBCH' DEDICATED. Service lax the Washington Heights Cena-regation'e New Building. The new building of the Washington ' -ht Evangelical Lutheran Church was dedicated yesterday. The church so far has been raised to the nrst story, and the service yesterday was held In what in the completed church will be the Sunday school room. The church Is in West One Hundred and Fifty-third Street, near the Boulevard, and is of graystone, ' of Gothic design, and is to be sui mounted by a steeple. In the future a wing will be built on. either Bide of the present structure. The dedication service was simple, and waa conducted in German. At 10:30 A. M. the congregation gathered outside the building, and. after a prayer by the pastor, the Rev. E. A. Tappert. and hymn singing, the builder handed the key of the church to the Rev. Mr. Tappert, and the congregation followed him Into the building amid hallelujah exclamations.. There were the usual Scripture reading, hymn singing, and dedication prayer. The Rev. Dr. Richard Mekler of Flushing, L. I., preached. There waa a large attendance, and. tn response to Mr. Tappert's appeal, a large collection was taken up. that the building work might g on. NEW DEMOCRACY AND WORK. Dr. Eat.a'i Addreaa ait the rharrh of the Divine Paternity. The Rev." Dr. Charles H. Eaton preached yesterday morning at the Church of the Divine Paternity, (Universalis!.) In West Forty-sixth Street, on the question. " What Can Tou Do for the Church?" Ttie address was an exhortation to good works. The preacher urged his hearers to speak well of all denominations, as there are In all of them men and women who are striving with all their might to live godly lives. - For the upbuilding of their own individual church Dr. Eaton urged two things hard work and righteous living. As an illustration of hard work Dr. Eaton said: There is now a movement which extends to every part of this country. Disci-plea of what is called the '.New Democracy are going two by two to every State to every city aixl county, to every hamlet' They teach a doctrine which most of you regard aa a financial heresy, out they are in earnest. Their leaders may not all be sincere, tout there are enough of the people who are honest to give powrr to the work - "This New Democracy is meeting with great success because !t keeps at work, and you and 1 will not combat it successfully unless we do at least as much, perhaps more. work, on the other side. Otherwise we may wake up after some Presidential election and find that this New Democracy has captured the country, not because the cause is Just, but because its advocates were willing to work. That always has been true, and It still remains true.' RY thlrkl 11th SEARCH rof. Society Compares DEAL Revelation tions After an 'hlch he 'Ifvplaru! .Idler iprm oetore at Carnegie discourse on s usual SDelal and a large urer said The le ijiultltude, it religion ictrlnes pre-illing one, aocept-. view tlhelr eves dome to his change lay be tmsiderable le common lightest ot only well-to-o classed, Aeclally in religious ppeu. ' The 1 fit for n the Have re hardly verage i not hat - there II life than . reature etty J'""' 1 nvriuBe dlf-erent from " Now, UDtlllpd hv my be bersonal .ivfi iiuuiiui it-ose tne I - " " bossesses i oim to possess. t1CA Af lowers of the right " But. one Irom the nat such a one ioint, and leavens Jeen, at what proof AT., " . ible. And he men per-ormed mow that nust believe I ome upon underlies the rhe lenary mo-nent we is true, founda-ion not fihe " I do 1 1 - Ihe t to ner. more ond and 1 1 U.' Vb I ndivldual. I " huch kirohlem. . Eonfess rtlutlrin at r . khe . in a. confession sciences such subtle rella-lous thinkers us that that these excellent; tht-lr hS.f th.1. n.muui. 11. hut Alan ------ fact that 1 ., . religion ue 01 any in the - -"-i these Th I going to M4 M r, - V1 ...... - between the can you '7, The belief have loaf; . -7 scientific ... indulge precious what we through Soeaklna. the Ethical continued: In my is the link the real, ideal reveals v . the sense the product duces itself sentiment obsession the social " But all failures, explaining and of moral deed, these there would in the n a Divine spiritual materialists " An3 attitude outcame. and it in .11 the merce of Father, it acts of and

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 07 Mar 1898, Mon,
  3. Page 10

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