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The Great Refusal

And Other Evangelistic Sermons. A Man's Value to Society

Studies in Self-Culture and Character. The Investment of Influence

Studies in Social Sympathy and Service. Great Books as Life-Teachers

Studies of Character, Real and Ideal. The Contagion of Character

Studies in Culture and Success. Great

Men as Prophets of a New Era

Studies in Personality and Power. The Battle of Principle

Heroism and Eloquence of Anti-Slavery

Conflict. German Atrocities The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon Rebuilding Europe in the Face of World-Wide Bolshevism All the Year Round

Sermons for Church and Civic Celebrations.

Foretokens of Immortality
How the Inner Light Failed
Right Living as a Fine Art
The Master of the Science of Right Living
The School in the Home

EDITED BY DOCTOR HILLIS Lectures and Orations by Henry Ward Beecher

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MONG the difficulties of present-day preaching is the fact that the press, the platform,

the college, even business and finance, have become competitors of the pulpit. Centuries ago

the people of ancient Israel overheard Saul, the son of Kish, warning a group of servants that it was folly to make war upon God. In their astonishment, the people exclaimed, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”. It is a distinct gain for society that laymen are warning our people against lawlessness, luxury, and frivolity, since any movement that calls the people back to the faith of the founders and fathers, makes for social betterment. One thing, however, is still left to the preacher,-moral passion, passion for men, and it is this passion that turns the pulpit into a throne. In the belief that the issues of life and death for modern society are in the pulpit, John Ruskin once called the sermon, thirty minutes to raise the dead in.”

These sermons are sparks struck out on the anvil of events. They are here given as they were spoken. In his book, The Black Arrow, Stevenson tells us that a soldier in the thick of the fight, fitted his arrow to the bow, and let the shaft fly against the enemy, without stopping to ask whether the point was polished, or the feathers beautiful. These chapters, plain, simple and unadorned, represent addresses that were given in the hope of winning an immediate decision, and inducing some noble youth to burn his bridges behind him, and to swear instant fidelity to the convictions of the Christian religion, for God's sake and for man's.

N. D. H.

Plymouth Church,

Brooklyn, N. Y.

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