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The Educational Value Of Medical Missions
It is therefore easy to see that the value of Medical Missions, from the standpoint of a Christian educational agency, requires but little demonstration to attest its supreme worth and its essential importance.
Value Of Medical Missions As A Christian Philanthropic Agency
By training the native Christian Church in true Christian Philanthropy.—We here take up an aspect of Medical Missions which, to a large extent, has been obscured, and yet which may claim to impart to their service one of its most striking missionary values.
Economical Value Of Medical Missions
We are now brought to consider a part of our subject, the importance of which has already been alluded to in a previous chapter. Yet there is hardly any aspect of the value of Medical Missions which has been more overlooked than that of their use as a missionary health agency.
The Practice Of Medical Missions
The physician's soothing, healing touch is the broad scythe which sweeps a harvest to his feet.... Hospitals become schools, where heavenly lessons seem more easily learned than elsewhere.
Women's Sphere In Medical Missions
In the poor man's home where the newly-born girl baby is not wanted, the woman physician does the work of an Evangelist by telling of a Heavenly Father's love for even this tiny babe. To the crowd on the street where a woman has taken poison and thrown herself on the doorstep of her adversary to die, she tells the story of redeeming love.
The Sphere Of A Nurse Missionary
It may perhaps be well if we commence our consideration of the work falling to the lot of a nurse missionary by defining who is meant by this designation, the more so as there has been much confusion concerning the application of the title.
The Failure Of Medical Missions
We might be able to do a great deal of good in advancing the Gospel with inferior medical work, but we should aim at nothing less than the best professional results possible under the circumstances of our position. The best work secures the best results.
The Training Of A Medical Missionary
The first then, and incomparably the most important qualification for Medical Missionary Service is love; love that can be felt, that practises as well as preaches.
Missionary Training
We now commence the consideration of an aspect of the Medical Missionary's training which is of supreme importance, and which, while in no way obscuring the necessity of regarding the professional preparation in the light of a solemn obligation, is yet that which must be kept always in a foremost place.
The Home Base Of Medical Missions
No attempt to deal with the enterprise of Medical Missions would be complete without some reference to the Home side of the work. In many senses, indeed, this may be regarded as that of more pressing importance.
The Appeal Of Medical Missions
THROUGHOUT the previous chapters the endeavour has been made to bring into prominence the obvious lessons that are to be deduced from a review of the enterprise of Medical Missions.
The Motive
Not for the sake of telling the story, but for the sake of what the story may tell, do I sit down to write these notes of memory. With respect to the Bible, I am one of the men who have lived through the crisis of the Nineteenth Century, and experienced the change which that century has wrought.
The Fifties
WHEN I speak of sixty years with the Bible, I am thinking of the period that extends from about the middle of the Nineteenth Century to the present time. I take this whole period for my field, for the reason that my memory covers it all.
The Sixties
VERY early in the Sixties, near the end of my college course, I pledged myself in spirit to the work of the Christian ministry, and before very long I was a student in a Theological Seminary. There our main work was biblical.
The Seventies
DURING the entire decade of the Seven-ties I was neighbor and pastor to a Theo-logical Seminary. It would naturally be expected that such a period in a young man's life would provide an important chapter in the story of his relations with the Bible, and in my case so it did.
The Eighties
At the very beginning of the Eighties a great change came to all my mental operations through a change in the scene of my work. From my pastorate of the Seventies I went to another which was as unlike it as possible in the conditions of life and thought.
The Nineties
IN the first week of the Nineties my old teacher in Systematic Theology, who had been inspiring students through all the intervening years, very suddenly died, and after a few days I found myself seated in his chair, engaged to conduct through the remainder of the seminary year the class that he had left.
The New Century
AT the close of the Nineteenth Century I had been engaged for a decade in the work to which my life had led me. My method of using the Bible had been longer than a decade in practice, and through practice had only grown clearer and more consistent.
Reflections On Prayer And Natural Law 1861
A MID the apparent confusion and caprice of natural phenomena, which roused emotions hostile to calm investigation, it must for ages have seemed hope-less to seek for law or orderly relation; and before the thought of law dawned upon the unfolding human mind these otherwise inexplicable effects were referred to personal agency.
Miracles And Special Providences 1867
IT is my privilege to enjoy the friendship of a select number of religious men, with whom I converse frankly upon theological subjects, expressing without disguise the notions and opinions I entertain regarding their tenets, and hearing in return these notions and opinions subjected to criticism.
On Prayer As A Form Of Physical Energy
THE Editor of the Contemporary Review is liberal enough to grant me space for some remarks upon a subject which, though my relation to it was simply that of a vehicle of transmission, has brought down upon me a considerable amount of animadversion.
Vitality
THE origin, growth, and energies of living things are subjects which have always engaged the attention of thinking men. To account for them it was usual to assume a special agent, free to a great extent from the limitations observed among the powers of inorganic nature.
Matter And Force
IT is the custom of the Professors in the Royal School of Mines in London to give courses of evening lectures every year to working men. The lecture-room holds 600 people; and tickets to this amount are disposed of as quickly as they can be handed to those who apply for them.
Scientific Materialism 1868
As regards science, Fichte's idea is to some extent illustrated by the constitution and labors of the British Association. We have here a body of men engaged in the pursuit of Natural Knowledge, but variously engaged.
An Address To Students
THERE is an idea regarding the nature of man which modern philosophy has sought, and is still seeking, to raise into clearness; the idea, namely, of secular growth. Man is not a thing of yesterday; nor do I imagine that the slightest controversial tinge is imported into this address when I say that he is not a thing of 6,000 years ago.
Scientific Use Of The Imagination
Lastly, physical investigation, more than anything besides, helps to teach us the actual value and right use of the Imagination—of that wondrous facility, which, left to ramble uncontrolled, leads us astray into a wilderness of perplexities and errors, a land of mists and shadows; but which, properly controlled by experience and reflection, becomes the noblest attribute of man; the source of poetic genius, the instrument of discovery in Science, without the aid of which Newton would never have invented fluxions, nor Davy have decomposed the earths and alkalies, nor would Columbus have found another Continent.
The Belfast Address
AN impulse inherent in primeval man turned his thoughts and questionings betimes toward the sources of natural phenomena. The same impulse, inherited and intensified, is the spur of scientific action today.
The Belfast Address - Pt. 2
Still earlier than these three philosophers, and during the centuries between the first of them and the last, the human intellect was active in other fields than theirs. Pythagoras had founded a school of mathematics, and made his experiments on the harmonic intervals.
The Belfast Address - Pt. 3
During the drought of the Middle Ages in Christen-dom, the Arabian intellect, as forcibly shown by Draper, was active. With the intrusion of the Moors into Spain, order, learning, and refinement took the place of their opposites.
The Belfast Address - Pt. 4
In the seventeenth century Bacon and Descartes, the restorers of philosophy, appeared in succession. Differently educated and endowed, their philosophic tendencies were different. Bacon held fast to Induction, believing firmly in the existence of an external world, and making collected experiences the basis of all knowledge.
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