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THE

Glesiastical Obserber

(Formerly the British Harbinger),
A FORTNIGHTLY JOURNAL AND REVIEW; ;

Deputed to Primitior Ghristianity and Biblical Truth.
PUBLISHED ON THE FIRST & FIFTEENTH OF EVERY MONTH.

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ERMS.-The Ecclesiastical Observer can be ordered

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from the EDITOR, on payment of 4s. for the year, 2s. for

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Editor, Ecclesiastical Observer, 30, Belgrave Road,

Birmingham."

them approved by any half-dozen persons con-

sulted thereupon. The term ecclesiastical is in

common use and well understood. We talk

and write of “The Church,” of “ New Testa-

ment Churches," and also of the “Churches of

the Denominations.” But why the word church

is thus used may be hard to say, as we have

naturalised Ecclesiastical, and Ekklesia (èkkinoia)

is selected by the Lord to designate His

Assembly. “Ecclesiastical," then, is taken as

covering all that appertains to churches apos-

tolic, apostatic, and reformatory; and the

Ecclesiastical Observer is a watchman in the

interest of truth and in reference to the things

of the Church of God.

Now, perhaps, more than at any former time,

there is a general sense of coming changes in all

denominations. It is seen everywhere that

changes will come because they must, and that

they must come ere wide-spread efficiency can

be realised. As an OBSERVER we have to look

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READER.. All the days of this New Year

may the blessing of God rest upon you !

May He permit you to see its close, if continu-

ance can be for His glory and your eternal good.

May the New Year prove more blessed and be

better used than any former period of your

earthly career!

During some eighteen years the Ecclesiastical

Observer has made its appearance monthly. For
the present it is to be looked for twice in the
month. A right hearty appreciation of this
more frequent visitation may prepare the way
for weekly publication.

Important changes are inaugurated with this

present number; but object and purpose are

unchanged—a more decided return to primi-

tive and apostolic Christianity, in letter and in

spirit, in faith, polity, and life, is the disideratum

ever in view.

Our title is not altogether admired by some.

New titles have been suggested, but not one of

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