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The Sum and Substance Of Preaching

Recommended Strategy For Busy Pastors

Kindly Treatment Of The Elderly

On Babies Crying In Church

On Cultivating A Little Life

ON BABIES CRYING IN CHURCH

Albert Dawson served as Joseph Parker's amanuensis, to write down, and subsequently publish, Parker's sermons. He was Parker's "Literary Assistant and Private Secretary" for 6 1/2 years. In 1901 Dawson recorded the following comments:

Babies in church, however restive they may be, never disturb Dr. Parker. An infant having made itself heard one Easter Sunday morning, the Doctor paused in his sermon, and smiling said, "I love to hear that little voice." A similar incident occurring at a Good Friday service, he said, "I never turn a baby out of church. I don't know what the child was saying, but I know it was all true."

At a Sunday evening service he said he was distressed that a child had been taken out the previous Sunday evening. "This church was desecrated by that act. I think that child is here tonight, and I wish it to make any noise which is satisfactory to itself." On another occasion he said, "It is a poor congregation and it is a poor preacher that can't have a little child going on just as it pleases for the time being. 'He took a little child, and set him in the midst of them.'"