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THE

Mysteries of the Kingdom;

A SERIES OF SKETCHES

EXPOSITORY

OF

OUR BLESSED SAVIOUR'S PARABLES.

BY THE

REV. JOSEPH BAYLEE, D.D.,

PRINCIPAL OF ST. AIDAN'S COLLEGE, AND INCUMBENT OF

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BIRKENHEAD.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.
LIVERPOOL: EDWARD HOWELL CHURCH STREET

101. 2.74.

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THE following Sketches are not presented as elaborate expositions of the parables. Their publication has originated in the following way. I was urged by a valued friend to write out for him an exposition of one of the parables, which appeared to him to remove great difficulties in its interpretation. Not having time to do so, the result of several conversations on the subject was that I arranged to preach a series of sermons on the parables. Having consulted with some other members of my congregation, he arranged with a publisher to have the sermons taken down in short-hand and published, provided I would consent to the arrangement. I could have no other objection than an unwillingness to submit unfinished compositions to public criticism. The reader will remember that the following papers profess to be no more than sketches. They are popular addresses to an intelligent congregation, not compositions emanating from learned leisure.

As sermons, they are, in the true sense of the word, extempore. The style, therefore, of these sketches is simply the natural expression of passing thoughts, with no effort to attain to the language of the religious essay.

In fulness of statement, they do not profess to be more than the expressions of sentiment and feeling which spontaneously arise from a devout and earnest, but necessarily rapid, consideration of divine truth and teaching. It is very different, however, with regard to the views and principles presented to the reader. These are the result of years of patient, prayerful thought.

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