Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 62
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62 CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL
BOOKS AND PERIODICALS.
We rejoice to learn from our Book Agents that the business
of the Publishing House is in a prosperous condition, and that
during the past year there has been a steady growth over the
business of previous years. The future is big with hope for
this important factor in our Church life.
The total sales for the past year were $907,949.30, and the
total profits were $97,388.71, being an increase over the previous
year of $15,049.53. During this year a new branch house has
been opened at Richmond, Va., and we are gratified to know
that it is being loyally supported by our people in that part
of our great connection.
We urge our ministers and members to patronize our own
Publishing House, for there they will find the best of literature,
and by so doing they will foster the business that is our common
Our Sunday School literature is as good as the best, and
much superior to the stuff peddled over the land by so-called
undenominational propagandists. The Sunday School Magazine,
the Adult Student, the Senior Quarterly and graded literature
are worthy of special commendation, yet we feel that these
periodicals could be materially improved by incorporating
therein special teachings on the distinctive doctrines, polity and
history of our own Church, thereby training our young people
in the "way they should go."
Our great central organ, the Christian Advocate, published at
Nashville, Tenn., stands at the top in the family of religious
advocates, and should be in the homes of all our leading
members. It is with deep humility that we are forced to
report that this worthy paper has been published at a loss
during the past year.
The Epworth Era, though splendidly edited, continues to be
a losing enterprise. We specially commend to our preachers
and leading laymen our peerless Review, than which there is no
better in the land.
The Texas Christian Advocate continues to be the pride of
our Texas Methodism. It is in a prosperous condition and is
popular with all of our people. We rejoice to note that during
the past few months there have appeared in its columns some
timely and strong articles on some of our cardinal doctrines.
We urge our people to continue to give this splendid Conference
organ their moral and material support.
L. A. WEBB, Chairman.
FRANKLIN MOORE, Secretary.
Since Paul before Felix preached "righteousness, temperance
and judgment to come," the Church of Christ has ever held
temperance as a cardinal doctrine of Christianity, essential to
any nation's welfare. The conflict between the forces of evil
and of right intensifies that doctrine today, and places it in
the very forefront of the age-long conflict for righteousness.
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