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                       Editorial.


            THE LATE BISHOP JOHN M. BROWN.

  BISHOP JOHN MIFFLIN BROWN, the eleventh Bishop of the
African Methodist Episcopal Church, departed this life on
Thursday, March 16th, about noon, at his home in Washington,
D. C. He was one of the older Bishops of the Church, being
beyond three score and ten, and having been a Bishop since
1868. He belonged really to two distinct periods of the Church,
viz., that of organization, and also that of development. He
became prominent in the Church when the work was compar-
atively small and in a crude state, when hard work and small
pay were the temporal rewards that were offered to the men
in the very highest stations. But he lived to see it grow large
and influential, and though not wealthy, yet in a condition to
take fairly good care of those who had borne the burden, and
by faithful and patient toil made it what it is.
  There are few men who can serve successfully two genera-
tions. Time moves so rapidly, and brings about so many
changes, that men who live long frequently outlive their use-
fulness by failing to be able to meet the new conditions that
constantly confront them. Not so with Bishop Brown. Being
studious all his life, he kept up with the times, and though an
old man at the time of his death, he belonged to the most
scholarly and progressive class among us. He was a genuine
Methodist in doctrine and polity, but belonged to the school
that is sometimes called the higher Churchmen. He believed
that the Episcopacy was an order, not simply an office, and
while he did not hold to the doctrine of Apostolic Succession,
he believed in a genuine episcopal ordination. He was a
staunch friend of education and insisted upon an educated
ministry, not carrying this idea, however, beyond legitimate
limits. He was a lover of young men, and was ever ready to
encourage and help those who were studious and faithful.
He encouraged the building of modern churches, and under




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 10, Num. 1

Editorial

Volume:  10
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  192
Date:  07/1893


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