Rev. E. Winchester Donald D. D., of New York. preached an intensely interesting sermon last night in Appleton Chapel, on the text "I am the door," John X: 9. The whole sermon was couched in the most beautiful language and this with the skillful arrangement of the ideas made it unusually impressive.
In religion, Christ is a door, through which Divinity comes to Humanity, just as the artist, the thinker, are door between the realms of beauty, and truth, and men. Through Christ God reveals himself to men. There is an innate passion in the human mind for expansion and one of the forms which this passion takes is a search for God. It is to this searching that the words come "I am the door."
But this door not only allows God to come to man, it serves equally well for man to go to God. And the passage is made so attractive that man is impelled toward it by an inward sense, his entrance is not left to mere chance. There is in each of us a tendency toward right or if not a tendency toward it, at least a respect for it, which impels us to that being who is the highest expression of right.
Religion presents perplexities and must present them as long as it lives. The thinking man can never become perfectly settled in his mind on questions of the interpretation of Scripture, of creed and form. Yet through all these perplexities, which are, after all, side issues, certain fundamental truths stand out in perfect clearness, unobscured by personal feeling. The beautiful relation of Christ to men is one of these truths. The preacher ended with an earnest plea for breadth of view in the great truths and principles which effect all sects and creeds alike.
During the evening the choir sang the anthems: "Arise, O Lord, into Thy resting place, by Cobb, and "Give unto the Lord" by H. W. Parker.