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The Autobiography of a Twentieth-Century Mennonite Pilgrim

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This edition was published in by Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno

Written in English

243 pages

At Mennonite Brethren conferences, J.B. Toews had a knack for being the last person to speak on an issue. Some of us wondered: was it exquisite timing that gave him the final word at the microphone? Or was it just that after he had spoken there was nothing left to say?

This book may be JB's "last word" to his beloved church. In the first instance it is a personal testimony, a memoir of his life. But it is more than that. It is a particular kind of life, a life lived as a Mennonite Brethren.

In this volume, a companion to his earlier book, A Pilgrimage of Faith, JB's life is a lens that projects a fresh view of the Mennonite Brethren past. The book purports to be an autobiography, but JB's passion for the church is so all-consuming that the lines between denominational and personal history are not always sharp.

About the title: The shorthand of initials was common in earlier times when biblical names like Abraham, Jacob, John, and Peter would cover most of the men in a Russian Mennonite village. Initials like AH, BB, JJ, JA, and HH were a kind of conference code that brought immediate recognition.

J.B. Toews is one of those. Throughout the Mennonite Brethren Conference he is affectionately known as, simply, JB. There's no confusing him with anyone else because he's one of a kind.

--Wally Kroeker, from the Foreword

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1995, Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno
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December 1995, Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
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The Autobiography of a Twentieth-Century Mennonite Pilgrim

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At Mennonite Brethren conferences, J.B. Toews had a knack for being the last person to speak on an issue. Some of us wondered: was it exquisite timing that gave him the final word at the microphone? Or was it just that after he had spoken there was nothing left to say?

This book may be JB's "last word" to his beloved church. In the first instance it is a personal testimony, a memoir of his life. But it is more than that. It is a particular kind of life, a life lived as a Mennonite Brethren.

In this volume, a companion to his earlier book, A Pilgrimage of Faith, JB's life is a lens that projects a fresh view of the Mennonite Brethren past. The book purports to be an autobiography, but JB's passion for the church is so all-consuming that the lines between denominational and personal history are not always sharp.

About the title: The shorthand of initials was common in earlier times when biblical names like Abraham, Jacob, John, and Peter would cover most of the men in a Russian Mennonite village. Initials like AH, BB, JJ, JA, and HH were a kind of conference code that brought immediate recognition.

J.B. Toews is one of those. Throughout the Mennonite Brethren Conference he is affectionately known as, simply, JB. There's no confusing him with anyone else because he's one of a kind.

--Wally Kroeker, from the Foreword

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JB

The Autobiography of a Twentieth-Century Mennonite Pilgrim

This edition was published in by Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno


Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
1. In the Beginning 1
2. First Steps 5
3. Growing Up 12
4. Spiritual Stirrings 20
5. College ... And More! 34
6. Dutch Interlude 46
7. Starting Over 52
8. A Student at Tabor 64
9. Struggling to Obey 74
10. Back in Coaldale 85
11. Bethany Bible Institute 95
12. Rest and Redirection 105
13. The Buhler Ministry 116
14. The Winnipeg Chapter 128
15. Back to the Pastorate 140
16. A Decade in Missions 159
17. The Seminary Presidency 166
18. A Continued Ministry 181
19. A Conference Servant 186
20. In the Shadow of Death 193
21. A Return Home 199
22. Epilogue 205
Endnotes 208

Contributors

Foreword
Wally Kroeker

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25895306M
Internet Archive
JBToewsATwentiethCenturyMennonitePilgrimOCRopt
ISBN 10
1877941042
OCLC/WorldCat
33128110

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