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People of the Way: Selected Essays and Addresses by John A. Toews 1 edition

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The untimely passing of John A. Toews in January 1979 was a profound loss to many people both inside and outside the Mennonite Brethren Church. This book of selected essays circles two themes about which Toews was particularly concerned: 1) Mennonite Brethren history and identity, and 2) the question of nonresistance. Toews was well-educated and spent most of his life in academic institutions, but he always viewed his task primarily in relation to the church rather than in relation to the academic community. He was a man of the people and excelled in bringing the insights of the academic community to the people in a form that they could digest and apply.

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People of the Way
Selected Essays and Addresses by John A. Toews
edited by Abe J. Dueck, Herbert Giesbrecht, and Allen R. Guenther

Published 1981 by Historical Committee, Board of Higher Education, Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Preface Helmut T. Huebert vii
Foreword Abe J. Dueck viii
Chronology of John A. Toews xi
In Memoriam David Ewert 1
Essays and Addresses by John A. Toews
Part One: The Nature and Life of the Church
1. Building on the Foundation: Guiding Principles for the Diligent Nurture of the Church 27
2. Paul as Model Teacher for the Church 41
3. The Autonomy of the Local Church in the Light of the New Testament 46
4. Consecration as Related to Our Vocation 53
5. The Christian Encounter with Culture 63
Part Two: The History and Theology of the Church
6. The Congregation of Radical Bible Readers 73
7. The Use of the Old Testament in the Church 78
8. The Recovery of the Believers' Church Concept 84
9. The Company of the Committed 91
10. The Reorientation of the Teaching Ministry at the Centennial of the Mennonite Brethren Church 97
11. In Search of Identity 109
12. The Story Behind the History 116
Part Three: Peace and Nonresistance: Crucial Issues for the Church
13. True Nonresistance 127
14. The Christian and Armed Combat 137
15. The Expression of Our Peace Witness 146
16. The Christian Response to Communism 153
17. The Christian and the State 161
Part Four: The Unity and Faithfulness of the Church
18. The Dangers of Nondenominationalism 171
19. An Anabaptist's Apprehensions about Ecumenism 176
20. Why are there so many Factions among Mennonites? 184
21. Mennonite Brethren in Inter-Mennonite Endeavors 189
Part Five: The Work and Witness of the Church
22. A Christ-Centered Education 201
23. The Call to Bear Witness 205
24. The Anabaptist Involvement in Missions 216
25. People of the Way 229
A Bibliography of Essays, Addresses, and Tapes of John A. Toews Herbert Giesbrecht 234

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xii, 245p.
Number of pages
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches


  • Preface
    Helmut T. Huebert
  • Foreword
    Abe J. Dueck
  • Contributor
    David Ewert
  • Contributor
    Herbert Giesbrecht

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