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A Pilgrimage of Faith: The Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia and North America, 1860-1990 1 edition

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It is now [1990] one hundred and thirty years since the birth of the Mennonite Brethren Church and therefore time for someone in that church to take a backward glance to see how things have developed. Who better to do this John B. Toews. His life spans well over half of those years and he has experienced much of what he writes.

"JB" as he is affectionately known by both students and colleagues is a patriarchal figure in the Mennonite Brethren Church. Born in Ukraine, the Russian Revolution and its aftermath were the crucible that shaped his youth and young adult years. After studying in Western Europe, Toews immigrated to Canada in the late 1920s.

Much of his life has been in Mennonite Brethren educational institutions in Canada and the United States. During ten years as Executive Secretary of the Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions he traveled widely and came to know Mennonite Brethren people around the world. In between educational and mission administrative responsibilities he pastored in Kansas and California. After retiring from the presidency of the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary he became the founding Director of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Church.

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A Pilgrimage of Faith
The Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia and North America, 1860-1990
by J.B. Toews

Published 1993 by Kindred Press in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Hillsboro, KS, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Preface iii
Foreword vi
Section 1: Historical Background
1. The Mennonite Brethren: A Phenomenon of Renewal 1
Section 2: The Early Mennonite Brethren Church, 1860-1915
2. A People of Bibliocentric Faith 17
3. The Mennonite Brethren Understanding of Salvation and Baptism 29
4. The Mennonite Brethren Understanding of a New Testament Church 39
5. Leadership and Teaching Ministry 53
6. In The World But Not Of The World 69
7. A Missionary Movement 81
8. Early Mennonite Brethren Missionaries 95
9. Eschatology: Not With One Voice 107
10. Mennonite Brethren at the Turn of the Century 115
11. Summary Observations of Parts One and Two 133
Section 3: A Time Of Transition
12. The Shadow of the Russian Revolution 139
13. Mennonite Immigration from Russia to Canada in the 1920s (Implications for the Mennonite Brethren) 155
14. Mennonite Brethren Education 167
15. Identity and Diversity 189
Section 4: The Mennonite Brethren Church in the Context of Modernity
16. Wrestling with Modernity 205
17. How Shall We Then Be Led? 217
18. Mennonite Brethren Evangelism 239
19. Missions in Context of Change 261
20. Faith in Tension 281
21. A Call To Commitment 299
22. "The Race That Is Set Before Us" (Hebrews 12:1) 323
Endnotes 329

Edition Notes

Perspectives on Mennonite Life and Thought, No. 8
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BX8129.M373 T64 1993

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vii, 376p.
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