Canadian Prairie Mennonite Ministers' Use of Scripture: 1874-1977
The purpose of this research has been to show a commonality of focus, emphasis, usage, and direction that points toward a Mennonite canon within the biblical canon. There is enough similarity that one can speak of a rhythm to the Mennonite church year, a common theology rooted in atonement theory, discipleship emphases, and sermons of supplication, along with a rootedness of catechetical instruction, baptismal rituals, and communion services.
These comparisons of texts can be viewed as three concentric circles, emanating internally (1) from a Mennonite canon used by ministers on the Canadian Prairie, (2) to the larger Anabaptist community, (3) to the broader Christian Church. Whether chosen as a free text, used in common with other ministers, or in conjunction with the lectionary, these Scripture passages reveal spheres of influence that stretch temporally back to the sixth and seventeenth centuries, expand outward to Swiss and Amish Anabaptist communities, and reach across Christian denominational lines to churches that are using a lectionary.
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