as a scholar, teacher, missionary and ecumenical dialogue partner or most o his lie. He sought to articulate a theological basis or a ree church or believers church approach to Christian mission in which sharing the gospel message, disentangled rom Western industry and militarism, could become a proound practice o Christian peacemaking, a vessel or God’s saving work.
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From to , Yoder taught a course on theology o mission at As-sociated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (AMBS).
In , the course sessions were recorded onto reel-to-reel audiocassettes, and then re-corded again in ; however, we could ﬁnd only nine lectures rom the course. Yoder planned to have the lectures transcribed, printed and used or course material as he did with his lectures or the course “Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution.”
As Yoder said in a memo to Wilbert Shenk in February : “We already have a taped transcription rom the last time the course was oﬀered six years ago. It is proposed that this be typed oﬀ and reproduced so the students can read it prior to class session. Tis would enable the same class ormat which I have used in two other subjects or years and would also acil-itate the preparation o an inormal publication such as had been done with two o my other courses.”
Like the war, peace and revolution lectures, Yoder thought that the theology o mission lectures might someday be edited or publication as a book. In one memo he wrote in , Yoder hinted that he might want to revise the lectures or publication at a uture date, saying an inormal transcription would be “a separate question rom whether a more pol-ished version should be created which would be visible or commercial
Te seminary was renamed Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in . Yoder’s course was titled “Teology o Mission,” not “Teology o Missions.” Tis reﬂected the shif in termi-nology beginning to be accepted in response to the conceptual development rom the s o
as the true source o missionary action. Yoder, however, neither reers to this term nor discusses the concept.
Posthumously edited and published as John Howard Yoder,
Christian Attitudes to War, Peace and Revolution
, ed. Andy Alexis-Baker and ed Koontz (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, ).
John H. Yoder to Wilbert Shenk, February, , John Howard Yoder Collection, Hist. Mss. –, Box , Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, IN.
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