Robert E. Speer: Prophet of the American Church

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Geneva Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Religion - 538 pages

This is a thorough yet easy-to-read biography of one of the major figures in Presbyterian and ecumenical church history. During the course of his forty-six-year career as Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Robert Speer shaped church policy, increased Presbyterian funding of world missions, and influenced many church leaders, including John D. Rockefeller Jr., Henry Sloane Coffin, and John Mackay. Pastors, laity, professors, and students interested in the history of mission work and ecumenical relations will be interested in the life and accomplishments of this influential Presbyterian.

 

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Contents

Roots
3
Call to Ministry
32
The Christian Faith
49
Family Life
75
Missionary Statesman
109
Secretary of Presbyterian Foreign Missions
146
Advocate for Ecumenical Missions
185
The History and Theory of Missions
222
President of the Federal Council
302
Social Gospel Witness
323
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church
343
Defender of Christian Missions
374
Iona
401
Notes
441
Bibliography
497
Index
518

American Churchman
267

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About the author (2000)

John F. Piper, Jr., is Professor of History and Dean at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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