International Bulletin of Missionary Research

International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a professional journal covering Christian mission and cross-cultural ministries. It examines contemporary issues and developments in the Christian world mission, employing interdenominational, interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Founded in 1977, it is a quarterly publication published by Overseas Ministries Studies Center.The editor is Jonathan Bonk.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 4, October

Christain Mission and Religious Pluralism: A Selected Bibliography of Sixty-Seven Books in English, 1991-1998
This listing is a sequel to the bibliography of 175 books in English on Christian Mission and Religious Pluralism that was published here in October 1990. Unfortunately, it is still true that there is no book in any language that provides a comprehensive...
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Christ and Caesar in Modern Korea: A History of Christianity and Politics
Christ and Caesar in Modern Korea: A History of Christianity and Politics. By Wi Jo Kang. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press, 1997. Pp. viii, 214. Paperback $19.95. The relationship between Christianity and nationalism in twentieth-century Korea has...
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Christianity in South Africa: A Political, Social, and Cultural History
Christianity in South Africa: A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Edited by Richard Elphick and Rodney Davenport. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press, 1998. Pp. xiv, 480. $50; paperback $19.95. Christianity in South Africa comprises...
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Christian Theology of Inculturation
Christian Theology of Inculturation. By Mariasusai Dhavamony, S.J. Rome: Editrice Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, 1997. Pp. 215. Paperback L 24,000/$17. Some would say that it is time not to write about inculturation but to do it, a comment that has...
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Christian Voluntarism: Theology and Praxis
By William H. Brackney. Grand Rapids,Mich.: Eerdmans; and Manlius, N.Y.: REV/Rose Publishing, 1997. Pp. xxi, 193. Paperback $19. With many initiatives urging greater voluntary participation in national and international concerns, one should welcome a...
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Crosscurrents in Indigenous Spirituality: Interface of Maya, Catholic, and Protestant Worldviews
Edited by Guillermo Cook. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997. Pp. xvi, 329. $103. This timely book edited by Guillermo Cook is intended to encourage reflection on a relevant Mayan spirituality, which could promote the revitalization of ministries of both Catholic...
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Dictionary of Mission: Theology, History, Perspectives
Dictionary of Mission: Theology, History, Perspectives. Edited by Karl Muller, S.V.D., Theo Sundermeier, Stephen B. Bevans, S.V.D., and Richard H. Bliese. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1997. Pp. xxvi, 578. $50. This is a translation and English-language...
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Full Life for All. the Work and Theology of Philip A Potter: A Historial Survey and Systematic Analysis of Major Themes
Full Life for All. The Work and Theology of Philip A. Potter: A Historical Survey and Systematic Analysis of Major Themes. By Michael N. Jagessar. Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Boekencentrum, 1997. Pp. 358. Paperback f 62.50/BF 1,250. Philip Potter, the distinguished...
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Hakka Chinese Confront Protestant Christianity, 1850-1900: With the Autobiographies of Eight Hakka Christians, and Commentary
Hakka Chinese Confront Protestant Christianity, 1850-1900: With the Autobiographies of Eight Hakka Christians, and Commentary. By Jessie G. Lutz and Rolland Ray Lutz. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. Pp. xv, 293. $69.95; paperback $29.95. The Basel...
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Japanese Christians and Society
Japanese Christians and Society. By Alan Suggate, with the assistance of Yamano Shigeko. Bern: Peter Lang, 1996. Pp. 285. Paperback $39.95. This book is a welcome addition to the studies of Japanese Christianity in the modern era. Alan Suggate is a senior...
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Local Churches in Mission: What's Behind the Impatience with Traditional Mission Agencies?
We hear a great deal today in North America about local churches that want to be fully involved in world mission but have grown impatient with established mission agencies as the vehicles for their involvement. Some of these churches are large enough...
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Local Churches vs. Traditional Mission Agencies
In this issue Paul E. Pierson captures the essence of the tension between local churches involved in mission and established mission agencies: "I have often wondered," he says, "what the answer of the Jerusalem church would have been if Barnabas and...
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Local Churches vs. Traditional Mission Agencies
In this issue Paul E. Pierson captures the essence of the tension between local churches involved in mission and established mission agencies: "I have often wondered," he says, "what the answer of the Jerusalem church would have been if Barnabas and...
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Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Edited by Darrell L. Guder. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. viii, 280. Paperback $26. In 1992 the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in convention declared North America...
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Mission and Tamil Society: Social and Religious Change in South India (1840-1900)
Mission and Tamil Society: Social and Religious Change in South India (1840-1900). By Henriette Bugge. Richmond, England: Curzon Press, 1994. Pp. 223. Paperback $38. Henriette Bugge is a Swedish historian at the University of Copenhagen. In this volume...
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My Pilgrimage in Mission
I was born in 1932 in Waterbury, Connecticut. My family and I attended a rather lifeless Congregational church during my early years. My mother, on the verge of suicide in the mid-1930s, upon rereading a letter from her cousin who served as a missionary...
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Reader's Response
To the Editor I am stimulated by Brian Stanley's article (July 1997) on "The Legacy of George Grenfell" (1849-1906) to ask if anyone knows what happened to his three daughters and widow? His widow was interviewed by George Hawker whose The Life of George...
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Symbol and Ceremony: Making Disciples across Cultures
Symbol and Ceremony: Making Disciples Across Cultures. By A. H. Mathias Zahniser. Monrovia, Calif.: MARC, 1997. Pp. x, 236. Paperback $23.95. The central concern of this book is that cross-cultural disciplers (missionaries) not neglect symbol and ceremony...
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The Church in Mission: A Short History of the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, 1897-1997
By John Wesley Z. Kurewa. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997. Pp. ix, 192. Paperback $23.95. John Wesley Z. Kurewa is vice-chancellor of Africa University, Zimbabwe, and a minister in Zimbabwe's United Methodist Church. He has served as deputy and senior...
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The Confusion of American Churches about Mission: A Response to Paul E. Pierson
I heartily affirm Paul Pierson's analysis of the impatience of local churches with traditional mission agencies, and I could add many stories of my own to illustrate his points further. However, when he attributes to evangelical churches a "wide recognition...
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The Covenant Makers: Islander Missionaries in the Pacific
The Covenant Makers: Islander Missionaries in the Pacific. Edited by Doug Munroand Andrew Thornley. Suva, Fiji: Pacific Theological College and Institute for Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, 1997. Pp. xi, 321. Paperback $11. A...
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The Legacy of Jeremiah Evarts
"Am greatly disturbed and mortified, for our country's sake,"(1) Jeremiah Evarts noted in his journal on April 28, 1830, when he received word that the United States Senate had passed the Indian Bill, requiring the removal of the Cherokee from their...
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The Legacy of Robert Arthington
Most, if not all, of those who have figured in the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN'S series "Missionary Legacies" have been either distinguished missionaries or influential mission theologians or strategists. The subject of this article never left his native...
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The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples According to the Fourth Gospel: With Implications for the Fourth Gospel's Purpose and the Mission of the Contemporary Church
The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples According to the Fourth Gospel: With Implications for the Fourth Gospel's Purpose and the Mission of the Contemporary Church. By Andreas J. Kostenberger. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. xvi, 271. Paperback...
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To Be the Church: Challenges and Hopes for a New Millennium
To Be the Church: Challenges and Hopes for a New Millennium. By Konrad Raiser. Geneva: WCC Publications, 1997. Pp. xvii, 104. Paperback $8.95. Looking forward to celebration of the World Council of Churches' fiftieth anniversary at its eighth assembly...
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Towards an African Narrative Theology / the Wisdom and Philosophy of the Gikuyu Proverbs: The Kihooto World-View
By Joseph Healey and Donald Sybertz. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1997. Pp. 400. Paperback $25. The Wisdom and Philosophy of the Gikuyu Proverbs: The Kihooto World-View. By Gerald Joseph Wanjohi. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 1997. Pp. 271....
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Twentieth-Century Shifts in the North American Protestant Missionary Community
As the twentieth century opened, historic "mainline" denominations accounted for the vast majority of North American Protestant overseas workers (see accompanying graph, col. 1918). After peaking in the mid-1920s at about 14,000, the Protestant overseas...
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Western Missionary Influence on the People's Republic of China: A Survey of Chinese Scholarly Opinion between 1980 and 1990
For most of the twentieth century, Chinese scholars viewed Christianity as superstition, a movement that was obsolete and destined to become extinct with the progress of socialism worldwide. Moreover, it was seen as part and parcel of the Western imperialist...
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William Shellabear: A Biography
William Shellabear: A Biography. By Robert Hunt. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Univ. of Malaya Press, 1996. Pp. xi, 373. Paperback. No price given. This biographical study of an AngloAmerican missionary scholar who devoted his career to understanding the Malay...
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