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. 30, No. 1, January

An Interview with Jessie Gregory Lutz: Historian of Chinese Christianity
This interview aims at offering a comprehensive picture of Jessie G. Lutz's scholarship, from the time when she started in the field to her latest work. At the end of the interview she lists fifteen suggested research topics, which interested readers...
Book Notes
Best, Thomas F., ed. Faith and Order at the Crossroads: Kuala Lumpur 2004; The Plenary Commission Meeting. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2005. Pp. xi, 467. Paperback $33 / 25 [euro] / SFr 40. Fletcher, Jeannine Hill. Monopoly on Salvation? A Feminist...
Changed by the Word: The Story of Scripture Union Ghana
Changed by the Word: The Story of Scripture Union Ghana. By Peter Barker and Samuel Boadi-Siaw. Accra: Scripture Union Ghana, Africa Christian Press, and Asempa Publishers, 2003. Pp. xvi, 229. No price given.Changed by the Word describes the first fifty...
Chinese Women in Christian Ministry: An Intercultural Study
Chinese Women in Christian Ministry: An Intercultural Study. By Mary Keng Mun Chung. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. Pp. xvii, 313. $74.95.Chinese women in the mid-nineteenth century had a pitifully low status. Foot-binding, female infanticide, concubinage,...
Christianity among the Nomads: The Catholic Church in Northern Kenya
Christianity Among the Nomads: The Catholic Church in Northern Kenya. By Paul Tablino. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2004. Pp. 312. $8.This specialized book will be of great interest to the few people on earth who happen to know the geography and history...
Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam
Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. By Timothy C. Tennent. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. Pp. 272. Paperback $19.99.Tennent, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, is...
Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India, 1863-1937: Contending with Marginality
Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India, 1863-1937: Contending with Marginality. By Chandra Mallampalli. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004. Pp. xiii, 305. $125.This is the best book written so far on Indian Christians and Indian nationalist...
Chronique Du Toumet-Ortos: Looking through the Lens of Joseph Van Oost, Missionary in Inner Mongolia (1915-1921)
Chronique du Toumet-Ortos: Looking Through the Lens of Joseph Van Oost, Missionary in Inner Mongolia (1915-1921). By Ann Heylen. Leuven: Leuven Univ. Press, 2004. Pp. 409. Paperback euro39.Joseph Van Oost, a missionary of the C.I.C.M. (Congregation of...
Dissertation Notices
Barnard, Robert Seldon, Jr. "An Examination of Dysfunctional Behavior in Christian Evangelical Mission Organizations and Strategies for Managing the Consequences of Dysfunctional Behavior." Ph.D. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies [Open Univ.],...
Early Christian Mission. Vol. 1: Jesus and the Twelve; Vol. 2: Paul and the Early Church
Early Christian Mission. Vol. 1: Jesus and the Twelve; vol. 2: Paul and the Early Church. By Eckhard Schnabel. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter Varsity Press, 2004. Pp. xliv, 1,928. $90.Eckhard Schnabel, professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity...
Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Mission Studies
In consultation with thirty distinguished scholars from around the world, the editors of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH have selected fifteen books published in 2005 for special recognition. We commend the authors, editors, and publishers...
Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Mission Studies
In consultation with thirty distinguished scholars from around the world, the editors of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH have selected fifteen books published in 2005 for special recognition. We commend the authors, editors, and publishers...
From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race
From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. By J. Daniel Hays. Oowner's Grove, Ill.: Inter Varsity Press, 2003. Pp. 240. Paperback $20.In this very helpful book J. Daniel Hays of Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) explores...
Jesus Christ in the Understanding of World Religions
Jesus Christ in the Understanding of World Religions. By Mariasusai Dhavamony, SJ. Rome: Gregorian Univ. Press, 2004. Pp. 332. Paperback $39.70.This book is volume 30 in the series Documenta Missionalia. It is the eighth book in this series by Mariasusai...
John Howard Yoder as a Mission Theologian
The work of John Howard Yoder (1927-97) has been influential in the fields of Christian ethics and theology. It is noteworthy that Yoder also wrote extensively in the field of mission throughout his denominational and academic career. His writings...
Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975
Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975. Edited by Sara M. Evans. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003. Pp. x, 286. $62; paperback $24.95.This powerful set of essays documents how...
Just What Is the Gospel?
At the heart of Christianity is the "Gospel"--from Old English godspel (good tale, good news), itself derived from Greek euangelion (good tidings, good news), the source in turn of "evangelism," "evangelical," and related words. Since this journal...
Just What Is the Gospel?
At the heart of Christianity is the "Gospel"-from Old English gudspel (good tale, good news), itself derived from Greek euangelion (good tidings, good news), the source in turn of "evangelism," "evangelical," and related words. Since this journal is...
Missiometrics 2006: Goals, Resources, Doctrines of the 350 Christian World Communions
This 4-page report is the twenty-second in an annual series since 1985. It enumerates the major global goals in world mission, with its human resources, and its core doctrines. These are all as promulgated by today's 350 Christian World Communions....
Mission and Missiology in the Pontificate of John Paul II
The death of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005, brought to an end one of the longest pontificates in Roman Catholic history, one that began with the election of Karol Wojtyla on October 16, 1978. What follows is an attempt to bring into relief the...
Mission: The Soul of Ecumenism
Mission: The Soul of Ecumenism. By Jan van Butselaar. Edited byjerald D. Gort and Alle Gabe Hoekema. Afterword by Alan D. Falconer. Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 2004. Pp. 134. euro19.50.This volume brings together twelve essays by Jan van Butselaar that...
Mission Und Macht Im Wandel Politischer Orientierungen: Europäische Missionsgesellschaften in Politischen Spannungsfeldern in Afrika Und Asien Zwischen 1800 Und 1945
Mission und Macht im Wandel politischer Orientierungen: Europäische Missionsgesellschaf ten in politischen Spannungsfeldern in Afrika und Asien zwischen 1800 und 1945. Edited by Ulrich van der Heyden and Holger Stoecker. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag,...
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe American Society of Missiology will hold its annual meeting June 16-18,2006, in Techny, Illinois, addressing the theme "Pentecostalism and Mission: From Azusa Street to the Ends of the Earth." The annual meeting of the Association of Professors...
Our Pilgrimage in Mission
Harvard Business School professor Joseph Badaracco, Jr., wrote Leading Quietly in 2002 based on a four-year study of quiet leadership. He says that what makes the world work is the sum of millions of small yet consequential decisions that men and women...
Pioneer in Tibet: The Life and Perils of Dr. Albert Shelton
Pioneer in Tibet: The Life and Perils of Dr. Albert Shelton. By Douglas A. Wissing. New York: Palgrave MacmUlan, 2004. Pp. 352. $29.95.This well-documented biography of Albert Shelton (1875-1922), American missionary in Tibet for more than ten years,...
Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Mobilization, and Religious Change
Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Mobilization, and Religious Change. Edited by Edward L. Cleary and Timothy J. Steigenga. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2004. Pp. vii, 268. Paperback $24.95.Several Latin American...
The Congregational Leadership Crisis Facing the Japanese Church
This article examines the clergy shortage and congregational leadership crisis facing the largest Protestant denomination in Japan: the Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan (United Church of Christ in Japan, hereafter UCCJ), a body formed through the union of mostly...
The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction
The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction. By Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004. Pp. 315. Paperback $21.99.What must the Divine think of the myriad attempts that have been made over the centuries to contextualize theology and make sense...
The Society for Irish Church Missions to the Roman Catholics: Philanthropy or Bribery?
The emergence of an Ireland where Roman Catholics had the right to participate in the electoral process on the same basis as Protestants (1829) and where Catholics had access to a state-funded elementary education system (1831) and even to a government-funded...
The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God
The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. By Gregory K. Beak. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Pp. 458. Paperback $29.This book is an intriguing biblical study of the significance of the unifying...
Unaffected by the Gospel: Osage Resistance to the Christian Invasion, 1673-1906: A Cultural Victory/Battle for the BIA [Bureau of Indian Affairs]: G. E. E. Lindquist and the Missionary Crusade against John Collier/Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers/Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism
Unaffected by the Gospel: Osage Resistance to the Christian Invasion, 1673-1906: A Cultural Victory. By Willard Hughes Rollings. Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 243. $45; paperback $22.95.Battle for the BIA [Bureau of Indian Affairs]:...
World Christianity and "Protestant America": Historical Narratives and the Limits of Christian Pluralism
America's identity as a Protestant nation has long been a topic of extensive research. Relationships between America's "civil religion," exceptionalism, and global mission have sparked reflection across many disciplines. (1) Into the world of the twenty-first...