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. 3, July

African Proverbs CD: Collections, Studies, Bibliographies
African Proverbs CD: Collections, Studies, Bibliographies. CD-ROM edited by Stan Nussbaum. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Global Mappinglnternational, 1996. $99.95 in the United States, discounts available from African distributors. The African Proverbs Project...
A History of Japanese Theology
A History of Japanese Theology. Edited by Yasuo Furuya. Grand Rapids,Mich.: Eerdmans, 1997. Pp. v, 161. Paperback $17. Theology in Japan is taken very seriously, and for a country where less than 1 percent of the population is Christian, the number of...
American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice
American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice. By Dana L. Robert. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Univ. Press, 1996. Pp. xxii, 444. Paperback $30. Women have played central roles in the American foreign mission movement from its inception,...
Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: The American Social Gospel and the YMCA in China, 1919-1937
Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: The American Social Gospel and the YMCA in China, 1919-1937. By Jun Xing. Bethlehem, Pa.: Lehigh Univ. Press, 1996. Pp. 238. $39.50. This thin volume presents a cross-cultural study of how the social gospel, through...
Conversion and Community: Revisiting the Lesslie Newbigin-M. M. Thomas Debate
In India in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bishop Lesslie Newbigin and M. M. Thomas debated the nature of conversion and Christian community. The importance of the subject was underlined by the findings of sociological research that in major urban centers...
Conversion and Community: Revisiting the Lesslie Newbigin-M.M. Thomas Debate
In India in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bishop Lesslie Newbigin and M. M. Thomas debated the nature of conversion and Christian community. The importance of the subject was underlined by the findings of sociological research that in major urban...
Count It All Joy: Testimonies from a Persecuted Church / by Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century / Their Blood Cries Out: The Untold Story of
Count It All Joy: Testimonies from a Persecuted Church. By John Cumbers. Kearney, Nebr.: Morris Publishing, 1995. Pp. vii, 257. Paperback. No price given. By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century. By James Hefley and Marti Hefley. Second...
Dialogue in Mission: Stance or Compromise?
It was a minor incident but not soon forgotten. Two missionaries, each with a lifetime of Christian witness in Muslim societies were in the room. One addressed a community of missionaries, the other sat in the audience. The speaker referred to Islam...
Enchiridion Della Chiesa Missionaria
Enchiridion della Chiesa Missionaria. Edited by Pontificie Opere Missionarie and Direzione Nazionale Italiana. Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna, 1997. 2 Vols. Pp. xxxi, 1787, and xv, 719. L 130,000. This two-volume multilingual "Enchiridion" (handbook)...
God Inside Out: Toward a Missionary Theology of the Holy Spirit
Most theology conceives of the Spirit in what we might call Johannine terms: God (theos) sends Jesus, who sends the Spirit. God's Holy Mystery is incarnate in Jesus and continues to be present in creation through the Spirit. This, for example, is the...
Hate the Old and Follow the New: Khoekhoe and Missionaries in Early Nineteenth-Century Namibia
Hate the Old and Follow the New: Khoekhoe and Missionaries in Early Nineteenth-Century Namibia. By Tilman Dedering. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1997. Pp. 205. DM 76. A neglected area in South African history has been the northwestern frontier of...
Mangoes or Bananas? the Quest for an Authentic Asian Christian Theology
Mangoes or Bananas? The Quest for an Authentic Asian Christian Theology. By Hwa Yung. Oxford: Regnum Books, 1997. Pp. xi, 273. Paperback 20. In eight chapters the author, who is currently principal of the Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, thoughtfully...
Mission and Interreligious Dialogue
The concept and practice of dialogue is the great new missionary reality of the postconciliar era. It has changed the method of mission and even the identity of the missionary. Before dealing with dialogue in its interreligious and ecumenical expression,...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Born in 1922 in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was called to God's service even before I knew the Gospel. At the age of fourteen, because of my father being ill, I stayed out of school for a year and worked on the farm to support my three younger brothers...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Born in 1922 in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was called to God's service even before I knew the Gospel. At the age of fourteen, because of my father being ill, I stayed out of school for a year and worked on the farm to support my three younger brothers...
Perspectives on Christianity in Korea and Japan: The Gospel and Culture in East Asia
Perspectives on Christianity in Korea and Japan: The Gospel and Culture in East Asia. Edited by Mark R. Mullins and Richard Fox Young. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1995. Pp. xxiii, 230. $89.95. This volume presents papers from Christianity in...
Philosophy, Science, and Technology of Mission in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. A Missiological Encyclopedia. Part 2: Missionary Theology
Philosophy, Science, and Theology of Mission in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. A Missiological Encyclopedia. Part 2: Missionary Theology. By Jan A. B. Jongeneel. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 1997. Pp. Xxii, 428. DM llS. This is the second...
Presbyterian Reformers in Central Africa: A Documentary Account of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission and the Human Rights Struggle in the Congo, 1890-1918
Presbyterian Reformers in Central Africa: A Documentary Account of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission and the Human Rights Struggle in the Congo, 1890-1918. Edited by Robert Benedetto. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996. Pp. xxii, 580. $77. The Congo reform...
Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism
Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism. By Joel A. Carpenter. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997. Pp. xiv, 335. $30. This is a splendid account of fundamentalism from the 1930s to the 1950s. It builds on the work of George Marsden...
Semisi Nau: The Story of My Life. A Tongan Missionary at Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands
Semisi Nau: The Story of My Life. A Tongan Missionary at Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands. By Semisi Nau. Edited with an introduction by Allan K. Davidson. Suva, Fiji: Univ. of the South Pacific, Institute of Pacific Studies, 1996. Pp. xii, 152. Paperback....
Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950
Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950. By Wayne Flynt and Gerald W. Berkley. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1997. Pp. xiv, 424. $34.95. How did Protestant missionaries from Alabama impact China, and...
The Doctine of Christ and the Significance of Vernacular Terminology
Anyone familiar with the writings of contemporary African theologians will be aware of the preference for referring to Jesus Christ in terms derived from African tradition, terms such as Ancestor, Healer, Chief, and Master of Initiation. In response,...
The Doctrine of Christ and the Significance of Vernacular Terminology
Anyone familiar with the writings of contemporary African theologians will be aware of the preference for referring to Jesus Christ in terms derived from African tradition, terms such as Ancestor, Healer, Chief, and Master of Initiation. In response,...
The Japanese Emperor System: The Inescapable Missiological Issue
The Japanese Emperor System: The Inescapable Missiological Issue. Edited by Robert Lee. Tokyo: Tokyo Mission Research Institute, 1995. Pp. 147. Paperback Y1,200. Between September 1988, when the serious illness of the Japanese Showa emperor (Hirohito)...
The Kingdom of God in Africa: A Short History of African Christianity
The Kingdom of God in Africa: A Short History of African Christianity. By Mark Shaw. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1996. Pp. 328. Paperback $20. There was a lull in the effort to produce a comprehensive history of Christianity in Africa after Peter...
The Legacy of Adoniram Judson
Intelligent, vigorous, visionary, and dedicated to his calling, Adoniram Judson was for several generations of American Protestants the first among American overseas missionaries. His premier standing was earned by the chronology of his appointment...
The Legacy of Harry and Susan Strachan
Harry Strachan and Susan Beamish Strachan, his wife, were the innovative missionary couple who founded the Latin America Mission (LAM) on July 24, 1921. Harry (1872-1945) was born of Scottish parents and raised in Aberdeen, though he was born in...
The Son Is God Inside Out: A Response to Stephen B. Bevans, S.V.D
How can a Protestant not like a Roman Catholic's article on the Holy Spirit when the article ends so generously by asking, "What would have happened if Rome had recognized the Spirit working through Martin Luther?" Father Bevans's celebration of the...
The Son Is God Inside Out: A Response to Stephen B Bevans, S.V.D. / Reply
How can a Protestant not like a Roman Catholic's article on the Holy Spirit when the article ends so generously by asking, "What would have happened if Rome had recognized the Spirit working through Martin Luther?" Father Bevans's celebration of the...
Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition
Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition. Edited by William D. Taylor. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 1997. Pp. xviii, 380. Paperback $23.95. This helpful volume does far more than report information gathered...