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. 28, No. 1, January

After the Next Christendom
When I published The Next Christendom, I was surprised by the public response precisely because so little of the material was terribly new, at least to anyone who had taken the trouble to observe religious trends over the previous two or three decades....
Announcing
On October 9, 2003, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, unveiled the World Christian Database, an online resource that serves faculty, students, religion scholars, church...
Annual Statistical Table on Global Mission: 2004
The table opposite is the twentieth in an annual series describing statistics and trends in world mission, reporting on the previous year's annual Christian megacensus-the totality of churches' and church agencies' annual censuses of their adherents,...
Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals
Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Edited by Timothy Larsen. Downers Grove, Ill., and Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2003. Pp. xvii, 789. $45 / £29.99.With signed articles on more than four hundred prominent evangelicals and evangelical forebears,...
China Diary: The Life of Mary Austin Endicott
China Diary: The Life of Mary Austin Endicott. By Shirley Jane Endicott. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2003. Pp. xv, 251. Can$24.95.Born to a life of privilege as the daughter of a wealthy town mayor, Mary Austin had nothing in her background...
Christian Conversion and Mission
Given the scores of editorial themes featured in the IBMR since 1977, readers may be surprised to learn that "conversion" has never been included among them. Of course it has been an implicit motif many times, since the subject is seldom far from the...
Christian Conversion and Mission
Given the scores of editorial themes featured in the IBMR since 1977, readers may be surprised to learn that "conversion" has never been included among them. Of course it has been an implicit motif many times, since the subject is seldom far from the...
Christian Publications in China
Christian books are currently being produced in China by three types of publishers: (1) the China Christian Council, (2) seminaries and provincial Christian councils, and (3) non-Christian publishers, such as university or secular presses and the Religion...
Christology: A Global Introduction
Christology: A Global Introduction. By Veli-Matti Karkkainen. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003. Pp. 304. $21.99.Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Finnish associate professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, is known as the author of introductions...
Conflicting Understandings of Christian Conversion: A Missiological Challenge
We are seeing today a lively interest in Christian conversion, which perhaps reflects the fascination North American culture has had with spirituality since the 1990s. (1) That interest arose, not coincidentally, just as the baby-boomer generation...
Converts or Proselytes? the Crisis over Conversion in the Early Church
The word conversion has been used in Christian history in a multitude of ways. There have been at least two broad streams of usage, each with many divisions. In one stream conversion is spoken of essentially as an external act of religious change....
Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission/No Other Gods before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions
Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission. By Harold Netland. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2001. Pp. 366. Paperback $27.No Other Gods Before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions. Edited...
Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2003 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 2003 for special recognition of their contribution to mission studies....
Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century
Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century. Edited by Dana L. Robert. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002. Pp. xiii, 249. $25.Energetic twentieth-century North American women missionaries helped build a global church with...
Helsinki 2003: Jesus and His People
Lausanne Consultation on Jewish EvangelismConference statement:The Reunion of Jesus and His PeopleWe rejoice that Jewish people worldwide are finding their Messiah. Wherever the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is being proclaimed, He is being recognized by His...
Helsinki 2003: Jesus and His People: Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism
Conference statement: The Reunion of Jesus and His People We rejoice that Jewish people worldwide are finding their Messiah. Wherever the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is being proclaimed, He is being recognized by His own, despite the obstacles of...
Implications of Conversion in the Old Testament and the New
The Hebrew word most commonly associated with repentance and conversion--sub--is much more often addressed to Israel than used in connection with the other, noncovenant nations. (1) God most eagerly seeks the conversion of his own people, who seem...
In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India/Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions (1800-2000)
In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India. By Sebastian C. H. Kim. New Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003. Pp. 250. Rs 840.Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions (1800-2000). By Biswamoy Pati. New Delhi:...
Islam in Context: Past, Present, and Future
Islam in Context: Past, Present, and Future. By Peter G. Riddell and Peter Cotterell. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003. Pp. 232. Paperback $17.99.The authors are expert witnesses in the case of Christianity and Islam. Peter Riddell is director of the Centre...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
My pilgrimage in mission has been both continual and incremental. I was born on October 24, 1937, in Oak Park, Illinois, and grew up in neighboring Forest Park. My parents, though stable and respectful of religion, neither belonged to nor attended...
The Legacy of Dorothy Davis Cook
Too often the lives, contributions, and legacies of missionary nurses have been ignored in our mission histories. Here I wish to highlight the remarkable ministry and service of Reverend Sister Tutor Dorothy Davis Cook, Church of the Nazarene missionary...
Theological Education in South East Asia, 1957-2002
After World War II the economies of virtually all the nations in South East Asia were in shambles. Building up theological education in such dire times could not have been more difficult or more challenging. The first steps were taken at a conference...
The Omphalos and the Cross: Pagans and Christians in Search of a Divine Center
The Omphalos and the Cross: Pagans and Christians in Search of a Divine Center. By Paul Ciholas. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Univ. Press, 2003. Pp. viii, 513. Paperback $35.Juxtaposing omphalos (Gk. "navel" [of the earth]) and cross as contrasting symbols seeking...
Witnesses to the Kingdom: The Martyrs of El Salvador and the Crucified Peoples
Witnesses to the Kingdom: The Martyrs of El Salvador and the Crucified Peoples. By Jon Sobrino. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2003. Pp. vii, 230. Paperback $20.Top-down, deductive theology meets its bottom-up, praxis-driven counterpart in these previously...