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. 36, No. 1, January

A Living Man from Africa: Jan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa
A Living Man from Africa: Jan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa. By Roger S. Levine. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xiii, 291. $30. This book will doubtless be hailed as a landmark...
Allah: A Christian Response
Allah: A Christian Response. By Miroslav VoIf. New York: HarperOne, 2011. Pp. 326. $25.99; paperback $15.99.Anyone who works in the field of Christian-Muslim relations knows that the question "Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?" is asked...
Attrition among Protestant Missionaries in China, 1807-1890
Attrition narratives for almost every Protestant mission represented in China between 1807 and 1890 paint very similar pictures. (1) Consider a number of representative accounts drawn up by contemporary observers and later historians: It is estimated...
Book Notes
Agamben, Giorgio. Translated by Lorenzo Chiesa. The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xiii, 303. $70; paperback $24.95. Chilcote, Paul W., ed. ...
Botany or Flowers? the Challenges of Writing the History of the Indigenization of Christianity in China
The impressive growth of Christianity in a rapidly modernizing China in the post-Mao decades has attracted much recent media attention. (1) A look at the development of the Chinese church in the past century of China's tumultuous history reveals an...
Cheng Jingyi: Prophet of His Time
Cheng Jingyi (C. Y. Cheng, 1881-1939) distinguished himself by presenting what has been called the best speech at the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference. In his remarks he said: "As a representative of the Chinese Church, I speak entirely from...
Christianity 2012: The 200th Anniversary of American Foreign Missions
This two-page report is the twenty-eighth in an annual series in the IBMR. The series began a few years after the publication of the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE, Oxford Univ. Press, 1982). Its purpose was to lay out, in summary form on a single...
Christianity 2012: The 200th Anniversary of American Foreign Missions
This two-page report is the twenty-eighth in an annual series in the IBMR. The series began a few years after the publication of the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE, Oxford Univ. Press, 1982). Its purpose was to lay out, in summary form on a single...
Christianity and Chinese Culture
Christianity and Chinese Culture. Edited byMiikka Ruokanen and Paulos Huang. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Pp. xx, 384. Paperback $40.This timely book emerges from a 2003 symposium in Finland entitled "Christianity and Chinese Culture: A Sino-Nordic...
Christian Presence and Progress in North-East Asia: Historical and Comparative Studies
Christian Presence and Progress in North-East Asia: Historical and Comparative Studies. Edited by Jan A. B. Jongeneel et al. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011. Pp. xiv, 242. SFr 70/44.70 [euro]/40.20 [pounds sterling]/ S$69.95. This book is a selection...
Comity Agreements and Sheep Stealers: The Elusive Search for Christian Unity among Protestants in China
One persistent criticism of the Protestant missionary enterprise in China has been its failure to overcome denominational divisions and create a genuine Chinese Protestant church. This accusation has been made most vociferously by many Chinese commentators....
Culture, Inculturation, and Theologians: A Postmodern Critique
In Culture, Inculturation, and Theologians, the distinguished Marist anthropologist Gerald Arbuckle returns to themes he traced in his 1990 book Earthing the Gospel. But where his former book was a practical handbook to help missioners and pastoral...
David B. Barrett: Missionary Statistician
In 1982 Time magazine called David Barrett (1927-2011) the Linnaeus of religious taxonomy and dubbed his magnum opus "a miracle from Nairobi" and a "bench mark in our understanding of the true religious state of the planet." (1) Against all odds, for...
David J. Bosch: Prophetic Integrity, Cruciform Praxis
David J. Bosch: Prophetic Integrity, Cruciform Praxis Compiled and written by J. N. J. (Klippies) Kritzinger and W. Saayman. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011. Pp. x, 214. Paperback R 85. In this volume good friends, colleagues,...
Dissertation Notices
Aydin, Edip. "Comparing the Syriac Order of Monastic Profession with the Order of Baptism, both in External Structure and in Theological Themes." Ph.D. Princeton: Princeton Theological Seminary, 2011. Becker, David L. "Leadership Theory...
Dissertation Notices
Aydin, Edip."Comparing the Syriac Order of Monastic Profession with the Order of Baptism, both in External Structure and in Theological Themes/'Ph.D. Princeton: Princeton Theological Seminary, 2011.Becker, David L."Leadership Theory in the Matrilineal...
Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood: The Basel Mission in Pre- and Early Colonial Ghana
Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood: The Basel Mission in Pre- and Early Colonial Ghana. By Ulrike Sill. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Pp. xvii, 420. 130 [euro]/$185. The Basel Mission work in the Gold Coast in the second quarter of the nineteenth...
Eugene A. Nida: Theoretician of Translation
When the history of the church in the twentieth century is written, the name of Eugene Nida will figure prominently. Nida brought about a revolution in the field of Bible translation, which resulted in millions of people in hundreds of languages gaining...
God's Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, C. 1801-1908
God's Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, c. 1801-1908. By Hilary M. Carey. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xviii, 421. £60/$99."Why does the mere idea of empire now attract division," asks Hilary M. Carey, "when over a...
Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts
Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts. Edited by David Emmanuel Singh. Oxford: Regnum Books, 2011. Pp. vii, 245. Paperback 24.99 [pounds sterling]. Jesus and the Incarnation is a collection of papers representing...
Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts
Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts. Edited by David Emmanuel Singh. Oxford: Regnum Books, 2011. Pp. vii, 245. Paperback £24.99.Jesus and the Incarnation is a collection of papers representing a wide range of Christian...
Korean Diaspora and Christian Mission
Korean Diaspora and Christian Mission. Edited by S. Hun Kim and Wonsuk Ma. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2011. Pp. xviii, 339. 31.99 [pounds sterling]/$35. With the growing interest in non-Western mission movements in the past few decades,...
Lydia Mary Fay and the Episcopal Church Mission in China
Lydia Mary Fay was born in Bennington, Vermont, in 1804 and died in Chefoo (today Yantai) in Shandong Province, North China, in October 1878. (1) Her death followed a long series of age-related illnesses; from the mid-1860s she required extended breaks...
Matteo Ricci: Pioneer of Chinese-Western Dialogue and Cultural Exchanges
The article that follows is a slightly edited version of a paper presented at the First Nishan Forum of World Civilizations, held September 26-27, 2010, in Qufu, China, the traditional birthplace of Confucius. --Editors To commemorate the beginning...
McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel, and Om Economics: Televangelism in Contemporary India
McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel, and Om Economics: Televangelism in Contemporary India. By Jonathan D. James. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2010. Pp. xxvii, 232. Rs 595/$15. This book is set in the broad context of "the changing shape and form...
Missionary Scientists: Jesuit Science in Spanish South America, 1570-1810
Missionary Scientists: Jesuit Science in Spanish South America, 1570-1810. By Andrés I. Prieto. Nashville: Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. x, 287. $59.95.This book - though not a missiological treatise proper - is a good read and highly instructive...
Noteworthy
Announcing"Commemorating the Past - Embracing the Future" is the theme for a daylong bicentennial missions celebration to be held February 6, 2012, at Tabernacle Church, Salem, Massachusetts, and Park Street Church, Boston, to honor Adoniram Judson and...
Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today
Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. By Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011. Pp. xi, 194. Paperback $35. Catholic Theological Union professors Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder...
Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today
Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. By Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder. Maryknoll, N. Y.: Orbis Books, 2011. Pp. xi, 194. Paperback $35.Catholic Theological Union professors Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder have...
Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia
Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia. By Thomas David DuBois. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xii, 259. 55 [pounds sterling]/ $90; paperback 17.99 [pounds sterling]/ $27.99. This book is part of a series of introductory...
The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion
The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion. By Elmer John Thiessen. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2011. Pp. 285. Paperback $24. This book is a great gift to all who are reflective practitioners of mission...
The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America: From Conquest to Revolution and Beyond
The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America: From Conquest to Revolution and Beyond. By John Frederick Schwaller. New York: New York Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. ix, 318. $35.This volume traces the major themes and issues in the history of the Catholic...
The In-Between People: A Reading of David Bosch through the Lens of Mission History and Contemporary Challenges in Ethiopia
The In-Between People: A Reading of David Bosch Through the Lens of Mission History and Contemporary Challenges in Ethiopia. By Girma Bekele. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2011. Pp. xvi, 461. Paperback $51.Girma Bekele's published...
The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America
The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America. By Edward L. Cleary. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. xiii, 309. $74.95. In the last four decades significant changes have taken place in Latin American religion. In the 1970s...
The Waning of Pagan Rome: A Review Essay
The Waning of Pagan Rome: A Review Essay The Last Pagans of Rome. By Alan Cameron. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xi, 878. $85 /£55.Alan Cameron's study The Last Pagans of Rome is a massively authoritative book, the product of a lifetime of...
Unity, Comity, and the Numbers Game
If the quest of the church is for unity in Christ, the on-the-ground reality has been kaleidoscopic fragmentation. And the kaleidoscope is spinning with increasing speed. In the past dozen years, formal organizational diversity among Christians has...
Where Are the Poor? A Comparison of the Ecclesial Base Communities and Pentecostalism-A Case Study in Cuernavaca, Mexico
Where Are the Poor? A Comparison of the Ecclesial Base Communities and Pentecostalism--A Case Study in Cuernavaca, Mexico. By Philip D. Wingeier-Rayo. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2011. Pp. xi, 164. Paperback $20. Why would...
Worldwide Increase in Catholic Population, Deacons, Priests, and Bishops
According to the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, published by the Vatican, the worldwide Catholic population increased in 2009 by 15 million or 1.3 percent, slightly outpacing the global population growth rate of 1.1 percent. Also during 2009,...