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. 34, No. 3, July

A History of Bible Translation
A History of Bible Translation. Edited by Philip A. Noss. Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura; New York: American Bible Society, 2007. Pp. xix, 521. euro55 /$75; paperback $60.More than just a "history," this edited volume is a veritable library of...
A Monumental Breakthrough in the Missiology of Vatican II and Its Reception by Ongoing Leadership in the Church
This study examines a missiological tension in the current aching of the Catholic Church, a tension occasioned by the following passage of Ad Gentes, the Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in...
Aunt Tena, Called to Serve: Journals and Letters of Tena A. Huizenga, Missionary Nurse to Nigeria
Aunt Tena, Called to Serve: Journals and Letters of Tena A. Huizenga, Missionary Nurse to Nigeria. Edited by Jacob E. Nyenhuis, Robert P. Swierenga, and Lauren M. Berka. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Pp. xxxii, 944. $49.Tena Huizenga was a missionary...
Book Notes
Chojnacki, Ruth J. Indigenous Apostles: Maya Catholic Catechists Working the Word in Highland Chiapas. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Pp. 205. Paperback 40 [euro]/$56. Daughrity, Dyron B. The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History...
Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea
Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea. By Timothys. Lee. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 228. $40.South Korea occupies a unique position on the religious map of the world. Normally a country is either secular, like China, or it is dominated...
Catholics, Carey's "Means," and Twenty-First-Century Mission
It is common to observe that geography is no longer an ,important aspect of world mission, yet a remark made by Marshall McLuhan (1911-80)--"We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future" (1)-describes nothing...
Christians in the Age of Islamic Enlightenment: A Review Essay
Christians in the Age of Islamic Enlightenment:: A Review EssayChristian Doctrines in Islamic Theology. By David Thomas. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Pp. viii, 392. euro135 / $200.The Legend of Sergius Bahïrâ: Eastern Christian Apologetics and Apocalyptic in...
Evangelization and Religious Freedom: Ad Gentes, Dignitatis Humanae
Evangelization and Religious Freedom: Ad gentes, Dignitatis humanae. By Stephen B. Bevans and Jeffrey Gros. New York: Paulist Press, 2009. Pp. 259. Paperback $21.95.Evangelization and Religious Freedom is part of an eight-book series by Paulist Press...
From Pioneer Mission to Autonomous Church: Lutheran Mission Cooperation and Church Building in Thailand, 1976-1994
From Pioneer Mission to Autonomous Church: Lutheran Mission Cooperation and Church Building in Thailand, 1976-1994. By Marika Björkgren-Thylin. Abo, Finland: AboAkademi Univ. Press, 2009. Pp. 434. euro31.Marika Björkgren-Thylin's book is an insightful,...
From the Editors of the World Religion Database
Each of the three reviews of the World Religion Database (WRD) in the January 2010 issue of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH pointed to a number of strengths and weaknesses in the online database. The advantage of an electronic publication...
Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies Takes a New Approach to Doctor of Missiology
In 2006 Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, California, introduced a new approach to study for the doctor of missiology degree. Incoming students form nonresidential cohorts built on a significant commonality, and...
Handbook of Christianity in China. Vol. 2: 1800-Present
Handbook of Christianity in China. Vol. 2: 1800-Present. Edited by R. G. Tiedemann. Leiden: Brill, 2010. (Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 4, China, 15.) Pp. xxxviii, 1,050. euro249 /$369.It is difficult to know whether the magnificent second volume...
Helen Barrett Montgomery: The Global Mission of Domestic Feminism
Helen Barrett Montgomery: The Global Mission of Domestic Feminism. By Kendal P. Mobley. Waco, Tex.: Baylor Univ. Press, 2009. Pp. xi, 335. Paperback $39.95.Helen Barrett Montgomery was a woman of the middle way. She deftly positioned her reform efforts...
How Latin America Saved the Soul of the Catholic Church
How Latin America Saved the Soul of the Catholic Church. By Edward L. Cleary. Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2009. Pp. iii, 220. Paperback $22.95.Despite the dramatic rise and evangelical energy of Pentecostalism (a movement that has won many converts...
IBMR E-Journal a Helpful Resource for Print Subscribers
In January 2010 editor Jonathan Bonk announced that the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH turned "a conceptual corner" when it was transformed into "an online journal--freely accessible to all--with a published print option available for...
IBMR E-Journal-A Helpful Resource for Print Subscribers
In January 2010 editor Jonathan Bonk announced that the International Bulletin of Missionary Research turned "a conceptual corner" when it was transformed into "an online journal - freely accessible to all - with a published print option available for...
India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding-Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical-In Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg
India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding-Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical-in Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg. Edited by Richard Fox Young. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Pp. ix, 283. Paperback $45.The excellent essays...
Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive Approach/Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen
Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive Approach. By Richard Harvey. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Paternoster Press, 2009. Pp. xiii, 316. Paperback $22.99.Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen. Edited by Jim Congdon....
Mother Tongue Theologies: Poets, Novelists, Non-Western Christianity
Mother Tongue Theologies: Poets, Novelists, Non-Western Christianity. Edited by Darren J. N. Middleton. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2009. Pp. xvi, 235. Paperback $28.Mother Tongue Theologies is a collection, in five parts,...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Historically, pilgrimages were communal undertakings, and their value--from long before Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to long after--owed as much to one's faith and one's company as to the shrine at destination's end. Pilgrims would certainly know where...
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity was inaugurated April 29, 2010, and is located at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts. Luke Veronis, adjunct professor of missiology at Holy Cross, was named...
Not Yet There: Seminaries and the Challenge of Partnership
Partnership has been an oft-used term in missiological circles for many years, rooted especially in the transition from mission to church. (1) As Hong-Jung Lee has described this evolution, we have moved historically from "pioneer" to "parent" to "partner."...
Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora
Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora. Pier M. Larson. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009. Pp. ix, 378. $99 /£55; paperback $35.99 /£19.99.Madagascar, Africa's largest island (with a surface area two and a half times...
Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China
Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China. By Lian Xi. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2010. Pp. xv, 333. $45.This is truly a landmark book. I believe it will become one of a handful of must-read books for anyone interested in the...
The Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia: Resistance and Resilience
The Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia: Resistance and Resilience. By Tibebe Eshete. Waco, Tex.: Baylor Univ. Press, 2009. Pp. v, 525. $54.95.To best enter the lives of Ethiopians and understand their worldview, one must study their religion, for "religion...
The Jesuits in Latin America, 1549-2000: 450 Years of Inculturation, Defense of Human Rights, and Prophetic Witness
The Jesuits in Latin America, 1549-2000: 450 Years of Inculturation, Defense of Human Rights, and Prophetic Witness. By Jeffrey L. Klaiber. St. Louis, Mo.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2009. Pp. viii, 463. Paperback $28.95.Jeffrey Klaiber's history of...
The State of Mission Studies in India: An Overview and Assessment of Publications and Publishing
From the first millennium of the Christian era in India, only mere fragments of Christian literature have survived, held at places such as the Orthodox Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala. Cyril Bruce Firth lists the few items that are available, mentioning...
The Theology of Partnership
"Partnership is an idea whose time has not yet fully come." (1) So wrote Max Warren in his little book on partnership in 1954. Max Warren was general secretary of the Church Mission Society from 1942 to 1963. He went on to say that an understanding...
Transnational Biblewomen: Asian and African Women in Christian Mission
Transnational Biblewomen: Asian and African Women in Christian Mission. Edited by Deborah Gaitskell and Wendy Urban-Mead. Special issue, Women's History Review 17, no. 4 (September 2008).This issue of articles on "Biblewomen"-national women engaged in...
What about Partnership?
Partnership. This deceptively simple term masks a complex reality. It commonly refers to some kind of formal or informal contractual arrangement between two or more persons or organizations carrying on a joint venture with a view to benefit of some...
Who Cares about Mission History? or, the Elder Who Refused to Let the Word "Heathen" Pass His Lips
I was part of a morning prayer session of former missionaries. The leader for the occasion had recently returned from abroad to parish work "at home." He began with a story about one of his church elders who, a few weeks before, had refused to read...