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. 21, No. 3, July

A Heart at Leisure from Itself: Caroline Macdonald of Japan
A Heart at Leisure from Itself: Caroline Macdonald of Japan. By Margaret Prang. Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia Press, 1995. Pp. xv, 346. $39.95. Caroline Macdonald (1874-1931) was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary who played a remarkable...
Beneath the Wilberforce Oak, 1873
In 1873 Bishop Samuel Crowther (ca. 1807-91) of West Africa made one of his several visits to England. Ten years earlier, in 1864, the Church Missionary Society (CMS) general secretary, Henry Venn-a determined advocate of indigenization in the work of...
Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion
Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion. By Kwame Bediako. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books;and Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1995. Pp. xii, 276. Paperback $25. Kwame Bediako is director of the AkrofiChristaller Memorial Centre...
Dimensions of Mission in India
This is a collection of papers that were presented and discussed in the third annual meeting of the Fellowship of Indian Missiologists (FOIM) at Bangalore, India, in 1994. It aims at promoting missiology in the Indian context. Authors in this volume...
Einleitung in Die Missionsgeschichte: Tradition, Situation Und Dynamic Des Christentums
Einleitung in die Missionsgeschichte: Tradition, Situation und Dynamic des Christentums. Edited by Klaus Muller and Werner Ustorf. Stuttgart: Verlag W. Kohlhammer, 1995. Pp. 291. DM 49.80. According to the editors of this book, the history of Christian...
Exporting the American Gospel: Global Christian Fundamentalism
Exporting the American Gospel examines the spread of Protestant fundamentalism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The authors of the book, who represent the disciplines of religious studies and sociology, draw extensively upon primary literature and...
Fatalismus Als Missionstheologisches Problem: Die Kontextualisation Des Evangeliums in Einer Kultur Fatalistischen Denkens. das Beispiel Paraguay
Fatalismus als missionstheologisches Problem: Die Kontextual isation des Evangeliums in einer Kultur fatalistischen Denkens. Das Beispiel Paraguay. By Alfred Neufeld. Bonn: Verlag fur Kultur und Wissenschaft, 1994. Pp. 558, Paperback. No price given....
Father Peter John De Smet: Jesuit in the West / "Come, Blackrobe": De Smet and the Indian Tragedy
By Robert C. Carriker. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1995. Pp. xx, 266. $29.95. "Come, Blackrobe": De Smet and the Indian Tragedy. By John J. Killoren. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1994. Pp. xv, 448. Paperback $17.95. The best way to compare these...
German Centers of Mission Research
One hundred years ago, the foundation for mission studies in Germany was created in a university setting. In December 1896 the University of Halle established the first Protestant chair of missiology, with Gustav Warneck as the occupant, beginning in...
History and Belief: The Foundations of Historical Understanding
History and Belief: The Foundations of Historical Understanding. By Robert Eric Frykenberg. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 377. Paperback $27. This book offers a learned meditation on the nature, limits, and possibilities of historical knowledge....
Incarnational Ministry: Planting Churches in Band, Tribal, Peasant, and Urban Societies
Incarnational Ministry: Planting Churches in Band, Tribal, Peasant, and Urban Societies. By Paul G. Hiebert and Eloise Hiebert Meneses. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 1995. Pp. 405. Paperback $19.99. Hiebert and Meneses have given us an excellent, ministry-focused...
Inkulturation in Tranquebar: Der Beitrag der Fruhen Danischhalleschen Mission Zum Werden Einer Indisch-Einheimischen Kirche (1706-1730)
Inkulturation in Tranquebar Der Beitrag der fruhen danischhalleschen Mission zum Werden einer indisch-einheimischen Kirche (170S1730). By Daniel Jeyaraj. Erlangen: Verlag der Ev.Luth. Mission, 1996. Pp. xiv, 367. Paperback. DM 60. The missiological significance...
John Stott: A Comprehensive Bibliography / Authentic Christianity: From the Writings of John Stott
John Stott: A Comprehensive Bibliography. By Timothy Dudley-Smith. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1995. Pp. 156. Paperback $12.99. Authentic Christianity: From the Writings of John Stott. Chosen and introduced by Timothy DudleySmith. Downers...
Many Gods, Many Lords: Christianity Encounter World Religions
By Daniel B. Clendenin. Grand Rapids, Mich. Baker, 1995. Pp. 189. Paperback $11.99. Many Gods, Many Lords is a response to the scandal of Christian exclusiveness. Four years as a visiting professor of Christian studies at Moscow State University has...
Mission in Bold Humility: David Bosch's Work Considered
Mission in Bold Humility: David Bosch's Work Considered. Edited by Willem Saayman and Klippies Kritzinger. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1996. Pp. viii, 184. Paperback $20. Does a missiologist merit a second Festscrift? Yes, if his name is David Bosch,...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
My pilgrimage in mission began before I was born. My parents were missionaries in Belgium but returned to the United States shortly before my birth in 1928. They prayed for all six of their children long before we were born, asking God to send us into...
No East or West: Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of the Overseas Ministries Study Center
Shortly after the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) moved from Ventnor, New Jersey, to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1987, director Gerald H. Anderson received a letter from an overseas national church worker addressed to "New Heaven, Connecticut."...
No Other Gods: Christian Belief in Dialogue with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam
The work presents four neatly drawn comparative analyses of four major world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. As the author remarks in the preface, the title, No Other Gods, can be read in two ways: with an exclamation mark or...
Popular Religion and Modernization in Latin America: A Different Logic
This sociological study of popular religion in Latin America is a valuable and readable summary of the state of research and reflection in a field about which a vast amount of literature has been accumulating in recent years. Parker, a scholar from Chile,...
Readers' Response
To the Editor I'm sorry that Darrell Whiteman chose to include in his fine article on contextualization in your January issue the assertion that "a common phrase at the time [before 1949] was, `One more Christian, one less Chinese."' I was in China before...
Serious about Mission Studies
Christian mission has nearly always been taken seriously. But missiology-the systematic study of missions-more or less waited for the devoted labors of a nineteenth-century German pastor, Gustav Warneck. In 1896 the University of Halle, which for nearly...
Teologia Y Mision En America Latina
Teologia y mision en America Latina. By Rodolfo Blank. St. Louis, Mo.: Recursos ttnicos, 1996. Pp. 318. Paperback. No price given. Rodolfo Blank, a Lutheran theologian and pastor with more than thirty years of Latin American experience, has produced...
The Bible Trembled: The Hindu-Christian Controversies of Nineteenth-Century Ceylon / Vain Debates: The Buddhist-Christian Controversies of Nineteenth-Century Ceylon / Other
The Bible Trembled: The HinduChristian Controversies of Nineteenth-Century Ceylon. By R. F. Young and S. Jebanesan. Vienna: Sammlung De Nobili, 1995. Pp. 204. Paperback. No price given. Vain Debates: The BuddhistChristian Controversies of Nineteenth-Century...
The Frairs Minor in China (1295-1955), Especially the Years 1925-55
By Arnulf Camps and Pat McCloskey. St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University; and Rome: General Secretariate for Missionary Evangelization, General Curia, Order of Friars Minor, 1995. Pp. xviii, 318. $28. To mark the seven...
The Legacy of Franz Michael Zahn
"I feel we should make use of any means at our disposal to win the privilege of the freedom of mission. Therefore, I suggest we complain again, first to the Reichskanzler . . ., then, to the Kaiser, to the Parliament, and to the press. Hopefully we will...
The Legacy of George Grenfell
In the ranks of the great Victorian missionary explorers of the central African interior, George Grenfell stands second in importance only to David Livingstone. Although he never wrote a book and never attained the general public renown that Livingstone...
Truth and Authority in Modernity
Truth and Authority in Modernity. By Lesslie Newbigin. Valley Forge, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 1996. Pp. ix, 83. Paperback $8. There are (at least!) two features in the writings of Lesslie Newbigin that I am extremely grateful for: his insistence...