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. 24, No. 3, July

A Century of Catholic Endeavour: Holy Ghost and Consolata Missions in Kenya
By Lawrence M. Njoroge. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 1999. Pp. 272. Paperback KShs 650. This is a compelling book. The author taught at Notre Dame University and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He is at present secretary to the archbishop...
Read preview Overview
Ad Ultimum Terrae: Evangelization, Proselytism, and Common Witness in the Roman Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue (1990-1997)
Ad ultimum terae: Evangelization, Proselytism, and Common Witness in the Roman Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue (1990-1997). By Veli-Matti Karkkainen. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1999. Pp. 281. Paperback $48.95. It is providential that Pentecostals and Roman...
Read preview Overview
A Farewell Letter to the Editor
To Gerald H. Anderson, our retiring editor, on the occasion of the final issue of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN produced under his editorial hand: This is your ninety-fifth issue. The masthead of the inaugural issue, January 1977, occupied a mere half...
Read preview Overview
A Farewell Letter to the Editor
To Gerald H. Anderson, our retiring editor, on the occasion of the final issue of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN produced under his editorial hand: This is your ninety-fifth issue. The masthead of the inaugural issue, January 1977, occupied a mere half column....
Read preview Overview
China's Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society
By Richard Madsen. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1999. Pp. xiii, 183. $27.50. Richard Madsen, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and author of several books on contemporary Chinese society, provides a sobering evaluation...
Read preview Overview
Eusebius Tries Again: Reconceiving the Study of Christian History
The most striking feature of Christianity at the end of the second millennium is that it is predominantly a non-Western religion. On all present indications, the numbers of inhabitants of Europe and North America who profess the faith are declining,...
Read preview Overview
Evangelicalism, Islam, and Millennial Expectation in the Nineteenth Century
Great Britain's nineteenth-century imperial expansion paralleled the growth of the modern Christian missionary movement. Of special interest to evangelical supporters of Christian missions was the fact that Britain had emerged as the power having the...
Read preview Overview
Faith on the Frontier: A Life of J.H. Oldham
Faith on the Frontier: A Life of J. H. Oldham. By Keith Clements. Geneva: WCC; and Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark,1999. Pp. xvii, 515. Paperback 24.95. A footnote on p. 393 of Ecumenical Foundations, the still-indispensable account of the International...
Read preview Overview
Families of Faith: An Introduction to World Religions for Christians
Families of Faith: An Introduction to World Religions for Christians. By Paul Varo Martinson. Minneapolis: Fortress Press,1999. Pp. 258. Paperback $20. The distinguishing feature of this introduction is that it combines four approaches to world religions...
Read preview Overview
Finger on the Pulse: Fifty Years of Missionary Research
For fifty years the editors of the Occasional Bulletin (now INTERNATIONAL BULLTEIN) have endeavored to monitor the pulse of global Christian missions. Though attempted from the limited vantage point of Protestant North America, the task was no less...
Read preview Overview
Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries
Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries. By Amanda Porterfield. New York: Oxford Univ. Press,1997. Pp. xi, 179. $39.95. Readers interested in antebellum U.S. Protestant missions will appreciate Amanda Porterfield's fresh treatment of the topic in...
Read preview Overview
Mission in Suzhou: Sophie Lanneau and Wei Ling Girl's Academy, 1907-1950
By Li Li. New Orleans: Univ. Press of the South,1999. Pp. xiv,139. Paperback $49.95. Li Li's history of Sophie Lanneau and her Wei Ling Girl's Academy in Suzhou is a book worth reading. He reaches a level of empathy that idealizes neither Lanneau nor...
Read preview Overview
Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future
Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future. By Tom Sine. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1999. Pp. 249. Paperback $14.99. Tom Sine, in what may be the best of his many books, describes a world that is increasingly driven by...
Read preview Overview
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1928, I was in the third grade when I decided to be a preacher. In my home preachers were popular people, usually admired and always talked about. Even more, missionaries were in a special category. When missionaries came to...
Read preview Overview
Nepali around the World: Emphasizing Nepali Christians of the Himalayas
By Cyndy L. Perry. Kathmandu, Nepal: Ekta Books,1997. Pp. xiv, 464. Paperback $25. This study, culminating years of wideranging research, traces the migration and settlement of Nepali peoples into all parts of India, various parts of Asia, and the far...
Read preview Overview
Popular Catholicism in a World Church: Seven Case Studies in Inculturation
Popular Catholicism in a World Church: Seven Case Studies in Inculturation. Edited by Thomas Bamat and Jean-Paul Wiest. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books,1999. Pp. xiii, 314. Paperback. $24. In 1995 the Center for Mission Research and Study at Maryknoll was...
Read preview Overview
Practicing Truth: Confident Witness in Our Pluralistic World
Practicing Truth: Confident Witness in Our Pluralistic World.Edited by David W. Shenk and Linford Stutzman. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1999. Pp. 263. Paperback $15.99. This collection of vigorous essays originates from a conference, organized by Eastern...
Read preview Overview
The Coming of the Rain. the Life of Dr. Joe Church: A Personal Account of Revival in Rwanda
The Coming of the Rain. The Life of Dr. Joe Church: A Personal Account of Revival in Rwanda By Katharine Makower. Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.: Paternoster Press, 1999. Pp. xvi, 228. Paperback L9.99/$16.99. His name was John Edward Church, but everyone knew...
Read preview Overview
The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel
Edited by Murray W. Dempster, Byron D. Klaus, and Douglas Petersen. Carlisle, U.K.: Regnum Books, in association with Paternoster Publishing, 1999. Pp xviii, 406. Paperback $24.95. This book is compulsory reading for all who want to enter the debate...
Read preview Overview
The Legacy of George Sherwood Eddy
George Sherwood Eddy (1871--1963) was one of the most influential Protestant mission leaders of the twentieth century. [1] Although he died as recently as 1963, his memory has faded in comparison with that of John R. Mott and Robert E. Speer, his associates...
Read preview Overview
The Legacy of Karl Friedrich August G[ddot{u}]tzlaff
Few missionaries are more controversial than Karl G[ddot{u}]tzlaff, German missionary to China during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Extravagantly praised for his dedication to bringing the Gospel to all China, he was censured with equal...
Read preview Overview
The Legacy of Karl Friedrich August Gutzlaff
Few missionaries are more controversial than Karl Gutzlaff, German missionary to China during the secand quarter of the nineteenth century. Extravagantly praised for his dedication to bringing the Gospel to all China, he was censured with equal immoderation...
Read preview Overview
The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible. By Barbara Kingsolver. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. Pp. ix, 546. $26; paperback $14. Perceptions of Christian missionaries are often shaped more by writers of fiction than by historians. The Poisonwood Bible is a recent example....
Read preview Overview
To Stake a Claim: Mission and the Western Crisis of Knowledge
What bearing does postmodernity have on Christian belief and the church's mission? This collection of essays, the result of an engaged discussion over several years, responds to this question with considerable depth, caution, and optimism. It is presented...
Read preview Overview
Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. By Bryant L. Myers. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books and World Vision, 1999. Pp. xx, 279. Paperback $22. A book copublished by Orbis and World Vision should arouse curiosity,...
Read preview Overview