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. 26, No. 3, July

Brazil: An "Evangelized" Giant Calling for Liberating Evangelism
Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, covering half of South America, is home to a very religious people. More than 90 percent of the 170 million Brazilians publicly identify themselves as Christians of one kind or another. The Roman Catholic...
China and Christianity: Burdened Past, Hopeful Future
China and Christianity: Burdened Past, Hopeful Future. Edited by Stephen Uhalley, Jr., and Xiaoxin Wu. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 2001. Pp. xiii, 499. $83.95; paperback $36.95. This book, the most comprehensive synthesis of recent scholarship on Christianity...
Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas
Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas. By Curtis Chang. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2000. Pp. 187, $11.99. Lesslie Newbigin taught us that the West must be considered a mission field. Curtis Chang's Engaging...
Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. By Paul Freston. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001. Pp. xiii, 344. $60. Paul Freston provides readers with the first systematic account of evangelical Christians and politics in the developing...
From Mission to Church: The Reformed Church of America Mission in India
From Mission to Church: The Reformed Church of America Mission in India. By Eugene P. Heideman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. Pp. xix, 748. Paperback $50. This fact-filled chronicle is rich in detail. It traces RCA missionaries from their arrival in...
Harold W Turner Remembered
Harold W. Turner, Presbyterian minister, missionary scholar, inaugurator of university departments of religious studies, founder of the Centre for New Religious Movements. Born January 13, 1911; died May 5, 2002, age 91. Harold W. Turner's lifework in...
Harold W. Turner Remembered
Harold W. Turner, Presbyterian minister, missionary scholar, inaugurator of university departments of religious studies, founder of the Centre for New Religious Movements. Born January 13, 1911; died May 5, 2002, age 91. Harold W. Turner's life...
Hope for the World: Mission in a Global Context
Hope for the World: Mission in a Global Context. Edited by Walter Brueggemann. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2001. Pp. 177. Paperback $18.95. Mission in the Third Millennium. Edited by Robert J. Schreiter. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001....
Human Rights and Christian Mission
Four years ago the world celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Measured by the standards of that document, Christian mission has contributed considerably to the enhancement of human rights....
Human Rights and Christian Mission
Four years ago the world celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Measured by the standards of that document, Christian mission has contributed considerably to the enhancement of human rights....
In the Image of God: The Gospel and Human Rights
Human rights are very much on the agenda in the modern and postmodern West, and a great deal of rhetorical, political, diplomatic, and legislative effort has been spent in trying to make the concept and the practice of human rights universal. As part...
In the Light of the Word: Divine Word Missionaries of North America
In the Light of the Word: Divine Word Missionaries of North America. By Ernest Brandewie. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2000. Pp. vii, 408. Paperback $40. Ernest Brandewie's carefully researched volume on the Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.) missionaries...
Messianic Judaism
Messianic Judaism. By Dan Cohn-Sherbok. New York: Cassell, 2000. Pp. xii, 234. $85; paperback $29.95. Voices of Messianic Judaism: Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement. Edited by Dan Cohn-Sherbok. Baltimore: Lederer Books/Messianic...
Mission and Gewalt: Der Umgang Christlicher Missionen Mit Gewalt Und Die Ausbreitung Des Christentums in Afrika Und Asien in der Zeit Von 1792 Bis 1918/19
Mission and Gewalt: Der Umgang christlicher Missionen mit Gewalt and die Ausbreitung des Christentums in Afrika and Asien in der Zeit von 1792 bis 1918/19. Edited by Ulrich van der Heyden and Jurgen Becher. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2000. Pp....
My Pilgrimage in Mission
The earliest preparation for my pilgrimage in mission began when I was a child, living with my parents who were missionaries. I was born in 1914 in the mountains of South India, and my first home was a little wooden bungalow built by my father, who...
Personalia. (NoteWorthy)
Africa Inland Mission appointed Allan Arensen as international director effective January 1, 2002. He will be based in Bristol, England. Arensen, who replaces Fred Beam, has been Associate International Director of AIM since 1997, based in Entebbe,...
Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba
Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba. By J. D. Y. Peel. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 2000. Pp. xi, 420. $49.95. Since the era of European colonialism, anthropologists have been numbered among the fiercest critics of Christian missions....
Research on Protestantism in Latin America: A Bibliographic Essay
A generation ago John A. Mackay observed, "There was a time... when two illusions were current regarding the religious situation in Latin America. One illusion was that this region was the most solidly Roman Catholic of all the great areas of the world....
Studies in Asian Mission History, 1956-1998
Studies in Asian Mission History, 1956-1998. By Arnulf Camps. Leiden: Brill, 2000. Pp. xii, 337. $115.50/f 196. Studies in Asian Mission History covers several major "missionary periods in Asia": the Mogul mission in India, the Chinese and Japanese mission,...
The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial, Postcolonial Encounters
The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial, Postcolonial Encounters. By R. S. Sugirtharajah. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001. Pp. x, 306.$65, paperback $23. The opening phrases of this book command attention: "Along with gunboats, opium,...
The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy. Edited by Elliott Abrams. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Pp. 223. Paperback $24.95. Proceedings of academic conferences, this one sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy...
The Legacy of Robert Reid Kalley
Although he has been called the dancing doctor from Kilmarnock, the wolf from Scotland, and apostle to three continents, Robert Kalley remains largely an unknown figure. This Scottish Presbyterian medical doctor and adventurer, who learned Portuguese...
The Legacy of Robert Reid Kalley
Although he has been called the dancing doctor from Kilmarnock, the wolf from Scotland, and apostle to three continents, Robert Kalley remains largely an unknown figure. This Scottish Presbyterian medical doctor and adventurer, who learned Portuguese...
Touching the Heart: Xhosa Missionaries to Malawi, 1876-1888
Touching the Heart: Xhosa Missionaries to Malawi, 1876-1888. By T. Jack Thompson. Pretoria: Univ. ofSouth Africa Press, 2000. Pp. ix, 215. Paperback $20. The handful of Xhosa evangelists who accompanied the Scottish missionaries in the early years of...
Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization
Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization. By Alvin J. Schmidt. Grand Rapids: Zondervan,2001.Pp.423.$24.99/Can$36.95. This book is written by a Lutheran clergyman who spent most of his professional life as a professor of sociology...
U.S. Protestant Missions in Cuba: From Independence to Castro
U.S. Protestant Missions in Cuba: From Independence to Castro. By Jason M. Yaremko. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2000. Pp. xiv, 200. $49.95. Jason M. Yaremko, a historian with the History Department at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has...
What the WCE2 Numbers Show
As a percentage of the global population, Christianity declined in the twentieth century, from 34.5% of the world in 1900 to 33.0% in 2000 (p. 19). In the average year of the 1990s, the number of Christians in the world increased by 25.2 million; 22.7...
World Christianity by the Numbers: A Review of the World Christian Encyclopedia, Second Edition
World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World. By David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, and ToddM. Johnson. 2d ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2001. 2 vols. Pp. xii, 876; vi, 823. $295. World Christian...