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. 29, No. 2, April

Announcing
Crowther Hall in Selly Oak, Birmingham, England, has been closed. For thirty-five years (1969-2004) it served as the center for missionary training for the Church Mission Society. The decision to close Crowther Hall, despite a growing student body,...
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Beyond Bosch: The Early Church and the Christendom Shift
David Bosch's Transforming Mission is a great book. (1) Its scope is comprehensive; it is, as Lesslie Newbigin put it, a summa missiologica. It is in three parts. Part 1, which reflects Bosch's deeply committed study of the New Testament, develops...
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Book Notes
Braaten, Carl E., and Robert W, Jenson, eds. The Ecumenical Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004. Pp. viii, 237. Paperback $24. Butselaar, Jan van. Edited by Jerald D. Gort and Alle G. Hoekema. Mission: The Soul of Ecumenism; Essays. ...
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Christianity in Modern China: The Making of the First Native Protestant Church
Christianity in Modern China: The Making of the First Native Protestant Church. By David Cheung (Chert Yiqiang). Leiden: Brill, 2004. Pp xiv, 412. euro99 / $124.David Cheung, who teaches at Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City, Philippines, traces...
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Christian Mission: Lengthened Shadow of a Great Man
One of the most sought-after issues of Time magazine featured the editors' pick of the twentieth century's 100 most influential persons, good and bad. Grouped into five categories--Leaders and Revolutionaries, Artists and Entertainers, Builders and...
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Christian Mission: Lengthened Shadow of a Great Man
One of the most sought-after issues of Time magazine featured the editors' pick of the twentieth century's 100 most influential persons, good and bad. Grouped into five categories-Leaders and Revolutionaries, Artists and Entertainers, Builders and Titans,...
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Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today
Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. By Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2004. Pp. xxii, 488. Paperback $30.Editor's comment: In the fall of 1997 Stephen Bevans, a contributing editor, and Roger...
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Contested Christianity: The Social and Political Contexts of Victorian Christianity
Contested Christianity: The Social and Political Contexts of Victorian Christianity. By Timothy Larsen. Waco, Tex.: Baylor Univ. Press, 2004. Pp. 234. $39.95.Scholars will welcome this fine collection of essays, with its insistence that ideas, not least...
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Describing the Worldwide Christian Phenomenon
Christians can be found today in every country in the world. Although Christianity has been gradually expanding since its earliest days, only recently has it achieved a near-ubiquitous presence around the world. In 1942 Archbishop William Temple spoke...
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Dissertation Notices
Bacheller, William John, Jr. "Factors Involved in the Divorce or Separation of Pastors and Their Wives of the Evangelical Christian Church of Brazil." Ph.D. Deerfield. Ill.: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2004. Ballard, Paul H. "Team...
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Han-Mongol Encounters and Missionary Endeavors: A History of Scheut in Ordos (Hetao), 1874-1911
Han-Mongol Encounters and Missionary Endeavors: A History of Scheut in Ordos (Hetao), 1874-1911. By Patrick Taveirne. Leuven: Leuven Univ. Press, 2004. Pp. 684. Paperback euro52.Patrick Taveirne is director of the Leuven Institute for Sino-Mongol Studies...
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Missiology after Bosch: Reverencing a Classic by Moving Beyond
In a famous though possibly mythological moment in the history of theology, Albert the Great, preaching at the funeral of Thomas Aquinas in 1274, is supposed to have declared that all theology henceforth would be nothing but a footnote to his student's...
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My Pilgrimage in Mission
I was born in 1927 in Antwerp, Belgium; my father was a steward on a British ocean liner, and the British hired their crews in Belgium. When the Great Depression broke out in 1929, foreigners were the first to lose their jobs. We had to return to Switzerland,...
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My Pilgrimage in Mission
It was my extraordinary privilege to be involved in mission from birth. I was born on November 1, 1928, in the American Hospital in Neuilly, a suburb of Paris. My parents, Floyd and Ada Taber, were there studying in preparation for missionary service...
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New Wineskins for New Wine: Toward a Post-Christendom Ecclesiology
Taking stock of more than a millennium of history, systematic theologian Hendrikus Berkhof asserted, "For centuries a static conception of the church prevailed." (1) Historical Christendom emphasized the institutional and pastoral character of the...
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Noteworthy
AnnouncingCrowther Hall in Selly Oak, Birmingham, England, has been closed. For thirty-five years (1969-2004) it served as the center for missionary training for the Church Mission Society. The decision to close Crowther Hall, despite a growing student...
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Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies
Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies. By Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. $21.95.As Edward Said in his seminal book Orientalism (1978) portrays stereotypes that Western Orientalists have had of the East, so...
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Orientalismus Und Mission: Die Repräsentation der Tamilischen Gesellschaft Und Religion Durch Leipziger Missionare, 1840-1940
Orientalismus und Mission: Die Repräsentation der tamilischen Gesellschaft und Religion durch Leipziger Missionare, 1840-1940. By Andreas Nehring. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2003. Pp. 500. euro48.Andreas Nehring, a German theologian with working...
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Shembe, Gandhi Und Die Soldaten Gottes: Wurzeln der Gewaltfreiheit in Südafrika
Shembe, Gandhi und die Soldaten Gottes: Wurzeln der Gewaltfreiheit in Südafrika. By Andreas Heuser. Münster: Waxmann, 2003. Pp. 324. euro29.90.Isaiah Shembe (1870-1935) is an important figure in the history of the African Independent (Initiated) Church...
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Slavery and Salvation in Colonial Cartagena De Indias
Slavery and Salvation in Colonial Cartagena de Indias. By Margaret M. Olsen. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2004. Pp. xii, 189. $59.95.This analysis of an important missionary text from Spanish America complements other recent studies of early...
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Sources of Korean Christianity, 1832-1945
Sources of Korean Christianity, 1832-1945. Edited by Sung-Deuk Oak. Seoul: Institute for Korean Church History, 2004. Pp. 509. KRW 30,000 (approx. $25).The growth of Korean Christianity and its leading role in world mission, with currently more than...
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The Chinese Face of Jesus Christ. Vol. 2: Faces and Images of Jesus Christ from Ming to Qing
The Chinese Face of Jesus Christ. Vol. 2: Faces and Images of Jesus Christ from Ming to Qing. Edited by Roman Malek, S.V.D. Nettetal, Ger.: Steyler Verlag, 2003. (Institut Monumenta Sericaand China-Zentrum, Sankt Augustin.) Pp. xvi, 452. euro60.This...
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The Indian Church in Context: Her Emergence, Growth, and Mission
The Indian Church in Context: Her Emergence, Growth, and Mission. Edited by Mark T. B. Laing. Delhi: CMS/ ISPCK, 2002. Pp. xii, 269. Paperback Rs 225 /$18.This collection of essays is based on the Eighth Center for Mission Studies Consultation, held...
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The Legacy of Francois Elbertus Daubanton
Francois Elbertus Daubanton was born in Amsterdam on February 5,1853, the son of a Walloonian minister in the Netherlands who sympathized with the revival movement of that time. Francois received a Dutch-French education marked by the piety of the...
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The Legacy of François Elbertus Daubanton
François Elbertus Daubanton was born in Amsterdam on February 5,1853, the son of a Walloonian minister in the Netherlands who sympathized with the revival movement of that time. Francois received a Dutch-French education marked by the piety of the 185Os...
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The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone/Mission after Christendom
The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone. By Samuel Escobar. Downers Grove, III.: InterVarsity Press, 2003. Pp. 192. Paperback $13.Mission After Christendom. By David Smith. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2003. Pp. 144. Paperback...
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Transcontinental Links in the History of Non-Western Christianity / Transkontinentale Beziehungen in der Geschichte Des Aussereuropäischen Christentums
Transcontinental Links in the History of Non-Western Christianity / Transkontinentale Beziehungen in der Geschichte des Aussereuropäischen Christentums. Edited by Klaus Koschorke. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2002. Pp. 344. euro39.10.This book is...
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Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions
Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. By Terrance L. Tiessen. Downers Grove, III.: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Pp. 511. Paperback $27.This book is a monumental, encyclopedic survey and critical assessment of various issues...
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Whose Religion Is Christianity? Christianity beyond the West
Whose Religion Is Christianity? Christianity Beyond the West. By Lamin Sanneh. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. Pp. xii, 138. Paperback $12.In his latest book, which is slim but not slight, Lamin Sanneh exploits the genre of a modern Socratic dialogue to...
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