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. 4, October

A History of Chinese Christian Hymnody: From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indigenous Productions
A History of Chinese Christian Hymnody: From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indigenous Productions. By Fang-Lan Hsieh. Lewiston, N.Y: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009. Pp. xv, 269. $109.95 / £69.95.This cross-disciplinary study addresses cultural history,...
Alaskan Missionary Spirituality
Alaskan Missionary Spirituality. Editedby Michael J. Oleska. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2010. Pp. 406. Paperback $24.Alaskan Missionary Spirituality is a collection of primary-source material on an epoch of Christian mission rarely...
An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective
An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. By Stephen B. Bevans. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2009. Pp. xvi, 384. Paperback $30.In our increasingly globalized world, it is imperative that the global church be informed and equipped regarding...
Asking the Big Questions: A Statistical Analysis of Three Missiological Journals
OPinions and discussions about how we should be researching missiology are extremely common: voices from the South need to be given more prominence; (1) the Bible should be the primary basis for missiological reflection; (2) a missiological encounter...
Beyond Contextualization: Toward a Twenty-First-Century Model for Enabling Mission
In one course I taught recently, I had forty-two students from thirteen nations, with a combined 313 years of mission experience in forty-six countries. Such prior knowledge of the world generates an expectation of rich classroom participation and...
Book Notes
Baggio, Fabio, and Agnes M. Brazal, eds. Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Univ. Press, 2008. Pp. xx, 261. Paperback $42. Carlton, R. Bruce. Strategy Coordinator: Changing the Course of Southern...
City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala
City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala. By Kevin Lewis O'Neill. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2010. Pp. xxix, 278. $55 / £37.95; paperback $21.95 /£14.95.City of God is an ethnographic study of "neo-Pentecostal formations of Christian...
Converging Ways? Conversion and Belonging in Buddhism and Christianity
Converging Ways? Conversion and Belonging in Buddhism and Christianity. Edited by John D'Arcy May. Sankt Ottilien, Ger.: EOS Kloster vertag, 2007. Pp. 207. euro15.80.Abook like this lays to rest any doubt that Buddhism has become aEuropean religion....
Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana's Time of AIDS
Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion During Botswana's Time of AIDS. By Frederick Klaits. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 352. $60 /£41.95; paperback $24.95 / £1 6.95.The eighth in the University of California Press series "The...
Earth, Empire, and Sacred Text: Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation
Earth, Empire, and Sacred Text: Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation. By DavidL. Johnston. London: Equinox,2010. Pp. xui, 632. £65 /$95.David Johnston, visiting scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University...
Introduction to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-First Century
Introduction to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century. By Timothy C. Tennent. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2010. Pp. 558. $38.99.Timothy Tennent's Introduction to World Missions joins a growing list of important...
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years. By Philip Jenkins. New York: HarperOne, 2010. Pp. xix, 328. $26.99.In Jesus Wars Philip Jenkins turns his attention to the...
Kingdom without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity/Global Awakening: How Twentieth-Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution
Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity. By Miriam Adeney. Downers Grove, III: InterVarsity Press, 2009. Pp. 294. Paperback $18.Global Awakening: How Twentieth-Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution. By Mark Shaw....
Making Headway: The Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria
Making Headway: The Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria. By Andrew E. Barnes. Rochester, N.Y.: Univ. of Rochester Press, 2009. Pp. vii, 330. $95.This book, which is about the competing meaning of Western civilization among...
Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission
Mission After Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission. Edited by Ogbu U. KaIu, Peter Vethanayagamony, and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John KnoxPress, 2010. Pp. xxv, 177. Paperback $24.95.In this multiauthored and multiedited...
Missionaries in Hawai'i: The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick, 1797-1883
Missionaries in Hawai'i: The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick, 1797-1883. By Clifford Putney. Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2010. Pp. xi, 218. $34.95.Peter and Fanny Gulick led undistinguished careers as missionaries in Hawai'i. Peter's stern...
Mission Is Ministry in the Dimension of Difference: A Definition for the Twenty-First Century
Mission is ministry in the dimension of difference. This definition of mission assists reflection in a number of ways. It makes explicit the distinctive character of mission that is implicit but unacknowledged in many discussions of mission that focus...
Missions and the Liberation of Theology
There is no indication that those credited with penning the Jewish and then the Christian Holy Writ--political leaders, priests, chroniclers, poets, prophets, sages, amateur historians, and apostles--imagined that they were contributing to a body of...
Missions and the Liberation of Theology
There is no indication that those credited with penning the Jewish and then the Christian Holy Writ - political leaders, priests, chroniclers, poets, prophets, sages, amateur historians, and apostles - imagined that they were contributing to a body of...
Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic
Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic. By Michael F. Steltenkamp. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2009. Pp. xxi, 270. $24.95.Nicholas Black Elk makes a significant contribution to the broadly cast genre of "Black Elk studies." Through...
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe American Society of Missiology-Eastern Fellowship (ASM-EF) will hold its annual meeting November 4-7, 2010, in conjunction with 2010boston, an international mission conference sponsored by the Boston Theological Institute, with the theme...
Quest for Peace: An Ecumenical History of the Church in Lesotho
Quest for Peace: An Ecumenical History of the Church in Lesotho. By Craig W. Hinks. Morija, Lesotho: The Heads of Churches in Lesotho and the Christian Council of Lesotho, 2009. Pp. xx, 1,084. $55.This is an extraordinary book by any measure. Comprising...
The Legacy of Carl Thurman Smith
Carl Thurman Smith was a pastor, missionary educator, and historian. (1) He was born and educated in the United States, where he served as a pastor until he reached age forty. He originally had no idea that he would spend the second half of his life...
The Legacy of George Leslie Mackay
George Leslie Mackay (1844-1901) was among the most remarkable missionaries of the late Victorian era. During his three decades in Taiwan (1871-1901), he received little substantive assistance from other Canadian missionaries yet, at the time of his...
The Missiology of Old Testament Covenant
Agoeneration ago, Old Testament scholar G. Ernest Wright mmented in the predecessor to this journal: "The church which lacks the Old Testament again becomes easy prey to paganism." He explained: "It is the Old Testament which initially broke radically...
The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts
The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts. Edited by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Pp. xxiv, 248. Paperback $20.This collection of twelve essays is written mostly by those who live and work in...