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. 33, No. 4, October

Book Notes
Ariarajah, S. Wesley. We Live by His Gifts: D. T. Niles--Preacher, Teacher, and Ecumenist; A Personal Account. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue, 2009. Pp. xix, 169. Paperback. $10. Camara, Dora Helder. Dom Helder Camara:...
Declaration on Creation Stewardship and Climate Change
We present here a recent declaration by the Micah Network, whose international president is C. René Padilla (office in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia). In the words of Padilla, an IBMR contributing editor, this declaration "may perhaps in time...
Declaration on Creation Stewardship and Climate Change: Micah Network
We present here a recent declaration by the Micah Network, whose international president is C. Rene Padilla (office in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia). In the words of Padilla, an IBMR contributing editor, this declaration "may perhaps in...
Dissertation Notices
Adoyo, Priscilla Anyango. "The Application of Biblical Principles of Conflict Transformation in Ethno-Religious Situations in Jos and Kaduna, Nigeria." D.Miss. Pasadena, Calif.: Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008. Chi, Duk fin. "Rethinking the Concept...
Ignace Partui: Iroquois Evangelist to the Salish, Ca. 1780-1837
It is perhaps amazing that Christianity has survived at all among the indigenous peoples of North America when one considers the pain, abuse, and broken promises brought by so-called Christian civilization over the past five hundred years. A prominent...
Ivan Illich and the American Catholic Missionary Initiative in Latin America
In 1966 Ivan Illich sent the National Catholic Reporter an antimissionary article, but it was returned to him as "needlessly polemical." Having declined the magazine's offer to resubmit a milder version, Illich sent the article to the Jesuit journal...
Jesus Imandars and Christ Bhaktas: Report from Two Field Studies of Interreligious Hermeneutics and Identity in Globalized Christianity
The emergence of numerous indigenous forms of Christianity as a consequence of its globalization is a well-known and widely studied phenomenon in missiology. A debate concerning criteria for discerning authentic inculturation/ contextualization and...
Jesus Imandars and Christ Bhaktas: Report from Two Field Studies of Interreligious Hermeneutics and Identity in Globalized Christianity
The emergence of numerous indigenous forms of Christianity as a consequence of its globalization is a wellknown and widely studied phenomenon in missiology. A debate concerning criteria for discerning authentic incultura tion/ contextualization and illegitimate...
Mission to Nowhere: Putting Short-Term Missions into Context
Short-term missions have experienced explosive growth in the past two decades. (1) In addition to the many parachurch organizations promoting such trips, for many congregations this sort of "mission" has become a key component of youth group activities....
My Pilgrimage in Mission
I was born on December 19, 1924, near the Yalu River, at the Korean border with China. I was the eldest son of a prominent Korean resistance leader against the Japanese military regime, which had occupied Korea since invading it in 1905. My father...
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe Association of Polish Missiologists, Stowarzyszenie Misjologów Polskich (SMP), was formed in 2007 and now serves thirty-three missiologists from the major universities and seminaries of Poland, including members from Katowice, Warsaw, Krakow,...
Syncretism and the Eternal Word
Syncretism--the combining of two apparently incompatible things to produce a third entity--is an everyday occurrence. Across much of Africa and Latin America, for example, horses and donkeys blend their DNA to generate the mule --a unique and extraordinarily...
The Church in Nepal: Analysis of Its Gestation and Growth
Until recently Nepal was the world's only Hindu kingdom. (1) e mighty Himalayas and the fact that Nepal was a closed land until the middle of the twentieth century enticed many, but from 1881 to 1925 only 153 Europeans are known to have visited Nepal...
The Church, the Urban, and the Global: Mission in an Age of Global Cities
We are living in a period of enormous global transformation--that is no secret. One of the results is that cities across the globe--all cities, the city in general--are rapidly changing. A majority of the earth's population now live in cities or megacities....
The Legacy of Philip Beach Sullivan
Philip Beach Sullivan (1898-1957) was part of a trend toward professionalization among the China Christian colleges during the 1920s. The institutions, most of them originally founded as aids to evangelism, were by the 1920s giving greater emphasis...
Thirty Books That Most Influenced My Understanding of Christian Mission
When I was a graduate student, my interests developed the areas of mission history and ecumenics, then focused on the theology of mission and the theology of religions, with particular orientation toward Asia. There my wife, Joanne, and I worked for...