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. 38, No. 1, January

A New History of Christianity in China
A New History of Christianity in China. By Daniel H. Bays. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Pp. x, 241. $93.95; paperback $41.95. In this comprehensive, concise, and compelling volume, Daniel Bays presents the results of the significant...
Announcing
Missions and world Christianity will be among the topics addressed at the 2014 winter meeting of the American Society of Church History, to be held in Washington, D.C., January 2-5. Panel presentations will include a discussion of the recently published...
A Precious Gift: The Punjabi Psalms and the Legacy of Imam-Ud-Din Shahbaz
The Punjabi Zabur is the metrical translation of the Book of Psalms into the Punjabi language. (1) One cannot envisage worship among Pakistani churches without the singing of psalms. Without question, the Punjabi Psalms--read, sung, recited, and memorized...
Book Notes
Baker, Karen. The Balkars of Southern Russia and Their Deportation (1944-57). Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2013. Pp. xxiii, 176. Paperback $13.99. Behdad, Ali, and Luke Gartlan, eds. Photography's Orientalism: New Essays on...
Building God's Kingdom: Norwegian Missionaries in Highland Madagascar, 1866-1903
Building God's Kingdom: Norwegian Missionaries in Highland Madagascar, 1866-1903. By Karina Hestad Skeie. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. 296. 112 [euro]/$156. The role of the Norwegian Mission Society (NMS) in Protestant history in Madagascar cannot...
Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vazquez De Coronado and Don Juan De Onate
Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado and Don Juan de Onate. By Stan Hoig. Boulder: Univ. Press of Colorado, 2013. Pp. v, 344. $34.95. Stan Hoig (1924-2009), a practicing journalist who earned a Ph.D....
Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers: History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana
Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers: History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana. By Wyatt MacGaffey. Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press, 2013. Pp. 227. $37.50. Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers is an important contribution...
Christianity 2014: Independent Christianity and Slum Dwellers
This two-page report is the thirtieth in an annual series in the IBMR. The series began three years after the publication of the first edition of David Barrett's World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE, Oxford Univ. Press, 1982). The purpose of the series...
Come and See: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Contextualization
Come and See: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Contextualization. By Edward Rommen. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2013. Pp. xx, 219. Paperback $14.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Edward Rommen has had a distinguished career as a missionary...
Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East
Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East. By Eleanor H. Tejirian and Reeva Spector Simon. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xiv, 280. $35. Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion makes...
Conflict in Colonial Sonora: Indians, Priests, and Settlers
Conflict in Colonial Sonora: Indians, Priests, and Settlers. By David Yetman. Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2012. Pp. viii, 280. $45. Twilight of the Mission Frontier: Shifting Interethnic Alliances and Social Organization in Sonora,...
Dissertation Notices
Angelov, Kristian T. "Ideas of Kenosis: A Critical Investigation, with Special References to Images of Divine Power in the Contemporary Bulgarian Religious Context." Ph.D. Univ. of Wales, 2011. Baas, Jeannette. "Christian Faith-Based Organisations...
Does Donor Support Help or Hinder Business as Mission Practitioners? an Empirical Assessment
Much attention has been given in recent years to the role of business in missions. Often called "business as mission" (BAM), the integration of business and missions presents new opportunities and raises new questions for mission scholars. It represents...
Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent, C. 1935-1972
Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent, c. 1935-1972. By Derek R. Peterson. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xx, 344. $103; paperback $34.99. Derek Peterson's Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival...
Forty Years of North American Missiology: A Brief Review
The following article is an abridgment of the author's plenary address "Forty Years of the American Society of Missiology: Retrospect and Prospect," delivered at the American Society of Missiology annual meeting, Wheaton, Illinois, on June 21, 2013....
Missiology as an Interested Discipline-And Where Is It Happening?
I grew up as a third-culture kid (or third-subculture kid) years before such language was popular, but my siblings and I were quite aware of cultural nonfit as a reality. When I was four, our family moved to western Pennsylvania, where my father became...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
A new sense of global consciousness was stimulated in the United States by its engagement in the Second World War. In the postwar era Americans, especially younger women and men who had served in the military, first turned their eyes to wider horizons...
Network Church: A Pentecostal Ecclesiology Shaped by Mission
Network Church: A Pentecostal Ecclesiology Shaped by Mission. By Andy Lord. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xiv, 264. 110 [euro]/$151. The growing importance of Pentecostalism as a global movement is evident in the significant amount of literature that...
Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa
Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa. Edited by Devon Curtis and Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa. Athens: Ohio Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xviii, 353. Paperback $32.95. Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is the result of collaboration between...
Putting Names with Faces: Women's Impact in Mission History
Putting Names with Faces: Women's Impact in Mission History. Edited by Christine Lienemann-Perrin, Atola Longkumer, and Afrie Songco Joye. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012. Pp. 389. Paperback $19.99. This "global theological resource book" resulted...
Studying Mission
Those of us who study Christian mission believe our scholarly endeavors to be vitally important. A constellation of reasons, variously prioritized, underlie the significance we attribute to mission studies. Religious passion for Christian mission itself,...
The Future of the Discipline of Missiology: A Brief Overview of Current Realities and Future Possibilities
The following article is an abridgment of the author's presidential address "'The Future of the Discipline of Missiology: Framing Current Realities and Future Possibilities," delivered at the American Society of Missiology annual meeting, Wheaton,...
The Mission of the Portuguese Augustinians to Persia and beyond (1602-1747)
The Mission of the Portuguese Augustinians to Persia and Beyond (1602-1747). By John M. Flannery. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Pp. xi, 286. 112 [euro]/$156. Studies abound of various Catholic orders involved in mission, but this volume addresses an important...
The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity: A Review Essay
The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity. 2 vols. Edited by Roger E. Hedlund. New Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xxiv, 762. Rs 2,950/60 [pounds sterling] / $299.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At least in theory, the process...
The Poor in Liberation Theology: Pathway to God or Ideological Construct?
The Poor in Liberation Theology: Pathway to God or Ideological Construct? By Tim Noble. Sheffield, U.K.: Equinox Publishing, 2013. Pp. xii, 244. 60 [pounds sterling]/$99.95. Tim Noble studied in Brazil from 1991 to 1994, and today he teaches...
The White Fathers in Colonial Africa (1919-1939)
The White Fathers in Colonial Africa (1919-1939). By Francis Nolan. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2012. Pp. 472. Paperback KeS 1,100/$13/10 [euro]. In this work Francis Nolan, a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, or...
Together in One Mission: Pentecostal Cooperation in World Evangelization
Together in One Mission: Pentecostal Cooperation in World Evangelization. Edited by Arto Hamalainen and Grant McClung. Cleveland, Tenn.: Pathway Press, 2012. Pp. 338. Paperback $19.95. This book grabs the reader by the heartstrings, exuding unbridled...