International Review of Mission

This publication focuses on ecumenical missiology, while providing articles and academic papers on mission events, book reviews and detailed bibliography of current literature.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 344, January

A Modern Chinese Journey of Inculturation
Introduction It can be said that, from the apostolic age onwards, Christians have made it their first priority to spread the gospel and to make Christian converts of people of all nations. In so doing, they came to encounter peoples of many different...
Bible and Culture in African Christianity
Introduction My memories of my first contact with the Bible go back to my days as a toddler in a typical Nigerian Igbo village. My father could not read or write, yet he owned a Bible. In fact, he owned the only Bible in the village, an enormous red-edged...
Gospel and Culture in Our Consumer Society
Ten Theses for Discussion Introduction The following ten theses come out of the German preparatory process for the World Mission Conference held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, in November-December 1996. They were extensively discussed in courses offered...
In Grateful Memory
As this issue of the IRM was being prepared for release, the sad news of the death of Lesslie Newbigin, former general secretary of the International Missionary Council and first director of the WCC's Division of World Mission and Evangelism, was communicated...
Missionary Concepts and Procedures: Time for a Review
Missionary Societies, missionaries, and assorted missionary practices like furloughs have been around for a long time. Bodies like the Council for World Mission (CWM) and the Communaute Evangelique d'Action Apostolique (CEVAA) have introduced a degree...
Telling the Story: The Role of Information-Sharing in Urban and Industrial Mission
I This age of global telecommunication and information exchange has set a unique challenge and opportunity to the churches: how can they use the global information network in telling the story of peoples' struggles for their dignity and rights? What...
The African Factor in Christian Mission to Africa: A Study of Moravian and Basel Mission Activities in Ghana
One of the most stimulating developments in Christian mission studies during the last decade or so is the gradual shift of emphasis from Western, Eurocentric interpretation and initiative to an emphasis which takes African participation seriously. Missiologists...
The First Decade
THE AMSTERDAM ASSEMBLY 1948 The Church Prior to the formal installation of a Department of Evangelism in the World Council of Churches (WCC), the church was understood to be the primary instrument of evangelism. In a report on the 1947 Conference on...
The Scandal of Continuing Intercultural Blindness in Mission Historiography: The Case of Andreas Riis in Akwapim
There are episodes in mission history which may seem to have exhausted themselves. They have been written about to such an extent that even enthusiasts find it difficult to uncover further information, at least in documentary form. One such episode is...
The Tao and the Logos: Lao Tzu and the Gospel of John
Introduction In the year 635 AD, the first Christian missionary, Bishop Alopen of the Nestorian Church, arrived in China. The arrival of Alopen at the Chinese capital Chang-an during the T'ang dynasty, in the reign of the emperor T'ai Tsung (627-650...
Truly Vernacular Worship for the Sake of the Gospel
How do Christians in Papua New Guinea make decisions about how to worship? How do we decide which language to use? How do we decide which songs to sing, which instruments to play? How do we decide the shape of our haus lotu? How do we decide when to...