International Bulletin of Mission 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. 36, No. 4, October

Beyond Conversion and Syncretism: Indigenous Encounters with Missionary Christianity, 1800-2000
Beyond Conversion and Syncretism: Indigenous Encounters with Missionary Christianity, 1800-2000. Edited by David Lindenfeld and Miles Richardson. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011. Pp. x, 317. $95. At a recent seminar I attended, a renowned anthropologist...
Book Notes
Cameron, J. E. M., ed. Christ Our Reconciler: Gospel/Church/World. Nottingham, Eng.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2012. Pp. 218. 12.99[pounds sterling]. Feddes, David. Missional Apologetics: Cultural Diagnosis and Gospel Plausibility in C. S. Lewis and...
Book Series: Resources for Reconciliation
BOOK SERIES: Resources for Reconciliation. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2008-. Paperback, $15 each. 2008. Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, and Healing, 167 pp., by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice; Living...
Books Reviewed
Adams, Kate. See Bulkeley, Kelly Adefila, Johnson Ajibade, Was Christianity a Means of the Deafricanization and Social Control of Slaves? A Comparison of the Response of Free West Africans to Christianity with the Response of African Slaves in the...
British Missionaries and the End of Empire: East, Central, and Southern Africa, 1939-64
British Missionaries and the End of Empire: East, Central, and Southern Africa, 1939-64. By John Stuart. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. Pp. xv, 237. Paperback $40. British Missionaries is a carefully researched, broadly focused, and pleasantly...
Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam
Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam. Edited by David Marshall. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 190. Paperback $24.95. Every year since 2002 the archbishop of Canterbury...
Complexities of Money and Mission in Asia
Complexities of Money and Mission in Asia. Edited by Paul H. De Neui. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2012. Pp. 156. Paperback $15.99. The title of this book indicates clearly its contents. Mission and money are two subjects that should...
Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects of Missiology
Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects of Missiology. By Stanley H. Skreslet. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. v, 240. Paperback $30. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stanley Skreslet opens his Comprehending...
Cultural Encounters at Cape Farewell: The East Greenlandic Immigrants and the German Moravian Mission in the Nineteenth Century
Cultural Encounters at Cape Farewell: The East Greenlandic Immigrants and the German Moravian Mission in the Nineteenth Century. By Einar Lund Jensen, Kristine Raahauge, and Hans Christian Gullov. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011. Pp. 339....
Da'wah: Islamic Mission and Its Current Implications
Islam is a missionary religion with universal claims, covering every aspect of human existence. Islam is also a political religion, teaching that both public and private space must be guided by the will of Allah, as revealed in the Quran and exemplified...
Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church
Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church. Edited by Rose Dowsett. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2011. Pp. xvii, 277. Paperback $17.99. A fascinating kaleidoscope, Global Mission combines...
Ivan Illich and Leo Mahon: Folk Religion and Catechesis in Latin America
Priest and social critic Ivan Illich played a major role in discouraging Roman Catholic missions from the United States to Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, as detailed in a previous issue of this journal. (1) To make a long story short, during...
James M. Phillips, 1929-2012
James M. Phillips, associate director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center and associate editor of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH from 1983 to 1997, died August 2, 2012, at a hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts, after suffering...
Mission History of Asian Churches
Mission History of Asian Churches. Edited by Timothy K. Park. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2011. Pp. xii, 244. Paperback $14.39. Mission History of Asian Churches emphasizes how churches in seven Asian countries are being de-Westernized...
Mission in Bold Humility
Few writers in the English language have conveyed so vividly the sin of pride as Dorothy Sayers: But the head and origin of all sin is the basic sin of Superbia or Pride. In one way there is so much to say about Pride that one might speak of it...
Mission in Context: Explorations Inspired by J. Andrew Kirk
Mission in Context: Explorations Inspired by J. Andrew Kirk. Edited by John Corrie and Cathy Ross. Surrey, Eng.: Ashgate, 2012. Pp. x, 248. 50 [pounds sterling]/$99.95. I love books created to honor someone who has influenced others in advancing...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
My parents became evangelical believers two years before my birth in 1934. Since my father was an officer in the police force, he had to move constantly. As a consequence I received my early spiritual formation from the hands of my mother and British...
Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: Race, Identity, and Acculturation
Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: Race, Identity, and Acculturation. By Ezekiel Umo Ette. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2011. Pp. xii, 191. $60/37.95. [pounds sterling] Nigerian Immigrants in the United States is a refreshing read. The...
Portraits of a Radical Disciple: Recollections of John Stott's Life and Ministry
Portraits of a Radical Disciple: Recollections of John Stott's Life and Ministry. Edited by Christopher J. H. Wright. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2011. Pp. 241. Paperback $16. Thirty-four authors celebrate their friendship with John...
Radio Missions: Station ELWA in West Africa
Missionaries have long served as agents of globalization. (1) As early as the sixteenth century, European missionaries imagined the globe as a unified space for cultural action. In turn, the missionary encounter implied a particular set of power relations...
Religion and Development: Ways of Transforming the World
Religion and Development: Ways of Transforming the World. Edited by Gerrie ter Haar. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. 428. $45. The wording of the title, Religion and Development, may sound rather paradoxical to many postmodern scholars...
Revisiting the Legacy of Mary Josephine Rogers
Mary Josephine Rogers, who became Mother Mary Joseph, founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, was one of the most extraordinary women in mission of the twentieth century. I refer the readers of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH to the article...
Robert Wuthnow and World Christianity: A Response to Boundless Faith
The year 2002 produced two religious monographs that attracted a great deal of public attention. The first was Steve Bruce's God Is Dead: Secularization in the West? His book reflected the mood captured in the Economist in a mock obituary in its millennial...
Said's Orientalism and Pentecostal Views of Islam in Palestine
The prevailing attitude of American Protestant missionaries toward Islam in 1916 is reflected in a training document compiled by the Board of Missionary Preparation, which helped prepare Christian missionaries for overseas service in Muslim lands....
The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601-1858
The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601-1858. By Daniel O'Connor. London: Continuum, 2012. Pp. viii, 167. 65 [pounds sterling]/$120. The tension between Christianity and imperialism remains a central issue in the history of missions. Daniel...
The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters
The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters. By Roy Kay. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. 260. $74.95. Most scholars working in the field of black church studies are familiar with Psalm 68:31, the "Ethiopian Prophecy": "Princes...
The Religious Question in Modern China
The Religious Question in Modern China. By Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. xi, 464. $40. This is an ambitious and thought-provoking book that addresses a vast subject--religion in modern and contemporary...
The Role of the American Board in the World: Bicentennial Reflections on the Organization's Missionary Work, 1810-2010
The Role of the American Board in the World: Bicentennial Reflections on the Organization's Missionary Work, 1810-2010. Edited by Clifford Putney and Paul T. Burlin. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2012. Pp. xxx, 349. Paperback $42. The Role...
Was Christianity a Means of the Deafricanization and Social Control of Slaves? A Comparison of the Response of Free West Africans to Christianity with the Response of African Slaves in the United States
Was Christianity a Means of the Deafricanization and Social Control of Slaves? A Comparison of the Response of Free West Africans to Christianity with the Response of African Slaves in the United States. By Johnson Ajibade Adefila. Lewiston, N.Y.:...
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