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. 39, No. 3, July

Book Notes
Bagge, Sverre. Cross and Scepter: The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. vii, 325. $29.95. Bubandt, Nils. The Empty Seashell: Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian...
Capture These Indians for the Lord: Indians, Methodists, and Oklahomans, 1844-1939
Capture These Indians for the Lord: Indians, Methodists, and Oklahomans, 1844-1939. By Task Smith. Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press, 2014. Pp. viii, 246. $55. Tash Smith provides a fresh and rich window into Southern Methodism's Indian missions...
China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom
China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom. Edited by Bruce P. Baugus. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Pp. xii, 336. Paperback $20. China's Reforming Churches, a collection of reports and...
Died
Died. Stephen A. Hayner, 66, biblical scholar, mission administrator, and seminary president, January 31, 2015, in Decatur, Georgia. An Old Testament scholar, Hayner was president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (USA), 1988-2001. In 2003 he became...
Dissertation Notices
Dornan, Geoffrey James. "History, Salvation, and the Reign of God: Ignacio Ellacuria Reading El Salvador through Xavier Zubiri." Ph.D. Boston: Boston Univ., 2014. To search OMSC's free online database of 6,300 dissertations in English, compiled...
Don't Throw the Book at Them: Communicating the Christian Message to People Who Don't Read
Don't Throw the Book at Them: Communicating the Christian Message to People Who Don't Read. By Harry Box. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2014. Pp. xvi, 209. Paperback $19.99. While often overlooked, Jesus' strategy for making disciples...
"Doubly a Foreigner in Strange Lands": The Experiences of Eva Dykes Spicer, London Missionary Society, at Ginling College, China, from 1923 to 1951
The papers of Eva Dykes Spicer (1898-1974), who, under the auspices of the London Missionary Society, taught at Ginling College, a Christian women's college in Nanking [Nanjing], China, from 1923 to 1951 and then went on to be principal of a women's...
Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration across Cultures and Continents
Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration across Cultures and Continents. Edited by William Tabbernee. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Pp. xxxviii, 640. $42.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As William Tabbernee explains in his introduction,...
Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective
Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective. By A. Scott Moreau, Evvy Hay Campbell, and Susan Greener Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Pp.vi, 405. Paperback$2 7.99 /16.99 [pounds sterling]. Should context critique text,...
Engaging the World: Christian Communities in Contemporary Global Societies
Engaging the World: Christian Communities in Contemporary Global Societies. Edited by Afe Adogame, Janice McLean, and Anderson Jeremiah. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2014. Pp. 260. 26.99 [pounds sterling]. Also Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock....
First the Kingdom of God: Global Voices on Global Mission
First the Kingdom of God: Global Voices on Global Mission. Edited by Daniel K. Darkoand Beth Snodderly. Pasadena, Calif: William Carey International Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. v, 278. Paperback $15. First the Kingdom of God is an impressive collection...
From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian's Discovery of the Global Christian Story
From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian's Discovery of the Global Christian Story. By Mark A. Noll. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Pp. xvi, 204. Paperback $19.99 / 12.99 [pounds sterling]. Mark Noll is a distinguished historian of American...
Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, and Issues
Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, and Issues. By Michael W. Goheen. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2014. Pp. 448. $30. Michael W. Goheen divides Introducing Christian Mission Today into three main sections: (1) biblical...
Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God's People, Going out in God's Name
Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God's People, Going Out in God's Name. By Ruth A. Meyers. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. ix, 242. Paperback $26. Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? Edited by Glducia Vasconcelos...
Mission in History
The Book Notes feature that appears in each issue of this journal offers a fascinating array of recent publications. These studies treat mission-related topics in the wide sense of God's mission of making all things new (Rev. 21:5). Space limitations...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Born of missionary parents in South China in 1936, I would learn later that Japan and China were at war. As bombings near us on Hainan Island increased, our family of five escaped by Chinese junk in 1939 to Haiphong (then French Indo-China). Hong Kong...
Progressive Pentecostalism, Development, and Christian Development NGOs: A Challenge and an Opportunity
Something unusual happened in the Global South in the late 1980s and 1990s. Anew expression of Pentecostalism arose that was distinguished by a combination of Pentecostal worship, aggressive evangelism, and grassroots efforts to provide education,...
Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity
Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity. By Amos Yong, with artistic images and commentary by Jonathan A. Anderson. Waco, Tex.: Baylor Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. xxiv, 453. $49.95/41.53 [pounds sterling]. A recent visit...
"That Was the Beginning of Great Things at Miango": Brra Kwe Tingwe and the Origins of Christianity in Miango, Nigeria, 1913-1936
Brra Kwe Tingwe (d. 1948), a onetime Rigwe chief who became a Christian in 1925, played a key role in the establishment of Christianity in the town of Miango, Nigeria, near Jos. According to contemporary missionaries and some Rigwe storytellers who...
The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism
The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism. Edited by Cecil M. Robeck Jr. and Amos Yong. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. vii, 340. $80 /50 [pounds sterling]; paperback $29.99 /19.99 [pounds sterling]. The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism...
The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts
The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts. Edited by Stephen Prickett. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. xxxi, 576, with 32 unnumbered pages of plates. 150 [pounds sterling]/$250. The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the...
The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora
The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. By Amos Yong. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2014. Pp. 255. Paperback $25. Although the title of the book may be a bit misleading, since the majority of the "soundings"...
The Gospel in Culture: Contextualization Issues through Asian Eyes
The Gospel in Culture: Contextualization Issues through Asian Eyes. Edited by Melba Padilla Maggay. Manila: OMF Literature and IS ACC, 2013. Pp. 504. Paperback PHP350 / US$8. Most studies in contextualization have come out of the Western/Northern...
The Legacy of Horace Grant Underwood
In 1908, his twenty-third year as missionary to Korea, Horace Grant Underwood wrote The Call of Korea. For Underwood, the call was as urgent as ever. In his introduction, A. T. Pierson likened the book to Moses' silver trumpet making a "clear clarion...
The New Wilmington Missionary Conference, 1906-2015
At the dawn of the twentieth century the Protestant missionary movement in North America was growing in strength. The work of foreign missions was predominantly in the hands of denominational boards, with a majority of missionaries coming from forty...
To All Nations from All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement
To All Nations from All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement. By Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi and Justo L. Gonzalez. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013. Pp. x, 484. $59.99; paperback $49.99. It is widely recognized that the centers...
Toward an African Church in Mozambique: Kamba Simango and the Protestant Community in Manica and Sofala, 1892-1945
Toward an African Church in Mozambique: Kamba Simango and the Protestant Community in Manica and Sofala, 1892-1945. By Leon P. Spencer. Lilongwe, Malawi: Mzuni Press, 2013. Pp. 173. Paperback 18.95[pounds sterling] / $26.95. The fruit of the...
Transforming the Dualistic Worldview of Ethiopian Evangelical Christians
Ethiopian evangelical churches are among the fastest growing in the world. Ethiopia has the third largest Christian population in sub-Saharan Africa. As recently as 1980, Protestant evangelicals accounted for less than 5 percent of the population,...
Ubuntu, Migration, and Ministry: Being Human in a Johannesburg Church
Ubuntu, Migration, and Ministry: Being Human in a Johannesburg Church. By Elina Hankela. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. vii, 421. Paperback 65 [euro]/$89. Contemporary research on religion and migration primarily focuses on three topics: the role of...
World War I and the Decline of the First Wave of the American Protestant Missions Movement
The American missions movement has experienced two distinct waves. A first wave of effort originated in the early nineteenth century during the Second Great Awakening and largely collapsed amid theological controversy after World War I; a second wave...
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