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. 37, No. 1, January

A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci, 1552-1610
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci, 1552-1610. By R. Po-chia Hsia. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 359. 40 [pounds sterling] / $57.50; paperback 19.99 [pounds sterling]/ $35. With more than a dozen journal reviews in print,...
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci, 1552-1610
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci, 1552-1610. By R. Po-chia Hsia. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 359. £40 / $57.50; paperback £19.99 /$35.With more than a dozen journal reviews in print, R. Po-chia Hsia's biography of China's most...
A Primer for Teaching World History: Ten Design Principles
A Primer for Teaching World History: Ten Design Principles. By Antoinette Burton. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xiii, 154. Paperback $21.95.The globalization of all education in the past few decades has created a dilemma for scholars in the...
Book Notes
Aponte, Edwin David. !Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xi, 193. Paperback $28. Austin, Denise A. "Kingdom-Minded" People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians....
Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth
Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth. Edited by Andrew M. Eason and Roger J. Green. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. Pp. viii, 208. $74.95 / 57.20 [euro] 48 pounds sterling / SFr 70. General William Booth (1829-1912), founder...
Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism: Exploring the Achievements of International Dialogue
Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism: Exploring the Achievements of International Dialogue. Edited by John A. Radano. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xxv, 330. Paperback$40.Are you interested in learning about the major steps taken in the past one hundred...
Christianity 2013: Renewalists and Faith and Migration
This two-page report is the twenty-ninth 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). Its purpose is to present...
Dictionary / Mtanthauziramawu: Chichewa / Chinyanja-English, English-Chichewa/Chinyanja. 3rd Ed
Dictionary / Mtanthauziramawu: Chi che wa / Chinyanja-English, English-Chichewa/Chinyanja. 3rded. By Steven Paus. Nürnberg: VTR Publications, 2012. Pp. 886. euro35 / SFr 45 / $48.This Dictionary /Mtanthauziramawu, with over 43,000 entries, is the result...
Dictionary/Mtanthauziramawu: Chichewa/Chinyanja-English, English-Chichewa/Chinyanja. 3rd Ed
Dictionary / Mtanthauziramawu: Chichewa / Chinyanja-English, English-Chichewa/Chinyanja. 3rd ed. By Steven Paas. Nurnberg: VTR Publications, 2012. Pp. 886. 35 [euro]/ SFr 45 / $48. This Dictionary/Mtanthauziramawu, with over 43,000 entries, is...
Dissertation Notices
Anderson, Daniel R. "Soli Dei Gloria: A Doxological Hermeneutic of Mission in Emerging Ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America." Ph.D. St. Paul, Minn.: Luther Seminary, 2012. The IBMR can list only a small sample of recent...
Dissertation Notices
Anderson, Daniel R."Soli Dei Gloría: A Doxological Hermeneutic of Mission in Emerging Ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America."Ph.D. St. Paul, Minn.: Luther Seminary, 2012.The IBMR can list only a small sample of recent dissertations....
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies. Edited by Ozgen Felek and Alexander D. Knysh. Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 2012. Pp. xi, 322. $80; paperback $24.95. Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies, with fifteen chapters and contributors, makes...
End Times Innovator: Paul Rader and Evangelical Missions
One of the most significant changes in American Protestant missions since 1910 has been the rise of what Joel Carpenter calls "sectarian" evangelical missions. In 1935 evangelicals outside of the mainline denominations made up 41 percent of the North...
Faith in Objects: American Missionary Expositions in the Early Twentieth Century
Faith in Objects: American Missionary Expositions in the Early Twentieth Century. By Erin L. Hasinoff. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp. xiv, 269. $85 /£55.Missiologists are generally familiar with the Ecumenical Missionary Conference held at Carnegie...
Half of Global Christian Population Is Roman Catholic
Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Christian Population, released in December 2011 by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project...
Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community
Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar: The Power to Heal in Community. By Cynthia Holder Rich. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. Pp.188. $76.95/ 59.20 [euro] / 47 [pounds sterling] / SFr 72. Indigenous Christianity in Madagascar is another contribution...
Introducing World Christianity
Introducing World Christianity. Edited by Charles E. Farhadian. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Pp. xii, 280. $84.95 / 55 [pounds sterling] / 63.40 [euro]; paperback $39.95 / 19.99 pounds sterling] 23 [euro]. "What difference has Christianity...
Light on Darkness? Missionary Photography of Africa in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Light on Darkness? Missionary Photography of Africa in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. By T. Jack Thompson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. x, 286. Paperback $45. T. Jack Thompson, a father of missionary photography research,...
Missiological Journals: A Checklist
In 2004, at the Eleventh General Assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) in Port Dickson, Malaysia, editors of journals related to mission studies convened an informal meeting. In preparation for this meeting, a directory...
Missiological Journals: A Checklist
"n 2004, at the Eleventh General Assembly of the Inter.national Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) in Port Dickson, Malaysia, editors of journals related to mission studies convened an informal meeting. In preparation for this meeting, a directory...
Mission History and Mission Archives
Mission History and Mission Archives Edited by Huub Lems. Utrecht: Stichting de Zending der Protestantse Kerk in Nederland, 2011. Pp. 304. 15 [euro]. This book grew out of a seminar held in April 2010 to mark the transfer of the archives of the...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Small worlds often mirror what happens at large. In a very real political, social, and religious sense, I have known from childhood what it means to be a stranger and alien in a far-off land (see Eph. 2:13, 19). Born in 1933, I grew up in a North German...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
My pilgrimage in mission began emerging during the last year of World War II. In my rural community of Keady, in southern Ontario, Canada, war planes seemed to fill the sky, flying in and out of a nearby training base. On the ground, I was intrigued...
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe January 2013 issue of Missiology: An International Review, the quarterly journal of the American Society of Missiology (ASM), is the fortieth anniversary issue. It will include information on the journal's history and importance for the...
Obtaining Informed Consent in Missiologically Sensitive Contexts
Investigators (including missiologists) who conduct research with human participants ethically follow guidelines established by international conventions and covenants. (1) These guidelines must be applied universally, without regard to the potential...
Professional Academic Associations for Mission Studies
Scholars who teach and write about Christian missions have formed networks or associations to foster the advancement of their work. To assist and encourage their members these associations hold conferences, support research and publications, and promote...
Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series: Mission in the Twenty-First Century
The Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series is intended to be a major resource for mission and theology in the worldwide church. Twelve volumes have been published so far, growing out of the centenary celebration of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference....
Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series: Mission in the Twenty-First Century
The Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series is intended to be a major resource for mission and theology in the worldwide church. Twelve volumes have been published so far, growing out of the centenary celebration of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference....
Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World
Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World By Michael Rynkiewich. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2012. Pp. xv, 280. Paperback $33. Those of us who regularly attend anthropology conferences recognize a...
Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World
Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World. By Michael Rynkiewich. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2012. Pp. xv, 280. Paperback $33.Those of us who regularly attend anthropology conferences recognize a dramatic...
Status of Global Mission, 2013, in the Context of AD 1800-2025
Status of Global Mission, 2013, in the Context of AD 1800-2025 1800 1900 GLOBAL POPULATION 1. Total population 903,650,000 1,619,626,000 2. Urban dwellers (urbanites)...
The Colonisation of Time: Ritual, Routine, and Resistance in the British Empire
The Colonisation of Time: Ritual, Routine, and Resistance in the British Empire. By Giordano Nanni. Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xvii, 254. £70.The Colonisation of Time is the latest volume in the remarkable Studies in Imperialism series,...
The Development of Russian Evangelical Spirituality: A Study of Ivan V. Kargel (1849-1937)
The Development of Russian Evangelical Spirituality: A Study of Ivan V. Kargel (1849-1937). By Gregory L. Nichols. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2011. Pp. xiii, 381. Paperback $44. Gregory Nichols has written not just a splendid book,...
The East African Revival: History and Legacies
The East African Revival: History and Legacies. Edited by Kevin Ward and Emma Wild-Wood. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2012. Pp. xiii, 235. $99.95. This book, a collection of sixteen papers on the East African Revival, originated from a conference...
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa. By Richard Elphick. Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press, 2012. Pp. x, 416. $40. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Richard Elphick's Equality of Believers...
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa. By Richard Elphick. Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Press, 2012. Pp. x, 416. $40.Richard Elphick's Equality of Believers stands in the line of major and important...
The Image of God and Mission
Ray Dirks, curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Galery on the campus of Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, served at the Overseas Ministries Study Center as artist in residence during the 2002-3 academic year. He was--and is--an artist with...
The Legacy of John Charles Heinrich
J. C. Heinrich (1884-1945) is a missionary whose work and legacy have gone largely unnoticed by mission scholars. He was a member of the Sialkot Mission of the United Presbyterian Church of North America who served from 1915 to 1940 in a section of...
The Long Journey Home: A Review Essay
Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African. By Lamin Sanneh. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xviii, 281. Paperback $24. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lamin Sanneh, one of the most original and influential Christian thinkers of our time,...
The Nuclear Question in the Middle East
The Nuclear Question in the Middle East. Edited by Mehran Kamrava. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xi, 297. $40. This book carries one clear message: the Middle East is going nuclear, like it or not. The backdrop to all the book's articles...
The Origins of the Baptist Movement among the Hungarians: A History of the Baptists in the Kingdom of Hungary from 1846 to 1893
The Origins of the Baptist Movement among the Hungarians: A History of the Baptists in the Kingdom of Hungary from 1846 to 1893. By G. Alexander Kish. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. ix, 487. euro109 /$149.The Origins of the Baptist Movement among the Hungarians...
The Use of Social Data in the Evangelization of Europe: Methodological Issues
From the very beginning of the modern missionary movement, extensive data have been collected and published regarding the numbers of new church plants, workers in the field, demographics, and the like. With the West increasingly being seen as a mission...
Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry
Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry. Edited by Evelyne A. Reisacher, Joseph L. Cumming, Dean S. Gilliland, and Charles E. Van Engen. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2012. Pp....
With Paul at Sea: Learning from the Apostle Who Took the Gospel from Land to Sea
With Paul at Sea: Learning from the Apostle Who Took the Gospel from Land to Sea By Linford Stutzman. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2012. Pp. xviii, 170. Paperback $22. The present work characterizes the voyage of the nascent Christian church...