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. 2, April

About Face: Rethinking Face for Twenty-First-Century Mission
About Face: Rethinking Face for Twenty-First-Century Mission. By Christopher L. Flanders. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2011. Pp. x, 312. Paperback $35. Thirty-five dollars for a 312-page paperback--out of touch with prices? or something...
Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920
Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920. By Anne M. Butler. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2012. Pp. xxi, 424. $45. While some might think that women religious (the author uses the terms "sisters"...
A Matter of Belief: Christian Conversion and Healing in North-East India
A Matter of Belief: Christian Conversion and Healing in North-East India. By Vibha Joshi. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012. Pp. ix, 298. $95. A Matter of Belief makes a wonderful contribution to the anthropology of Christianity and therapeutic...
Asian and Oceanic Christianities in Conversation: Exploring Theological Identities at Home and in Diaspora
Asian and Oceanic Christianities in Conversation: Exploring Theological Identities at Home and in Diaspora. Edited by Heup Young Kim, Fumitaka Matsuoka, and Anri Morimoto. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. Pp. 239. Paperback 48 [euro]/$67. A collection...
Bishop K. H. Ting, 1915-2012
Bishop K. H. Ting, China's foremost Christian leader over the last four decades, died peacefully in Nanjing on November 22, 2012. He had been hospitalized for several years and was 97 years of age. Born and raised in Shanghai, Ting (Ding Guangxun)...
Book Notes
Blackburn, W. Ross. The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2012. Pp. 238. Paperback $24. Chirino, Pedro. Edited by Jaume Gorriz i Abella. Translated by Jose S. Arcilla....
Christian Mission in Eastern Europe
Europe's division into East and West after World War II was conditioned by both political and ideological motives and actions. The regimes spawned by Communist ideology oppressed the peoples of Eastern Europe politically, and they also tried to eradicate...
"Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct": Thinking Back and Looking Ahead
The groundbreaking ecumenical document "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct"--prepared by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Programme on Interreligious...
"Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct": Thinking Back and Looking Ahead
The groundbreaking ecumenical document "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct" - prepared by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (POD), the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Programme on Interreligious...
Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline
Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline. By Dyron B. Daughrity. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. Pp. xiv, 289. Paperback $38.95 / SFr 36/29.95 [euro]/24 [pounds sterling]. Dyron Daughrity's innovative textbook advances two objectives:...
David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar"
David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar". By Gwyn Campbell. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xxiv, 1,177. euro232/ $318.David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar" is a valuable contribution to the history of Christian missions....
David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar."
David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar." By Gwyn Campbell. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xxiv, 1,177. 232 [euro]/$318. David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar" is a valuable contribution to the history of Christian...
Died: Bishop K. H. Ting, 1915-2012
Bishop K. H. Ting, China's foremost Christian leader over the last four decades, died peacefully in Nanjing on November 22, 2012. He had been hospitalized for several years and was 97 years of age.Born and raised in Shanghai, Ting (Ding Guangxun) was...
Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980
Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980. By Nicholas M. Creary. New York: Fordham Univ. Press, 2011. Pp. xv, 339. $48. This book on a century's growth of Zimbabwean Catholicism...
Ecclesial Identities of Socioreligious "Insiders": A Case Study of Fellowships among Hindu and Sikh Communities
One of the contentious issues surrounding "insider movements" is the question of church. Is church important for those seeking to follow Jesus within their socioreligious community? If so, what does it look like in these settings? The issues are numerous...
Eeclesial Identifies of Socioreligious "Insiders": A Case Study of Fellowships among Hindu and Sikh Communities
One of the contentious issues surrounding "insider movements" is the question of church. Is church important for those seeking to follow Jesus within their socioreligious community? If so, what does it look like in these settings? The issues are numerous...
Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions
Several recent studies have focused on emerging adults in the United States, considering the spiritual and religious lives of high school teens (ages 14-18) (1) or of twenty-somethings (ages 19-29). (2) Two works helpfully draw out the implications...
Evangelization and the Tenor of Vatican II: A Review Essay
Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization By Ralph Martin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xvi, 316. Paperback $24. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ralph Martin is associate professor of...
Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2012 for Mission Studies
In consultation with fifty distinguished scholars from around the world, the editors of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH have selected fifteen books published in 2012 for special recognition of their contribution to mission studies....
Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories
Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories. Edited by John M. Mulder and Hugh T. Kerr. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xxii, 396. Paperback $22. A new revised and expanded version of Hugh Kerr and John Mulder's 1983 book Conversions: The...
Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories
Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories. Edited by John M. Mulder and Hugh T. Kerr. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xxii, 396. Paperback $22.A new revised and expanded version of Hugh Kerr and John Mulder's 1983 book Conversions: The Christian...
From Crisis to Creation: Lesslie Newbigin and the Reinvention of Christian Mission
From Crisis to Creation: Lesslie Newbigin and the Reinvention of Christian Mission. By Mark T. B. Laing. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2012. Pp. ix, 289. Paperback $35. "Newbigin was a task theologian" (28, 244). This statement by Mark...
History of the World Christian Movement. Vol. 2: Modern Christianity from 1454 to 1800
History of the World Christian Movement. Vol. 2: Modern Christianity from 1454 to 1800. By Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist. Maryknoll, N.Y:. Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xv, 503. Paperback $40. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Volume 2 of the History...
Korean Theology in Historical Perspective
Korean Theology in Historical Perspective. By Daniel J. Adams. Delhi: ISPCK, 2012. Pp. xvi, 317. Paperback Rs 350/$18. Daniel Adams offers the first complete survey of theology in Korea to appear in English. Written with the purpose of enlightening...
Missions from Korea 2013: Microtrends and Finance
The Korean missionary movement continues to slow down; the survey of the Korean missionary force and mission agencies conducted by the Korea Research Institute for Mission in 2012 shows that though the aggregate number of foreign missionaries is larger,...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
I come from a marginal Christian people. At least as far back as the 1560s, my ancestors were a part of a Taufer (Anabaptist) community of faith that had taken refuge at Eggiwil in the mountainous Langnau district of Switzerland. In 1717 Christian...
Negotiating Religious Gaps: The Enterprise of Translating Christian Tracts by Protestant Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century China
Negotiating Religious Gaps: The Enterprise of Translating Christian Tracts by Protestant Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century China. By John T. P. Lai. Sankt Augustin, Ger.: Steyler Verlag, Monumenta Serica Institute, 2012. Pp. xvi, 382. 50 [euro]....
Noteworthy
AnnouncingThe American Society of Missiology (ASM) will hold its 2013 annual meeting June 21-23 at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, with the theme "The Future of the Discipline of Missiology." Presenters at plenary sessions will be Jehu J. Hanciles...
Profiles of African-American Missionaries
Profiles of African-American Missionaries. Edited by Robert J. Stevens and Brian Johnson. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2012. Pp. xiii, 322. Paperback $19.99. Robert Stevens and Brian Johnson hope this collection will inspire African...
Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission
Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission. By J. D. Payne. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Books, 2012. Pp. 206. Paperback $15. While Strangers Next Door draws from existing literature in the field, the author, J. D. Payne, claims that...
The IBMR in Retrospect and Prospect as an Editor Retires
The roots of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH stretch back to 1928, when Charles H. Fah at the Missionary Research Library (MRL) in New York City launched the Bulletin from the Missionary Research Library. Though financial crises in...
The Last Great Frontier: Currents in Resurgence, Convergence, and Divergence of Religion
In the minds of many, the events of 9/11 are associated with the unwelcome return of religion on the assumption that modern society has outgrown the religious habit, and what remains of religion can be reduced to polite weekend ceremonies for the recovering...
The Legacy of Mabel Shaw
Few people recognize the name Mabel Shaw (1888-1973) today, but in her time she was the most renowned female missionary in Africa. Shaw founded the London Missionary Society's Girls' Boarding School in Mbereshi, Northern Rhodesia, heading it from 1915...
The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation
The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation. By Craig Van Gelder and Dwight J. Zscheile. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. Pp. xx, 186. Paperback $19.99. This book gives pride of place to the book Missional...
Theology of Culture in a Japanese Context: A Believers' Church Perspective
Theology of Culture in a Japanese Context: A Believers' Church Perspective. By Atsuyoshi Fujiwara. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2012. Pp. xix, 416. Paperback $48. This refreshingly transparent and self-reflective volume delivers what...
The Recent Growth of Pentecostalism in Belgium
Sociologists of religion and casual observers alike have noted the steady decline of institutional religion in continental Europe. Belgium has been no exception to this trend, and while the schools, hospitals, labor unions, and political parties that...
Understanding Asian Mission Movements: Proceedings of the Asian Mission Consultations, 2008-2010
Understanding Asian Mission Movements: Proceedings of the Asian Mission Consultations, 2008-2010. Edited by Kang San Tan, Jonathan Ingleby, and Simon Cozens. Gloucester, U.K.: Wide Margin Books, 2011. Pp. xii, 174. Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling]/$11.99....
Writing the History of Indian Christianity: A Review Essay
Historiography of Christianity in India. By John C. B. Webster. New Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. x, 273. Rs 725/$59.75. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This volume presents a compilation of essays written from 1978 to 2011 by John Webster,...
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