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. 86, No. 343, October

Challenges to Mission in the Context of Globalization
We meet at a special time in world history; at the turning not just of a century but of a millennium. What characterizes our times? Can we discern the "spirit" of our time? It is now, as never before, that of a global village. It is difficult today for...
Mission 2000 - Perspectives and Challenges
Psalm 24 in general and the first verse specifically, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it," can become an ecumenical starting point for the stimulation of further discussion as we renew and reaffirm our commitment...
Mission in the Context of Fragmentation
The context of the world in which we live today is often described by the concept of "globalization." Our world is shrinking so that it is becoming increasingly like a global village. Boundaries appear to play a weaker role. Even nationalism seems to...
Mission Issues in the Contemporary Context of Multifaith Situations
As the third millenium dawns, the major challenge for the mission of the Christian churches is not only atheism and religious indifference, but what amounts to a religious explosion and the proliferation of beliefs of all kinds. As we survey the religious...
Mission Theology in the Light of Postmodern Critique
Introduction The thesis of this essay is that a Christian critique of modernity(2) would include an examination of ourselves as Christ's church to see how we may become authentic, contextually-appropriate hermeneutical communities of the gospel in a...
Postmodernism
Describing the phenomenon The expression "postmodern" has developed into a container concept. It transports different contents, depending on the sender. Still, certain common elements can be identified - for instance, the relativization of standards...
Postmodernism: An Emerging Mission Issue
Understanding the phenomenon from an eastern European Orthodox perspective Very often the mission of the Orthodox churches in ex-communist countries of eastern Europe is described in a negative perspective, as a defense against western postmodernism....
Some Questions on International Relationships in Mission
Historical Over the last four centuries, European-based Roman Catholic missionary orders have followed the European colonial expansion into Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, establishing missions, evangelizing the local people...
"The Day When He Was Taken Up." - a Meditation from Acts 2:1-9
ASCENSION DAY 1997, MORGES, SWITZERLAND The Day The day on which Jesus ascended is a day tucked neatly in between the commissioning Jesus presented his disciples and the baptizing with the Holy Spirit's power that he promised would accompany them on...
The Individual Revolution
The world is shrinking. As governments loosen controls and nation-state boundaries become more permeable to popular media exchanges, it is becoming more obvious that there is a world beyond one's small village or parish. Only history will record what...
The Regeneration of Christian Mission in Urban Context
Statement of the Brasov, Romania, Conference on Urban Mission 29-31 October 1996 The World Council of Churches, Geneva, (Urban Rural Mission programme of Unit II, Churches in Mission: Health, Education, Witness) and the Orthodox Faculty of Theology...
Toward a Fresh Affirmation of the Ecumenical Commitment to Mission in Unity
Most scholars will agree that the ecumenical movement originated in the missionary movement, and many will point to the mission conference in Edinburgh in 1910 as the start to the contemporary search for Christian unity, which crystallized some decades...
Towards Common Witness: A Call to Adopt Responsible Relationships in Mission and to Renounce Proselytism
The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which met in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 1997, approved the document "Towards Common Witness - A Call to Adopt Responsible Relationships in Mission and to Renounce Proselytism" and commended...
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