Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Proclaiming the Peacemaker: The Malaysian Church as an Agent of Reconciliation in a Multicultural Society

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Proclaiming the Peacemaker: The Malaysian Church as an Agent of Reconciliation in a Multicultural Society

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Proclaiming the Peacemaker: The Malaysian Church as an Agent of Reconciliation in a Multicultural Society.

Peter Rowan. Oxford: Regnum Books, 2012. Pp. x, 264. Paperback 26.99 [pounds sterling] /$33.

The Peacemaker is of course Jesus, but it is also the church in mission called to proclaim the Peacemaker. Yet in the immediate sense, the church itself is the audience for the message of peacemaking as an integrative motif in biblical missiology, and the proclaimer is the missionary-author writing back to the churches he served. It is not easy for expatriate prophets to find an appropriate voice, and thus it is significant to note that Peter Rowan's role and message have been endorsed by important Malaysian church leaders. The foreword by Vinoth Ramachandra also provides astute observations about how thoughtful people of other faiths are likely to perceive what is going on. Peacemaking is no game for the politically, or the theologically, naive.

A classic missionary dilemma is that of being an outsider who seeks to balance proclamation with affirmation of what is already there. Rowan is in this sense a classic missionary. His Northern Irish background gave him a sense of urgency. …

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