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    Christopher J. H. Wright

    Lamentations: A Book for Today

    How can the ultimate extremes of suffering be endured alongside faith in the living God, whom we have learned from the Scriptures and in experience to be all-loving and good?

     

    Indeed, hope is found right in the structural center of the book. But that affirmation of hope is surrounded on both sides with an unremitting litany of unresolved suffering.

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    Duleep de Chickera

    Prophetic Ecumenism of Public Witness: Victim-Centered Mission

    Christian mission among other living religions in a conflict-ridden society involves engagement and immersion in the common struggles of the people.

     

    The way Christians behave and the values they live by in these struggles are to reveal the living Christ. When the Gospel is lived in this manner, fresh opportunities of mission will emerge, and the Gospel will be preached with integrity.

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    Mary Mikhael

    The Syrian War and the Christians of the Middle East

    The Syrian Spring has become a human tragedy. The demonstration that began with the Syrian people was taken out of the hands of the Syrian people.

     

    It may seem that Christians in the Middle East have no future there. The church must maintain a clear focus by staying involved in witnessing to the love of God.

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    Titus Presler

    A Toll on the Soul: Costs of Persecution among Pakistan’s Christians

    The perseverance of Pakistan’s Christians amid persecution is powerful and inspiring, but the toll on their soul is grievous. The exodus of indigenous Christians from the Arab world is well known, and a similar phenomenon may accelerate among the more mobile in Pakistan.

     

    Overall not only have Christians increased numerically in Pakistan over the decades but their proportion of the total population has been inching upward.

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    Peter Tze Ming Ng

    Church-State Relations in China: Three Case Studies

    Mark Mullins, a scholar in Japan, presents a good example of how world Christianity takes shape in a particular national context.

     

    In the case of “Christianity Made in China,” we see that world Christianity has become a Christianity with Chinese socialist characteristics, as our examination of these three case studies in church-state relations reveals.

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Editorial

Hostility against Mission

J. Nelson Jennings

Several of the articles in this issue have been written by representatives of communities of people who have suffered hostilities because they follow the triune God. In a remarkable way this issue’s testimonies, rendered amid suffering, exude faith that has been both shaken and deepened. The writers’ depth of faith seems to lie in a conviction of God’s reality and presence, even if—or perhaps because—the suffering they have witnessed has unavoidably raised existential questions about God’s goodness and compassion. They present neither simplistic answers nor glib explanations for why hostilities have been directed against their communities, or for why God has allowed their suffering to occur.

Martyr by Emmanuel Garibay, 2011, oil on canvas

While such incidents must not be forgotten, this issue of the IBMR focuses on Christian communities and God’s people of mission who suffer hostile attack by those who consciously and explicitly oppose Jesus Christ and Christian mission. Scriptural witness regarding how to respond to such persecution includes instruction to love one’s enemies, honest appeals for divine recompense, and numerous cries of “How long, O Lord?” Christ’s suffering servants have exemplified a range of heroism, sacrifice, apostasy, fear, and pain. Jesus himself perfectly exhibited the endurance of hostile opposition as the Suffering Servant. May the accounts here bring instruction and inspiration for participating in Christian mission in an often hostile world.

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Contents

Lamentations: A Book for Today

Christopher J. H. Wright

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How can the ultimate extremes of suffering be endured alongside faith in the living God, whom we...

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Prophetic Ecumenism of Public Witness: Victim-Centered Mission

Duleep de Chickera

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...fresh opportunities of mission will emerge, and the Gospel will be preached with integrity.

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The Syrian War and the Christians of the Middle East

Mary Mikhael

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The church must maintain a clear focus by staying involved in witnessing to the love of God.

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A Toll on the Soul: Costs of Persecution among Pakistan’s Christians

Titus Presler

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Overall not only have Christians increased numerically in Pakistan over the decades but their...

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Announcements, events, and personalia concerning the missions community.

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Church-State Relations in China: Three Case Studies

Peter Tze Ming Ng

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The growth of Chinese Protestants has been phenomenal indeed—on the order of sixtyfold! China now has...

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Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes—A Review Essay

Judith Mendelsohn Rood

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[This book is] intended to help Palestinian Christians understand their calling in the midst of suffering.

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Missions from Korea 2015: Missionaries Unable to Continue Ministry in Their Country of Service

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon, Hee-Joo Yoo, and Eun-Mi Kim

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In 2014 there were 304 Korean missionaries who returned home, choosing to terminate their...

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My Pilgrimage in Mission

William R. Burrows

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... I read it quickly.... I divide my life into before and after reading that book.

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The Missional Heart of Member Care

Kelly O'Donnell

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Missionary care has made great strides and is recognized as a strategic and ethical necessity...

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Book Reviews

Books

Read reviews about the latest book releases by scholars intimately familar with the subjects.

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Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2014 for Mission Studies

Books

Fifteen books published in 2014 selected for special recognition of their contribution to mission...

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Dissertation Notices

Dissertations

See latest missiology dissertations and explore online database with over over 6,300 dissertations.

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Book Notes

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A list of notable books dealing with divergent missiological subjects that could spark your efforts...

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In Coming Issues

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A list of upcoming articles that include outstanding missionary figures of the ninteenth...

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