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April 2013
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Editorial

The IBMR in Retrospect and Prospect as an Editor Retires

Jonathan J. Bonk

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 early 1930s necessitated its suspension, the Bulletin was resuscitated by R. Pierce Beaver in March 1950, two years after his appointment as director of the library.

Editors (top) Beaver, Anderson, Bonk, and Jennings

By 1960 the journal—now titled the Occasional Bulletin from the Missionary Research Library—had a paid circulation of approximately 800. Frank Wilson Price succeeded Beaver in 1956, and in 1961 was in turn succeeded by Herbert C. Jackson. By 1966 support for the MRL had dried up, and circulation of the Occasional Bulletin had dwindled to under 300.

In 1973 Beaver came out of retirement to become director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) in Ventnor, New Jersey. He was succeeded by his enterprising young associate, Gerald H. Anderson, on July 1, 1976. With his usual prescience, Anderson had proposed that OMSC assume responsibility for the Occasional Bulletin. His offer was accepted, and the journal—then renamed Occasional Bulletin of Missionary Research—has been at OMSC ever since.
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    Chandra Mallampalli

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  • The Last Great Frontier:
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    and Divergence of Religion

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    In an age of globalization and advanced secularization, the return of religion and its radical strains has superseded the center-periphery historiography of postcolonial discourse, and even the secularization thesis of development theory. The spillover in the United States has established the nation as a new critical frontier of World Christianity...  [Read more as HTML or PDF]

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    Rick Richardson

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    Darren Duerksen

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    If churches are communities of Christ-followers with practices and beliefs that are distinct from their surrounding communities, is it possible for such churches to also reside “inside” a Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, or Buddhist cultural and religious community? How and why should an ecclesial community identify with its Hindu socioreligious community?  [Read more as HTML or PDF]

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    The Recent Growth of Pentecostalism in Belgium
     

    Colin Godwin

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  • Evangelization and the Tenor of Vatican II:
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    Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder

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    Steve Sang-Cheol Moon

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    David A. Shank

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    Rebecca C. Hughes

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  • Book Reviews
    History of the World Christian Movement. Vol. 2: Modern Christianity from 1454 to 1800

    By Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist.

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Contents

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The IBMR in Retrospect and Prospect as an Editor Retires

Jonathan J. Bonk

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The Last Great Frontier: Currents in Resurgence, Convergence, and Divergence of Religion

Lamin Sanneh

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Christian Mission in Eastern Europe

Valentin Kozhuharov

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Bishop K. H. Ting, 1915–2012

Philip L. Wickeri

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Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions

Rick Richardson

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Ecclesial Identities of Socioreligious “Insiders”: A Case Study of Fellowships among Hindu and Sikh Communities

Darren Duerksen

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“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct”: Thinking Back and Looking Ahead

Indunil J. Kodithuwakku K.

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Evangelization and the Tenor of Vatican II: A Review Essay

Stephen B. Bevans and
Roger P. Schroeder

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Missions from Korea 2013: Microtrends and Finance

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon

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My Pilgrimage in Mission

David A. Shank

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The Legacy of Mabel Shaw

Rebecca C. Hughes

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The Recent Growth of Pentecostalism in Belgium

Colin Godwin

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Writing the History of Indian Christianity: A Review Essay

Chandra Mallampalli

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Book Reviews

 

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Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2012 for Mission Studies

 

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OMSC Scholarships Strengthen the Christian World Mission

 

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Dissertation Notices

 

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In Coming Issues

 

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Resources

Doctoral Dissertations

OMSC's free online database, compiled in cooperation with Yale Divinity School Library, lists over 6,300 doctoral dissertations in English on mission and world Christianity. Search by author, title, subject, keyword, and institution at resources.library.yale.edu/dissertations/.

 

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Full Issue 64 pp. PDF (High Res: 13.3 MB) (Low Res: 2.1 MB)
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Previous Issues

April 2012

Has the
Lausanne
Movement Moved?

July 2012

Mission and
the Care of
Creation

October 2012

Religions and the Common Good

January 2013

The Image of God and Mission