International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Surprises, Sagacity, and Service
J. Nelson Jennings
Throughout the enterprise of Christian mission, wisdom and discernment have been supremely important. Modern Christian missionaries could never have anticipated the full implications that living cross-culturally would carry for their children. Neither could ecclesiastical leaders of a century ago foresee the global demographic shifts in Christian adherents that have marked the past few generations. Christian researchers have had to focus on unfamiliar arenas of scholarship, since new questions have arisen out of fresh encounters with a plethora of human contexts and cultures. The articles you will find here deal with these topics and more.
In the end, the glory of exercising sagacity in navigating surprises that come in Christian mission is further dignified by service. Participation in mission, while including planning and forecasting, essentially involves humbly serving God and others. We can now see, albeit still dimly, the surprising turns that Christian mission has taken over the past century. What especially is incumbent on each of us today is to discern our next steps and to exercise our God-given freedom to serve.
Launching a new journal in 2014
Review of Religion and Chinese Society (RRCS)
Editor: Fenggang Yang, Director of Center on Religion and Chinese Society and Professor of Sociology
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
Associate Editors: André Laliberté, Professor of Political Studies
University of Ottawa, Canada
AIMS AND SCOPE
Review of Religion and Chinese Society is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and book reviews in social sciences and certain humanities disciplines. All articles will be in English, and Chinese titles and abstracts will be provided as well.
• “Religion” is understood in the broadest sense, including various spiritualities and meaning-making systems of beliefs and practices.
• “Chinese society” includes those in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese diasporic communities in Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere throughout the world.
• It welcomes studies that compare religion in Chinese and some other societies in Asia (such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, India) and other continents.
• The journal is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary in its outlook and presents theoretical and empirical studies of religion in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and history.
• The preferred articles are theoretically driven empirical studies, although it also publishes articles that are primarily empirical or primarily theoretical.
• It may also publish review essays of particular fields, symposia of particular topics, interviews with renowned scholars, and reports of academic conferences relevant to the themes of this journal.
• Submissions of articles, as well as proposals for special issues, related to the aims and scope of the journal are welcome.
• The journal will publish reviews of books that have been published in English, Chinese, and other languages.
Editor in Chief: Fenggang Yang (Purdue University, USA)
Associate Editor(s): André Laliberté (University of Ottawa, Canada) and perhaps more (TBA)
Book Review Editor: David Palmer (University of Hong Kong)
Editorial Board: (in the process of development, confirmed members include)
Adam Chau (Oxford University, UK); Kenneth Dean (McGill University, Canada); Vincent Goossaert (CNRS-EPHE, France); Xiangping Li (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China); Richard Madsen (University of California, San Diego, USA); Anna Sun (Kenyon College, Ohio, USA); Michael Szonyi (Harvard University, USA); Carsten Vala (Loyola University Maryland, USA); David Wank (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan); Robert Weller (Boston University, USA).
Suggestions and nominations of additional board members are most welcome.
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The African Christian Diaspora: New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity
London, New Delhi, New York, Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic
About The African Christian Diaspora
The last three decades have witnessed a rapid proliferation of African
Christian communities, particularly in Europe and North American
diaspora, thus resulting in the remapping of old religious landscapes.
This migratory trend and development bring to the fore the crucial
role, functions and import of religious symbolic systems in new
geo-cultural contexts. The trans-national linkages between African-led
churches in the countries of origin (Africa) and the "host" societies
are assuming increasing importance for African immigrants. The links
and networks that are established and maintained between these
contexts are of immense religious, cultural, economic, political and
social importance. This suggests how African Christianities can be
understood within processes of religious transnationalism and African
Church History Association of India (CHAI)
The Church History Association of India (CHAI) is an ecumenical body of those interested in the history of Christianity in India. Founded by Protestant Church historians in 1935, the CHAI had a flickering existence until late 1960’s, with its base at Serampore College, Kolkata. The entry of Catholic Church historians into CHAI was facilitated in the post-Vatican II period, which saw the beginning of a new ecumenical movement. More information may be found at www.churchhistory.in as well as visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chai1935
Introducing the Fuller Global Update
We would like to introduce you to a new resource for mission scholars and others interested in global mission.
On this web page you will find current information regarding religious, social, economic and political movements and events which have a bearing upon Christian mission and missional thinking.
You will find some information on recent and upcoming publications as well as current events with links that will take you to websites and periodical information from around the world.
Bookmark this site and check weekly for updated information. If you have other news items that you feel we have missed, please send us information by clicking on "contact us." We hope you find this a helpful resource for keeping up on global issues from a global Christian perspective.
JSTOR is a digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals, books, and primary sources, which in the past has only been available through institutional licensing. JSTOR is now offering Register & Read Beta, a new, experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account.
A Short History of Global Evangelicalism
This book offers an authoritative overview of the history of evangelicalism as a global movement, from its origins in Europe and North America in the first half of the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic growth in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. Starting with a definition of the movement within the context of the history of Protestantism, it follows the history of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the great expansion in the Victorian era, through to its fracturing and reorientation in response to the stresses of modernity and total war in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and expansion toward becoming a multicentered and diverse movement at home in the non-Western world that nevertheless retains continuity with its historic roots. The book concludes with an analysis of contemporary worldwide evangelicalism's current trajectory and the movement's adaptability to changing historical and geographical circumstances.
Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context
by J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
Pentecostalism is the fastest growing stream of Christianity in the world. In Africa, Pentecostalism has virtually become the representative face of Christianity with even historic mission denominations 'pentecostalising' their otherwise formal liturgical structures to survive. This work interprets key theological and missiological themes in African Pentecostalism by using material from the live experiences of the movement itself.
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Guadu is the Baëta-Grau Professor of African Christianity and Pentecostal Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon Ghana.
Libraries and Archives
The Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are the collective memory of the ELCA churchwide organization, holding records of predecessor church bodies, inter-Lutheran organizations, and certain records relating to ELCA synods and their predecessors, as well as leaders and congregations of the church.
The International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA) now offers over 62,000 cataloged photographs from the collections of organizations that were active before World War II. Another roughly 20,000 images are in the queue awaiting publication on the website in the coming months.
Worldwide Christian Study Centers
A web-based, publicly accessible database of Christian study centers. This collection features centers in the global South and East, and provides a sampler of the best in the West as well. Find out more
Opportunities within the Nagel Institute
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