Memorization may very well provide a significant tool for discipleship; one that missionaries have not utilized very well.
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by Paul H. De Neui, ed. William Carey Library, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA 91104, 229 pages, 2013, $17.99. —Reviewed by Michael Lee, an ordained minister, and PhD candidate (ICS) and teaching fellow at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Discussions on contextualization, partnership, and local empowerment are well-worn paths in contemporary missiological discourse. However, in . . . read more
Six principles for discerning God’s direction drawn from Acts 15.
by Jacques A. Blocher and Jacques Blandenier, translated by Michael Park. William Carey Library, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA 91104, 754 pages, 2013, $49.95. —Reviewed by Ed Smither, associate professor of intercultural studies at Columbia International University. Through the capable work of translator Michael Parker, English-speaking students of mission history now possess this thorough, . . . read more
Framing the gospel message in a way that makes sense to a Japanese audience is critical in communicating Christ in Japan.
by Emma Wild-Wood and Peniel Rajkumar, eds. Regnum Books International, St. Philip and St James Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford, UK, 0X2 6HR. 309 pages, 2013, £30.99. —Reviewed by Tim Baldwin, EDS doctoral student, Trinity International University. What foundations, if any, are necessary for Christian engagement in an increasingly globalized, postmodern world? The editors of Foundations . . . read more
Suffering can play a significant role in the development of faith despite the pain that sufferers must endure seen in the way that the widows of Kitula (Kenya) look to Jesus as their kinsman-defender.
by John P. Bowen Wipf & Stock, 199 W.8th Ave., Suite 3 Eugene Oregon, 97401, 283 pages, 2013, $34.00. —Reviewed by Willem Fietje, president of Associated Gospel Churches of Canada, Burlington, Ontario. Anyone engaged in Christian ministries in Canada today knows that our nation has experienced a major cultural shift. As perhaps the most secularized . . . read more
The Western church can contribute to the health of the whole body of Christ through the wise support of theological education in the Majority World.
by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry, eds. IVP Academic, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL, 60515-1426, 253 pages, 2012, $22.00. —Reviewed by David R. Dunaetz, former church planter in France; assistant professor of psychology, Azusa Pacific University. To demonstrate the relevance of Roland Allen’s classic Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours? published a . . . read more