by Lee Beach InterVarsity Press, 2015. —Reviewed by Zach Howard, MDiv student, Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The experience of exile—both physical and spiritual—has plagued the people of God throughout history. The recent centuries of Christendom in the West are an anomaly in the global history of the Church and appear to be over. . . . read more
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“I have read your three articles on the Roma people,” she wrote me from California in September of 2013. “I now have the burden to encourage the Chinese Church to care about the Roma people.”
by Werner Mischke Mission ONE, 2015. —Reviewed by Soojin Chung, PhD student, Boston University. Werner Mischke utilizes his extensive experiences in the Middle East to construct a biblical paradigm of “honor and shame” to better minister to the Majority World. He begins by asking, “How can the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many . . . read more
“Don’t make ripples, make waves” said Van, an elderly, Californian, ocean-loving product of the Jesus Movement. Van mentored a number of hippies who would “go into the world to make disciples of all nations.” My passion for the Church in the Global South and its role in missions began with those words when I was serving in Mexico.
by Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue, K.K. Yeo, eds. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. —Reviewed by Michael Hakmin Lee, PhD, adjunct professor, Intercultural Studies, Lincoln Christian University. Jesus without Borders is the inaugural book in the new Majority World Theology series, one that recognizes the unfolding reality of major demographic shifts within the . . . read more
I was making my way across Cuba in a Tico, which has the interior space the size somewhere in between a toaster and a VW beetle. My companion was Otoniel Martinez and we were headed to Camaguey to train thirty-five leaders to begin new churches. Otoniel had planted twenty-seven churches despite the resistance of persecution.
by Patrick W. T. Johnson IVP Academic, 2015. —Reviewed by Dennis J. Horton, associate professor, Religion; associate director, Ministry Guidance, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. The significant shift in Western culture—from modernism to postmodernism, from Christendom to post-Christendom—requires a corresponding shift in the way Christians approach their witness within our increasingly missionary context. While several authors . . . read more
Iraq is suffering, Assyria is in pain. Biblically, the Assyrian Empire was stretching all over the Middle East, including Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and parts of Iran, and some other regions. As the Bible talks about doom in Assyria and Iraq, we can sense strongly that the children there are resurrecting hope, peace, and forgiving those who trespass against them. They are Christ-like.
by Ruth Meyers Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. —Reviewed by Michael Jordan, dean of the chapel, Houghton College. Ruth Meyers’ Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission attempts to reconcile the tension many Christians feel between the central practice of our faith—worship—and the intuition we have that our faith compels us beyond simple worship and into participation . . . read more
Africa Ministry among the Makua-Metto People of Mozambique by Alan Howell When Children Worship: An Evening in Lesotho by Paula S. (pseudonym) Health, Stories, and Prayer in Mali: All the Ingredients by (anonymous) Asia Joyful in the Midst of Suffering: A Life Devoted to Christ in Cambodia by Yuzo Imamura When Stories Collide in a Small Fishing . . . read more