Bobby Bose, SAIACS Press, 2014. —Reviewed by Timothy L. Eckert, PhD Intercultural Studies, missionary to the FulBe of West Africa. The global situation is increasingly one where cultures and religions are meeting and interacting across the world, particularly in urban centers. Bobby Bose’s tome is a response to the theological challenges Christians increasingly face in . . . read more
The polls are in and the news is bad for the Church in America. Christianity is on the decline, Americans have given up on God, and the “Nones”—those who have no religious ties—are on the rise. It is indeed true that parts of the Christian Church in America are struggling, while a growing number of Americans are far from God.
Alan J. Roxburgh. InterVarsity Press, 2015. —Reviewed by Janet Silverthorne Walker, Pastor, National Wesleyan Church, DC Campus, Washington, DC. Denominations are faced with the ever constant need to determine how their missional mandates will be met. As organizations, they engage their subsidiaries (local churches) as the mechanisms for meeting these mandates. However, organizational structures often . . . read more
Why don’t you share some Christian songs in your language with me?” I asked some musicians on our way home from a worship event. As an ethnodoxologist, I thought the lack of enthusiasm during the event was due to the use of foreign songs. I naively assumed my friends would be thrilled to sing in their heart language.
Jayson Georges. Self-published, 2014. —Reviewed by Rick Kronk, scholar-practitioner, Christar, Inc.; adjunct professor of Missions, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota. Just as people assume the cultural orientation of their context, (so) Christians often assume forms of Christian ministry in which they learn the gospel” (p. 55) are the only correct or valid forms of . . . read more
In this article, I will focus specifically on seven issues that are important to address in the transition to tertiary education in the United States. I focus on the U.S. because the students in the research used for this article studied in the U.S.1 Workers from other home countries may be able to apply these findings to their experience.
David Garrison. Wigtake Resources, 2014. —Reviewed by Larry Vanderaa, missionary for more than forty years in West Africa, currently working among the Muslim Fulani. How about some refreshing news from the Muslim world? This book delivers. David Garrison claims that from the days of Mohammad to 1960, only two movements towards Christ developed in the . . . read more
African-American Christians have a significant role in the global spread of the gospel for many reasons. One unique contribution was clearly illustrated as I was leading a few seminary students on a trip to a Southeast Asian country where I had previously lived. While we were there, I witnessed one of my students accomplish something in six minutes that I didn’t accomplish in six years.
In this article, I want to give a brief introduction to post-postmodern missiology by answering two questions: Why do we need a post-postmodern missiology? and What is it?
Many pastors and missionaries are crossing the globe, teaching, encouraging, and resourcing with good intentions, but questionable effectiveness. Other church-planting catalysts, especially those who work within a denominational framework, manage systems like assessment, church-planter boot camp, financial support, coaching, and others. They try to maintain some church-planting momentum, but rarely achieve movement.