Missiologists have already observed that the center of the Christian faith has shifted to the Majority World (Latin America, Africa, and Asia), what most of the current literature in missiology calls the “Global South.”
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Over the last thirty years, the Western world has experienced a huge influx of immigrants from mainland China and Hong Kong. This diaspora of Chinese immigrants found fertile soil in Western countries, which is reflected in the plethora of churches scattered throughout. These churches are comprised of first, second, and 1.5-generation leaders and congregants.
The Church in Nepal is the fastest-growing Church in the world today (Mitchell 2013). Officially, there were no Christians and Protestant missionaries living in Nepal until 1951.
by J.D. Payne IVP Books, 2015 —Reviewed by Dr. Pam Arlund, global training and research leader, All Nations Family J. D. Payne has written a book that is neither too long, nor too short, but just right for new practitioners of church planting. It is not written for an audience that is merely seeking inspiration, . . . read more
by Dean Flemming Abingdon Press, 2015 —Reviewed by Marcus Dean, associate professor and chair, Department of Intercultural Studies, Houghton College; former missionary in Colombia and Puerto Rico In Why Mission? Dean Flemming models a missional hermeneutic for the New Testament. He starts with the premise that a “missional interpretation consciously reads scripture as a witness . . . read more
by Paul H. de Neui, ed. William Carey Library, 2016 —Reviewed by Amos Yong, professor of theology & mission, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary This is not a book on territorial spirits and not particularly focused on spiritual warfare (in fact, the first chapter urges that the warfare imagery is not the most . . . read more
by Steve Addison InterVarsity Press, 2015 —Reviewed by David R. Dunaetz, assistant professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Azusa Pacific University; former church planter in France Steve Addison, head of the sending agency MOVE, formerly CRM (Church Resource Ministries) Australia, defines a movement as “a group of people committed to changing the world” (p. . . . read more
by Gary L. McIntosh Church Leaders Insights, 2016 —Reviewed by Timothy D. Padgett, adjunct faculty, Trinity Christian College & Judson University This book tells the immensely fascinating story of an interesting life. While there is an instructional nature to be found here, it is perhaps better seen for its inspirational contribution. Over the course of . . . read more
by Bernie Power William Carey Library, 2016 —Reviewed by Amit A. Bhatia, PhD/Intercultural Studies; adjunct professor, Trinity International University; Fellow, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Bernie Power’s stated goal in Challenging Islamic Traditions is to contrast al-Bukhari’s collection of the Hadith—a body of text that details the traditions of Muhammad and the early Islamic community—with . . . read more
by Edna Headland Tate Publishing, 2016 —Reviewed by Scott Hedley, Bible translator, for sixteen years, Southeast Asia One challenge in ministry is the need to see immediate results. Many missionary biographies end with stories of a growing local church and lives being transformed by the word of God. But this book is the story of . . . read more