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Journal Cover Missiology : An International Review
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 0091-8296 - ISSN (Online) 2051-3623
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [842 journals]
  • Editors notes
    • Authors: Leffel, G; Starcher, R. L.
      Pages: 128 - 128
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829616636525
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Public missiology and anxious tribalism
    • Authors: Hunt; R.
      Pages: 129 - 141
      Abstract: It is beginning to appear that modernity and postmodernity have undermined the strength and meaning of a personal identity that participates in and yet is distinct from a universal humanity. Such a shared humanity has been steadily reduced to a barely unique set of biological and social tendencies. The individual, the self, is both accidental and incidental. Trapped between the meaninglessness of the individual biological machine and the fissiparousness of the concept of the human, people are vesting meaning into group identities that promise both endurance and particularity. And just as these groups offer some a more enduring locus for a sense of self, they equally come under threat of dissolution and destruction. We are mercilessly conscious of history, and of all the lost tribes for whom it is the graveyard. The result is a new anxious tribalism. The sense that a tribal identity is crucial for a meaningful life, lived out in the threat of the destruction of the tribe. A public missiology must understand the social and political effects of this emerging anxious tribalism as it enters into a public discourse about the meaning of the gospel in contemporary society.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829616636412
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Christian witness to institutions: Public missiology and power
    • Authors: Okesson; G.
      Pages: 142 - 154
      Abstract: In this article I examine witness to institutions through a sociological, theological, and missiological treatment of power. I show how witness to institutions has been problematic through the centuries due to a historical and cultural factors along with a paucity of theological resources whereby to engage power. Ultimately I make the argument that Christians witness to institutions through a christological understanding of power, and ultimately through the institutional nature of the church.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615617495
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • The transformative vision: Public witness and the poiesis of Christian
           social transformation
    • Authors: Fensham; C. J.
      Pages: 155 - 166
      Abstract: With reference to social science research and the work of David Bosch and Max Stackhouse, this article argues that the energy for Christian communities to act in socially transformative ways is strengthened and enhanced by attending to poiesis. The concept poiesis is explored in the light of social science research on effective social movements and this is related to the Christian practice of liturgy. Liturgy is used as a broad heuristic concept that represents the creative and imaginative energy of Christian faith in its gathered communities, its telling of inspiring and transformative stories, and its engagement of its context with a vision for a better world. There is a need to enhance the hermeneutic cycle of "see–judge–act" with the inspiring vision of poiesis that will move Christian communities to action for social change.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618988
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • The "public" of a missiology of public life: Actors and opportunities
    • Authors: Leffel; G.
      Pages: 167 - 179
      Abstract: This article describes the "public" that we engage in mission and seeks to clarify "public" as a subject of missiological reflection and as a field of missional engagement. With what, exactly, are missiology and mission so engaged? "Public" is treated here in terms of actors and opportunities. The argument is that "public" in its fullest sense consists of a space of social experience. Within this space individual and group actors take advantage of the opportunities open to them for self-expression and to pursue their interests in relation to each other, with the sum of their interactions adding up to create public life. The discussion offers a working definition of the term "public." It then addresses several features of public life, including the construction of public life through social interaction; the role of social structures and cultural systems in shaping the context of such interaction; and the ways in which actors exploit the opportunities open to them to form identities and advance their interests to create change. The picture we isolate through this "public frame" is the unfolding interaction through which public actors pursue their interests, mobilize their resources, and create new identities, solidarities, sensibilities, and forms of relationships—the living, emerging public context with which mission engages and seeks relevance.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829616634124
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • God in Gotham: Tim Kellers theology of the city
    • Authors: Myatt; W.
      Pages: 180 - 193
      Abstract: The mass exodus of white evangelicals from urban life after World War II created numerous injustices for the minority populations that remained in the city. Evangelical missiologists have attempted to remedy these injustices in recent decades by organizing a return to the city. Although the theological leaders organizing this return are aware of the injustices associated with the initial urban exodus, they do not typically evaluate how classic, evangelical theologies perpetuate the cultural rhythms creating the injustices in the first place. One such theology may be found in the writings of Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in New York City. This article carries out a detailed analysis of Keller’s recent work, Center City, to evaluate the adequacy of his theology as a corrective to the social injustices of the evangelical exodus from the city in a post-World War II era.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615617493
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Interdisciplinary reflections on the resilience of racial constructs
    • Authors: Lee; M. H.
      Pages: 194 - 206
      Abstract: Why are racial constructs so resilient in the USA? This article proposes that the resilience of pernicious racial constructs in the Western world can be explained in part by people’s predilection for the bounded-set race schema and that any constructive attempt at addressing racism should acknowledge the reality that people are intrinsically category-makers. Part of the solution then involves encouraging greater awareness of category-building strategies, aided and informed by positive intergroup contact and experiences.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615625639
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Education, religion, and risk in Peshawar: A missional self-examination
    • Authors: Presler; T.
      Pages: 207 - 221
      Abstract: Religious freedom is at stake as the Church of Pakistan and its Diocese of Peshawar struggle to regain oversight of Edwardes College in Peshawar, an institution the church founded and managed for almost 75 years, and to resist the attempt of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to complete the seizure it began in 1974. As the missionary principal of the college since 2011, I was inevitably affected by the conflict and became a player in it. This study is an effort in missionary self-examination as I interrogate my motives and actions as a mission companion with the church and as a partner in education with the community at large. The inquiry is conducted under six headings: missionary motivation, national identity, change dynamics, religious relations, missionary predecessors, and the church–state conflict. While a self-interrogation cannot claim to be completely objective, the attempt is to be both honest and fair. The issues are important for missionary work and identity generally, but most acutely for mission work in Muslim-majority settings in the increasingly conflicted relations between Muslims and Christians in the 21st century.
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615616114
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: Married in Mission: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural
    • Authors: Gable; M. G.
      Pages: 222 - 223
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624298
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots
           and Renewal
    • Authors: Bergquist; J. A.
      Pages: 223 - 224
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624298a
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical
    • Authors: Wood; M.
      Pages: 224 - 225
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624298b
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: The Church to According Paul: Rediscovering the Community
           Conformed to Christ
    • Authors: Steffen; T.
      Pages: 225 - 227
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624298c
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as Gods
           People, Going out in Gods Name
    • Authors: Effa; A.
      Pages: 227 - 228
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624298d
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
  • Media and books received
    • Pages: 229 - 236
      PubDate: 2016-03-22T04:27:29-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615624910
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2016)
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