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Journal Cover Missiology : An International Review
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   ISSN (Print) 0091-8296 - ISSN (Online) 2051-3623
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [835 journals]
  • Editors Notes
    • Authors: Starcher; R. L.
      Pages: 4 - 4
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615623687
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Missio-logoi, interreligious dialogue, and the parable of the Good
           Samaritan
    • Authors: Muck; T. C.
      Pages: 5 - 19
      Abstract: Although the parable of the Good Samaritan has the elements characteristic of an inter religious interchange, that is, interaction among Jews and Samaritans, it has almost never been read that way. Commentators have not picked up on the meaning of the parable from the point of view of inter religious dialogue. It should be read that way, as one reading among several. In our day and age of religiously plural cultures, an inter religious reading of the parable has much to offer us.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618893
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • An inadvertent missiologist: Edward Gibbon and the science of mission
    • Authors: Skreslet; S. H.
      Pages: 20 - 32
      Abstract: Edward Gibbon unintentionally inaugurated the science of mission (Missionswissenschaft), when he published in 1776 the first volume of his celebrated History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon included in his groundbreaking work a new approach to mission history that emphasized social analysis and cultural change, rather than theology. Gibbon’s secular discourse on the establishment, growth and "triumph" of early Christianity over paganism is highly critical of the faith, in line with his own stance of religious skepticism, but is insightful nevertheless, as he shows how the study of mission from a sociological perspective can shed light on the social processes that often shape evangelistic outcomes. In the Decline and Fall, Gibbon also defined a style of speaking or a discourse about Christian mission that has come to dominate the secular academy today.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618896
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Korean discourse on mission: The spiritual vision for the nation of Rev.
           Kyung-Chik Han
    • Authors: Kim; K.
      Pages: 33 - 49
      Abstract: This article takes up the theme of mission discourses by looking at how contrasting Korean Protestant mission theologies—church growth discourse and minjung theology—have been taken up to support international agendas. The context from which they come is illuminated through a critical study of the "spiritual vision for the nation" of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han, founder of Youngnak Presbyterian Church and national leader. It is argued that Han’s theology is a more mainstream discourse which arises from the period of colonization by Japan and the struggle for the nation, and that it has been distorted through being included under church growth. This investigation of Korean discourse on mission concludes with some observations about mission discourses more generally.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618892
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Does missiology have three legs to stand on? The upsurge of
           interdisciplinarity
    • Authors: Nehrbass; K.
      Pages: 50 - 65
      Abstract: A common heuristic device for depicting the interdisciplinary nature of missiology is the metaphor of a stool that stands on three legs (or academic disciplines). However, missiologists have disagreed on exactly which disciplines comprise those legs. That theology is central is hardly contested; but there is less agreement about the role of the social sciences, history, education, mission strategy, and so forth. Here, I argue that we should move beyond the three-legged stool metaphor, as it fails to describe the true interdisciplinary nature of missiology: The academic influences on missiology are more numerous than the stool metaphor allows for; the borders between these disciplines are fuzzy and changing; and the influence of academic theories on mission strategy is not merely one-way. In quest of a more satisfactory metaphor, I begin by suggesting a definition of missiology as the utilization of multiple academic disciplines to develop strategies for making disciples across cultures. Drawing on that definition, I develop the image of missiology as a river with countless tributaries (theoretical disciplines) that converge for this common goal. Since scholars of Christian mission cannot be experts in many fields, we must be intentional with the sort of interdisciplinarity that is most useful for designing effective mission strategies.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615617494
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Missio-logoi and faith: Factors that influence attitude certainty
    • Authors: Dunaetz; D. R.
      Pages: 66 - 77
      Abstract: One of the goals of missio-logoi used by missionaries (especially missionary speech) is the development of faith in the lives of those whom the missionaries serve. From a biblical perspective, faith has both a relational (e.g., John 3:16) and a cognitive dimension (e.g., Heb 11:1). This cognitive dimension is similar to what social psychologists call attitude certainty, the degree to which an individual is certain that a particular attitude or belief is true. This study reviews the empirical research conducted to discover the factors that influence attitude certainty. These factors include support for the beliefs by peers, repeated verbal expression of the beliefs, direct experience with the object of belief, and knowledge of how to defend the belief when confronted with strong counter-arguments to the belief. Beliefs and attitudes which are more certain are likely to have more of an impact on an individual’s behavior, are more resistant to persuasion, and persist longer in an individual’s life. Missionaries can thus focus their missio-logoi so as to maximize attitude certainty among the people to whom they minister.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618383
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Portrayal vs. practice: Contemporary womens contributions to Christian
           mission
    • Authors: Dzubinski; L. M.
      Pages: 78 - 94
      Abstract: From the late 1800s onward, women have comprised two-thirds of the missionary workforce. Yet despite their numbers, women’s mission practice is frequently overlooked in accounts of mission work; instead it may be attributed to a male missionary. Single women are frequently cast in supportive roles and their work credited to that of a male supervisor. Married women’s mission practice is often attributed to their husband as part of the two-person career structure. As a result, women’s mission practice is rarely considered in mission theorizing, and few women are counted among missiologists even today. Studies that do seek to uncover women’s mission theorizing and practice typically focus on their historical contributions. There is a need for further research on contemporary women missionaries to understand their contributions, both embodied and theoretical, to the global mission enterprise. This article presents the findings from the study of women in one mid-sized mission organization. Results show that the women engage in a wide variety of ministry, face specific gender-related challenges, and struggle to understand themselves as valued contributors to the global mission enterprise.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615619378
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Contextualization, conceptualization, and communication: The development
           of contextualization at Fullers Graduate School of World
           Mission/Intercultural Studies
    • Authors: Shaw, R. D; DeLoach, D, Grimes, J, Herrmann, S, Bailey, S.
      Pages: 95 - 111
      Abstract: Beginning with Tippett’s emphasis on the "phenomenology of Folk Religion" in the mid-1960s, contextualization, though not so-called at the time, was central to appreciating the need to ground the gospel message in the local context. Kraft applied Nida’s development of "dynamic equivalence" translation principles to cultural contexts. Many faculty members contributed to the short-lived journal Contextualization which extended the concepts of indigenization and inculturation into a missiologically viable framework. Each member of the SWM faculty contributed to Gilliland’s volume from their respective subdiscipline. Hiebert advocated a critique of cultural practice in light of scriptural insight. The impact of the cognitive revolution eventually had an effect on dealing with strengths as well as abuses of the concept beyond its original intent. This article, then, will consider the historical, conceptual, theoretical, and missiological development of contextualization as an idea that epitomizes the 50-year existence of the SWM/SIS, as well as anticipates the next 50 years.
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615620932
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book Review: Reluctant or Radical Revolutionaries? Evangelical
           Missionaries and Afro-Jamaican Character. 1834-1870
    • Authors: Dekar; P. R.
      Pages: 112 - 113
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606869
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book Review: The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures
    • Authors: Wood; M.
      Pages: 113 - 114
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606869a
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book Review: Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-Term
           Missions That Work
    • Authors: Dean; M. W.
      Pages: 114 - 115
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606869b
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book Review: Listening to the Neighbor: From a Missional Perspective of
           the Other
    • Authors: Deressa; S. Y.
      Pages: 115 - 116
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606869c
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book Review: Pacific Futures: Projects, Politics and Interests
    • Authors: Nehrbass; K.
      Pages: 116 - 117
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606869d
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Books and media received
    • Pages: 118 - 122
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615606870
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • ASM Tribute to Dr. Wilbert R. Shenk
    • Authors: Anderson; G. H.
      Pages: 123 - 124
      PubDate: 2015-12-25T02:06:38-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618894
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 1 (2015)
       
 
 
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