April 2017

Orality in Missions

Sandy Gould

caught the vision for oral Bible storytelling on a bicycle. My good friend, Janet Stahl, and I often ride together, and in 2012 I was Janet’s willing audience as she honed her storytelling skills. I quickly realized that listening to her tell Bible stories drew me into a refreshing new way of engaging with scripture. 

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Articles

Gene Daniels

The primary reason for this article is that it seems to me that something very important about the contextualization of prayer has been lost in the larger debate about appropriateness of certain kinds of contextualization in the Muslim world. 

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Tom Steffen

Just as Gutenberg changed the world forever when the printed word challenged the spoken word, so globalization and the Zuckerberg generation are doing the same in this millennium. One of those changes has been in business as mission (BAM). 

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Trevor Johnson

George Muller (1805-1898) is a model of faith for many. Moving from Prussia to Bristol, England, in 1832, Muller ministered as a pastor, started schools and orphanages, and sacrificed unceasingly for others. Many of the sins of his early life were associated with money. After conversion, however, a marked change occurred, and Muller developed several strong convictions about his own use of funds.

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Jon Lewis

When I was a boy, my dream was to one day become an astronaut. I lived and breathed everything NASA—from monitoring the orbit patterns of the first satellites to actually building a full-scale mockup of the Gemini spacecraft and flying multi-day simulated ‘missions’ in my basement.

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David R. Dunaetz

By the time missionaries reach middle age, quite a few things can go wrong. Their kids may be struggling in the host culture. Their ministry might be advancing far more slowly than they thought possible. Because of limited opportunities for career advancement, they may be jealous or in competition with other missionaries. 

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​David Sedlacek

Do teams work? What does it take to develop and maintain a healthy team? Is it worth the effort? Does a healthy team really produce better results than a dysfunctional team?

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Carole Sparks

Everyone agrees that we must work together to accomplish the task of Matthew 28:19-20 so that we may move closer to the end goal found in Matthew 24:14. Furthermore, we all know God did not give this task solely to missionaries or pastors.

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Craig A. Smith

There is a concern among Canadian and American Chinese churches about the growing disunity within their congregations. For years, these churches were in a state of growth as first-generation Chinese immigrants filled the churches. Over time, however, these churches started to create two new groups.  

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Karsten van Riezen and Tom Steffen

Partnering is something we all do, but many of us know little about. Partnering in a cross-cultural setting can get very complicated, particularly when multiple organizations are involved. What can we do to help such partnerships work more friction-free? Through interviewing nearly thirty leaders involved in broad-based mission partnerships, a partnering model evolved that is presented here in story format.

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Diaspora in Missions

Sadiri Joy Tira

Diaspora is not a new phenomenon, and missiology is not a novel field of study. Human migration is in fact a reality of the human experience, and missions and evangelism a mandate from the initial commissioning of Jesus Christ’s disciples. Thus, it is inaccurate to propose that the idea of diaspora missiology was initiated in the minds and meetings of twenty-first-century missiologists. 

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Book Reviews

Warren R. Beattie, ed.

Reviewed by Ryan Klejment-Lavin, director, Footstool Missions Center, Seoul, South Korea

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Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori, eds.

Reviewed by Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, Ph.D., professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North

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Harley Talman and John Jay Travis, eds.

Reviewed by Daniel Shinjong Baeq, senior pastor, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, Ma

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Scott W. Sunquist

Reviewed by Timothy L Eckert, missionary to the FulBe of West Africa

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Larry W. Caldwell

Why do we need another book on Bible interpretation? Don’t we have enough books explaining the philosophy and mechanics of how to understand and teach the Bible? The simple answer is, no we don’t. 

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Graham Hill

Reviewed by James Patole, minister, C&MA; PhD (Missiology) research scholar, SAIACS, Unive

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Gary McIntosh

Reviewed by John Doss, senior pastor, Discovery Christian Community, Salt Lake City, Utah 

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A Second Look: Editorial by EMQ Editor Gary Corwin

Gary Corwin

The vocabulary that dominates the theology of mission today features a hierarchy of status describing its very essence. All the terms are derived from the Latin word missio (roughly translated “sent”) and used to convey the concept rooted in the biblical Greek term apostello. At the top is Missio Dei. This is followed by mission and missional in the middle. At the bottom, still championed by ‘unsophisticated slaves to the past,’ is missions

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