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Mission Hits Journals #11 (June-Sep 2023)

Welcome to Mission Hits JOURNALS #11!

This edition covers new journal editions released between June-September 2023. It contains links to 25 different journal editions, containing 171 new papers and articles about an incredibly diverse set of topics surrounding world mission and world Christianity today. Truly, something for everyone! Significantly, the majority of these papers are completely free and available to read online.

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With every blessing as you live in and live out God's great mission purposes.


DIS, Fuller Theological Seminary (USA)

p.s. This 3-times--year blog is a ministry of You'll find other great resources there, including 52 editions of Mission Hits (monthly links to popular level missions resources), links to over 80 world mission podcasts, and more!

p.p.s Some personal news - my family and I have returned from 12 years in Uganda, and I'll be starting as 'Director of Cross-Cultural Training' at Oak Hill College (London) in the new year.



(1) Global Missiology (July 2023, Vol. 20.3)

(2) Missionalia (2023, Vol. 51)

(3) Great Commission Research Journal (Fall 2023, Vol. 15.2)

(4A) Mission Frontiers (July-Aug, Vol. 45.4)

(4B) Mission Frontiers (Sep-Oct, Vol. 45.5)

(5) Oxford Journal for Intercultural Mission (Summer 2023, Vol. 2)

(6A) Lausanne Global Analysis (July 2023, Vol. 12.4)

(6B) Lausanne Global Analysis (Sep 2023, Vol. 12.5)

(7) The International Journal of Frontier Missions (April-Dec 2022 , Vol. 39.2-4)

(8) Missional Focus (Sep 2023, Vol. 2.2)

(9) Mission Round Table (June 2023, Vol. 18.1)

(10) Ecclesial Futures (June 2023, Vol. 4.1)

(11) Seedbed (May 2023, Vol 34.1)

(12) Quarterly Bulletin of the Asia Missions Association (Summer 2023, Vol. 80)

(13) Ethnodoxology: Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith (2023, Vol. 11.1)

(14) Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology (Apr-Sep 2023, Vol. 5.5-7)


(15) Evangelical Missions Quarterly (July-Sep 2023, Vol. 59.3)

(16A) Missiology: An International Review (July 2023, Vol. 51.3)

(16B) Missiology: An International Review (Oct 2023, Vol. 51.4)

(17) International Review of Mission (May 2023, Vol. 112.1)

(18) Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies (July 2023, Vol. 40.3)

(19A) International Bulletin of Mission Research (June 2023, Vol. 47.3)

(19B) International Bulletin of Mission Research (Oct 2023, Vol. 47.4)

(20) Mission Studies (June 2023, Vol. 40.2)

(21) Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (Aug 2023, Vol. 52.11-2)




July 2023, Vol. 20.3 (Free Access)


The Role of Listening in Intercultural Settings: The Empathetic Act of Listening Gives Voice to Marginalized People Groups (Joey R. Peyton)

The Role of Listening in Intercultural Settings: The Empathetic Act of Listening Gives Voice to Marginalized People Groups

Joey R. Peyton

Preventing Abuses in the International Aid Sector: A Global Effort, and a British-based Case Study

Jim Harries

The Miracle Theology Factor in Pentecostal Churches in Owerri

Ifeanyi J. Okeke

An Elusive Consensus: Traits and Competencies of Movement Catalysts

Gene Daniels & Emanuel Prinz


2023, Vol. 51 (Free Access)


Mission as "crossing frontiers"? - a New Mission Theological Reflection on the Mission Concept of David Bosch (Tianji Ma)

Changing Africa Reflections on family involvement in African Christian marriage

Marilyn Naidoo, Gugulethu Engelbetter Ndlovu

Repositioning Theological Institutions for Urban Ministry - A Case for the Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST)

Emmanuel Akatukunda

Diaconate as model of ministry for urban locations

John S Klaasen

Theological Education for “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World”

Bernhard Ott

Disciple-Making Movement as an Effective Operational Model for Christian Missions amid Insecurity

Benjamin Isola Akano

Constructing an Urban Theology of Liberation in South Africa Today: A Transdisciplinary Praxis-Approach in the Interface between (Urban) Faith, Politics and Planning

Stephan de Beer

Reimagining How Urban Theology can be used as a Theological Tool that Links Faith and Justice in South Africa

Innocent Mabheka

Missionary ventures of Ghanaian Pentecostals in Europe An exploration of “Reverse Mission” within the Church of Pentecost in Belgium

Kwame Oppong-Konadu

Shall the sun ever rise on South Africa’s new dawn? A missiology of hope redefined

Zuze Johannes Banda

The impact of immigration on the concept of African marriage – A pastoral theological study

Elijah Baloyi

Mission as "crossing frontiers"? - a New Mission Theological Reflection on the Mission Concept of David Bosch

Tianji Ma


Fall 2023 , Vol. 15.2 (Free Access)


How a Novel Research Framework Resulted in Fruitful Evangelism and Discovery: Introducing Ethnoscopy and Spiritual Patronage (L. Lynn Thigpen)

Survey and Questionnaire Design for Church-Based Research

David R. Dunaetz

How a Novel Research Framework Resulted in Fruitful Evangelism and Discovery: Introducing Ethnoscopy and Spiritual Patronage

L. Lynn Thigpen

Disciple Making Starts at a Different Point Today

Brad Ransom

Need-Oriented Evangelism: Encountering, Embracing, and Experiencing God

Petr Činčala and Allison Sauceda


"Mobilizing the Church to Reach All Peoples"

July-Aug 2023, Vol. 45.4 (Free Access)


Challenges & Opportunities of Mobilization in the Post-COVID World (Mike Adegbile)

Where Are We Now? A New Mobilization Era

Ryan Shaw

Mobilizing the Filipino Diaspora for Effective Missions

David S. Lim

MOBIOLOGY: An Introduction

Max Chismon

Challenges & Opportunities of Mobilization in the Post-COVID World

Mike Adegbile

Redefining Revival for a New Generation

David Smithers

Growing in Mobilization Prayer

Ryan Shaw

The Mobilization Index

Dr. Steve Shadrach

“Go Where?”

Chris Maynard

The Astonishing Power & Progress of God’s Promise

Robby Butler

'Arts, Worship, and Mission in Today’s Church'

Sep-Oct 2023, Vol. 45.5 (Free Access)


The Future of Ethnodoxology in Arts and Mission (Robin Harris)

Why Arts & Mission Belong Together

James R. Krabill

Seven Core Values That Guide the Global Ethnodoxology Network

Becky Robertson

The Future of Ethnodoxology in Arts and Mission

Robin Harris

The Astonishing Power & Progress of God’s Promise (Part 2)

Robby Butler


Summer 2023, Vol. 2 (Free Access)


God’s heart for all nations: fostering inclusion, bridging divides, growing understanding

(Tim Wambunya)

The Church Is Not Called to Race or Colour Blindness

Daniel Odhiambo

Symptoms Of Institutional Racism in The Church of England

John Root

Cleansing Racism Through Truth-Telling and Reconciliation

Guy Hewitt

30 Years After Stephen Lawrence’s Murder, How Much Progress Has the Church Made In Racial Justice?

Isaac Charles Bortey Borquaye

The Church Can Provide an Appropriate Intercultural Worship Service

John Root

Why Has Windrush Had So Much Attention, 75 Years On?

John Root & Lara Deen

God’s Heart for All Nations: Fostering Inclusion, Bridging Divides, Growing Understanding

Tim Wambunya


July 2023, Vol. 12.4 (Free Access)


Living the Gospel in Conflict Zones (Eraston K. Kighoma and CJ Davison)

Living the Gospel in Conflict Zones

Eraston K. Kighoma and CJ Davison

Reflections on the Baptist Response to the War in Ukraine

Alan Donaldson

Racial Justice in Mexico and Latin America

Dinorah B. Méndez

A Holistic Vision of Mission in Changing Times

Sam Cho

Sep 2023, Vol. 12.5 (Free Access)


The Legacy of Ronald J. Sider (Al Tizon)

Innovative Integration and Collaboration on the Mission Field

Steve Sang-Cheol Moon

Beyond Self-Support Fundraising for Missions

Kirst Rievan

Islamic Economics for Christian Ministry and Mission

John Cheong

The Legacy of Ronald J. Sider

Al Tizon


April-Dec 2022, Vol. 39.2-4 (Free Access)


Crossing Religious and Cultural Frontiers: Rethinking Mission as Inreligionisation & Response (Kang-San Tan)

Refining Our Religious Sensibility

Brad Gill

Crossing Religious and Cultural Frontiers: Rethinking Mission as Inreligionisation & Response

Kang-San Tan

Making Disciples, Contextualization, and Inreligionization: Some Reflections & Response

Harold A. Netland

Udayanacharya's Samvāda and the Dialogue of Traditions: a Model of Inreligionization

Brainerd Prince

The Faith of Fatima: A Case Study of Muslim Followers of Jesus & Response

Anna Travis

What Gets "Converted"? Reflections on Language and Images of Religious Conversion & Response

Darren Duerksen

Dual Religious Belonging as a Contextualised Faith?

Kang-San Tan

The Life and Thought of R. C. Das: His Theology of Interreligious (Hindu-Christian) Relations

H. L. Richard

Ceremonialism: Ritual as a Pathway for Relationship

Elizabeth L. Walker

A Psalmody for Jesu Bhaktas: Hindu Jesu Bhakti in the Poems of Swamy Dayanand Bharati (b. 1952)

Herbert Hoefer


Sep 2023, Vol. 2.2 (Free Access)


Seeking Shalom (Marijke Hoek)

Seeking Shalom

Marijke Hoek

A Theological Reflection on Loss and Damage

Bob Kikuyu

An Interview with Robert Beckford

Carol Clarke

Understanding Power, Abuse and Trauma

Merethe Turner

An Interview with Caroline Pomeroy

Andy Kingston-Smith


'Race, Ethnicity, Bible, and Mission'

June 2023, Vol. 18.1 (Free Access)


Time to Talk about Race: Colorblindness and Missiology (Kirsteen Kim)

James 2:1–13 Favouritism Is Forbidden

David Eastwood

Time to Talk about Race: Colorblindness and Missiology

Kirsteen Kim

“Should White People Be Missionaries Overseas?” Absurd Question or Pathway to Reimagining Missional Faithfulness in a Postcolonial World?

Peter Rowan

Power, Weakness, and Status Reversal


The Formation, Growth, and Development of the Hong Kong Council of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship

Tze Pui & Caoji

The Rest of Your Lives

Rose Scott


'Current Missional Church Perspectives in South Korea'

June 2023, Vol. 4.1 (Free Access)


Small Missional Church as an alternative in the period of Church Decline in Korea (An-wei Tan)

How to Make the Best Ganjang Gejang: The Missional Church Movement in Korea Evaluation and Proposal

Seung-hyun Chung

The Metaverse as a Digital Missionary Site

Sung Hyuk Nam

Churches’ Missional Engagement During the Pandemic and Afterwards in Korea

Bokyoung Park

Missional Discipleship in Post-Pandemic Korea: The Case of Suwonsung Church

Bright Myeong-Seok Lee

Mongolian Migrants in a Korean Missional Church: The Case of Nasom Community

Seon-Yi Lee

Balancing Visible and Invisible Belonging for Korean Migrant Missional Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand

Hyeong-kyoon Kim

Small Missional Church as an Alternative in the Period of Church Decline in Korea

An-wei Tan


'Forming and Envisioning Biblical Ekklesia'

May 2023, Vol 34.1 (Free Access following sign-up vetting)


Forests. Lighthouses. and Jellyfish: Reimagining the Relationship between Movemental and Traditional Churches (Scott Bresljn)

Miracles in the Middle East: Ekklésia-Formation Insights from Muslim-Background Churches .

S Antonio

"Does Jesus Think This Group is a Church?": Defining and Pursuing Church Identity and Health

Howard Bell

Further Reflections on Church Formation, Identity. and Health: A Response to "Does Jesus Think This Group is a Church?"

Neil Van Hyderstodt

Sustaining Healthy Churches in Movements: Leveraging the Five Roles of Ephesians 4 for Multiplying Leaders in CPMs

Todd Lafferty

Forests. Lighthouses. and Jellyfish: Reimagining the Relationship between Movemental and Traditional Churches .

Scott Bresljn

Baptism: Its Theological Meaning and Practical Outworking of Its Application

Andrew Hope


Summer 2023, Vol. 80 (Free Access)


The State of World Missions Today (& the Unfinished Task) (Marvin J. Newell)

The State of World Missions Today (& the Unfinished Task)

Marvin J. Newell

Challenges from Changes are Opportunities: Reducing Gaps in Recovering

Irene Lee

Missions in the “Network Society”

Eldon Porter

Solving the Training Problem: Best Practices in Online Leadership Education in a Post-Pandemic World

John Edmiston

Mentoring in Missions

Lisa Espineli Chinn

Embracing Creation Care: A Theological Call for Environmental Stewardship

Chuck Baclagon


2023, Vol. 11.1 (Free Access)

Narrative Structure in West African Dramatic Films: Localization and Globalization

Sarah Jane Capper

Art and Mission: Four Questions

Miriam Adeney


April-Sep 2023, Vol. 5.5-7 (Free Access)


Mother-Tongue Theological Hermeneutics: In Search of Relevant Glocal Interpretation of Scripture (John Kwasi Fosu)

Praying through the Lord’s Prayer with Meaning and Significance: Mother-tongue Theological Hermeneutical Study of Mathew 6: 9-13

John Kwasi Fosu

Mother-Tongue Theological Hermeneutics: In Search of Relevant Glocal Interpretation of Scripture

John Kwasi Fosu

An Examination of ἁμαρτια (sin) in 1 John and the Akan Concept of Bɔne (sin)

Felix Cornelius Agyei & Jonathan Edward Tetteh Kuwornu-Adjaottor

The Ecumenical Conception of Public Life Praxis: The Case of Zimbabwe

John Gaga, Gift Masengwe &Bekithemba Dube

The Bible and Public Theology in African Christianity

Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong




'Missions Tech'

July-Sep 2023, Vol. 59.3 (Subscription Access)

Digital Strategies for Collaboration

Andrew Feng & Nick Wu

Technology Is Multiplying Prayer for All Nations

Elizabeth Adleta, Susmitha Kothari, Ray Peng, & Robby Butler

Digital Missions Launchpad

Ace Pendon

Global Missions from The Comfort of Your Living Room

Dorrie Manu

Funnels And Loops: How Mass Communication Is Accelerating Movements

Josiah Palusky

Let The Nations Hear

D.B. Brown

Can Digital Make Us Human Again?

Justin Sooter

Meeting God in The Metaverse

Jeff Reed

Ai Hallucinations, Chatbots, And the Truth of Holy Scripture

Jeremy Hodes

Matching Missionaries and Partners: A Modern Approach

Kevin Horan

Mobilizing Techies for Missions

Dorinda Beeley

Bible Studies Don’t Fix Religious Persecution

Helene Fisher & Elizabeth Lane Miller

Was Paul A Missionary?

Phil King

The Global Impact of George Verwer

David Greenlee & Greg Kernaghan


July 2023, Vol. 51.3 (Subscription Access)

A case study of an insider movement among Buddhists in Thailand

Manuel Becker

Jesus of the gaps: The evangelistic use of biblical reflexes in the Qur’an

Adam Dodds & Richard Shumack

Towards a missiology of marriage and sexuality: A review of Timothy Tennent’s theology of the body

Robert J. Priest

Response to Robert Priest by Timothy C. Tennent, President and Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary

Timothy Tennent

Power and partnership: Implications of redeemed patronage in missional context

Rennae de Freitas

What we mean by public missiology

Gregory P. Leffel, Charles J. Fensham, George R. Hunsberger, Robert A. Hunt, William N. Kenney, IV, Gregg A. Okesson, Hendrik R. Pieterse

Oct 2023, Vol. 51.4 (Subscription Access)

Muslim women’s perspectives on honor

Louise Simon

About-face transformation: Learning to embrace honor, shame, and face

Christopher L. Flanders

Envy: Differences between the West and Africa

Jim Harries

The contribution of Luphurise Mawere’s “Things to do so you are able to succeed financially” to African prosperity theology

Tamie Davis

Israel’s priority in Old Testament missiology

Collin Cornell

From conformity to transformation: Discipleship and identity in the context of social conflict

Craig Ott

Remembering the American Society of Missiology 1973–2023: Remarks at the 50th anniversary banquet celebration

Darrell Whiteman


May 2023, Vol. 112.1 (Subscription Access)

Disciples and Pilgrims, Arusha, and Karlsruhe: Friends or Strangers?

Kenneth R. Ross

Dreaming a New Future: A Call from the Margins While on the Way to the Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity

Deenabandhu Manchala

De-Religionizing the Missio Dei

VethaKani Vedhanayagam

Call to Act Together: A Missiological Reflection

Tiakala Jamir

A Jamaican Response to the Call to Act Together: "For the Love of Christ Urges Us On” (2 Cor. 5:14)

Evie Vernon

Sexuality as an Integral Part of the Church’s Being and Mission: The Movement Is Sexy

André S. Musskopf

Caste or Christ?: Qualitative Research on the Presence of Casteism in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South Asia

Santosh Kumar

Human Agency in the Missio Dei and the Problem of Discipleship

James Butler

Pushing against Gender Barriers: A Latvian Woman on Mission in China, 1908–1925

Kristina Ece

Charles F. Mackenzie, Popery, Guns, and Colonial Conflict: In Conversation with Martyn Percy’s Implicit Theology

Peter C. Houston

Adaptation in Modern Times: Placide Tempels, Luba, and Bantu Philosophy

Frans Dokman


'Theological Education and Missional Formation'

July 2023, Vol. 40.3 (Subscription Access)

Contemporary Ecumenical Missiology and the Renewal of Christian Theology

Kenneth R. Ross

Theological Education as Practice of Hospitality

Marina Ngursangzeli Behera

Opportunities and Challenges of Theological Education and Missional Formation in the 4IR: A Paradigm Shift

Hannes Knoetze

Charism and Liturgy: Elements of the Orthodox Theological Education

Cristian-Sebastian Sonea

Weaving a community of learning and care: The Latin American Biblical University Online during the pandemic

Karla Ann Koll

Toward a blue missiology: Theological education as eco-missional formation

Septemmy Eucharistia Lakawa

The Case of the Theological Education and Missional Formation of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches

Niza Joy Santiago

Women Academics in Theological and Mission Organisations

Anne Moseley & Mark Oxbrow


June 2023, Vol. 47.3 (Subscription Access)

Missions or Ministries: What’s in a Word?

Thomas John Hastings

An Asian Integral Ecological Theology: Pope Francis’s Teaching in Dialogue with Asian Religions

Peter C. Phan

Becoming a Synodal Church: Political Charity and Collective Spirituality for Philippine Catholicism

Alexis Deodato S. Itao

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines: Prophetic Mission in the Midst of Persecution

Jerry D. Imbong

Chinese Missionaries in Cross-Cultural Overseas Mission: Emergence of a New Missionary Nation?

Tobias Brandner

The Apostolical Tree: A Visual Aid used by Catholic Missionaries in Western Oceania

Mervyn Duffy

The Missional Implications of the Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr

Joon-Sik Park

“Go Home and Sin No More!” Reimagining Faith that Changes the Lives of Offenders to New Narratives of Rebirth and Transformation

Thinandavha Derrick Mashau

Healing as God’s Intention for Ministers of Reconciliation

Daniel W. O’Neill

Casting a Vision of Communal and Public Life of the Church for the Post-Pandemic Korean-American Churches: Focusing on Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s Communion and Public Ecclesiology

JongSeock James Shin

Bevans Revisited: Reflections on Stephen Bevans’s Models of Contextual Theology

Greg S. Whyte

Oct 2023, Vol. 47.4 (Subscription Access)

Lessons from a Minority Church

Thomas John Hastings

On the Profile of Intercultural Theology: A Discipline (Still) in the Making

Henning Wrogemann

Pandemonium, Pandemethics, Pantopia: What’s in a Word?

Volker Küster

Lived Poetics as a Contemplative Stance of Christian Witness: The Case from Australia for a World in Crisis

Xiaoli Yang

Insider and Outsider Knowledge: Etic and Emic Perspectives on Empirical Missiological Research and Its Consequences for Theological Education

Tobias Schuckert

Seventh-day Adventist Understandings of Islam and Muslims from the 1840s–1920s

Andrew Tompkins

Stephen Neill: A Colonial Scholar in an Independent Kenya (1969–1973)

Dyron Daughrity

My Pilgrimage in Mission

Darrell L. Whiteman

Mission and Dialogue: An Assessment of the Interaction of Orthodox Theology and Practice with the Reformation

Evi Voulgaraki-Pissina

The Legacy of Hildegard Prozell

Kristina Ece


June 2023, Vol. 40.2 (Subscription Access)

Where Are Children in Missiology? English- Language Publications over the Past Decades

David H. Scott

Church as Family: Creating Healing and Transformative Spaces for Children at Risk through a Reimagining of Ecclesiology

Cara L. Pfeiffer

Spirit-Possession in Fiji: The Pastoral Challenges of Discerning and Healing

Francis Hoare

Power in Context: Healing Practices in Churches in Norway and Madagascar

Tormod Kleiven, Hans Austnaberg, Anne Austad, & Marianne Rodriguez Nygaard


'Africa, Catholicism, and World Christianity'

August 2023, Vol. 52.1-4 (Subscription Access)

Negotiating Catholic Sexual Ethics: Catholic Women’s Experiences of Sexuality and Reproduction

Martha Mapasure and Annemie Dillen

Images of Pain, Images of Hope: African Films as Narrative Theologies of Gender and Sexuality

Stefanie Knauss

Religious Hybridity: Opportunities and Challenges for African Christian Theology. Case study of Benin

Barnabé Hounguevou

Prophetic Dialogue: Ecclesiology for a Vital Church

Idara Otu MSP

Clericalism and the Problem of Leadership in Africa: Reimagination as Praxis

William I. Orbih

Contesting the Shifting Center of World Christianity to Africa: Methodological Reconsiderations

Stan Chu Ilo



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