Journal of Biblical Missiology

Your hub for biblically-faithful resources on missions, Islamics, and evangelism.

Missiology (mi-sē-ˈä-lə-jē) noun

1. The theological study of the mission of the church, especially the character and purpose of missionary work.
2. The academic study of Christian mission history and methodology.

The Mission of the Church

The Mission of the Church

This essay originally appeared on The Gospel Coalition. It is reposted here with permission from the author. DEFINITION The mission of the church is the task given by God for the people of God to accomplish in the world. SUMMARY After defining the terminology this...

On Your Knees: Missions Work Thousands of Miles Away

On Your Knees: Missions Work Thousands of Miles Away

A man once spent twenty minutes and twenty seconds of his life one day looking at two different emails. The first email was from a local store that shared all of its weekly deals. He studied it in detail, not only hoping to find a great offer, but also to see what was...

William Carey: The Calvinist “Father of Modern Missions”

William Carey: The Calvinist “Father of Modern Missions”

By C.J. Moore Calvinism. Unfortunately, that word—a sour one to many—has been misunderstood and mischaracterized for far too long and by far too many people. The term, itself, is ratherloaded with various meanings, some even saying that Calvinism—because of its...

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Contextualization: Biblical Reflections (Part 4 of 4)

By Barbara Helen Burns Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Conclusions It is clear that the Scriptures offer clear help in our contextualizing task. If the Bible is a mere “case-book” or example of what God could do in other cultures outside Israel and the Greek world,...

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Yesu or Issa? (Part 3 of 4)

Yesu or Issa? (Part 3 of 4)

By Ian Westmark Read parts 1 and 2 of this article here. Several less obvious scriptural reasons for which the apostles may have employed a transliteration of the Messiah’s Hebrew name when preaching to Gentiles 1. Because Yahweh alone is our salvation. As has been...

Yesu or Issa? (Part 2 of 4)

Yesu or Issa? (Part 2 of 4)

By Ian Westmark Several more or less likely reasons for which the apostles employed a transliteration of the Messiah’s foreign name when preaching to Gentiles Read Part 1 of this article here. 1. Because God himself named the Messiah. Before Jesus’ conception the...

Yesu or Issa? (Part 1 of 4)

Yesu or Issa? (Part 1 of 4)

By Ian Westmark Several compelling reasons for transliterating the name Jesus in all Bible translations, even in languages deeply impacted by Islam For many, the advantages of employing the name Issa in Islamic contexts are rather obvious. Why employ Yesu,...

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 3 of 3)

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 3 of 3)

By Georges Houssney Practical Principles for Successful Short-Term Mission Trips In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I discusses the burgeoning short-term missions movement and some of the pros and cons that go along with it. Short-term mission trips are the wave of the...

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 2 of 3)

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 2 of 3)

By Georges Houssney The Pros and Cons of Short-Term Missions Are short-term trips worth it? In Part 1 of this article, I discussed the growing phenomena of “missions trips.” Church members are often ill-prepared and told to not necessarily expect spiritual results,...

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 1 of 3)

Short-Term Missions or Glorified Tourism (Part 1 of 3)

By Georges Houssney Whether long-term or short-term, missions is all about obeying the Great Commission. Jesus did not specify a period of time during which we need to engage in missions. I believe his call is for a life-long commitment to be light to the nations and...

Double Dare To Do What Others Don’t

Double Dare To Do What Others Don’t

Sitting at the Bangor airport in Maine beside a US soldier in uniform, I enquired how he felt leaving his family and the familiar to go to war. I asked him how he felt, as he put it, about the possibility of being “brought back in a box,” dead!” Then I asked: “Why are...

Standing as a Sign, Rising to Rule

Standing as a Sign, Rising to Rule

by Seth Vitrano-Wilson The Hebrew text of Isaiah 11:10, which speaks of the Messiah as the “root of Jesse,”On the Messianic nature and theological significance of the phrase “root of Jesse,” see Vitrano-Wilson, The Root and the Shoot: A Glorious Yet Often...

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