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 Root and the Shoot

The Root and the Shoot

This article is posted as a 2-part series. You can find Part 2 here. The phrases “Root of Jesse” and “Root of David” in Scripture are often misunderstood to refer to the Messiah as a descendant of David and his father Jesse. However, a closer look reveals that the...

The Root and the Shoot

The Root and the Shoot: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we demonstrated that the phrases “Root of Jesse” and “Root of David” are best understood as referring to Jesus as Jesse and David’s source or origin. Moreover, we showed how Jesus being the “Root” of Jesse and David connects to, yet...

Good Money for Bad Bibles? 

Good Money for Bad Bibles? 

Earlier this year I received a request from YouVersion (a.k.a. https://www.bible.com/) to support their “Bible for Everyone” campaign by email (if you are on their email list you should have received it as well).email to author, Jul 27, 2022, 5:08 AM “What if the...

HeGetsUs.com Strikes Out in Its Baseball Messaging

HeGetsUs.com Strikes Out in Its Baseball Messaging

If you are wondering what connection baseball has to do with this website, I am sure that you are not alone. On July 5, I was watching the New York Yankees play against the Pittsburgh Pirates, hoping to see the Yankees mount another comeback win, which unfortunately...

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Yesu or Issa? (Part 4 of 4)

Yesu or Issa? (Part 4 of 4)

Read part 1, part 2, and part 3. Several reasons for not employing Issa in Scripture translation in the Muslim world 1. عيسى /Ɂīsa/ should not be considered a transliteration of the Greek name Iēsous, first, because it contains an ع /Ɂ/, a phoneme which does not exist...

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...

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