MRT 18.2 Sep 2023 – What’s in a Name

From the Editorial:

Proverbs 16:24 tells us that “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” And yet, we know full well that words are often used ungraciously. The psalmists thus recognize wicked people who, in their desire to cause harm, “whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows” (Ps 64:3), who “encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause” (Ps 109:3). Words can cause severe pain when used to treat people of other ethnicities or cultures as less than fully human. This issue of Mission Round Table puts five more papers from the OMF Mission Research Consultation into print and looks at words and their effects from a number of different angles.

As in the previous issue of Mission Round Table, a series of questions follow each article for personal reflection or group discussion.


Genesis 11:1–9 The Tower of Babel—Scattered HumanityDavid Eastwood

“For the Conversion of the Heathens”: Reflections on Insider/Outsider DynamicsJerry Hwang

Intersectional and Binary Representations of Non-Christians in China and Britain: An Empirical and Theological Study of Nineteenth-century Mission Publications Paul Woods

Being Human: The Politics of Identity Lightyear

The Church in an Age of Ethnic Polarisation and Religious Exclusivism in Southeast Asia: Some Practical ConsiderationsEugene Yapp

Personal and Practical Reflections on People Group Thinking Les Taylor

Book review – Stones of Remembrance in the Garden of Our Lives: One Family’s Experiences of the Faithfulness of God

Book review – Urban Spirituality: Embodying God’s Mission in the Neighborhood

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