Missionary Studies in the Acts of the Apostles by Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker [1859-1912], Missionary Ideals. Missionary Studies in the Acts of the Apostles

This is a manual written for Bible study groups intended to explain the missionary principles contained in the Acts of the Apostles. My thanks to Cambridge Centre For Christianity Worldwide for making a copy this public domain title available for digitisation.

Thomas Walker [1859-1912], Missionary Ideals. Missionary Studies in the Acts of the Apostles. London: Church Missionary Society, 1913. Hbk. pp.167. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Contents

  • Suggestions For Study
  1. God’s Missionary Plan
  2. The Missionary’s Plan
  3. The Missionary’s Adversary
  4. A Missionary Centre
  5. A Missionary Designate
  6. A Missionary Campaign
  7. A Missionary Problem

Possible Uses of this Book

The readers of this book will come under three classes, individual readers, members of Bible-classes and members of Study Circles. The following suggestions for systematic study are intended for all these classes, except the last two paragraphs, which are specially addressed to individual readers and members of Bible-classes. A special set of suggestions to Leaders of Study Circles or Bible-classes will be sent upon application to the Missionary Study Secretary, C.M. House, Salisbury Square, London, E.C. No charge for them is made to Leaders of registered Circles.

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History of the Bible in China by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Bible in China

Marshall Broomhall provides a history of the translation of the forty versions of the Bible that were available in China by 1934. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Bible in China. London: The China Inland Mission, 1934. Hbk. pp.190. [Click here to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Our Obligations
  • By Way of Introduction

Part 1: The Bible in Preparation

  • Nestorian Pioneers
  • Under the Great Khans
  • In the Footsteps of Xavier
  • A New Force in Old China
  • Morrison and Marshman
  • The Delegates; Version
  • Gutzlaff and the Taiping Rebels
  • The People’s Bible
  • Unon Versions
  • Chinise Dialects
  • For the Tribes
  • The Scriptures in Manchu
  • Among the Mongols

Part 2: The Bible in Action

  • The Colporteur’s Task
  • The Colporteur’s Reward
  • Wise unto Salvation
  • The Power of the Word

Part 3: The Bible a Uniting Force

  • A Great Fellowship

Appendices

  • The Nestorian Tablet
  • List of Versions and Translations

Foreword

It is one hundred years since Robert Morrison died in China, and one hundred and twenty years since his Chinese translation of the New Testament was published. It is not unfitting that the centenary of Morrison’s death should see the remarkable story of the Bible in China published. It seems somewhat strange that this has not been done before. And now, by one of those unexpected coincidences which do occur, two records are being issued at the same time. On the very day on which we write this foreword-the whole book being finished-we have received from China a copy of the Rev. A. J. Garnier’s brochure of some eighty pages, entitled Chinese Versions of the Bible. Happily the two efforts do not clash.

Mr. Garnier’s concise pamphlet has been prepared, as his preface states, to be the basis of a Chinese Appendix to his translation of Professor G. Milligan’s The New Testament and its Transmission…

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Missions and the Minor Prophets – 6 Bible Studies

Frederic Sumpter Guy Warman [1872-1953], Missions and the Minor ProphetsThis little book presents a short series of Bible studies about what the minor prophets have to say about Christian Missions. The author was the Principal of St Aidan’s Theological College in Birkenhead. Although the Wikipedia article does not mention it, most of the library from St Aidan’s was merged with the library of Liverpool Cathedral in 1970. I know this because when I worked in Liverpool Cathedral I spent many happy lunch hours browsing through them. My thanks to the Church Mission Society for their permission to place this book on-line.

Frederic Sumpter Guy Warman [1872-1953], Missions and the Minor Prophets. A Series of Bible Studies. London: Church Missionary Society, 1909. Hbk. pp.118. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Suggestions to Leaders and Students
  • The Prophets of Israel
  1. Jonah, an Early Missionary to the Heathen
  2. Joel, the Social Reformer
  3. Amos and his Gospel
  4. Haggai and Church Building
  5. Zechariah, the Prophet of Hope
  6. Malachi, the Messenger of the Advent

Introduction

The purpose of this little book is a simple one; it is to help the student of the Bible and the student of Missions. The Christian who realizes the full blessing of the Gospel is both of these. But he sometimes thinks that the two studies are distinct, that they must be kept separate; it is a mistake, and sometimes a costly one. We can study the principles of the Kingdom of God in the Bible; we can watch the development of these principles in the mission-field; we can ponder God’s dealing with men in centuries long past; we can see Him deal with men in the same all-wise, all-loving way in the Uganda or China of to-day. And the double study confirms our faith, excites our earnest service, in a way which can be done by neither study alone. We are apt to forget that the God Who by His Spirit made the story of the Church of Antioch a wonderful story indeed is the same God Who to-day writes for us the wonderful story of Uganda….

Centenary of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], editor, The Centenary Volume of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892, 2nd edn.This is a detailed summary of the first hundred years of the Baptist Missionary Society with over 35 illustrations. These are included in greyscale to preserve their quality, which makes the download larger than usual. My thanks to Redcliffe College library for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This volume is in the public domain.

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], editor, The Centenary Volume of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892, 2nd edn. London: The Baptist Missionary Society, 1892. Hbk. pp.344. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Holding the Ropes by Rev William John Henderson
  • India and Ceylon by Rev Samuel Vincent
  • China by Rev Ricahrd Glover
  • Africa by Rev Edward Medley
  • West Indies by Rev David Jonathan
  • East Europe by Rev William Landels
  • The Orissa Mission by Rev John Clifford
  • Bible Translation by Edward Bean Underhill
  • Appendix

Preface

The Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society publish this Volume on the hundredth anniversary of the existence of the Mission, with the prayerful hope that the perusal of these pages may excite fervent gratitude for past manifestations of Divine favour, and may lead to larger consecration, in view of the world-wide opportunities and urgent claims of the present day. If the century just closing furnishes, in the review of it, abundant occasion for encouragement, what will not the second century of modern missions, upon which we are now entering, witness, provided the Christian Church be faithful, expectant, and zealous l May every reader be prompted to inquire : “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”

Whilst the occasion and scope of this publication do not permit the writers to make more than passing references to the work of kindred institutions, the Committee are not unmindful of the labours connected with other missions… [Continue reading]

Vernon Storr’s Missionary Theology of the Bible

Vernon Faithfull Storr [1869-1940], The Missionary Genius of the BibleThis book of Missionary Theology is an expanded version of a paper originally presented at a Missionary Conference at High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire in January 1924. The author hoped that it would help to rectify the shortage of contemporary books on that subject.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre of Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Vernon Faithfull Storr [1869-1940], The Missionary Genius of the Bible. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 1924. Hbk. pp.192. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. A Changed OutlookThe Old Testament
  2. The Conception of God
  3. The Doctrine of Man
  4. The Idea of Redemption
  5. Messianic Prophecy
  6. The Book of JonahThe New Testament
  7. The Teaching of Jesus
  8. The Work and Person of Jesus
  9. The Fourth Gospel
  10. The Acts of the Apostles
  11. The Pauline Epistles
  12. THe Book of Revelation

Chapter 1: A Changed Outlook

We are constantly being told to-day, and rightly told, that we must “think in continents.” A narrow parochial or insular out-look is of little value; only a world-wide vision can match the world-wide needs of the present age. The world of humanity has become one, and the scale of all movements has in consequence vastly increased. This is true in almost every department of life, social, political, economic, religious. An Inter-national Labour Movement, the Reunion of Christendom, the League of Nations, the rapid Westernizing of the East, are but examples of the growing solidarity of man-kind and the essential fellowship of its component parts. “And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it”; the truth of St. Paul’s teaching about the body has come home to us in painful fashion in these years of slow reconstruction after the Great War. [Continue reading]

William Carey Pioneer Missionary to India’s Millions

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], William Carey. The Shoemaker Who Became "The Father and Founder of Modern Missions"John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915] provides us with a brief biography of William Carey – “The Founder of Modern Missions”. The book includes chapters on Carey’s role as a translator, a philanthropist and a naturalist. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to digitise. This book is in the public domain.

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], William Carey. The Shoemaker Who Became “The Father and Founder of Modern Missions”. Kilmarnock: John Ritchie, [1905]. Hbk. pp.151. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

Preface

  1. His Early Years
  2. His Life at Moulton and Leicester
  3. He Offers Himself as a Missionary, and Starts for India
  4. First Experiences
  5. Removal to Serampore
  6. The Serampore Mode of Life
  7. Three Important Events
  8. Various Circumstances
  9. Carey as a Translator
  10. Carey as a Philanthropist
  11. Carey as a Naturalist
  12. Carey and Serampore College
  13. Conclusion

Chapter 1: The Early Years

If Thomas Fuller, the author of the “Worthies of England,” himself a Northamptonshire man, had died a century after instead of exactly a century before William Carey was born, he might have written a work restricted to the worthies of his own county, and to those two hundred years, as voluminous and interesting as his well-known folio. From Dryden, whose birthplace, like his own, was the village of Aldwinkle, down to John Clare, who may be regarded as the English Robert Burns, how many celebrities, and that not alone of poet fame, would have received biographical notice! The dwellers in the midland shire may well be proud of the eminent men who have been born upon its soil. [Continue reading]

History of Bible Translations Up to 1939

R. Kilgour [1867-1942], The Bible Throughout the World. A Survey of Scripture TranslationsKilgour’s history of Bible translation was written to serve as a record of what had been achieved by the beginning of World War II. It  also indicated which people-groups were still waiting for a Bible in their own language. The volume contains numerous illustrative maps, which I have included in greyscale. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan.

R. Kilgour [1867-1942], The Bible Throughout the World. A Survey of Scripture Translations. London: World Dominion Press, 1939. Hbk. pp.208. [Download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  1. Early Versions of Scripture
  2. The Bible Throughout Europe
  3. The Bible Throughout Africa
  4. The Bible Throughout Asia
  5. The Bible Throughout America
  6. The Bible Throughout the Pacific Islands
  7. The Unfinished Task

Index

Maps

  1. Europe, Asia Minor, etc.
  2. Northern Africa
  3. Central and Southern Africa
  4. India and Burma
  5. Eastern Asia
  6. North and Central America
  7. South America
  8. Australia, etc.
  9. East Indian Archipelago

Introduction

This book has been prepared for the practical purpose of supplying information on the extent of Scripture translation, recording briefly what has been done, and, by inference, suggesting what remains to be accomplished. It does not necessarily follow, however, that Bible translation is needed for all the spaces unmarked on the language maps. Some are sparsely populated. In others there are often tribes speaking or. understanding some of the neighbouring languages or dialects in which Scriptures already exist. It has been estimated that, if they were able to read, at least nine-tenths of mankind are now supplied with some portion of God’s Word in a tongue they could understand.

This record could not have been compiled without the information so fully and reliably collected by my former colleagues, the late Rev. T. H. Darlow and Dr. H. F. Moule, in the Historical Catalogue of Printed Bibles issued in 1911 and now out of print. The accuracy and scholarship of this work become increasingly impressive the more one uses it. It gives details, not only of the books then in the Bible House Library, but of any others known to have been printed by any organization, a system also followed in this survey. [Continue reading]

God’s Missionary Plan for the World by J.W. Bashford

James Whitford Bashford [1848-1919] wrote this biblical theology of mission after spending 15 years as a Methodist bishop in China. He worked for the unification of Methodism within China, but opposed independence from the American church. This book is in the public domain.

James Whitford Bashford [1849-1919], God’s Missionary Plan for the World. London: Robert Culley, [1910]. Hbk. pp.178. [Download entire book in PDF]

Contents

Preface

  1. The Divine Purpose
  2. The Divine Order of Procedure
  3. The Old Testament and Missions
  4. The New Testament and Missions
  5. The Divine Method of Securing Power
  6. The Divine Method of Securing Workers
  7. The Divine Method of Securing Results
  8. The Divine Providence and Missions

Preface

In Chungking, China, in January, 1905, I found a very suggestive volume by Rev. R. F. Horton, entitled The Bible a Missionary Book. It was the only volume in West China and had just arrived. Hence I could not accept the loan of it so kindly offered, and I had only a little time to read it while busy with other cares. But the argument and the title of the book took possession of me; and during the succeeding months of travel and meditation, I read the Bible through from the missionary view-point; and the present volume took shape.

If the· volume does not speak for itself no further words can now avail. I need only add that I am indebted to Dr. H. K. Carroll, Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for valuable suggestions and also for the title of the volume, which is a more ambitious one than I had selected; to Rev. Stephen V. R. Ford for valuable statistics; and to Dr. F. D. Gamewell, Mr. Charles H. Fahs, Mr. Morris W. Ehnes, and Mr. G. F. Sutherland for exceedingly valuable information; and to Rev. C. H. Morgan, Ph. D., for preparing the running titles and the index. [Continue reading]

George Smith’s Short History of Christian Missions

George Smith [1856-1942], Short History of Christian Missions From Abraham and Paul to CareyGeorge Smith’s Short History of Christian Missions provides an overview of Missions from Abraham up to 1901. The treatments are necessarily brief, but should prove of interest to students. The fact that it went though eight editions indicates at the very least that it was considered useful in its day. This book is now in the Public Domain.

George Smith [1856-1942], Short History of Christian Missions From Abraham and Paul to Carey, 8th edn, Livingstone, and Duff. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, n.d. Hbk. pp.252.  [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Jadaic Preparation, B.C. 2000 to A.D. 70

1. The Missionary Covenant – Foundation of the City of God in History

2. Judaism the First Missionary Religion

3. Christ the King of the Missionary Host – the Missionary Charge

4. The Holy Spirit the Leader of the Missionary Host

Part 2 – Latin Preparation, A.D. 70 to 1792

5. The Roman Empire Subdued by the City of God

6. The Conversion of the Scots and English

7. The Conversion of the Goths and Franks

8. The Conversion of the Teutons and Northmen

9. Mission to Slavs, Mohammedans, and Jews

10. The Reformation Only Indirectly Missionary

11. The Dawn of Modern Missions – The Danish-Halle and Moravian Missions

12. The Dawn of Modern Missions – The English in North America and in India

13. The Missionary Compromise of the Latin Church with Heathenism

Part 3 – English-Speaking Universal Evangelization, 1792-1913

14. Foundation of English Missions – William Carey the First English Missionary to India, 1791-1834

15. The Great Missionary and Bible Societies, 1792

17. The Churches Become Missionary, 1830

18. Evangelical Missions and Mankind

Index

 

Mission and Meaning: Essays in Honour of Peter Cotterell now Online

The following book is now online in PDF:

Antony Billington, Tony Lane & Max Turner, editors. Mission and Meaning. Essays Presented to Peter Cotterell. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1995. Pbk. ISBN: 0853646767.

Preface

Main Publications of Peter Cotterell

Contributors

Abbreviations

I. Biblical Perspectives
1. The Meaning of Mis David F. Paynesion in Isaiah 40-55

2. Nebuchadnezzar’s Theology and Ours Deryck C.T. Sheriffs

3. The Prophethood of all Believers Mary J. Evans

4. The Concept of Jubilee and Luke 4:18-30 Robert Willoughby

5. Mission and Misunderstanding:Paul and Barnabas in Lystra (Acts 14:8-20) Conrad Gempf

6. Jesus and the Marginalised in the Fourth Gospel Stephen Motyer

7. The Parac1ete and Mission in the Fourth Gospel Antony Billington

8. Paul’s Apostolic Self-Awarenessand the Occasion and Purpose of Romans Daniel J.-S. Chae

9. Mission and Meaning in Terms of ‘Unity’ in Ephesians Max Turner

II. Historical and Theological Perspective
10. A Model Missionary to Muslims:Thomas Valpy French (1825-1891) Michael Griffiths

11. Ten Theses on Justification and Sanctification Tony Lane

12. Edward Irving and Uniqueness of Christ Graham W.P. McFarlane

13. Soundly Converted? Meic Pearse

III. Philosophical and Contextual Perspectives
14. All One Body? A Missiological Appreciationof the Struggles of an Ethnic Church in Indonesia Ailish F. Eves

15. Sickness and Syncretism in the African Context Keith Ferdinando

16. Capital Gains or Christians are not Working Mark Greene

17. Meaning, Mission and Truth Peter Hicks

18. Postmodernity and Rationality:the Final Credits or just a Commercial Break? Nick Mercer

19. The Concept of ‘Living By Faith’ Harold H. Rowdon

20. The Scandal of the Church in the Mission of God’s People Derek Tidball

My thanks to Anthony Billington and Paternoster Press for their assistance in allowing these essays to be republished. Note that until the main missiology site goes live next year this will be the only means of accessing these articles.