Our Empire’s Debt to Missions by James N. Ogilvie

James Nicoll Ogilvie [1860-1926], Our Empires Debt to Missions. The Duff Missionary Lecture 1923.The relationship of the British Empire with Christian missions is a subject that is often discussed. Anyone tasked with an essay on such a subject could do worse than refer to this volume, written as it is by someone who is clearly in favour of the partnership. This material was originally presented as the Duff Missionary Lecture in 1923 and appeared in print in a slightly expanded form the following year.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

James Nicoll Ogilvie [1860-1926], Our Empires Debt to Missions. The Duff Missionary Lecture 1923. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1924. Hbk. pp.276. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Adjustment of Relations – Recognition of Christian Missions by the Empire
  2. The Adjustment of Relations – Recognition of the Empire by Christian Missions
  3. The Civilising Work of Missions Among the Child-Races of the Empire
  4. Missions and Eastern Civilisations
  5. Christian Missions and the Average Man of Other Faiths
  6. Concerning Criticisms
  7. Christian Missions – The Empire’s Conscience
  8. In Payment of the Debt – Postscript
  • Index

Chapter1

A few years hence the British Empire will reach its three hundred and fiftieth anniversary, seeing that its beginning may fairly be assigned to the year 1578. It was in that year that Queen Elizabeth gave her royal authorisation to Sir Humphrey Gilbert, “to take possession of all remote and barbarous lands, unoccupied by any Christian prince or people.” To-day, this frank disregard of the eighth commandment, when dealing with lands or peoples beyond the Christian pale, amazes us, but it is entirely characteristic of the international morality of the Europe of that time. Spain, Portugal and France, each in turn, had followed this loose moral code in their overseas expansion, and had done so with the express sanction of the Pope. [Continue reading]

Arthur T. Pierson’s New Acts of the Apostles

Arthur T. Pierson [1837-1911], The New Acts of the Apostles or The Marvels of Modern MissionsArthur T. Pierson’s contribution to the Duff Missionary Lectureship series compares the missionary activities of the 19th Century church to that of the First. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Arthur T. Pierson [1837-1911], The New Acts of the Apostles or The Marvels of Modern Missions. A Series of Lectures Upon the Foundation of the “Duff Missionary Lectureship” Delivered in Scotland in February and March 1893. With a Chromo-Lithographic Map Showing the Prevailing Religions of the World, Their Comparative Areas and the Progress of Evangelisation. London: James Nisbet & Co. Ltd., 1901. Hbk. pp.451. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]

Contents

Introduction

Author’s Preface

Part 1. The New Links of Mission History

  1. The New Chapters
  2. The New Pentecosts
  3. The New Times and Seasons
  4. The New Open Doors
  5. The New Era

Part 2. The New Apostolic Succession

  1. The Calling of the New Apostles
  2. The New Pioneers
  3. The New Apostolate of Woman
  4. The New Lessons

Part 3. The New Visions and Voices

  1. The Leading Voice – The Voice of the Master
  2. The Call to All Disciples
  3. The Vision of the Field
  4. The New Lesson of the Power
  5. The New Ministry of the Spirit

Part 4. The New Converts and Martyrs

  1. The Miracle of Conversion
  2. New Converts and Martyrs
  3. Transformed Communities
  4. The New Witnesses and Workers

Part 5. The New Miracles

  1. The New Miracles
  2. New Opportunities and Preparations
  3. Providential Preservations
  4. New Judgments of God
  5. General Administration
  6. Miracles of Grace
  7. Rapidity of Results
  8. Answers to Prayer

Part 6. The New Motives and Incentives

  1. The Look Forward
  2. The New Order of Things
  3. Medical Missions
  4. The New Activity of Woman
  5. New Lessons from Experience
  6. New Incentives to Giving
  7. The New Appeal of Man
  8. Harmony With God’s Purpose
  9. The Blessed Hope
  10. The New Outlook

Warneck’s Outline of a History of Protestant Missions

Gustav Warneck [1834-1910], Outline of a History of Protestant Missions From the Reformation to the Present TimeGustav Warneck [1834-1910] provides an overview of Protestant missions from the Reformation to the end of the 19th Century. Part 1 covers the period chronologically and Part 2 geographically. The original had some pen underlining which it was not possible to remove. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Gustav Warneck [1834-1910], Outline of a History of Protestant Missions From the Reformation to the Present Time. With an Appendix concerning Roman Catholic Missions, 3rd edn. London & Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1906. Hbk. pp.435. [Download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Part I. Missionary Life at Home

  1. Introduction
  2. The Age of the Reformation
  3. The Age of Orthodoxy
  4. The Age of Pietism
  5. The Present Age of Missions
  6. History of the Foundation and Growth of Missionary Societies
  • Appendix to Part I: Roman Catholic Missions
  • Part II. The Field of Evangelical Missions

    Introduction

  1. America
  2. Africa
  3. The Old Oriental Churches
  4. Asia
  5. Oceania

Introduction

Christian missions are as old .as Christianity itself. The missionary idea, indeed, is much older. In affirming an eternal origin for the Divine decree of salvation, Paul affirms it equally for the universality of salvation (Eph, iii 1-12). God, who called the universe into being) designed His whole creation from all eternity for a universal salvation. Therefore did He not only create a human race after His own likeness,, which is of one blood dwelling over the whole earth, but this human race, formed after His likeness, and one, He made to be in its totality the object of His saving love which is determined· in Christ. [Continue reading]

A.T. Pierson’s The Crisis of Missions or The Voice Out of the Cloud

Arthur T. Pierson [1837-1911], The Crisis of Missions; or, the Voice Out of the Cloud, 4th ednWalter Elwell notes that Arthur T. Pierson [1837-1911] was “[h]ailed as the greatest populizer of missions of his age and one who revolutionised missionary literature…” [Evangelical Dictionary fo World Missions, p.756]. In this volume he summarises the history of missions, outlines the problems facing the missionary enterprise in the 1880s and suggests a solution. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Arthur T. Pierson [1837-1911], The Crisis of Missions; or, the Voice Out of the Cloud, 4th edn. London: James Nisbet & Co., [1889]. Hbk. pp.370. [Download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  1. The Precept and the Promise
  2. Providential Signals
  3. Removal of Barriers
  4. The Moving of the Pillar
  5. The Opening of Doors: India
  6. East Indian Missions
  7. Burmah and Karens
  8. The Open Door in Siam
  9. The Walled Kingdom
  10. Protestant Missions in China
  11. Japan, The Sunrise Kingdom
  12. Korea, The Hermit Nation
  13. The Ottoman Empire
  14. The Dark Continent
  15. Papal Lands
  16. Mexico, Land of Aztecs
  17. South American States
  18. The Subsidence of Obstacles
  19. Woman’s Work for Woman
  20. The Preparation of the Church
  21. The White Harvest Fields
  22. The Gracious Signs
  23. The Transformations of Grace
  24. The Products of God’s Husbandry
  25. The Isles Waiting For His Law
  26. God’s Seal on the Workmen
  27. The Aspect and Prospect
  28. The Elements in the Crisis
  29. The Unheeded Signals
  30. The Leaven of a New Theology
  31. The Spirit of Missions
  32. The Laborers are Few
  33. Meeting the Crisis
  34. A World’s Missionary Council

A Word Supplementary

A Word Preliminary

If in this little book any good is found, it is, like most good things, -a growth; it has come by a process of development in personal study and pastoral service.

The little interest at first felt by the writer in remote missions in regions beyond has steadily and rapidly grown. The logic of the Scripture argument for a world-wide evangelism is itself overwhelming; but various side-arguments and considerations emphasize and enforce the scriptural; and the logic of events adds its mighty demonstration, that the pillar of God still moves before His people. Under the combined influence of such an array of proof from Scripture, from history, and from experience, that the spirit of missions is the spirit of Christ, the whole mind and heart of a true disciple burn with conviction and glow with enthusiasm in the direction of the work of witnessing to a lost world. [Continue reading]

Conquests of the Cross by Edwin Hodder – 6 Volume set

Edwin Hodder [1837-1904], Conquests of the Cross. A Record of Missionary Work Throughout the World, 6 Vols.Edwin Hodder’s 6 volume work intended to provide an overview of the progress of Christian Missions since the 17th Century extends to over 1,700 pages and is profusely illustrated throughout. In particular, the detailed colour maps included in each volume are worth examining closely.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to digitise. This set is in the public domain.

Edwin Hodder [1837-1904], Conquests of the Cross. A Record of Missionary Work Throughout the World, 6 Vols. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Co. Ltd., [1890]. Hbk. pp.1708.

Volume 1. [22.38 MB]

Volume 2. [26.26 MB]

Volume 3. [29.1 MB]

Volume 4. [24.83 MB]

Volume 5. [29.62 MB]

Volume 6. [22.44 MB]

Introduction

A great battle is being ‘fought between light and darkness, truth  and error, civilisation and barbarism, Christianity and Paganism. Some watch it eagerly, but not the multitude. There are innumerable homes in this land where comparatively little, and many Where nothing is known of the great struggle that has been going on these hundred years in almost every habitable part of the globe; of the heroic lives, the thrilling . adventures, the noble deeds, the martyr-deaths of some of the bravest and most devoted men and women the world has over known.

To tell the story of this mighty contest in plain and unconventional language; to view it in all its relations from an independent standpoint, without regard to any sect or party; to see the progress of this great and ever greater wave upon wave of influence from  pole to pole, and from the rising to the setting sun ; to see the workers, at  their work, and examine their methods; to witness their heroism in the midst of countless perils; to record their triumphs and defeats; to see cruelty, superstition, and bloodthirsty strife giving place to gentleness, goodness, and peace under their ministrations… [Continue reading]

Martyred Missionaries of the China Inland Mission

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Martyred Missionaries of the China Inland Mission with a Record of the Perils & Sufferings of Some Who EscapedOne of the most poignant periods of mission history took place as part of the Boxer Rebellion in China between 1899 and 1901. Thousands of native Chinese Christians and many members of the China Inland Mission lost their lives at this time. This book commemorates those who lost their lives and tells the story of those who managed to escape. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain. Due to the number of pictures and two excellent maps the download size of this file is larger than usual as I wanted to keep the image quality as high as possible.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Martyred Missionaries of the China Inland Mission with a Record of the Perils & Sufferings of Some Who Escaped. London: China Inland Mission, [1901]. Hbk. pp.329. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Preface
  • Introductory: The

History of Christian Missions in China to c.1928

Paul King [1853-?], Weighed in China's Balance. An Attempt at ExplanationPaul King’s history of missionary work in China includes a survey of China’s history before the Nestorians first brought Christianity there in the 8th century. It goes on to describe the growth of the church up to the early 20th Century. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to scan. This title is now in the Public Domain.

Paul King [1853-?], Weighed in China’s Balance. An Attempt at Explanation. London: Heath Cranton Ltd., 1928. Hbk. pp.238. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Chapter 1

The preaching of the Gospel to the millions of China -The danger of underestimating the mentality of the hearers” You’ve got to explain your millennium to people, Billy.”

Whether optimistic or pessimistic by nature nearly all mature human beings must admit that this world is, and always has been, in a bad way. But what a good many of us contrive to ignore is that a very large part of national and international, collective and individual, misery is self-inflicted and avoidable. “What a piece of work is

“What a piece of work is man!” as Hamlet remarked. In the whole range of zoology there is no more amazing animal, and it sometimes occurs to one whimsically that instead of collecting lions and bears, monkeys and snakes, eagles and peacocks in cages for exhibition, it might be better worth while to fill these cages with choice specimens of the human race – not only murderers, robbers, pirates and savages, but assortments of politicians, surgeons, philosophers, teachers, soldiers and saints.

After all, not visibly but in the pages of history and biography this has been done, and into that vast, discoloured and thaumaturgic mirror we can all peer at will to see “in a glass darkly” the most stupefying kaleidoscope of good and evil, ignorance, knowledge and perversity. In this welter of sensation and confusion two things are striking, namely, our capacity for believing in what is quite unknowable, also what is demonstrably false, and our even stranger gift for disbelieving or at least disregarding the few facts – such as that two and two make four – which are more or less indisputable. [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]

200 Years of Moravian Missions 1732-1932

The Advance Guard. 200 Years of Moravian Missions 1732-1932This little book summarises 200 years of Moravian missions as they spread to the four corners of the world. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing the original copy to scan. This book is in the public domain.

Anonymous, The Advance Guard. 200 Years of Moravian Missions 1732-1932. London: Moravian Book Room, n.d. Hbk. pp.93.[Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

Part I – Zinzendorf and Spangenberg

Prologue
The Send-Off
The West Indies
Gens Aeterna
Greenland and Labrador
The North American Indians
Surinam
Missionary Ventures
The Leaders
The Missionaries
The Home Church
The Missionary Hymn

Part II – From Spangenberg Till Now

1. The New Movement
2. A Fresh Start in South Africa
3. The Centenary
4. The Freedman
5. Progress in South Africa
6. The Eskimo
7. New Branches on the Old Tree:

a. Nicaragua
b. California
c. Australia
d. Tibet
e. East Africa

8. The War
9. Rebuilding and Alterations

Foreword

When it was known what literary provision was being made for the Bicentenary of Moravian Missions, it seemed useless to attempt an independent history in English. Among the volumes announced was one by Bishop Baudert, D.D., bearing the title, “Auf der Hut des Herrn” (On the Lord’8 Watch). Bishop Baudert’s book, if adapted to the requirements of the average reader, was just what was needed. When the translator asked permission to treat it freely for this purpose the request was willingly granted. The original has been shortened, and some passages have been altered where knowledge was assumed which the English reader cannot be expected to possess unless he has an intimate acquaintance with the subject treated of. The prologue and the second chapter have been inserted to help those who have no other history at hand. In spite of these changes, the character of the book remains the same, and the translator has tried to give, not only the sense, but also the tone of his friend’s words. They are worthy to be heard by the whole Church, and not only by a part, when it listens to those who tell the story of the past and point the moral for to-day and to-morrow. [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