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2018 Checkpoint

Review: Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping out and fitting in around the world

Elmer, Duane. Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping out and fitting in around the world. Downers Grove: IVP, 2002. Review by Gordon Cheng, writer/editor at CMS Australia This 2002 book remains on the current reading list in missions courses around Australia as an excellent, easy introduction to major issues in cross-cultural work. Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer of Trinity […]

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Review: Ministering Cross-Culturally

Book recommendation: Ministering Cross-Culturally by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers. 3rd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. This brief, easy-to-read book is subtitled ‘A model for effective personal relationships’ and draws heavily on the mission experience of Lingenfelter (the primary author) and others. The aim of this book, which is both liberally illustrated […]

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A solid foundation at the Boys Brigade Mara Training Centre

CMS missionaries Matthew & Samantha Archer serve in Bunda, Tanzania at the Boys Brigade Mara Training Centre (BBMTC). They provide young men with the opportunity for a better standard of living, alongside a solid foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ. At BBMTC, young men have been learning carpentry skills alongside the Bible since the […]

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The transformative word of God

CMS missionary Josh Apieczonek (serving with his wife, Susannah) teaches the Bible to university students in France with the Groupes Bibliques Universitaires de France (GBU). Read how a ministry of teaching God’s word can transform lives, from problems of self-image to dealing with devastating loss. Christian ministry in France is not as straightforward as you […]

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Kunwinjku New Testament: God’s faithfulness over 70 years

On 1 August, the Kunwinjku New Testament was officially dedicated in Gunbalanya, giving Aboriginal Kunwinjku speakers access to many books of the Bible that they have never before been able to read in their own language. The translation has been long awaited, with many Kunwinjku Christians and CMS missionaries in Gunbalanya (also known as Oenpelli) […]

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Breaking down barriers: Disability and study at Nungalinya College

Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones serve at Nungalinya College in Darwin, a Christian training college for Indigenous Australians. With many of their students facing health issues while studying, Wayne reflects here on disability and how the college seeks to care for and be accessible to all their students. In the account of Jesus healing the […]

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Review: Sorrow & Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution and Matyrdom

William Taylor (USA), Tonica van der Meer (Brazil), and Reg Reimer Eds.) Sorrow & Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom (Globalization of Mission). Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2012 Review by Malcolm from SE Asia This hefty volume does not claim to say everything that can be said about the Christian and […]

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Review: Christ and Culture Revisited

Carson, D.A. Christ and Culture Revisited. Leicester: Apollos, 2008. Review by Matthew Payne, PhD Candidate (University of Sydney) & theological educator. Christians have an uneasy relationship with non-Christian culture. We know that the only truly Christian culture awaits us in Jesus’ kingdom, but what stance ought we to take to the world’s culture while we wait? […]

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