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2021 Checkpoint

Helping students think biblically

CMS missionaries Ian and Jenny Wood teach at Nungalinya College, a theological college for Aboriginal students in Darwin. They share here how they are teaching their students to differentiate between biblical, cultural and western approaches to understanding.    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be […]

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Reflections on the Homogeneous Unit Principle: part 3 of 4

In the first two articles in this series, we explored the historical context and original articulation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle (HUP) – the idea that “people prefer to become Christians without crossing racial, linguistic or class barriers.”[1] In this third article we will explore these elements more carefully. Unpacking the HUP McGavran’s decision about […]

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Walking alongside leaders: Checkpoint Spring 2021

CMS missionaries Matt and Kate Vinicombe are learning language and culture as they serve in North Australia. Here Kate writes about their reflections on what they have learned, and how they hope to support the growth of God’s church in that place. We have lived on Groote Eylandt for two years and still feel very […]

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Gospel needs means gospel opportunities: Checkpoint Spring 2021

CMS NSW & ACT Executive Director, John Lovell, ministered in Spain for many years. He writes: There is long-term value in ministry to youth in Spain, and great importance in raising up the next generation of servant-hearted followers of Jesus. But most evangelical churches in Spain are small with limited or no youth work. In […]

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Reflections on the Homogeneous Unit Principle: part 2 of 4

CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams continues a series of reflections on the Homogeneous Unit Principle. In this second of four articles, he continues to explain this influential mission idea. This is the second in a series of articles exploring the Homogeneous Unit Principle – the idea that “people prefer to become Christians […]

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Growing the church through translation

CMS missionaries Tavis and Kate Beer serve in Northern Territory supporting Aboriginal church leaders and developing ministry resources. Kate shares some of the joys in the process and outcome of producing a Prayer Book in Kriol.   XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregation in such a Tongue as the people understandeth.  “It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word […]

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