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Review: Only Kafirs Ask Questions

Grant Lock and his wife Janna served with CMS for 24 years in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this edited extract from his autobiography Shoot Me First, Grant reminds us that the political troubles in the Middle East started long before the Arab Spring… Islamabad, 2002 “My name is Wurzan, and I come from Iraq.” Over […]

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Review: Christianity Alongside Islam

Christianity Alongside Islam, John W Wilson, (Acorn Press, Melbourne, 2010) Review by Paul Arnott, at the time State Director of CMS Victoria and Board member of Acorn Press Christianity Alongside Islam by Bishop John Wilson, a Vice President of CMS, lays the Christian and Muslim faiths side by side. The genesis of the book was […]

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Review: Munguishi Weavings—Tales of a Term in Tanzania

Munguishi Weavings: Tales of a Term in Tanzania—Lynne Clarke Checkpoint Summer 2009–2010 features a little of Lynne Clarke’s amazing story: flicking through a CMS Victoria newsletter, she came across an ad for a short-term teacher at Munguishi Bible College in north east Tanzania. Before she knew it, she was off on the adventure of a […]

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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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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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Review: What is the mission of the church? Making sense of social justice, shalom and the Great Commission

DeYoung, K & Gilbert, G. 2011, What is the mission of the church? Making sense of social justice, shalom and the Great Commission, Crossway, USA Review by Canon Sandy Grant, minister at St Michael’s Cathedral in Wollongong for over 13 years. I loved DeYoung and Gilbert’s book when it first came out and have recommended […]

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Review: God, Self and Salvation in a Buddhist Context

MacKenzie, R. 2016, God, Self and Salvation in a Buddhist Context, Wide Margin, Gloucester, Scotland The back cover blurb describes this as a book “for Christians who wish to develop their understanding of Buddhism. Examining key Buddhist doctrines such as non-self, karma and Dharma, Rory Mackenzie shows the reader ways of sensitively engaging with Buddhists.” […]

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