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Humble teaching in a hierarchy

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter have worked in Cambodia for nearly 20 years. Here Dave explains that the path of humility is not easy to navigate, but Christians have an example in Jesus.  I teach at the Phnom Penh Bible school. Most students there are committed Christians from lower to middle class backgrounds in their early 20s. They wear official Bible […]

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Being Christ’s servant

CMS missionary Judith Calf served in Tanzania for many years, returned to Australia and is now back in Tanzania. Judith reflects on the daily challenges of serving in mission with humility, and how she seeks to follow the example of Jesus.  When I was asked to write about humility in mission, my first thought was ‘I am not comfortable with doing that!’ Writing about how I live out humility in my life and ministry […]

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Leading with humility

CMS missionary Nathan Lovell lectures in theology at George Whitefield College in South Africa. Checkpoint asked him to explain the challenges of approaching this position of authority in Christian humility.  “Can you please stop ragging on John Piper now?” ‘Ragging’ means constantly criticising someone, and my student sounded somewhat exasperated. It wasn’t true; I wasn’t ragging on John Piper. Well… I was, sort of.   […]

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Training together in Chile

CMS Missionary Frances Cook teaches Introductory Greek and Church History at the Chilean Anglican Seminary in Santiago. Here she describes an exciting story of CMS’s support of a theological seminary that makes well-rounded, self-replicating disciples. The Chilean Anglican Seminary, CEP, began in 2003. Since then, around 60 people have graduated, half of whom are now […]

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Life and witness in Tanzania

CMS missionary Liz Burns teaches at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania. Discover the importance for Liz to live a life consistent with the gospel, both inside and outside the classroom. When I first started teaching at Msalato, it was a shock to the system. Although I had previously taught part-time classes in Swahili and […]

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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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Bible-based: Sword of the Spirit

Hundreds if not thousands of Christian organisations claim to be Bible-based, including CMS. Does the term have any real meaning? Former CMS missionary Simon Gillham is now head of the Department of Mission at Moore Theological College. Here he gives an emphatic ‘yes’. In a world of fake news, I found a new imposter in […]

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Why do our missionaries support postgraduate students?

Why do we support missionaries teaching at a postgraduate level of academia? Isn’t it enough to teach simple Bible subjects at local church level? CMS missionary Nathan Lovell, serving with Diane in South Africa, answers these questions in relation to his ministry teaching the Old Testament at a Bible college. I teach at George Whitefield […]

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Grounded in God’s word

The African Church is growing at an unprecedented rate. As people flock to local churches, untrained Christians have taken on teaching roles for which they are not prepared. In this context, Bunda Bible College (BBC) in Tanzania plays a vital part in equipping leaders to preach God’s word faithfully. Recently retired CMS missionary Jono Vink, shared how BBC is helping locals to teach and apply the Bible. Elisabeth Carter reports.

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