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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Knowing God

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter serve in Cambodia, where the dominant Buddhist religion values ‘acquiring knowledge’ as a good work. How to help students of the gospel understand grace? The lesson was proceeding well. I followed the Khmer language textbook on this subject that I had been developing over the last few years. The […]

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Grace in action

In one East African language, grace and mercy are the same word. CMS missionaries serving in East Africa have seen grace and mercy in action at the Bible College where they work.  What do you do when widespread sexual immorality emerges in a Bible College?  In March 2021 some concerned students reported to the deputy principal that all was not well in the college community. They told of an unmarried student sleeping with a person from the […]

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Grace against the grain

CMS workers Jon and Deborah have served in theological education and training in South East Asia for more than a decade. In this article Jon shares the challenge of teaching grace in a culture that values ‘works’.  I teach in a rural Bible College in South East Asia, and every year I meet new students who have been brought up with a ‘works theology,’ that emphasises  being good and doing […]

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A morning in the life of an online Bible teacher

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter teach at Phnom Penh Bible College. For the last year and a half their classes have been largely conducted online. Dave shares some of the challenges of teaching remotely.  After 18 months of online teaching, I’ve asked myself, “Why not be a ‘Zoom-missionary’? Now much of our contact with students is online, should we continue […]

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