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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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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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Reflections on the Homogeneous Unit Principle: part 1 of 4

CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams introduces a series of reflections on the Homogeneous Unit Principle. In this first of four articles, he defines this influential mission idea and gives a history of its development. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. We are beginning a series of Checkpoint articles that reflect […]

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Pleasure, pain and the secular worldview Part 6: Prayer in a Pain-Pleasure World

Here is the sixth and final in CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams’ series on ‘Pleasure, pain, and the secular worldview’. Part one, Emotions and the Fall’, is  here. Part two, ‘Life under the dome’, is here. Part three ‘Shrink-wrapped minds’ is here. Part four, the age of authenticity, is here. part 5, ‘Suffering and Glory’ is here. […]

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Crossing cultures with the gospel

How do we share the gospel in a culture where the people believe, think, act and feel in ways that are completely unexpected or different? CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams believes that the answer is both simple and complex. When I was serving in Kenya, a group of friends from the Proclamation […]

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Suffering and Glory 

Here is the fifth in a series of six on ‘pleasure, pain, and the secular worldview’, CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams talks about how ‘pain pleasure culture is the world of expressive individualism’. Part one, Emotions and the Fall’, is  here. Part two, ‘Life under the dome’, is here. Part three ‘Shrink-wrapped minds’ is here. […]

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Pleasure, Pain and the Secular Worldview. Part 3: Shrink-wrapped Minds

In this, the third in a series of six on ‘pleasure, pain, and the secular worldview’, CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams talks about ‘shrink-wrapped minds’; that is, a mind that confines all thought of meaning and purpose to itself. Part one, Emotions and the Fall’, is  here. Part two, ‘Life under the […]

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Identity and Mission. Article Five of Six: Identity and Hybridity

David Williams is Director of Training and Development for CMS. In this the five of six articles on ‘Identity and Mission’, he introduces his topic with some reflections on ‘Identity Crisis’. Article 1, ‘Identity Crisis’, is here. Article 2, ‘Identity and Mission’, is here.  Article 3, ‘Identity and Scripture’, is here. Article 4, ‘Identity and Contextualisation, is […]

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Identity and Mission. Article Four of Six: Identity and Contextualisation

David Williams is Director of Training and Development for CMS. In this the fourth of six articles on ‘Identity and Mission’, he introduces his topic with some reflections on ‘Identity Crisis’. Article 1, ‘Identity Crisis’, is here. Article 2, ‘Identity and Mission’, is here.  Article 3, ‘Identity and Scripture’, is here. In the first three […]

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