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Review: The Gospel in Human Contexts

Hiebert, Paul. The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions. 2009. Reviewed by Evangeline Hester, Communications Assistant at CMS Australia   What is the gospel’s solution to post-modernism? If our own understanding of God is influenced by our own culture, how do we describe him to other cultures? What can we learn from […]

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Review: Understanding Jesus and Muhammad

POWER, BERNIE. UNDERSTANDING JESUS AND MUHAMMAD. ACORN PRESS LTD, 2016. Now there is a book written for Muslims to explain the gospel. This is an essential tool for Christians to read and share, writes Karen Morris—an evangelist working in Melbourne, former CMS missionary, and author of Leading Better Bible Studies. Review by Karen Morris If […]

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Review: Serving the Church, Reaching the World: Essays in honour of Don Carson

Cunningham, Ed. Richard. Serving the Church, Reaching the World: Essays in honour of Don Carson SPCK, 2017. If you appreciated having Stefan Gustavsson speaking at various CMS Schools this January, you may well have wanted to follow up by reading some of his books. Sadly for those who are not fluent Swedish speakers, that has […]

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Review: The Essence of the Reformation by Kirsten Birkett

Reviewed by Nicole Thatcher, who is studying Linguistics, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia. If you don’t really know how the Reformation fits together, or why it’s important to remember this period of history 500 years on, Kirsten Birkett’s The Essence of the Reformation is a must-read. It’s a concise and easy-to-follow overview […]

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Review: Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church

Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church (eds. Gloria Furman & Kathleen B Nelson) Review by Alison Napier I initially read through this book with a friend, meeting every couple of months to pray together and encourage each other in our ministry roles. It came highly recommended and we were underwhelmed. I confess that […]

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Review: Inspiring Stories—Missionaries in Action

Inspiring Stories – Missionaries in Action; Compiled by Lynn Goldsmith. Ark House Press, Sydney and Auckland, 2010 As the cover proclaims, this book is “A collection of inspiring stories from REAL people in the mission field”. And one of the great things about it is the variety of mission experiences it covers. They include the […]

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Review: Yulki—Our Aboriginal Sister

Yulki – Our Aboriginal Sister, Phyllis Mercer; Self-published, 2011 In 1952, prompted by a severe drought, a team from Roper River Mission (now Ngukurr) founded a new CMS settlement at Numbulwar to provide a permanent home for the nomadic Nunggubuyu people – including a young woman named Yulki. A year later, the Numbulwar superintendent, John […]

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Review: Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christ like Humility Duane Elmer (IVP Books; 2006) Reviewed by CMS missionary Roger Kay (serving in Ethiopia) Those involved in cross-cultural ministry are called to follow Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. But serving with Christ-like humility is not always easy. Our attitudes and actions, […]

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Review: Becoming Global—Integrating Global Mission and Your Local Church: A practical Approach

CMS missionary Wim Prins reviews Bruce Dipple’s book, Becoming Global – Integrating Global Mission and Your Local Church: A Practical Approach (SMBC, 2011): Keeping a global perspective on God’s Kingdom work can be quite a challenge. For more than 20 years Bruce Dipple has worked with local churches in the expansion of their mission programs. […]

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Review: Families On the Move: Growing Up Overseas—And Loving It!

Families On The Move: Growing Up Overseas – And Loving It!, Marion Knell, Kregel Publications, 2001. Families On The Move is essential reading for missionary families preparing to settle into a new culture on location. CMS Development and Training Secretary David Williams summarises why this book is an effective introduction to the cross-cultural training missionaries […]

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