Recent Blog Entries

Feb 5

30 Minutes towards a Better Understanding of China’s Urban Church

A New ChinaSource Conversations Podcast

by ChinaSource Team

Many people outside of China see the church in China primarily as a persecuted church and as a church with many needs. The reality of the situation for the Chinese church—especially with the emergence of the urban house church—is much more complex.

This month’s ChinaSource Conversations podcast—in just 30 minutes—will give you a head start on better understanding the church in China today as Brent, Joann Pittman, senior vice president of ChinaSource, and Mark Swallow, host of ChinaSource Conversations, discuss the key points in his book.

Feb 4

ZGBriefs | February 4, 2016

by Joann Pittman

Featured Article

Light government touch lets China’s Hui practice Islam in the open (February 1, 2016,  The New  York Times)
Throughout Ningxia and the adjacent Gansu Province, new filigreed mosques soar over even the smallest villages, adolescent boys and girls spend their days studying the Quran at religious schools, and muezzin summon the faithful via loudspeakers — a marked contrast to mosques in Xinjiang, where the local authorities often forbid amplified calls to prayer.

Feb 3

At Home in This World

A China Adoption Story

by Mark Wickersham

At Home in This World . . . a China Adoption Story by Jean Macleod. 

Reviewed by Mark Wickersham

Feb 2

The Violin Church

by ChinaSource Team

While officials in Zhejiang province are busy demolishing church buildings they deem to have been illegally built and removing crosses from the tops of churches, in Guangdong province a congregation has built itself a new church building in the shape of a violin! 

Feb 1

3 Questions: G. Wright Doyle

Church Growth in the Chinese Church

by Brent Fulton

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource "3 Questions" interview with Dr. G. Wright Doyle, director of Global China Center, editor of Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity, and co-editor of Studies in Chinese Christianity, published by Wipf and Stock.

Jan 29

Making It Safer for Seniors to Stay Active

Raising Up Trained Caregivers

by Paul deMena

I was riding on the subway in Wuhan one afternoon, standing in the middle of a very crowded car. A frail senior gentleman was sitting in a seat near me. When we came to the next stop, a senior woman, who was standing by the door, started shouting at him to hurry and get off the train. He stood up and those of us around him helped him get to the doorway as quickly as possible, but by the time he got there, the door started to close. The woman was already on the platform, but he was still standing in the car. When the doors closed, the glass platform door closed on his arm, and the car door closed on his head. 

Jan 28

ZGBriefs | January 28, 2016

by Joann Pittman

Featured Article

China’s Search for the Secrets of Jewish Success (January 25, 2016, Tablet)
In their quest to understand Jews better, popular Chinese authors and bloggers offer up facts and myths about everything from the Talmud to anti-Semitism.

Jan 27

Partnering with Churches in China

Toward a New Paradigm

by Brent Fulton

How can churches outside China that seek to make a meaningful contribution to the church in China continue to serve effectively? Here are some initial suggestions.

Jan 26

What Is a Disciple?

by ChinaSource Team

Recently the mainland-based The Good and Faithful Steward blog published a short post about what it means to be a disciple, reminding readers that being a disciple is more than just taking on the name of Christ (“Christian”), but actually following Christ.

Jan 25

Chinese Indigenous Missions

A Reading Round-Up

by Joann Pittman

On December 31, Christianity Today published a piece titled “Made in China: The Next Mass Missionary Movement.” This article provides an excellent introduction to the topic and some of the related issues.

To help provide context and background, we thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the resources that ChinaSource has published on the topic over the years. We hope these will be helpful to those wanting to learn more.