From the West Courtyard

Thoughts about working and serving in China from our staff and others with experience and insight into China, the church in China, and serving in China. Opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by ChinaSource.

Jul 3

5 Books on Hudson Taylor

by Joann Pittman

June 25th marked the 150th  anniversary of Hudson Taylor’s call to take the gospel to China and the founding of the China Inland Mission (today’s OMF), an event that not only precipitated a wave of missionary activity to China, but also upended the traditional ways in which missionary work had been conducted.

Jul 1

Share Your Perspective

by ChinaSource Team

We have a new name; we’re looking for new contributors. Would you like to join our team of writers?

Jun 29

Toward a Chinese Theology

by Brent Fulton

In its journey toward a theology that is uniquely “Chinese” the Chinese church has at various times clashed with longstanding cultural and religious traditions, weathered and responded to severe domestic turmoil, and intersected with a range of theological influences from abroad.

Jun 26

Becoming a Sending Church

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

Many would agree that learning to work cross-culturally is one of the greatest barriers to achieving China’s Christian dream of becoming a mighty missionary nation. Without denying the challenges involved in raising up a cohort of culturally sensitive Chinese Christians, there is a yet another aspect of the Chinese missionary dream which has yet to receive much concerted attention. In addition to calling, equipping and sending the cross-cultural workers themselves, it is also necessary to call, equip, and mobilize the local congregations to play their part in the mission project. 

Jun 24

Golden Rules of Working in China

by Joann Pittman

Awhile back I was going through some old files on my computer and ran across something that a Chinese friend gave me years and years ago. It is a list of 12 so-called "golden rules" of doing any kind of business in China.

Jun 22

Americans Drive on the Left and Other Truths I’ve Learned

by Emily Steele Jackson

Years ago, I was having a conversation with my Malaysian friend, and we started talking about how Malaysia has a lot of British influence. “We drive on the right like they do,” my friend explained.

“Wait, what?” I thought I had heard her wrong, or that she had misspoken. “You mean you drive on the left like they do.”

Jun 22

From the West Courtyard

by ChinaSource Team

We are pleased to announce a new name for the ChinaSource Blog: From the West Courtyard.

Jun 17

Understanding the Chinese Worldview

An Urgent Issue for Western Christians

by China Academic Consortium

An opportunity to learn about the Chinese worldview through study in Beijing and Xi'an.

Jun 15

Crossing the Lines in Wenzhou

by Brent Fulton

The latest episode in the government’s attack on Christian churches in Wenzhou is the drafting of regulations outlining precise limits on the size and location of religious buildings and the size and placement of crosses.