Resources by Tabor Laughlin

Tabor Laughlin (pseudonym) got his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2005; and will receive his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in cross-cultural work with a focus on Islamic studies in December 2015. He has been serving in China for over nine years, and is president of a small sending agency in China, overseeing twenty workers in three cities.

Tabor lives with his wife and daughter in China. He enjoys eating tofu custard [豆腐脑] for breakfast, drinking hot water, and in addition to occasional blogging for ChinaSource and Desiring God, he has a forthcoming book Becoming Native to Win the Natives (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

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Feb 17, 2016

Are China’s Best Being Lost to the West?

by Tabor Laughlin

Why are many Chinese believers who go overseas for seminary training  not returning to China to serve?. 

Oct 23, 2015

Are Chinese Christians Particularly Suited to Reaching Muslims?

by Tabor Laughlin

Are doors opening for Chinese Christians to be reaching Muslims with the gospel? 

Apr 22, 2016

Encouraged by a Chinese Missions Group

by Tabor Laughlin

A look at a Chinese, indigenous sending agency and the work they are doing to send workers out to reach the nations. 

Dec 18, 2015

Filling a Gap

by Tabor Laughlin

Is there a place for experienced western cross-cultural workers in the sending of Chinese workers to unreached people?

Oct 2, 2015

How Important Is Education for Chinese Serving Cross-culturally?

by Tabor Laughlin

In recent years Chinese cross-cultural workers have started to be sent out to other countries but there has not been a great amount of effectiveness in their work. One reason for their lack of effectiveness is that many who want to serve cross-culturally do not have formal education, often having not gone to high school, much less to college.

Oct 7, 2016

Language and Culture Learning—in Kindergarten

by Tabor Laughlin

Education is a major issue for cross-cultural workers who serve overseas with their families. Most families choose to put their kids in an international school, a local school, or to homeschool full-time at home. All of these have their pros and cons.

Feb 19, 2016

Thoughts on Theological Education for Chinese Believers

by Tabor Laughlin

Theological training for Chinese believers is needed; several types of training are available. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of training?

Jul 29, 2016

"Waffle House" of Northwest China

by Tabor Laughlin

Come visit me at the “Waffle House” of northwest China!

Aug 11

Western vs. Chinese Theology

by Tabor Laughlin

In the “Teaching across Cultures” class I took last month with Dr. Craig Ott, he had us read The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why by Richard Nisbett. The crux of the book’s argument is that Westerners and Asians think differently because of their different ancient roots.