Recently Added Chinese Church Voices

Chinese Church Voices—translations enabling the English-speaking community outside of China to listen in on conversations taking place within China’s online Christian community. Drawing from a variety of sources representing both the registered and unregistered Chinese churches, clergy and laity, we translate sermons, articles, blog posts, and micro-blogs that are written by Christians in China. 

The content we translate covers a wide spectrum of theological perspectives. The views represented are entirely those of the original author. Inclusion in Chinese Church Voices does not imply or equal an endorsement by ChinaSource

Oct 19, 2012

Being Salt and Light in the World

by ChinaSource Team

As the environment changes and restrictions loosen, many Chinese Christians are turning their attention to the issue of how to be salt and light in their communities. This article, published on the popular Christian site Kuanye Zhi Sheng ("Voice in the Wilderness") is about a local ministry in southern China that is reaching out to care for some of China's "left-behind children," children who are left behind in villages and small towns when their parents go to the cities to work. 

Oct 15, 2012

Zhao Xiao: The Role that Workplace Missionaries Play in the "30-30 Vision"

by ChinaSource Team

In the last post we featured an interview with Dr. Zhao Xiao, a prominent Beijing economist and outspoken Christian, conducted in 2008. This article, in the Gospel Times (January 2012), is a report on a talk that Zhao gave addressing the question of how China's future missionary sending movement will be supported. 

Oct 5, 2012

The Chinese Church and the Global Body of Christ

by ChinaSource Team

In October of 2011, Pastor Ezra Jin of Beijing's Zion Church was the keynote speaker at a conference in Los Angeles. This is the text of his talk. In the first part he shares his testimony. In the second part he traces the development and growth of the Church in China over the past 60 years. In the third part he identifies six major challenges facing the Church in China today. He concludes with remarks about the Church's future role in world missions. 

Oct 2, 2012

How to Make the Church Chinese? Three Perspectives

by ChinaSource Team

The full title of this article is "How to Make the Church Chinese: Perspectives from the Religious, Academic, and Political Spheres" and is posted on the website of the China Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement (CCC/TSPM). Originally published in the official China Nationalities News, it examines the question of how Chinese the church is in China. While most Chinese Christians would likely agree that today's church is already Chinese both in character and leadership, many in the larger society have yet to acknowledge Christianity as genuinely a Chinese religion. The process of Sinicization, this writer argues, involves not only Christians themselves, but also China's intellectual and political elites.

Sep 28, 2012

September - A Month of Prayer for Chinese Churches

by ChinaSource Team

Hong Kong-based ministry CCL called for September to be a month of prayer for China. This article, in the Christian Times summarizes the prayer requests included in the ministry's September newsletter. Of course you can use these as prayer points for October.

Sep 25, 2012

A Domestic Media Report on Jeremy Lin's Faith

by ChinaSource Team

In the past year, Chinese NBA fans have been gripped by "Linsanity," as Chinese-American star Jeremy Lin has taken his place in the NBA firmament. He has close to 3 million "followers" on his Weibo account (@JeremyLin). Not surprisingly, he has been especially popular among Chinese Christians because he is outspoken about his faith in Christ.

Sep 21, 2012

The Church Today is on a Training Ground

by ChinaSource Team

Crossing the river by feeling the stones, a popular Chinese idiom, is a fitting way to describe Chinas emerging urban church. Its leaders have no older generation to look up to, and the opportunities and challenges they face are unprecedented in Chinas history. In this article published in the Christian Times, one pastor describes the dangers facing todays urban church leaders. He cautions them to be humble and teachable, as the decisions they make will affect an entire generation.

Sep 17, 2012

Single Christians and Love

The Cost and Consequences of Adultery

by ChinaSource Team

Changes in Chinese society in recent years have brought changes in the notions of morality and sexual purity. These changes are also being felt within the Church as Christians (as they do elsewhere) struggle to reconcile their beliefs and values with the messages from pop culture. This article in the Christian Times addresses this issue. 

Sep 10, 2012

An Interview with Pastor Yuan Zhi-ming

by ChinaSource Team

Last week the New York Review of Books blog published an interview of American-based Chinese pastor Yuan Zhi-ming conducted by journalist Ian Johnson. In the 1980's Yuan Zhi-ming was a documentary film-maker in China. Because of his involvement in the 1989 protest movement, he was forced to flee China, eventually ending up in the United States. He became a Christian in 1992, and started the China Soul for Christ Foundation, which produced the documentary The Cross: Jesus in China.