Resources from 2014

December

Dec 24, 2014

"Joy Up"

by Joann Pittman

Earlier this month, The Economist published an interesting look at the popularity of Christmas in China, a country that is officially atheist, and makes no room for any official celebration of the holiday.

Dec 23, 2014

Preparing for Christmas‬

by ChinaSource Team

Churches in China (both registered and unregistered) are taking advantage of the popularity of Christmas to teach people about the true meaning of the festival.

Dec 22, 2014

Now That China Is Number One

by ChinaSource Team

By at least some calculations, the size of China’s economy exceeded that of the United States this month, putting China in first place. Setting aside the fine points of those calculations (which will likely be the subject of much debate for some time to come), it is clear that China’s economic rise has had far-reaching consequences –including for the Body of Christ – both domestically and internationally,.

Dec 21, 2014

A Place to Grow in Faith:

The Challenge of Developing Sustainable Faith Formation Programs in China

by Alexa Rose

Often missing in China is a regular opportunity for Chinese Catholics to grow in the knowledge of their faith in a structured setting. In recent years, however, there has been a gradual rise of home-grown initiatives and program models adopted from overseas that are starting to change this situation. Nevertheless, challenges remain and the author looks at a number of reasons (beyond the more obvious political challenges) why the deepening of faith has been difficult.

Dec 21, 2014

A Window into Catholicism in Today’s China

An Introduction

by Brent Fulton

An introduction to the 2014 winter issue by the editor of the ChinaSource Quarterly.

Dec 21, 2014

The Legacy of Catholicism

Editorial

by Tricia Bølle

The guest editor's point of view.

Dec 21, 2014

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 16, No. 4

by ChinaSource Team

Items that require your intercession.

Dec 21, 2014

The Catholic Church in China and Evangelization through Social Media

by Gabriel Aquinas

The author begins by sharing his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ then continues by explaining his deep interest in the Catholic Church’s articulation of truth about Christ and the church as well as their relation to society. He looks at the current situation of the Catholic Church in China and concludes with the suggestion that the Internet can be used positively to bring church unity.

Dec 21, 2014

A Ten-Year Visa

by Joann Pittman

This afternoon the good folks at FEDEX delivered a small package to my house, and it wasn’t even a Christmas present. In fact, it was something better — my passport, with a brand-spanking-new Ten-year, multiple entry tourist visa to China.

Dec 21, 2014

Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai

A Book Review

by John A. Lindblom

Paul Mariani makes an essential contribution to the history of the Catholic Church in China during the twentieth-century when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) targeted religious organizations. Through research which includes previously unreleased classified documents and his multifaceted treatment of this turbulent period, he provides a gripping narrative of the gradual, but increasingly tension-filled, showdown between the CCP and the Catholic Church in Shanghai.

Dec 21, 2014

Experiencing World Youth Day as a Chinese Catholic

by Jennifer

A young, Chinese woman shares her thoughts and experiences from World Youth Day which she attended in Madrid, in 2011. Included in her account are her reflections on several places her group visited as pilgrims as they journeyed to Madrid. She also shares the life-changing impact this event had for her as she dealt with issues of sin and forgiveness.

Dec 21, 2014

Finding Faith and Purpose

The Search for Meaning for Young Adult Catholics in China

by Tricia Bølle

China’s young adults are searching for meaning in their lives. The Catholic Church is working to help them realize their God-given potential and allow them to discover their special calling in Christ. One obstacle to this is that many Catholics lack a strong belief in a personal God who loves them and created them for a special purpose. The author examines how the Catholic Church is dealing with these issues.

Dec 21, 2014

My Experience with Chinese Sisters

by Shih-Hua Yang

Ms. Yang spent two weeks in China on a retreat with religious sisters from the Catholic Church. Many of these Chinese sisters were facing struggles with a variety of issues including the lack of proper formation, community, opportunity for growth, and resources to provide for their educational, personal, and spiritual needs. While not representative of the Catholic Church in its entirety, her experience still provides helpful insights and fuels suggestions for nurturing these sisters.

Dec 21, 2014

Sacred Space 神圣的空间

Your daily prayer online 你的每日圣言在线

Resource Corner

by ChinaSource Team

Inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Sacred Spaces offers daily meditations on Holy Scripture and personal reflections aimed at helping us get in touch with God and experience his presence in our lives. 

Dec 18, 2014

Don't Ignore Marxism

by Joann Pittman

Much is written these days about what makes China tick. It's the pragmatism. It's nationalism, and the desire to be a player on the world stage. It's "socialism with Chinese characteristics," which to some is just another way of saying capitalism.

Dec 17, 2014

Traditional Chinese Christmas Songs: 《欢乐佳音歌》 & 《圣诞感恩歌》

by Joel 大江

Guest blogger Joel 大江 shares "some genuine Chinese Christmas songs, as in songs written by Chinese in Chinese and in a Chinese style, rather than sounding like corrupted English songs." This post originally appeared at China Hope Live on December 9, 2012. 

Dec 15, 2014

Church Schools or Home Schooling? Part 2

by ChinaSource Team

In September, the mainland site Christian Times published a piece originally posted on the China Home Schooling Alliance website about Christian education in China. In the article titled “Church Schools or Home Schooling?”, the author lays out what he believes to be the difference between Christian education conducted within a church setting and home schooling. He then sets out to argue that home schooling is the most effective way for Christians to educate their children.

Dec 15, 2014

Church Schools or Home Schooling? Part 2

by ChinaSource Team

In September, the mainland site Christian Times published a piece originally posted on the China Home Schooling Alliance website about Christian education in China. In the article titled “Church Schools or Home Schooling?”, the author lays out what he believes to be the difference between Christian education conducted within a church setting and home schooling. He then sets out to argue that home schooling is the most effective way for Christians to educate their children.

The article provides an interesting glimpse into a conversation online taking place among Christians in China regarding an important issue. Due to the length of the original article, it is posted in two parts. Part 1 was posted on December 9, 2014.

Dec 15, 2014

China's Next Generation

New China, New Church, New World

by Brent Fulton and Luis Bush

What a difference a decade makes! Over the last ten years the nation of China and the Chinese church have changed significantly; so has the world. It’s a new China. It’s a new church. It’s a new world. China’s Cultural Revolution that ended in the late 1970s was followed by a 20-year-long spiritual harvest spanning the 1980s and 1990s. It was an awakening that many have called the greatest revival in history; but now we must face the reality that this phenomenal harvest is over. The year 2000 marked a turning point, the dawn of a new era. This important report brings to the fore the realities of the current situation and brings to the church in China some crucial words of encouragement. 

Dec 10, 2014

Where Can Someone Get a Bible in China?

by Joann Pittman

That's a question I hear quite a bit whenever I speak on China. People want to know about the availability of Bibles in China. Unfortunately many people still believe that owning a Bible is illegal in China, something that hasn't been true for decades. But as with most things in China, the issue of Bible availability is complicated. 

November

Nov 11, 2014

Who Speaks for the Church in China?

by Brent Fulton

Given the relatively opaque nature of China's church, international organizations have often found it difficult to know where to connect. Chinese representation at several high-profile international conferences in recent years has, in some ways, been a welcome breakthrough. These events have ostensibly helped to bring together a wide spectrum of leaders from within China with those from abroad who are seeking to partner with them.

Nov 10, 2014

Only One “Why?” Question Per Day, Please!

by Joann Pittman

A month or so ago I was having a lovely outdoor dinner with group of friends, one of whom was a high school kid from Beijing studying at a school here in the Twin Cities and living with an American host family.


Nov 10, 2014

Making the Most of Christmas

by ChinaSource Team

The popularity of Christmas in China (primarily as a commercial activity) has given Christians increased opportunities to share the gospel. In the short article translated below,  a preacher in Beijing encourages his parishioners to be intentional about inviting family, friends and colleagues to church during the Christmas season.

Nov 9, 2014

Resistance, not Revolution:

How China’s Christians Respond to Persecution

by Brent Fulton

In Mobilized Merchants - Patriotic Martyrs, Dr. Timothy Conkling sheds much-needed light on the relationship between China's unregistered church and the Chinese Party-State. The dissertation research that forms the basis for the book set out to answer the question of why Chinese Christians are persecuted and how they respond to this persecution.

Nov 6, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, November 6 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

All our favorite stories this week are about people or communities that are on the margins of Chinese society, either culturally or geographically: Orthodox Christians, Uighur factory workers, Hong Kong taxi drivers, and Miao villagers in Guizhou.

Nov 5, 2014

Ten Quotes from "The Economist" Article on Christianity in China

by Joann Pittman

On November 1, 2014, The Economist published an excellent article about the church in China, titled "Cracks in the Atheist Edifice." Written by veteran correspondent Rob Gifford (author of China Road), the article gives an overview of how the church (and individual Christians) in China are stepping out of the shadows, and the various ways in which the government is being forced to deal with this growing and more visible church.

Nov 4, 2014

Urbanization and Cross-Cultural Missions in China’s Church

by ChinaSource Team

As the church in China has become increasingly global in its outlook and better connected relationally (if not organizationally) to the larger global church, its leaders are seriously weighing their role in the task of world evangelization. This cross-cultural vision is not new, either for the Chinese church globally or for the church in China; however, it is the resources, connections and capabilities of the urban church that are now making possible the emergence of a new missions movement from within China.


Nov 3, 2014

Do Chinese Men and Women Deserve Each Other?

by ChinaSource Team

Chinese young people are no different from their counterparts anywhere in the world in that a main question they face is the one of whom to marry. China’s rise and modernization has, in some ways, made this a more complicated question as ideas about marriage and qualifications for a spouse have evolved.

Nov 3, 2014

Ten Lessons from the Overseas Church

by Joann Pittman

In July, I wrote a post titled "Ten Lessons from the Church in China" in which I highlighted ten responses by foreign Christians in China to the question "what specific lessons can the church in the West learn from the church in China?"

Nov 2, 2014

Filling the Void

Church and Society in China

by Brent Fulton

In past decades, China's church had much less of a public presence. The gospel message was conveyed primarily through clandestine small group meetings or personal relationships.

October

Oct 29, 2014

Mentoring: The Hardest Need to Fill?

by Brent Fulton

In a recent ChinaSource Quarterly article entitled, "Five Profound Mentoring Needs in China," Eric Lee notes that the most common requests from Chinese church leaders during the past three decades have been for Bibles, spiritual literature, and training. Now, however, they are asking for cross-cultural missionary training and mentoring.

Oct 28, 2014

Calvinism on the Ground in China

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

In recent years Calvinism has become an increasingly common topic of discussion within Chinese Christian circles. This trend has not gone unnoticed, and many scholars of Christianity in China are working to document and understand the growth of Reformed Christianity within the mainland. 

Oct 27, 2014

Insiders and Outsiders are Different

by Joann Pittman

In the mid-1990s, while studying Chinese, I stumbled across a Chinese expression that was a "key" to helping me understand what was going on. I was working through a textbook called Speaking of Chinese Culture that taught about key Chinese cultural rules and values. One chapter was on this Chinese concept called nei wai you bie (内外有别), which means "insiders and outsiders are different."

Oct 26, 2014

Another Perspective on the Wenzhou Crackdown

by Brent Fulton

With literally hundreds of crosses falling prey to overzealous local officials in Wenzhou and neighboring cities, the region once seen as a bastion of extraordinary religious freedom is now the subject of worldwide attention due to an equally extraordinary crackdown on its churches.

Oct 23, 2014

Pray for China’s Leaders

by ChinaSource Team

As we post this issue of The Lantern, China’s top leaders have just concluded their annual Party plenum in Beijing. During this “Fourth Plenum” they gave shape to policies that will be endorsed by China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, in the spring.

Oct 22, 2014

Christian Books on Taobao

by Joann Pittman

Contrary to what many think, getting ahold of legally published Christian books in China is quite easy. In addition to Christian bookstores, which exist in most major cities, China's e-commerce site Taobao is a great source of Christian material.

Oct 21, 2014

The Dream of a Beijing Father and Educator

by Steve

My son was accepted by Peking University this year. We are very happy with his success, but as a caring, loving father, I know how much my son struggled and was pushed by the educational system in his early school years. Growing up in today's Chinese educational system is not easy or pleasant. Many of my son's friends were greatly disappointed when they were not accepted by a "good" university after so many years of working hard together with their parents. Tragically some students choose suicide to express their disappointment.

Oct 20, 2014

Are These Pictures of a Secret Church in Beijing?

by Joann Pittman

When trying to understand the church in China, it's easy to let predetermined narratives drive our interpretation of the things we observe. A recent article in the Huffington Post is a clear example of this.

Oct 19, 2014

In Search of Structure

The Pull of Denominations in China

by Brent Fulton

Chinese Church Voices is running a series of articles taken from a lengthy interview with a Reformed unregistered church pastor in China. The fact that the Christian website in China where the interview originated gave the topic such in-depth attention, and the fact that this particular pastor (and many others like him) are such strong advocates of Reformed theology, raise the question of why denominations have become so attractive to Christians in China.

Oct 16, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, October 16 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Our top picks this week include articles on poverty and leadership and an interview with one of our favorite China authors.

Oct 14, 2014

The Wenzhou Church Reborn from the Ashes

by ChinaSource Team

This year’s attacks on church buildings in Wenzhou have been the subject of much analysis, the majority focusing on the relationship between church and government in Wenzhou. The following blog post, written by a Christian in China, and published in the mainland Christian Times, takes a closer look at the impact on the Wenzhou church itself.

Oct 14, 2014

Innocuous, But Not Meaningless

by Joann Pittman

Anyone serving in China knows that one of the more vexing issues to deal with is "security." How public can / should I be about my faith? How public can/should I be about the faith and values that undergird my ministry?

Oct 13, 2014

Beyond Beijing

Life in the Chinese Countryside

by A Wèi in Mountains West

Since China's great gǎigé kāifàng (Reform and Opening) experiment was begun by reformists in the Communist Party of China (CPC) under Deng Xiaoping in late 1978, tens of thousands of articles—in print and online—have been written about the huge changes and nearly miraculous standard-of-living improvements that have happened throughout China.

Oct 12, 2014

Reformed Theology and China’s Urban Church

by Brent Fulton

Reformed theology has found fertile ground in China, particularly among urban unregistered churches.

Oct 12, 2014

Reformed Theology and China’s Urban Church

by Brent Fulton

Reformed theology has found fertile ground in China, particularly among urban unregistered churches.

Oct 9, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, October 9 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

What does it mean to be Chinese? Three articles this week highlight the complexity of being Chinese.

 

Oct 8, 2014

A Look at Religious Freedom in China

by Joann Pittman

On October 1, the Cornerstone Blog of The Religious Freedom Project at The Berkeley Center published two helpful posts on religious liberty in China.

Oct 7, 2014

House Churches and Anti-Cult Campaigns (2)

by ChinaSource Team

From the series House Churches and Anti-Cult Campaigns

On September 3, we posted a translated article about the trouble that anti-cult campaigns often cause for house churches because government officials, scholars, and ordinary people often don't know the difference between a cult and a house church.

Oct 7, 2014

Self-Reliance and the Chinese Male

by Mark Totman

During a recent conversation with a Chinese friend I listened as he recounted his conversion to Christianity and the difficulty he experienced overcoming his deeply ingrained tendency toward self-reliance.

Oct 6, 2014

Don't Ask Why

by Brent Fulton

Somewhere between my third and fourth trips to the bank to open a new account, it hit me. I realized why I was so frustrated. In my efforts to negotiate a system that seemed, to me, overly complicated, I had made a serious tactical error.

Oct 5, 2014

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 16, No. 3

by ChinaSource Team

Items that require your intercession.

Oct 5, 2014

Musings of a Mentee

by Tracy

Mentor: “A good teacher and valuable friend.” With this definition, the author shares how three mentors have made an impact in her life and testifies to the reality, omnipotence, compassion, and greatness of her Heavenly Father.

Oct 5, 2014

Into the Deep

Reflections on Discipleship in China

by Veronica Wong

The author shares from her experience as a mentor giving us glimpses of three different women she has shared her life with, and how her interactions with each of them have brought about changes in their lives. She closes with a summary of what being a mentor has required of her.

Oct 5, 2014

Recommended Resources:

Coaching, Mentoring and Spiritual Formation

by ChinaSource Team

The following resources were recommended by WWL participants as helpful in coaching, mentoring and spiritual formation.

Oct 5, 2014

Five Profound Mentoring Needs in China

by Eric Lee

Lee identifies five areas where Chinese leaders need mentoring due to a lack of positive influences in their lives. He examines each of these areas and shows how mentoring can fill the voids left by unfulfilling or nonexistent relationships.

Oct 5, 2014

Toward a “Sending” Church in China

by Brent Fulton

The past decade has seen a groundswell of passion among Christians in China to pursue cross-cultural ministry. A corresponding wave of activity among outside organizations and churches has aimed at equipping China's church for this task.

Oct 5, 2014

Mentors at Work:

A Rare Glimpse behind the Scenes

by D. Michael Crow

The guest editor's point of view...

Oct 5, 2014

Coaching in China

by Rose and Hunter

Rose and Hunter look at characteristics of churches and businesses that indicate their need for coaching and go on to explain what coaching entails. Rose describes how she has put coaching into practice in the ministries she is involved with at her church and acknowledges the blessings this has brought to the church body.

Oct 5, 2014

When the Well Runs Dry:

Prayer beyond the Beginnings

A Book Review

by Tricia Bølle

After many years of devoted prayer and Christian living, we sometimes find it difficult to feel God’s presence. In our pursuit of a deeper prayer life, we often come up dry and wanting. Fr. Green provides an important understanding of prayer for many Christians who start to wonder why their prayers have begun to feel empty. Using the examples of some of the great mystics of the Christian tradition, he imparts to us some of their wisdom so we can better understand the journey of the interior life and the true call to faith in prayer that the Lord gives us.

Oct 5, 2014

Coaching, Mentoring and Spiritual Formation

by D. Michael Crow

Learning and insights from a recent consultation for mentors and coaches are reported in this article. It delves into many aspects of mentoring, coaching, and spiritual formation including the value of both older mentors and peer mentors. It also provides helpful suggestions for finding a mentor and a mentee.

Oct 2, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, October 2 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

For this week's Top Picks, we are re-publishing a post by Joann Pittman originally posted to her blog, Outside-In, on September 30, 2014.

Oct 1, 2014

Brent Fulton Talks about Hong Kong

by Joann Pittman

On September 30, Austin Hill, host of the Austin Hill in the Morning program on Faith Radio, interviewed Brent Fulton about the situation in Hong Kong.

September

Sep 30, 2014

Community and Witness

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

Cross-cultural workers have long debated the merits of devoting more or less time and energy to relations with other expatriates.

Sep 30, 2014

Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor (3)

by ChinaSource Team

From the series Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor

In August, the Christian Times published a two-part interview with a pastor from a Reformed church in China. We have translated and divided that interview into three sections. In this section (our Part 3) “Pastor Daniel” discusses the importance of attitude in preaching Reformed doctrine, specific lessons learned, and  how it has impacted renewal in many urban churches in China.

Sep 29, 2014

Who Was Mr. Wu?

by Joann Pittman

Earlier this month, William Wan wrote an excellent article in the Washington Post, title "Prophet or Judas? Son of China Church Founder Tackles Thorny Legacy." The article introduces us to YT Wu, the man who, in the 1950's founded the Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee that became the umbrella organization for Protestant Churches in China. The article is specifically about Wu's son's attempts to access his father's personal diaries, which remain in the hands of the government.

Sep 28, 2014

Between Two Eras

by Brent Fulton

The past three decades have seen tens of thousands of Christians from outside China engaged in myriad activities aimed at serving the Chinese church and society. Today their role is changing. New skills – one in particular – are needed to work out what this role and what their relationship to China's church should look like in days to come.

Sep 25, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, September 25 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Our top picks this week shed light on some of the less known aspects of Chinese society – ecommerce, traffic wardens, and iPhone mania.

Sep 24, 2014

The Evolution of Christian Education in China

by Beverly Jones

Our family lived in a tier one city in China for over five years, and during that time I homeschooled our children of various ages. While there I had the opportunity to mentor some Chinese homeschooling mothers, both one-on-one and in workshop settings. I also enjoyed teaching a session to Chinese Christian teacher-trainees on how to develop picture books into unit studies, and my older daughters and I had some experience teaching English at a bilingual Christian pre-school.

Sep 23, 2014

My Problem with Progress

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

I recently went to my local bank to receive an electronic bank transfer. I have been a customer at this bank for nearly 15 years, and so the idea that I have to show up with ID and fill out reams of paperwork just to "accept" a wire transfer into my account does not upset me. On this occasion, however, I was a bit anxious. Having only just returned to China, I was still waiting for my residence permit to be completed. This meant that my passport was still in the hands of the city Public Security officials—and would likely remain there for the next couple weeks.

Sep 23, 2014

House Churches and Cults – the Dangers of Mistaken Identity

by ChinaSource Team

The BBC article "The Chinese cult that kills 'demons'" prompted a reader to ask recently, "Have you heard of this cult?"

Sep 23, 2014

Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor (2)

by ChinaSource Team

From the series Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor

This is the second part of an interview with a Reformed church pastor that was originally published in the Christian Times. 

Sep 22, 2014

Put Down the Tea Leaves (and Look Out the Window)

by Brent Fulton

For those in long-term service in China, one of the difficulties in discerning where things are headed politically and socially is knowing how to separate out significant long-term trends from those events that, while appearing important in the moment, may prove to be mere distractions. This is particularly true for those working with the church in China, who often attempt to "read the tea leaves," through the lens of religious policy and its immediate affect upon China's Christians.

Sep 21, 2014

Are Foreign Enterprises Being Targeted?

by Joann Pittman

The past year has seen a steady stream of stories about foreign companies in China being under investigation for regulatory violations and/or outright corruption. The offices of Microsoft were raided. Japanese, German, and American automakers are being probed. Two British nationals working for GlaxoSmithKline were recently jailed. And a Canadian couple that ran a business in the border region near North Korea has been detained on suspicion of stealing state secrets.

Sep 18, 2014

Four Freedoms, Three Observations: Stephen Lam Reflects on Deng’s Pragmatism

by Brent Fulton

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Stephen Lam has a unique understanding of "One Country, Two Systems," the policy whereby Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. As director of the office that oversaw the Handover ceremony and related events, Lam worked with both British and Chinese officials to write a significant chapter in China's contemporary history.

Sep 10, 2014

"Stream of Praise" in Shenzhen

by Joann Pittman

"Stream of Praise," a California-based music ministry has had a profound influence on the music sung in churches in China. If you have been to China and attended an urban house church or a "youth service" at a Three-self Church, then you have most likely listened to, or sung, their songs. Founded in 1993, they have written 330 songs, and sung at more than 1000 events around the world.

Sep 9, 2014

Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor (1)

by ChinaSource Team

From the series Interview with a Reformed Church Pastor

One of the interesting developments in the church in China over the past decade is growing popularity and influence of Reformed theology, particularly within urban house churches. This has come about as the Christians in China have had increasing opportunities to interact with the church outside of China, either directly, or via the Internet. Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion has been translated into Chinese, as have the writings of prominent voices in the “New Calvinism” movement in the United States, such as Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, and John Piper. Probably the most influential figure, however, is Rev. Stephen Tong, head of the Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia.

Sep 8, 2014

China’s Crisis of Faith

by Brent Fulton

The notion of social renewal is a common theme among urban church leaders as they consider what it means for the church to take its place on the stage of society. The need for social renewal is linked to the recognition that there is currently no shared belief system among China’s people.

Sep 7, 2014

On the Horns of an Educational Dilemma

by Henry Banks

American Christian parents face tough decisions about to how to best provide for their children’s education. But the toughest part is often deciding between a comparatively rich supply of good and legal options – local Christian schools, homeschooling (with a nearly overwhelming array of good curriculum and  models), co-ops, hybrid homeschool/co-op, on-line Christian school, sometimes a good public school influenced by Christian teachers and administrators. All these choices offer their children a quality education and a clear path into college and the workplace.

Consider the two basic choices facing Chinese Christian parents.

Sep 4, 2014

ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, September 4 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Three articles – each looking at China-related migration of one sort or another. Take a look, you will surprised at what you learn.

Sep 3, 2014

Ten “Americans Really Do THAT?” from Chinese Scholars Living in the U.S.

by Amy Young

I'm sure you've done it, I know I have. Asked a Chinese friend or colleague what stood out to them if they had a chance to visit your home country. I enjoy hearing what stood out to them or to friends who have visited me in China. Their impressions help me to see afresh the places I care about.

Sep 3, 2014

House Churches and Anti-cult Campaigns

by ChinaSource Team

Last week five members of the Almighty God cult (formerly known as Eastern Lightning went on trial for brutally murdering a woman in a MacDonalds restaurant in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province. The murder shocked the nation and prompted the government to launch a nationwide crackdown on illegal cults, or xie jiao (lit. evil religion).

Sep 2, 2014

Does China Need More Leadership Training? A Response

by ChinaSource Team

Our friends at Catalyst Services picked up on a recent ChinaSource blog by Brent Fulton that asked "Does China Need More Leadership Training?" To further the discussion they asked others who are involved in training leaders globally for their responses to the blog and included them in their monthly e-newsletter, Postings.

Sep 1, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 28 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

To celebrate the start of a new school year, two of our top picks this week have to do with language learning. The third one is a look at China's internet censorship regime.

August

Aug 30, 2014

Seven Things to Know about Culture Shock

by Joann Pittman

The first time I crossed a cultural boundary; I was but 1 year old! And no, it wasn't my parents whisking me off to some far-off tropical land; it was my family returning to the US after a term of service in Pakistan. 

Aug 29, 2014

The Three Ambiguities

by Joann Pittman

Every Chinese leader since Chairman Mao has had a slogan (and accompanying campaign of some sort) that was meant to define their rule. President Xi Jinping's slogan is "The Chinese Dream." The organizing principle of his predecessor Hu Jintao's rule was "Harmonious Society."

Aug 28, 2014

Is Christianity Transforming China?

by Brent Fulton

A decade ago David Aikman wrote Jesus in Beijing, provocatively subtitled "How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Balance of World Power."

Aug 27, 2014

Where Does the Power Lie?

by Joann Pittman

Mike Falkenstine, President of the China Resource Center, an organization that does Bible distribution in rural churches (registered), recently returned from a trip to China, in which he had the opportunity to seek help from his friends and partners in understanding some of the recent events in China, particularly the cross/church demolition campaigns in Zhejiang.

Aug 26, 2014

This Is Crazy!

by Peter North

"This is crazy," I observed to my audience of parents and high school students in Beijing. "Why on earth would parents send their 14- or 15- or 16-year-olds to the other side of the world for schooling, especially when studies show some of the best schools in the world are in your own country?"

Aug 26, 2014

Reflections on Worship

by ChinaSource Team

The piece translated below is from a post on the Weixin (WeChat) page of the Beijing Gospel Church, one of the citys more prominent house churches. The writer is sharing his thoughts on the nature of worship in the church.

Aug 26, 2014

服事后现代族群 ── 一个北美华人留学生事工的管见

Serving the Postmodern Generation

by JuTa Pan

笔者从前在北美, 并与当地的中国留学生一起工作, 他提出北美的中国教会应如何修改自己的策略,以达到这些学生的问题。他与后现代学生接触,并从他的经验来解释及引申有用的例子。

Aug 25, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 21 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Our top picks this week are all on the lighter side. We hope you find them as interesting as we did.

Aug 23, 2014

渴求信仰:中国城市人的后现代信念

Urge for Faith: Postmodern Beliefs Among Urban Chinese

by Fredrik Fällman

毛泽东死后的中国,是意识型态的真空。认为凡事没有绝对价值的后现代主义,并没有成功填补这个空档。为了避免社会纷乱及政治动荡,人们登上寻索之旅,对宗教信仰产生强烈甚至迫切的渴求… …

Aug 22, 2014

Is There a Campaign against Christianity in China?

by Brent Fulton

Churches have been demolished in Wenzhou, Christian workers detained on the North Korean border, and a leading religious official proclaims that a "Chinese theology" is needed so that the church can serve socialism. These developments have featured prominently in the news in recent weeks, with more than a few commentators concluding that a crackdown on Christianity in China is underway or soon will be. However, a closer look at the events in question suggests otherwise.

Aug 21, 2014

用心思考:后现代主义在中国

Thinking with their Hearts: Postmodernism in China

by Brent Fulton

篇者的话: 这篇文章的原文刊载于华源协作中文版夏号2014

Aug 21, 2014

Turning Bricks into Jade

by Joann Pittman

I have done a lot of cross-cultural training over the years for people heading off to work in China, and one of the resources that I turn to again and again is Turning Bricks into Jade: Critical Incidents for Mutual Understanding among Chinese and Americans. Edited by Mary Wong and others, this book is a collection of "critical incidents," or stories of cross-cultural conflict and misunderstanding between Chinese and Americans.

Aug 19, 2014

The Greatest Threat to Christianity in China

by Brent Fulton

Given the prevailing "persecution" narrative perpetuated in media reports about China, one could easily conclude a hostile, repressive regime poses the biggest threat to China's church. But is government persecution really what keeps believers awake at night? Or is the answer found within the church itself?

Aug 19, 2014

Protestantism and the Future of China

by ChinaSource Team

The article translated below is from a Chinese website called Urban Mission (jidutu123.com). In it the author ponders what role Protestantism can play in the future development of China. He begins by talking about the transitional nature of Chinas current social and political systems and where Chinas current reforms may or may not be headed. He then draws on the writings of German sociologist Max Weber to understand the current situation in China today, to the point of comparing contemporary Chinese society with the German Weimar Republic. Finally, he argues that the main contribution Protestantism can make to the development of China is constitutional government.

Aug 18, 2014

China's Next Generation -- An Interview

by Joann Pittman

On Tuesday, August 12, Brent Fulton was a guest on the "Connecting Faith" program of KTIS-AM radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul. If you were not able to listen to the broadcast live, have no fear; the entire one-hour program is available in podcast form on the radio station website.

Aug 15, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 14 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Two glimpses of China's past and the impending trial of a recent infamous murder top this week's list of items not to be missed.

Aug 15, 2014

Students on Our Doorsteps

by ChinaSource Team

First it was Chinese graduate students and scholars going overseas to study. Then undergraduates joined the ranks of international students from China. Now there are thousands of young Chinese students arriving in the US for high school.

Aug 14, 2014

A Bottom-Up Faith in a Top-Down Country

by Brent Fulton

According to Rob Gifford, China Editor for The Economist, much has been written about the growth of the church in China, but to understand the church's impact we need to look beyond the numbers.

Aug 13, 2014

No, China Is NOT Nationalizing Christianity

by Joann Pittman

On Monday, The Diplomat published an article titled "Why is China Nationalizing Christianity?" The subtitle read "Last week China announced that it was nationalizing Christianity. What are the motives behind this?"

Aug 12, 2014

Churches Respond to the Earthquake in Yunnan

by ChinaSource Team

On August 3, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck a remote region of Yunnan Province, in China's southwest, killing more than 600 people. The Chinese government quickly launched rescue operations and continues to provide relief for those affected. But what about the churches in the area? A reporter from the mainland site Christian Times talked with a local pastor in the area about how the churches in the area are responding. The article is translated below.

Aug 12, 2014

Toward a Partnering Mindset

by Brent Fulton

Recently I found myself in a discussion with several colleagues about what it takes to "partner well" in China.

Aug 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 8 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The stories that captured our attention this week provide glimpses into religion in China, an arrest, and the Chinese student community in Los Angeles.

Aug 6, 2014

Thinking the Unthinkable

by Brent Fulton

When US Air flight 1549 landed unexpectedly in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, the pilot, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III, became an instant hero. But there were other heroes on the Hudson River that day as well.

Aug 5, 2014

Pastor Steve Um Talks about the Chinese Church

by Joann Pittman

Rev. Stephen Um, pastor of City Life Presbyterian Church in Boston, recently talked with the folks at China Partnership about his observations and hope for the Chinese church.

Aug 4, 2014

Consumerism and the Church in China

by Brent Fulton

"Most large consumer-facing companies realize that they will need China to power their growth in the next decade." McKinsey Quarterly, March 2012

Aug 1, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 31 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The news out of and about China this week is incredibly eclectic, just like China itself.

July

Jul 31, 2014

Tools, Not Solutions, for China's Church

by Brent Fulton

A previous generation of Chinese Christians, cut off from all outside contact and separated from their leaders, was forced to rely upon the Lord alone as they sought the way forward. This seeking after God was an important part of their maturing process, and their testimonies bear witness to his faithfulness. While acknowledging that China and its church are at a much different place today, it is nevertheless worth considering whether outside intervention may unintentionally serve to short-circuit the process by which God seeks to mature the current generation of Chinese church leaders.

Jul 30, 2014

ChinaSource Summer Reading

by ChinaSource Team

It is often said that summer is for reading. We at ChinaSource love to read all year long, but we thought you might be interested in what members of the ChinaSource team have in our book bags this summer.

Jul 29, 2014

China and the Church: The Perennial Questions

by Brent Fulton

"How many Christians in China?"

"Are believers still persecuted?"

Jul 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 24 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Churches, migration, and anti-corruption campaigns are the topics of this week's Top Picks from the ZGBriefs Newsletter.

Jul 28, 2014

Keep Praying for MH

by ChinaSource Team

On July 17, a Malaysian Airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot out of the skies over eastern Ukraine. 298 souls perished. In the days following, many Christians took to Weibo to express their condolences. We have translated a few of those posts below.

Jul 25, 2014

Faith and Generosity

Will the Church in China Make the Connection?

by R. Scott Rodin

Generosity is an unequivocal characteristic of the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. It is the joyful life that flows freely and richly from a heart that has been set free by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the way Christians bear the image of the God who "so loved the world that He gave "

Jul 24, 2014

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo?

by Joann Pittman

"Where are their pastors?" my Chinese colleague asked incredulously as she counted the visible tattoos on the arms and legs of some of the newly arrived Christian English teachers. "How can their pastors allow them to have tattoos?"

Jul 22, 2014

Religion and Control in Chinese History

by Brent Fulton

The rigid control structures comprising the "box" within which China's church currently operates are often assumed to be merely a function of China's Leninist political system. Were this system to be dismantled, one might argue, the "box" would come apart and China's Christians would enjoy genuine freedom of religion.

Jul 22, 2014

When Influence and Wariness Meet

by Joann Pittman

A big part of observing China is trying to figure out what is really going on. For those following recent events regarding the church in China, this has been especially true.

Jul 22, 2014

A Book on Drums and Worship

by ChinaSource Team

As the church in China continues to grow and mature, one of the issues that is coming to the fore is that of music. Until recently, much of the music played and sung in Chinese churches has been on the traditional side translated western hymns or indigenous folk-style music (popular in rural churches). Only in the past few years have we seen the emergence of what might be described as Christian Contemporary Music, popular, as one might expect, among the younger generation, particularly in the cities.

Jul 21, 2014

Eastern Versus Western Learning Approaches

Book Review

by Lisa Nagle

Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West by Jin Li.
Reviewed by Lisa Nagle

There are deep cultural differences between Eastern and Western societies regarding learning and development. The notion of whether creativity is learned or not is just one of these. This book explores some of the differing approaches to learning found in these cultures and concludes with a look at them in the twenty-first century.

Jul 21, 2014

Partnering in Education

Editorial

by Laura Coleman

The guest editor's point of view

Jul 21, 2014

Studying in America

Challenges, Differences and Outcomes

by Ma Jing

The author talks about his experiences as an international student from China who came to the U.S. to study in high school. He tells us of the challenges he faced and the sacrifices his parents made. He points out major differences between the two cultures and shares with us how the experience has changed him.

Jul 21, 2014

Ministering to Chinese International High Schoolers in the U.S.

Guarding Their Souls

by Lu Chen

When teens move to a new country, going from east to west and from the familiar to the unfamiliar, they face tremendous pressures in addition to the challenges of their young lives. Who will care for and guide them during the days of transition? Chen examines how schools, host parents, churches and Christian organizations can ease the pressures, make the transition easier and introduce them to the gospel.

Jul 21, 2014

China's Christian Education Today

View from the Wall

by John Cheng

In today's China, Christian education is booming. This article looks at the emergence of this movement, the involvement of Christian churches, parents' perspective of it and their role in it. An overview of the current situation includes home schooling, legal aspects and the influence of a market economy upon it.

Jul 21, 2014

Caring for Chinese Teenagers in American High Schools

by Ruth Kuder

The high school principal of a Christian school, Kuder shares from her experience as an increasing number of international Chinese students attend the school. She candidly discusses preparations, support and changes the school implemented to establish a high rate of student retention.

Jul 21, 2014

Lesson from a Pool in Wenzhou: Opportunities for Chinese Students in American High Schools

by Jon Keith

Keith believes that international students, particularly from China, with the strengths of their home culture and educational system plus the implementing of the "6 C's plus Leadership" learned in America, will eventually become the leaders of tomorrow in their country. The American Christian school movement has a unique opportunity to invest in Chinese teenagers who may someday lead one of the most important countries of the world.

Jul 21, 2014

Resources for Learning More about International Chinese High School Students

Resource Corner

by ChinaSource Team

This resource list includes organizations working with international high school students, resources on the internet including You Tube videos and news articles.

Jul 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 17 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

We included quite a few articles about education in this week's ZGBriefs, but a couple of them stood out to us. One is a podcast discussion of education in China; the other is a look at Chinese study abroad programs. In addition, there were two articles about the Uyghur experience in China following recent terrorist attacks that caught our eye.

Jul 17, 2014

China's Demographic Fork in the Road

by Brent Fulton

Up until the beginning of this decade, China's elderly and young adult populations were growing at roughly the same rate.

Jul 16, 2014

Some Common Mistakes

by Joann Pittman

One of my favorite blogs is the China Law Blog, maintained by lawyers with extensive knowledge of and experience in China. It seems like they always have something interesting and helpful to say.

Jul 15, 2014

Humility and History: Addressing the Unspoken

by Easten Law

Anyone who has worked in China for even a short period of time has likely been warned about bringing up sensitive topics, especially political issues and certain historical events. There is great wisdom in avoiding these topics. After all, many of our initial perceptions of difficult history and current events are sure to be biased by our own media and education. It is better to observe, listen, and critically evaluate what we think we know with intentionality and in relationship. Our perceptions must be reworked in light of the real experiences of China's people.

Jul 15, 2014

Caring for Elderly Parents

by ChinaSource Team

China is facing some unique demographic challenges, not the least of which is an aging population. Currently, roughly 8% of the population is 65 or older. However, according to a report by the BBC, that number is expected to be 12% by 2020, and 26% by 2050.

Jul 14, 2014

Partnering with China's Church in an Era of Global Convergence

by Brent Fulton

We live in an era when partnership between the church in China and the global church is both desired and increasingly possible. The challenges facing the church in China have evolved significantly in recent decades A survey of these challenges may lead some to conclude that church life in China today is not that much different from church life in the West or among overseas Chinese communities in Asia. Postmodernism, urbanization, secularization, and family breakdown are endemic to industrialized and post-industrialized societies the world over. The difference for China is that it has experienced in thirty years what in most other nations has taken place over a century or more.

Jul 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 10 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

An arrest and a peek into history this week's must read ZGBriefs articles.

Jul 10, 2014

Ten Lessons from the Church in China

by Joann Pittman

As the church in China continues to grow and mature, opportunities to connect and partner with churches in the West continue to grow as well. In many cases, these partnerships provide opportunities for churches in China to learn from the experiences of the churches in the West. This is a good thing.

Jul 9, 2014

China's Religious Policy: The Unfinished Mandate

by Brent Fulton

China's current policy on religion is spelled out in Central Party Document no. 19, "The Basic Viewpoint and Policy on the Religious Question during Our Country's Socialist Period," issued in March of 1982.

Jul 8, 2014

It's Also about the History

by Mark Totman

To better understand the recent Sanjiang church demolition and what now appears to be a coordinated effort on the part of the government to curb visibility of Christianity in the public sphere, it is also helpful to briefly consider the relationship that Christianity has with China historically.

Jul 8, 2014

The Difficulty of 'Urban Missions' in China

by ChinaSource Team

In this article, translated from the site jidutu123.com, the author looks at the challenges of doing urban missions in China. His main point is that doing urban missions, traditionally defined as ministering to the marginalized, is difficult in China because it assumes that Christianity is already part of the mainstream of culture, something that is not true in China. He then calls on the church to look for ways to engage with society rather than standing in opposition to it. Only by doing this will Christianity gain influence in Chinese society.

Jul 7, 2014

How Many NGOs does China Really Have?

by Brent Fulton

According to a recent article in The Economist, over the past 25 years half a million non-governmental organizations have registered in China. Another 1.5 million social entities have not registered and are effectively functioning illegally. Many others are registered as businesses.

Jul 1, 2014

Under the Microscope?

by Joann Pittman

If you work for a foreign NGO in China and have had the feeling that it has been under a bit more scrutiny lately, it seems that you are not imagining things.

Jul 1, 2014

A Church for Hani and Yi People in Yunnan

by ChinaSource Team

While much is written about the explosive growth of the church among the Han (dominant ethnic group in China), less is written about the spread of Christianity among the minority peoples. The article translated below is about a county in Yunnan Province that is praying and raising money to build a church.

June

Jun 30, 2014

China's Schizophrenic NGO Policy

by Brent Fulton

As far as I know China's NGO sector doesn't have a theme song, but if it did it would likely be the U2 hit single "With or Without You."

Jun 27, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 26 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The articles that caught our eye in this week's ZGBriefs Newsletter fall within two large topicsChinese language and Confucianism.

Jun 25, 2014

Lord, Give Me a Vision

by Joann Pittman

Last month we highlighted a video from the Grace to the City Convention held in Hong Kong in March, which featured the participants singing the popular Getty hymn, "In Christ Alone."

Jun 23, 2014

Urbanization and the Future of China's Church

by Brent Fulton

Along with the massive urbanization that has forever reshaped the social and cultural landscape of China, the church in China has itself undergone a major transformation. From a largely rural, peasant-led movement in the 1980s the church is now very much an urban phenomenon.

Jun 20, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 19 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The church demolitions continue in Zhejiang, as does the commentary trying to make sense of it all. Two articles this week contributed to the conversation.

Jun 18, 2014

Next Steps in Walking with Leaders

by ChinaSource Team

"Brother Mark" played a key role in coordinating Walking with Leaders a consultation on mentoring, coaching, and spiritual formation in China hosted by ChinaSource last month in Hong Kong. Here are excerpts from a conversation we had with Brother Mark following the event.

Jun 17, 2014

Governing Religion with One Eye Closed

by Joann Pittman

I am not a regular reader of Daedalus (although I probably should be), but a few weeks back I downloaded the Spring 2014 edition of the journal Daedalus onto my kindle because the cover caught my eye: Growing Pains in a Rising China.

Jun 16, 2014

Six Trends Shaping China (and What They Mean for the Church)

by Brent Fulton

Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel, both professors at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management in Beijing, claim you can understand China in an hour. An excerpt from their new book on the McKinsey and Company website says getting a handle on China is a lot less about politics and a lot more about a handful of major economic and social trends that are shaping the country's future.

Jun 13, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June12 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

History in the making and forgotten history were in the news this week along with Chinese-style self-help and the extension of Chinese consumerism to the US.

Jun 12, 2014

Can Christianity Impact Chinese Society? Ten Take-aways

by Joann Pittman

Yesterday I highlighted some of the key points of the first of two panel discussions hosted by the Brookings Institute last week. The specific topic of that panel was the political and social status of Christianity in China.

Jun 11, 2014

The Social and Political Status of Christianity in China: Ten "Take-aways

by Joann Pittman

Is Christianity transforming Chinese society? The Brookings Institute China Center recently hosted two panel discussions exploring that question.

Jun 9, 2014

Faces of Christian Leadership in China

by Brent Fulton

The 2006 China Church Leadership Study, conducted jointly by ChinaSource and Geneva Global Research, identified seven types of Christian leaders in China. While three of these are in traditional church roles at various levels, the other four function largely outside the bounds of the local church and represent the growing role of Christians in China's larger society.

Jun 6, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 5 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

There was really only ONE story out of China this week, namely the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident. We could have devoted the entirety of ZGBriefs to the marking of that event, but we narrowed it down to a handful. Two of those articles are highlighted here. In addition, we couldn't pass up two articles about the hazards for foreigners who live and work in China.

Jun 4, 2014

Living Conditions of Rural Preachers

by ChinaSource Team

The Mainland site Gospel Times recently published an article about the poor living conditions of preachers in the countryside. The article contains stories and photos of preachers in three different counties in southwest China. Below is a translation of one of those stories. The article is set within the context of the Sanjiang Church, an unusually expensive and ornate church in Wenzhou that was demolished last month.

Jun 3, 2014

Ethical Foundations for China Service

by Mike Falkenstine

I have been involved actively in China ministry since 1996. I often tell people that those years have been some of the most exciting times for China, her government and her church. Just as I was actively getting involved, the Chinese government was beginning to wrestle with what place people of faith could have in Chinese society. It seems clear that they are still wrestling with that question today!

Jun 2, 2014

China's Urbanization: Three Things You Should Know

by Brent Fulton

Urbanization has irreversibly changed the landscape of Chinademographically, socially, geographically, and economically.

Jun 2, 2014

Its about the Space

by Joann Pittman

Kudos to Ian Johnson for getting his hands on an official document that helps explain the Sanjiang Church Demolition Incident. In what is arguably the most comprehensive reporting on the incident, he writes in The New York Times that "an internal government document reviewed by The New York Times makes it clear the demolitions are part of a strategy to reduce Christianity's public profile."

May

May 30, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 29 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

These are the topics that caught our attention this week pork fat, bound feet, and a Miao festival.

May 28, 2014

Research Assistant/Translator Needed

by ChinaSource Team

ChinaSource is looking for a part-time (8-10 hours/week) research assistant/translator for our Chinese Church Voices project. The ideal candidate is someone who is familiar with the landscape of Chinese Christian websites and social media, and has the ability to translate content from these platforms into English.

May 28, 2014

Grace to the City in Hong Kong

by Joann Pittman

In March of this year, more than 1500 pastors and church leaders from around China gathered at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong for a conference called Grace to the City Convention. The keynote speaker was Dr. Timothy Keller, of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City who, with the assistance of a phenomenal interpreter, spoke on the themes of grace, contextualization, integration, and movement. In addition, the participants heard four pastors from four different areas of China give their perspectives on these themes. A team of musicians from Harbin led the worship.

May 27, 2014

How to Succeed at Philanthropy in China

by Brent Fulton

In our previous post, "How to Fail at Philanthropy in China," we shared some insights from Clare Pearson of Charitarian Magazine in Beijing, based on her experience with corporate donors in China. Clare presented these last month at Philanthropy and China: A Time of Promise, a conference sponsored by the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP).

May 23, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 22 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Two of our favorite stories this week are about those on the margins of Chinese societythe poor who struggle to care for sick babies, and the disabled who are shut out of the educational system. The third article is an interesting look at how a the propaganda office in a neighborhood in Qingdao is trying to tackle the problem of "evil cults."

May 21, 2014

Is There Religious Freedom in China?

by Joann Pittman

Is there religious freedom in China? The answer, of course, depends on the meaning of the term "religious freedom"

May 19, 2014

Folk Thinking among Rural Christians

by Mans Ramstad

Christianity in rural China is heavily influenced by concepts of Chinese folk religion and functions in many ways like a folk religion. This is due to the influence of traditional religious concepts and the limited education among most rural people. Folk concepts observed in rural Christianity include predilection for the mysterious including evidence of supernatural power, obsession with objects (the evil of unspiritual objects as well as the benefit of spiritual objects like pictures of Jesus or crosses), an intuitive desire for ritual to express one's faith and other aspects to be discussed below.

May 19, 2014

A Generation of One

by Brent Fulton

Why China's most privileged youth generation ever is still looking for more.

May 19, 2014

Walking with Leaders

by ChinaSource Team

It's hard to learn a skill if you've never seen an experienced person do it.Instructions are great but watching a video on Youtube is better. Better yet, however, is having an experienced person—a mentor—walk alongside you, make suggestions, and give good feedback as you learn. If that is true of simpler tasks like pruning roses or learning tai chi, it is certainly true for learning the far more complex skills and attitudes needed in godly, fruitful church leaders.

May 16, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 15 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Geographic and cultural divides and differences understanding them and bridging them were common themes this week.

May 14, 2014

Is Christianity China's largest NGO?

by Joann Pittman

It's been awhile since a new book has found it's way onto my "must read" list, but I suspect that a new one Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos is going to end up there.

May 13, 2014

Ten Things to Know about China's Migrant Workers

by Joann Pittman

This is a picture of the skyline of Pudong, the glitzy business district of Shanghai. For a time, that tall building with the hole in the top was actually the world's tallest building. It was soon beat out by the Burj in Dubai, and, as you can see, by the new building going up right beside it.

May 12, 2014

Where is China Going?

by Brent Fulton

Statistics released by a Beijing think tank in January reveal that emigration from China is at its highest level ever, with 9.34 million leaving the Mainland in 2013. The "immigration deficit," or difference between those immigrating to China and those leaving, has risen 129 percent since 1990, from 3.71 million to 8.5 million. China is the world's fourth largest country for emigration, coming behind, India, Mexico, and Russia.

May 12, 2014

A University Student Reflects on Faith

by ChinaSource Team

The website Xuanjiao Zhongguo (Missions China) recently ran a post written by a university student in China, sharing his/her reflections on faith in modern China.

May 9, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 8 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

If there were a theme to the three articles that we have chosen this week, it would be information.

May 8, 2014

What is the Chinese Word for Church?

by Joann Pittman

As with most questions of a linguistic nature, the answer is a bit complicated because in English the term "church" can refer to either a gathering of believers or a building where those believers gather. In other words, we can use the term "church" to call any and all gatherings of believers, regardless of the existence of a building. Generally speaking, we can infer from the context what is being discussed.

May 6, 2014

Can the Chinese Church Say No?

by Brent Fulton

The people of China have a history of being ambivalent toward knowledge and technology imported from the West. The ti-yong debates of the late-19th and early- 20th centuries highlighted their desire to enjoy the practical benefits (yong) of Western learning while maintaining the essence (ti) of Chinese culture. The rush toward Westernization that seemed to characterize the 1980s was subsequently replaced by the "China Can Say No" spirit of the 1990s. With China's rise in this century there is a new confidence in China's ability to chart its own unique course.

May 6, 2014

Ten China Documentaries

by Joann Pittman

I'm a documentary lover; given a choice between watching a movie, a TV program (drama or comedy), or a documentary, I will almost always choose the documentary.

May 5, 2014

What Triggers Persecution of Christians in China?

by Brent Fulton

According to China Aid Association's 2013 Persecution Report, a total of 7,424 Christians were persecuted in China last year. This is not an insignificant number; 7,424 believers facing persecution is 7,424 too many. However, it is worth looking at this number a bit closer in order to put it into perspective.

May 5, 2014

Demolish! It's Just a Building!

by ChinaSource Team

In the week since the Sanjiang Church was demolished, netizens in China (both Christian and non-Christian) have taken to social media to comment on the incident. 

May 2, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 1 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

As far as most of our readers go, probably the biggest story out of China this week was the demolition of the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou.

May 1, 2014

Lessons from the Chinese Church: Listen and Become Wise

by Mark Totman

You're daughter isn't wearing enough let me feel her hands. They're ice cold. Shame on you!

It's really not good to exercise early in the morning. The air is bad then.

You shouldn't throw your children up in the air like that. It's bad for their brain development.

April

Apr 30, 2014

An Overview of the Church in China

by Joann Pittman

On Saturday night, April 26, 2014, Brent Fulton and I gave a talk at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, titled "The Chinese Church and the Global Body of Christ."

Apr 29, 2014

China's Next War?

by Brent Fulton

In his work report at last month's annual meeting of the National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang, citing the growing toll which China's environmental crisis is taking on the economy, pledged to "declare war" on pollution.

Apr 28, 2014

The Sanjiang Church Demolition: All of the Above.

by Joann Pittman

As of this morning (Monday, April 28) there are wild rumors floating around regarding the situation at the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, but what is not in dispute is that the church is, in fact, being demolished.

Apr 24, 2014

"In the Cross, In the Cross"

by ChinaSource Team

In response to the situation at the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, a Chinese believer posted an open letter to Christians world-wide to pray for the Church in China.

Apr 23, 2014

To China and Back Again - Ten Things That Will Make All the Difference

by ChinaSource Team

Moving to China is both a great adventure and a daunting task. Here are ten ways you can prepare yourself, your family, and those who care about you.

Apr 22, 2014

China - The Most Christian Nation? Three Comments and a Story

by Joann Pittman

Late last week The Telegraph published a story about the rise of Christianity in China under the attention-grabbing headline "China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years."

Apr 21, 2014

Looking Ahead: Which China?

by Brent Fulton

China today has been variously described as an emerging superpower, an economic miracle, a totalitarian regime, a corrupt kleptocracy, a regional hegemon, a bellwether of the future, and a victim of its past. Each of these narratives contains a kernel of truth, yet none by itself begins to do justice to the complexities of China.

Apr 21, 2014

The "Preach Everywhere Gospel Band"

by ChinaSource Team

Many people in the West are familiar with the Back to Jerusalem Movement, which refers to a movement of Chinese Christians to take the gospel to Central Asia, and then "back to Jerusalem."

Fewer people, perhaps, are aware of the fact that this movement, or vision, is not something new; it really began in the 1940's when God called a group of Chinese believers to take the Gospel to Northwest China (Xinjiang) and Central Asia. They formed a team called the "Preach Everywhere Gospel Band," and fanned out across Xinjiang.

Apr 18, 2014

Considering a Move to China?

by John Kimber

It can be one of life's greatest challenges and blessings.

Whether it is for a company, business or mission team, the decision to move to China can be one of the most rewarding of a lifetime.

Apr 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 17 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Our favorite stories this week cover the gamut searching for Hui identity in Taiwan; the life of "Taobao Girls" in Beijing; the June 4 crack-down in Chengdu; and a trailer for an upcoming documentary about a Tibetan woman living in Beijing. China is nothing, if not complex!

Apr 16, 2014

Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

by William Bennett

Eastern Lightning is a Chinese cult that proclaims that Christ has already returned as a Chinese woman. The cult started in Henan Province in the early 1990s and reportedly has one million followers in mainland China.1

Apr 16, 2014

Calvinism in China

by Joann Pittman

One thing that I have noticed over the past couple of years is the growing influence of Calvinism among Chinese house church Christians. At a conference I attended in Germany last year, one of the speakers even listed it as a major challenge facing the church in China.

Apr 15, 2014

Sanjiang Church: The Basics of Christianity in China

by Mike Falkenstine

As the news of the battle for Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou began to break over the last week and I read the accounts, I was reminded again why fully understanding Christianity in China from the West is so hard.

Apr 14, 2014

The Sanjiang Church Incident: More than Meets the Eye

by ChinaSource Team

Last week, word started circulating in the western press of a church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province that was surrounded by parishioners protecting it from a demolition crew.

Apr 14, 2014

Are Confucian Values Biblical?

by Brent Fulton

In a recent interview in the ChinaSource Quarterly, Purdue professor Yang Fenggang is quoted as saying that "the Chinese Christian church has become an institutional base for passing on transformed Confucian values to younger generations." Dr. Yang, a sociologist and Director of the Center on Religion and Society at Purdue University, does not necessarily see Confucianism and Christianity as being in competition with one another. Rather, he encourages Christians to seek common ground where possible.

Apr 13, 2014

The Sanjiang Church Incident

by ChinaSource Team

On April 4, the western press began reporting on a church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province that was surrounded by thousands of parishioners who were blocking a crew sent to demolish the church. As reported, local officials had initially ordered that the cross be removed from the church, and later said the church was built illegally and had ordered its destruction. The story was a hot topic both inside and outside of China, and has come to be known as The Sanjiang Church Incident.

Apr 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 10 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Schools, nostalgia, and explaining the unexplainable these are the subjects of our top picks in ZGBriefs this week.

Apr 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

A compilation of important news from around China, via online published sources.

Apr 8, 2014

A New Must-read for China Hands

by Amy Young

Love her or hate her, Empress Dowager Cixi does not leave us with the option of just letting her drift off into historical obscurity. Jung Chang's (author of Wild Swans) recently published Express Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China is destined to become a must read for China hands.

Apr 8, 2014

A Brief Q & A with Dr. Fenggang Yang at Purdue

by Joann Pittman

An interview with Dr. Fenggang Yang about a new exchange program at Purdue University.

Apr 7, 2014

Eastern Lightning Eschatology

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

The following eschatological scheme is what I have pieced together from scattered statements in Eastern Lightning writings. It does not seem altogether consistent, and it may not reflect the common understanding among the cult's rank and file.

Apr 7, 2014

Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

The orthodox doctrine of the Trinity (三位一体) is that there is one God (一神) in three persons (三个位个).

Apr 7, 2014

Confrontation or Conversation? The Church and Confucianism in China

by Brent Fulton

The Spring 2014 issue of ChinaSource Quarterly takes up the topic of Confucianism's resurgence in China and its implications for the church. Certainly not a new topic, the relationship between China's dominant worldview and the Christian gospel has been a perennial subject of discussion since at least the days of Matteo Ricci. Successive generations of Christians in China have asked the pertinent questions in different ways, some choosing to find accommodation between the two, while others find them to be mutually exclusive.

Apr 7, 2014

Caring for Leukemia Patients

by ChinaSource Team

Christians from a church in Shanghai minister to leukemia patients.

Apr 4, 2014

Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

A brief discussion of the origins and evolution of the Eastern Lightning cult, an introduction

Apr 4, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 3 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Tomorrow (April 5) is "Tomb-Sweeping Day," a festival to honor the ancestors by tending their graves. There were two articles about this that caught our attention this week.

Apr 3, 2014

Where Did Eastern Lightning's Ideas Come From?

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

Section 1 of Where Did Eastern Lighting Come From?, A brief discussion of the origins and evolution of the Eastern Lightning cult

Apr 3, 2014

Salt and Light in China

by Joann Pittman

Adding to my recent list of Ten Books on Christianity, I'd like to also commend the three volumes of Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China, by Carol Lee Hamrin and Stacey Bieler.

Apr 2, 2014

Where Did Eastern Lightnings Leaders Come From?

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

Section 2 of Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?, A brief discussion of the origins and evolution of the Eastern Lightning cult

March

Mar 31, 2014

Reflections on China 2014: Two Ships - Different Directions

by R. Scott Rodin

This is my third blog reflecting back on six days I spent in China recently with Brent Fulton where we met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I shared in the first blog about my amazement at the growth of the church and the window that seems to be opening for the gospel, and in my second I raised concerns about the environmental disaster that is overtaking China and the key role of the church in calling people to care for God's creation.

Mar 31, 2014

Brief Look at Some of Eastern Lightnings False Teachings

by William Bennett

From the series Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?

Section 3 of Where Did Eastern Lightning Come From?, A brief discussion of the origins and evolution of the Eastern Lightning cult

Mar 31, 2014

Praying for Kazakhstan

by ChinaSource Team

A house church in Beijing has a special time of prayer for Kazakhstan.

Mar 29, 2014

Does China Need More Leadership Training?

by Brent Fulton

Last week I had two meetings in as many days regarding two proposed leadership training efforts aimed at Christians in China. Both were well thought through and grew out of decades of China experience.

Mar 29, 2014

Are Most Chinese Really Atheists?

by Joann Pittman

It's an interesting question, and, as the saying goes, "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'atheist' is."

Mar 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 27 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Two articles about religion, a missing jetliner, and eye-popping gifs of China's urbanization; these are our top picks this week.

Mar 26, 2014

Reflections on China 2014: The Growing Environmental Crisis

by R. Scott Rodin

This is my second blog reflecting back on six days I spent in China recently with Brent Fulton where we met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I shared in the first blog about my amazement at the growth of the church and the window that seems to be opening for the gospel.

Mar 24, 2014

Who Invented the Coffee Cup? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

by Amy Young

The truth is I don't know. But after reading The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester you, too, might find yourself wondering about your morning mug as you wait for water to boil.

Mar 24, 2014

Seeking Asian Values

by ChinaSource Team

In 1997 when China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong were grappling with what it meant to be Chinese of China, conversations often referred to Asian values. For over a hundred years, Hong Kong had been ruled and influenced by Western values, some referred to them as Christian values. Now that Hong Kong was no longer part of the United Kingdom, the question was how do the people of Hong Kong identify themselves? What values do they hold? Frequently the answer involved articulating Asian values in some way. Often Buddhism was highlighted; other times Confucianism was mentioned as a source for moral guidance.

Mar 24, 2014

Ten Reasons I am a Christian

by ChinaSource Team

A Chinese Christian blogger offers ten reasons for being a Christian.

Mar 21, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 20 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Scrolling down through ZGBriefs this week provides another glimpse of the complexity of China today.

Mar 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

A compilation of this week's news from China, from online published sources.

Mar 19, 2014

Reflections on China, 2014

by R. Scott Rodin

I am back from six days in China where I traveled with Brent Fulton and met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I preached twice at Beijing International Christian Fellowship and we also held our ChinaSource Board meeting in Beijing. It was a busy and fulfilling week. I have been asked to share a few highlights and reflections of my time.

Mar 18, 2014

Filial Piety: A Christian Perspective

by ChinaSource Team

A Chinese Christian blogger explores the similarities and differences between the Chinese concept of filial piety and the Biblical teaching to honor one's parents.

Mar 17, 2014

Why I Don't Recommend "Safely Home"

by Joann Pittman

A few years ago, I put together a China reading list that I titled My Literary Journey to Being a Sinophile for my personal blog in which I highlighted books that have shaped my understanding and love for China over the past thirty years. The book topics run the gamut from history to contemporary society to the condition of the church. The book Safely Home (2003) by Randy Alcorn is not on the list.

Mar 14, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 13 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Meetings (and things that happened alongside those meetings) and Chinese people in the US caught our interest this week.

Mar 13, 2014

Contemporary Confucian Revival and Its Interactions with Christianity in China

by Kevin Xiyi Yao

Chinese society today has turned fairly religious with Protestant Christianity and Confucianism experiencing the most growth in recent decades. As these two traditions interact more and more, the tension and rivalry between them intensifies. Dr. Yao looks at the roles that each plays in today's China along with the place of the so-called New Confucian Movement. As the current Confucian revival represents an attempt to regain Confucian dominance in Chinese society, what is the response of Christianity?

Mar 13, 2014

Confucian Comeback

An Interview with Fenggang Yang

by G. Wright Doyle

Professor Fenggang Yang provides insightful answers to questions about Confucianism. His comments address topics such as the groups of people among whom Confucianism is growing, the influence of New Confucianists from overseas on Chinese society and thought, and concrete signs that Confucianism is growing in China.

Mar 13, 2014

A Chinese Christian Critique of Confucianism

by G. Wright Doyle and Lit-sen Chang

Chang provides a Christian understanding of the nature of Confucianism, its classics and the basic teachings of Confucius. This is followed by a critique of Confucianism from a biblical standpoint using classical theological categories (God, creation, man, sin and salvation and eschatology) to frame his comments. He also discusses a key component of traditional Confucianism, ancestor worship.

Mar 13, 2014

Confucianism in Modern Chinese Society

by Peregrine de Vigo

First, the author takes his readers on a walk through a Chinese megacity to help us "see" how Confucianism is influencing modern Chinese society; then he goes on to discuss some of its influences in key areas of Chinese culture. Is Confucianism today the same as it was historically? What is its relationship with politics? What does it have to do with the Chinese identity? The article discusses these and other relevant questions.

Mar 13, 2014

The New Confucianists

Contemporary Confucian Scholars

by He Tianyi

The revival of Confucianism in China comes from a variety of sources including scholars resident in mainland China, Taiwan and overseas. He Tianyi provides a brief introduction to some of these. They include scholars working to educate in the Confucian tradition, doing research on Confucianism, lecturing to spread traditional culture into the popular mainstream and focusing on the implementation of the Confucian view of life in the presence of modern materialism. He introduces us to one who specialize in the history of Western philosophy, cultural philosophy and Neo-Confucianism and to another who is working to promote greater mutual understanding between intellectuals in China and the West.

Mar 13, 2014

The Christian Faith in Chinese Culture

A Book Review

by G. Wright Doyle

Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ by Ralph R. Covell
and
Confronting Confucian Understandings of the Christian Doctrine of Salvation: A Systematic Theological Analysis of the Basic Problems in the Confucian-Christian Dialogue by Paulos Huang
Reviewed by G. Wright Doyle

Covell traces the history of the gospel in China from the Nestorians up to about 1980 and ways in which foreign missionaries, and then Chinese Christians, tried to express the gospel in terms which were, or were not, readily accessible to the people they hoped to reach. Huang's aim is to explain how different types of Confucianists have understood, and responded to the Christian doctrine of salvation.

Mar 12, 2014

How Long Does It Take to Learn Chinese?

by Joann Pittman

Since I've been in China for 28 years,* and speak Chinese reasonably well, I am often asked two questions (by foreigners), neither of which have easy answers.

Mar 10, 2014

Popular Christian Books in China

by Joann Pittman

Many people are surprised to know that that there are numerous Christian books that have been published in China and as a result can be legally sold and distributed within China. This is something that has been going on for the past ten years.

Mar 7, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 6 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Violence was very much in China-related media this week as people inside and outside of China sought to come to grips with the brutal attack that took place in the Kunming train station on March 1. A new date, 3-01 has entered our terrorism vocabulary.

Mar 5, 2014

Thank you!

by ChinaSource Team

We were hoping for 100 new subscribers and gained 186!

Mar 4, 2014

What to Make of the Attack in Kunming

by Joann Pittman

On Saturday, there was a knife attack at the Kunming train station. When it was over, 29 people were dead and hundreds injured. Here's how the Los Angeles Times reported the scene:

Mar 3, 2014

Love Online, Chinese Style

by Brent Fulton

The explosion of China's online Christian community has not only provided believers with a new platform for expressing their faith, it is also helping to meet practical needs within the Christian community. Recently Chinese Church Voices featured an article from the online Christian newspaper Gospel Times about Christian dating websites in China.

February

Feb 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 27 Issue

by Joann Pittman

My top picks this week center on architecture, education, and the plight of the disabled in China.

Feb 27, 2014

February 27, 2014

A compilation of news from China this week, from around the Web.

Feb 27, 2014

To Conquer Characters, Rethink Radicals

by Paul Condrell

When I began learning Chinese at age twenty-one, I was encouraged to discover that every character has a "radical", a component which communicates meaning. Characters containing the "three dots", for example, denote something to do with water. River and lake , wash and rinse , and sweat and tears all contain the water radical on the left.

Feb 27, 2014

Speed Skating Coach Li Yan Talks about the Bible

by ChinaSource Team

The most successful short track speed skating coach in the world is Li Yan. She is also a Christian. The Christian Times reports on the importance of faith in her life.

Feb 26, 2014

Being Salt and Light Among the Disabled in China

by Joann Pittman

James Palmer, a Beijing-based journalist has penned an excellent, yet disturbing, piece about the disabled in China, titled "Crippling Injustice." "Disabled people in modern China," he writes, "are still stigmatised, marginalised and abused." "What hope is there for reform?"

Feb 24, 2014

Theological Chinese for Non-native Speakers

by Brent Fulton

Chinese language learning opportunities have mushroomed in recent decades. For those seeking to work specifically with the church in China, however it is still not easy to find a program that covers both the requisite theological vocabulary and is accessible to non-native speakers.

Feb 24, 2014

Ten Books on Christianity in China

by Joann Pittman

People often ask me for recommendations of books to read about Christianity and the church in China. There are a lot of books out there; some better than others.

Feb 21, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 20 Issue

by Joann Pittman

There were a number of articles in this week's ZGBriefs that caught my attention. The first two are about romance and weddings in China. The third one is about government efforts to save abandoned babies by providing "baby hatches" in various cities. The fourth is for fun video highlights of a motorcycle ride around China.

Feb 20, 2014

Religious Policy Development in the PRC since 1949--An Overview

by Timothy Conkling

In today's blog, Dr. Timothy Conkling discusses the influence of PRC religious policy on the church in China.

Feb 18, 2014

When Does a Barrier Become a Destination?

by Brent Fulton

Coming off another Great Wall visit, I am again pondering the paradox of the wall a paradox which is true of both the ancient one as well as the more recently constructed one.

Feb 17, 2014

Six Key Challenges for the Chinese Church: A Local Perspective

by Joann Pittman

Two weeks ago I had the chance to speak to a group of students and professors at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN) about the church in China.

Feb 14, 2014

On the Horse!

by ChinaSource Team

February 14 marks the official end of the two-week holiday season in China known as Spring Festival, which coincides with the first 15 days of the lunar New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, the year that began two weeks ago is the Year of the Horse.

Feb 14, 2014

ZGBriefs The Week's Top Picks, February 14 Issue

by Joann Pittman

There were a lot of great articles in this weeks' ZGBriefs, but the ones that particularly caught my eye were on the topics of human rights and law, ethnic tensions, and American-style Chinese food.

Feb 13, 2014

Generations of Church Leadership in China

by Brent Fulton

In a recent post on Chinese Church Voices, a college professor who is a Christian contrasted his own life in China with that experienced by his father. His portrait of these two generations finds interesting parallels in the leadership of China's church.

Feb 12, 2014

Glorious Things to Learn from Hudson Taylor

by Joann Pittman

At the Desiring God Conference for Pastors in Minneapolis last week, conference host John Piper spoke on the life of Hudson Taylor in a message titled, "The Ministry of Hudson Taylor as Life in Christ."

Feb 10, 2014

Chinese Santa

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

"That is messed up!"

"Why? WHY?!"

"That is just plain WRONG."

Feb 7, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 6 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Our top picks this week all touch on some of the social issues that China is dealing with today: happiness, disappearing traditional culture, and the rise of volunteerism.

Feb 7, 2014

Reflections on Growing Up in China

by ChinaSource Team

A Chinese Christian reflects on his father's and his own youth, and looks ahead to the future of his young son.

Feb 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

Compilation of important news from China this week, from around the Web.

Feb 6, 2014

The Link Between 1989 and Christianity

by Joann Pittman

I recently came across a piece on PRI's "Here and Now" program about how the Tiananmen Square incident became a "watershed" for conversions to Christianity.

Feb 3, 2014

February - New Subscribers Month!

by ChinaSource Team

Today begins a month-long subscription drive to get more people reading the ChinaSource Blog.

Feb 3, 2014

China does a lot of things.

by Brent Fulton

It is common journalistic shorthand to attribute any policies, economic action, or military behavior that appears to emanate from Chinese officialdom to "China."

January

Jan 31, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 30 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Our top picks this week are all over the map, so to speak, covering religion, politics, and the perils of language learning!

Jan 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Compilation of important news from around China, from around the Web.

Jan 30, 2014

本土化宣教运动现况分析

The Indigenous Mission Movement from China: A Current Assessment

by Yi Du Kam

「宣教士」一词的传统定义,对从中国来的宣教士,已显得不甚贴切了。细察今日中国教会在差遣宣教士过程中的独特经历和情景,宣教士一词颇有重新定义的必要。本文作者依据这个论点,为读者分析中国本土化的宣教运动,论述今日中国所差遣的宣教士。

Jan 29, 2014

本土化宣教运动 历史的回顾

The Indigenous Mission Movement from China: A Historical Review

by Kim-kwong Chan

过去一百多年来,为数甚多的中国本土化宣传运动,可概括地归纳为福音出中国、出中华、及出中原三大类别。本文为读者简介其中最重要的… …

Jan 28, 2014

A Nestorian Grave Site

by Joann Pittman

In the historical news department, the Catholic news service UCA recently wrote about the discovery of a gravesite in Henan Province that is believed to be a burial site of the Nestorians, the earliest Christians to reach China in the Tang Dynasty.

Jan 27, 2014

Unmasking China's "Official" Church

by Brent Fulton

China's "official" churches (those operating under the auspices of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement) are fairly often associated with terms such as "restrictive," "government-sanctioned," or even "Communist-controlled." Granted, one does not have to look too far within China's religious bureaucracy and its associated policies and practices to find evidence that would justify such notions. Unfortunately, however, the perception of the official church which these labels create tends to mask much of what is actually happening on the ground in TSPM-affiliated churches.

Jan 24, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 23 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Let's call it "video week" at ZGB because my top picks this week are all video reports on some fairly pressing contemporary social issues, each of them ripples of China's one-child policy.

Jan 24, 2014

Interview with a Three-Self Pastor

by ChinaSource Team

For the Winter Issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly, which focused on the issue of religious policies in China and the relationship between the church and the state, ChinaSource conducted an interview with a Three-Self pastor in China. Below is the article/interview in its entirety.

Jan 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

A compilation of this week's news stories from around China, from published online sources.

Jan 23, 2014

What Day Is This?

by Brent Fulton

I'm already two weeks into my current episode of jet lag, so I know there is no excuse. However, I still find myself waking up in the morning and wondering, "What day is this anyway?"

Jan 22, 2014

Thirty Years in China; Four Observed Trends

by Joann Pittman

Thirty years ago, I set off for what I thought would be a one-year teaching stint in China. Twenty-eight years later, I moved back to the States. Either I'm really bad at math or that was one very long year.

Jan 21, 2014

Coming to Terms with the Church

by Brent Fulton

An article that appeared last month in China's official press raises interesting questions about how the church in China is viewed by both the Chinese state and society.

Jan 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 17 Issue

by Joann Pittman

These three articles caught my attention while compiling ZGBriefs this week.

Jan 16, 2014

Is Your Organization a Fit for China?

by Brent Fulton

Over the years many foreign faith-based entities have made what might best be described as a "survey trip" to China. The purpose is ostensibly to understand what is happening on the ground and to discern whether, and how, their particular organization could begin a China work.

Jan 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

A compilation of the important news from China this week, from online published sources. 

Jan 15, 2014

Examining China's Religious Policy

by ChinaSource Team

One of the questions frequently asked about China concerns the degree to which Christians in China face persecution, the default assumption being that China has a specific policy of repressing Christianity.

Jan 15, 2014

The Church in China: Asking the Wrong Questions?

by Brent Fulton

The church in China is often viewed through two prevailing and related paradigms. The "persecuted church" paradigm positions the church and the Chinese government in perpetual opposition to one another, while the "Christian China" paradigm sees Christianity as bringing a new moral order to China and foresees the day when the church will usher in political change.

Jan 13, 2014

Victor Plymire: A Faith Worth Imitating

by Mark Totman

This article looks at a few key events in the life of Victor Plymire, a pioneer missionary to Tibet in the early 20th century. My prayer is that this brief glimpse into his life will enlarge your view of God so that your faith would be strengthened and you might pursue God with renewed determination. Additionally, I hope that you would see the tremendous value of history and biography for the Christian life and the Church universal.

Jan 11, 2014

The Challenge of China's Shifting Labor Market

by Brent Fulton

The new year is upon us, and McKinsey China has come out with a new set of predictions for 2014, which you can read here. A key theme running through these predictions is a significantly changing labor market, particularly as a result of advances in technology and the way it is being utilized both in the workplace and by consumers.

Jan 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

A compilation of important news from China this week, from online published sources.

Jan 7, 2014

The 2013 Grinch Award (is for your educational benefit)

by Joel 大江

Just because a Chinese Christian is in trouble doesn't mean they're in trouble just because they're a Christian. Their Christianity may have something to do with it, or it may have almost nothing to do with. China being as it is, the "whys" are usually a little more complicated and a lot more pragmatic. This is not the Mao Era.

Jan 7, 2014

Phases of Chinese House Church Development

by ChinaSource Team

The mainland think-tank Pacific Institute for Social Sciences recently translated an article by Professor Liu Peng, titled Three Issues Concerning Chinese House Churches. This article provides and excellent overview of the history and current situation for house churches in China.

Jan 6, 2014

Chinese Movies for Religious Eyes

by The Arxist

It dawned on me recently that no one has commented on a recent phenomenon: famous Chinese movie directors injecting Christian and related religious elements into contemporary Chinese movies.

Jan 4, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 3 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Three stories caught our eye this week, two serious, and one that will make you want to don all of your winter clothes, grab your camera, and head to Harbin, China.

Jan 3, 2014

The Space between Policy, Practice, and Persecution

by Brent Fulton

Mention the church in China and the conversation invariably turns toward China's religious policy, the underlying assumption being that the Chinese government is bent on suppressing Christianity. In the most recent issue of ChinaSource Quarterly we take a closer look at this question. As with most things in China, both the stated policy and the observable reality belie a complexity that makes it extremely difficult to generalize about the relationship between church and state in China.

Jan 3, 2014

January 3, 2014

A compilation of this week's news items, gathered from published online sources.