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ZGBriefs | May 19, 2022

Here’s What Thousands of Christian WeChat Accounts Reveal About Chinese Internet Evangelism (May 13, 2022, Christianity Today) WeChat is a powerful digital media outlet with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide and tens of millions of “public accounts.” Over the past decade, WeChat accounts have been an important platform for Chinese Christians to speak about their faith and communicate the gospel.

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Spring 2022 Issue

ChinaSource Quarterly

Reaching Migrant Workers in China

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Editorial ⋅ Reggie Reimer

The Struggles and Strengths of China’s Migrant Workers

From the desk of the guest editor.

Lead Article ⋅ Mark Chu

Thinking about Multiplying Migrant Worker Churches in Urbanizing China

After an overview of current trends in migrant worker population growth throughout China, read about the ways that urbanization has influenced the expansion of migrant churches. Finally, discover five ideas to multiply migrant churches.

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ZGBriefs | May 19, 2022

Here’s What Thousands of Christian WeChat Accounts Reveal About Chinese Internet Evangelism (May 13, 2022, Christianity Today) WeChat is a powerful digital media outlet with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide and tens of millions of “public accounts.” Over the past decade, WeChat accounts have been an important platform for Chinese Christians to speak about their faith and communicate the gospel.

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ZGBriefs | May 12, 2022

A Teacher in China Learns the Limits of Free Expression (May 9, 2022, The New Yorker) How had the country experienced so much social, economic, and educational change while its politics remained stagnant?

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ZGBriefs | May 5, 2022

Chinese Food Is a Celebration of Time and Place (April 19, 2022, Epicurious) “Authenticity” is a loaded word that many chefs like Tong stay away from, because the very concept discriminates against food that has evolved over years and generations.

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ZGBriefs | April 28, 2022

Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry may launch its final journey after 142 years in service (April 25, 2022, The Points Guy) After 142 years of service, Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry may sail its last trip between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island — unless it gets help from big-bucks business investment.

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Chinese Church Voices

More on Thriving in Lockdown

A Chinese Christian playwright suggests ways that music and literature can benefit those coping with extended lockdowns in China.

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Hui Weddings, Funerals, and Other Rites of Passage

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (7)

Rites of passage are supposed to be passed through—they serve as gateways to the next stage of life. Yet too many of our Hui friends see them as closed doors, barriers to entering new life in Christ.

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The Tricolor Religious Market and the Growth of Christianity

The Great Awakening in China (3)

A sociological approach to the religious landscape in China is helpful in understanding the growth of Christianity in recent years.

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Spiritual Awakenings and Reawakenings

The Great Awakening in China (2)

During the 1980s, more and more people in China turned to religion. The turn toward religion included young and old, rural and urban, people who were nearly illiterate and university professors. While many came to Christianity, others returned to Confucianism, Islam, and Buddhism.

Chinese Church Voices

Easter in Shanghai during the Lockdown

Easter in Shanghai this year was unusual and difficult. Yet Christians found ways to celebrate Easter and serve others during the lockdown.

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The Changing Religious Landscape in Modernizing China

The Great Awakening in China (1)

In 1979, churches, temples and mosques began to be restored and reopened for religious activities. That was the beginning of the economic reform era, and it was also the beginning of the Chinese Great Awakening.

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Next Generation Missions

Indigitous Serve

Indigitous Serve cohorts help young adults find their place in global missions. The virtual program mobilizes people to collaborate and lowers barriers to get involved.

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Reverse Culture Shock

Having been back in Australia for a few months now, we have well and truly entered the stage of transition that follows the initial happy honeymoon phase—and have plunged down on the reverse culture shock curve.

Chinese Church Voices

The Unexpected Journey of a University Student

Alone, wretched, and bewildered, I was unaware that God was softening my hard heart in this time of darkness, and he was quietly opening a door to eternal happiness.

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Book Review: Schism

Seventh-Day Adventism in Post-Denominational China

Christie Chow… demonstrates that assorted religious and denominational commitments can also profoundly influence the development and success of Christianity in China.

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How Can God Reach These People?

A Look at the Chinese Diaspora in South Africa

I went on a vision trip with other members of SACON to Eswatini and Zimbabwe. Chinese people were everywhere. God put them on my heart! Now I’m reaching out to them using fitness and sports outreach.

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Rediscovering the Plot

Each... aspect of the Christian witness speaks to one facet of the totality of Christ’s kingdom reign. Each provides a complimentary narrative in the overall plot, which is the story of Christ at work in and through his witnesses on earth.

Chinese Church Voices

Responding to Tragedy

The world is full of tragedy, some arising from human causes, others from natural causes. Both result in suffering. Following the air disaster in China last month, a Chinese believer reflects on how Christians should respond to the tragedies that impact them and others.

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May They Dream of Jesus

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (6)

This is the time of year when Muslims are most in tune with spirituality and when Christians who love Muslims pray most fervently for God to reveal himself to them in the person of Jesus the Messiah.

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Webinar Recording: Chinese Christianity in the Modern Era

In his April 7 webinar, Dr. Easten Law provided a historical overview of the different threads running through Chinese Christianity’s modern development, including themes of folk religiosity and healing, ethical living, familial belonging, and national salvation. What can these historical themes tell us about the church’s role amidst China’s current inward, nationalistic turn and how should we orient ourselves in response?

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A Conversation with the Authors of Children of the Massacre

Robert and Linda Banks, authors of Children of the Massacre, discuss what led them to write the book and the fascinating discoveries they made along the way.

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