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Celebrating a Different Thanksgiving

I thought about those Thanksgivings this year as we contemplate the prospect of a very different Thanksgiving. Covid-19 might prevent us from having the usual gatherings of family or friends; the food may be different. Maybe this is the year to stop and tell a few people that we are thankful for them. And to thank God for them.

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Autumn 2020 Issue

ChinaSource Quarterly

China’s Registered Church

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Editorial ⋅ Wayne Ten Harmsel

Opening the Doors a Bit Wider

From the desk of the guest editor.

Lead Article ⋅ Carsten T. Vala

The Three-Self Patriotic Movement

Vala addresses the history of TSPM churches and the distinction between them and house churches. He looks at their relationship over past years and describes what is happening with both today.

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ZGBriefs | November 19, 2020

Catholic Mass in Shanghai in the Time of COVID (2020) (November 17, 2020, Sinosplice) English Church services for foreigners have still not been allowed to resume, even though church services in Chinese resumed months ago. (I assume it’s the same for Catholics as for other Christians, but I’ll correct this if I’m wrong.) […] Anyway, I took some photos last Sunday at the Xujiahui cathedral, St. Ignatius.

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ZGBriefs | November 12, 2020

China’s Two-Child Policy, Five Years On (Sixth Tone) In this series, Sixth Tone speaks with families, family-planning officials, and policymakers to provide fresh insights into how the two-child policy has affected society, how the restrictions are enforced, and what the government might do to fix the existing challenges.

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ZGBriefs | November 5, 2020

China Tightens Entry Requirements by Adding Second COVID-19 Test (November 3, 2020, Sixth Tone) International travel to the Chinese mainland has slowly resumed after a ban on most foreign nationals was imposed in March. Now, strict testing and quarantine measures are helping curb the risk of imported COVID-19 cases but also creating headaches for would-be returnees.

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ZGBriefs | October 29, 2020

The Virginian Roots of Yunnan’s Tobacco Industry (October 27, 2020, Sixth Tone) Seven decades ago, American cigarettes were a form of social as well as economic currency in China. Now locals are more likely to be offering than taking.

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Celebrating a Different Thanksgiving

I thought about those Thanksgivings this year as we contemplate the prospect of a very different Thanksgiving. Covid-19 might prevent us from having the usual gatherings of family or friends; the food may be different. Maybe this is the year to stop and tell a few people that we are thankful for them. And to thank God for them.

Chinese Church Voices

As Churches Reopen in China (2)

Wu Zhonyi highlights two areas more areas in which believers have demonstrated great enthusiasm as churches reopen.

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An Unchanged Endeavor in Changing Times

The prophets’ bifocal view, the far-sighted perspective of the mission of God and caring for the near neighbor and kinsmen before their eyes, helps me reflect on how our faith communities in Hong Kong should reframe our attitudes in facing the challenges ahead.

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Long Peace Street

A Book Review

I’m always interested in new and fresh ways of framing history, and I loved this story of Beijing (and China itself) as told through the road. For Chatwin, it is a history that is ordered “not chronologically, but geographically.”

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Additional Factors for Reaching the 2nd Generation and a Challenge

Principles for reaching second generation Chinese Americans—for parents and churches.

Chinese Church Voices

As Churches Reopen in China (1)

Wu Zhonyi highlights five areas in which believers have demonstrated great enthusiasm as churches reopen.

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Developing and Modeling a Biblical Worldview

If we believe God's word is true, we should not shy away from letting second generation youth ask questions. If students are free to ask questions in a safe environment, and are given Biblical answers, their faith will grow.

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Online Event: The Role of Confucian and Christian Dialogue in the China Puzzle

A lecture in the ongoing series being presented by the US-China Catholic Association, the China Academic Consortium, and ChinaSource.

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What to Do When Things Just Don’t Feel Right

If you’d like a small, but tangible way, to share Jesus’ love with a group of women and their families in China (as well as bless your own friends and family), here’s a simple way to do that.

Chinese Church Voices

Where Can Young People Turn? (3)

A Chinese Christian counselor talks about the current emotional plight of Chinese young people and provides penetrating analysis that is helpful to better understand the challenges that Chinese young people face today.

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The Chinese Church’s Context May Be More Complex than You Thought

Without grappling with the complex social and political context of the Chinese church, we are not able to fully understand why the church itself is so complex or how to develop a proper relationship with the church in China.

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3 Reasons to Celebrate from One Who Stayed

For those of us “left behind” or who chose to stay behind in China, there has been much to lament. But, there has also been much to celebrate.

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What Is the Gospel and Its Implications for Second Generation Chinese Youth

The gospel of grace taught in the home and at church is vital for reaching Chinese American youth.

Chinese Church Voices

Where Can Young People Turn? (2)

A Chinese Christian counselor talks about the current emotional plight of Chinese young people and provides penetrating analysis that is helpful to better understand the challenges that Chinese young people face today.

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The Testimony of an 80后

During the baptism class, I felt the Spirit of God convicting me that I needed to become a true follower of Jesus. After that, I was baptized.

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Kids and Masks—Challenges in the Pandemic

As COVID-19 lingers on, it does not seem that this threat to public health has caused our Chinese friends to question eternal things more than before. We do, however, have open doors with neighbors that we never had before.

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