Tabor Laughlin

Tabor Laughlin (pseudonym) is a PhD student in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missions and his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has been serving in China for ten years, and is president of a small sending agency in China, overseeing fifteen workers in three cities.

Laughlin currently lives with his wife and children in Deerfield, IL. He blogs at ChinaSource and Desiring God, and is the author of Becoming Native to Win the Natives (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

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China’s Ambassadors of Christ—Chinese Version

China’s Ambassadors of Christ to the Nations by Tabor Laughlin was published in 2020 by Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock, as part of their Evangelical Missiological Society Monograph series.

The book is based on Laughlin’s PhD dissertation analyzing the experiences of missionaries sent out from mainland China and delves into the cross-cultural challenges they face and other issues affecting their ability to remain on the mission field.

A Chinese translation of the original dissertation is now available.

Blog Entries

3 Observations

A Reader Responds to "Missions from China—A Maturing Movement"

What rings true and what needs to be challenged?

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Majority World Missions and Chinese Missions

Where will the Chinese missions effort fall on the spectrum of long-term missions-sending success?


Becoming Native to Win the Natives

Cross-Culturally Becoming All Things to All Men

Becoming Native to Win the Natives first looks at how we are to imitate Christ's love and humility to effectively love those to whom we are ministering. The book then covers many specific aspects of life abroad and how we can better live like the locals in many areas so that some may be saved.

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Western vs. Chinese Theology

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

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Language and Culture Learning—in Kindergarten

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

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“Waffle House” of Northwest China

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

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Encouraged by a Chinese Missions Group

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

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Thoughts on Theological Education for Chinese Believers

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

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Are China’s Best Being Lost to the West?

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