Resources by Samuel Ling
Samuel Ling, Ph.D. is a theologian and observer of theological and cultural trends that affect the Chinese church. He is president of China Horizon.
Chinese Intellectuals and the Search for Modern China
The role that Chinese intellectuals play in the spread of the gospel in China.
Church Structure in China
Proposed Questions for Exploration
When interacting with church leaders in China, questions about the church inevitably emerge. At some point, issues concerning church structure will be brought up. How they respond will deeply affect the long term growth of the church. It is both exciting and agonizing to observe.
Cultural Continuity and Discontinuity in Chinese Church Leadership
The shaping of Christian leaders in modern China.
Facets of the Chinese Church
Of the many adjectives that could be used to describe the church in China, “diverse” is one of the most appropriate. The Body of Christ in China is indeed multi-faceted, a microcosm of the diverse population of China itself. Here we present four views of the church in China, each...
Maintaining the Integrity of the Gospel
Today, the church needs to commission and groom a new generation of middle-management “China experts” with China experience. These individuals must learn the language, they should have a firm foundation placed by seminary training which believes in the inerrancy of Scripture, they must have much experience among the Chinese, and perhaps...
Putting Christianity on the Map—for Chinese Intellectuals
Looking at one of China's "Cultural Christians," Liu Xiaofeng.
The Coming Third Anti-Christian Movement?
Learning from Modern Chinese Intellectuals
China has always been an anomaly. She is open to the gospel, she is resistant to the gospel. She is hungry for things modern and Western, she is stubbornly proud of things traditional and Chinese. How do we make sense of all this? More importantly, how do we gauge the...
Understanding China’s Intellectuals
Lessons from History
Cross-cultural workers in China service are increasingly aware of the strategic importance of reaching China’s urban intellectuals. Some of these intellectuals, often (mis)named “Cultural Christians,” have taken up Christian thought as a subject for serious academic study. At the same time, these are exciting, confusing days. China is stepping onto...