Resources from Summer 2015
"Raised from Dust" and "The Only Sons "
Films by Gan Xiao’er
Two films by China-based, independent filmmaker, Gan Xiao’er.
A Christian Thought Movement to a Church Movement
Over the past forty years, reformed theology has become influential among Chinese Christians and, more recently, especially among mainland Chinese Christian intellectuals. This has resulted in reformed thought transitioning into a reformed church movement that is bringing about positive changes. At the same time, there are cautions to be observed...
Liberalism and China’s Churches
After defining the term “liberalism,” the author introduces the liberal intellectuals, many of them city dwellers, who began joining churches and consequently have created tension between liberalism and Christian perspectives. He explores churches’ reactions to this tension and also discusses the attitude of anti-liberals toward Christianity.
Urban Churches in China
A Pentecostal Case Study
An author has noted that societies being shaped by the forces of modernization and urbanization represent fertile ground for the seeds of Pentecostal revival. Menzies supports this claim in a case study that gives us the history and growth of the Li Xin Church, a large, Pentecostal house-church network....
Eschatology and China's Churches
The question of a church’s eschatology not only concerns its future but also determines how its people live in today’s world. While house churches included a brief summary of their eschatology in a 1998 document, within the theology of the official Three-Self Church eschatology lacks a working category; it finds...
Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China
Vol. 17, No. 2
2015 Summer Issue
Public Theology in China
Some Preliminary Reflections
The persistent lack of open government in many areas of China makes it difficult for Christians to be very different from the general population. Yet, Christians in China are citizens of God’s eternal kingdom as well as citizens of China. However, as citizens of this world, they seem to have...
Scriptural Devotionals of God at Work in China
Making Pentecost Your Story: 50 Days of Reflection and Prayer by Robert Menzies Reviewed by Peter S. Anderson Following a brief overview of the church in China, this book provides 50 daily devotional readings covering seven weeks. Each reading begins with a well-chosen Scripture passage followed by a short...
Building up China’s Church
China’s Reforming Churches by Bruce P. Baugus, ed. Reviewed by Jennifer Guo This volume is written from the conviction that China’s need for church development is largely the need for the development of a healthy and robust presbyterianism that comes from an understanding of biblical theology of the church...