Our China Stories

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Seeing Things Differently

In proposing that we need to get beyond the “persecuted church” narrative, I am not advocating . . . that we leave it behind completely, but rather that we recognize its limits.

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Seeing the Same China, but for Different Reasons

The Importance of Exegeting Our Christian Culture

It is possible to agree on many things about China, yet still talk past one another.

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The TSPM—Seeing Beyond History

This enduring narrative of the TSPM is an integral part of the larger Persecuted Church narrative that continues to dominate conversations about the church in China both in Christian and secular circles.

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One Virus, Two Cities

If the global pandemic has laid bare our shared vulnerability, then it has also highlighted our interdependence as global citizens.

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Stopping the Spread

Those partnering with China’s emerging missions movement would do well to consider what they may be passing on without even realizing it. Careful filtering of concepts and methods—but more importantly, values and unspoken assumptions—could help guard China’s future mission leaders from replicating painful mistakes.

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Going Glocal in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 epidemic has not only driven home the stark realities of living in a flat world where what happens in one country is able to radically alter life around the globe; it has also made possible a type of cross-cultural sharing among Christians that may not have happened otherwise were it not for the shared experience of a global pandemic.

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From Here to There

The Straight-Line Fallacy

Those who stay in China for any length of time often discover that their most meaningful work is quite different from what they had originally envisioned doing when they first arrived.

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The Coronavirus: A Shared Narrative

Challenged with the question, “What if your church suddenly had to go virtual?” the group prayed fervently for the believers in Wuhan and other Chinese cities. Little did they know that, within a matter of days, this question would no longer be hypothetical.

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You Can’t Do That in China!

Except they were. And they still are.