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Bibles in China
A Question of Availability
The author points out key issues related to Bible availability in China including supply, demand, and distribution. She also addresses the impact of the Internet on this issue.
The Waning of a Pragmatic Cosmopolitanism
Western Denominations in the Views of Cheng Jingyi and Ni Tuosheng
Sun considers the differences between the views of Cheng and Ni regarding denominations in the first half of the twentieth century.
The Influence of Denominations on Church Organizational Structure in China
The issues of theological stance and church governance that impact the decision of whether or not to be a part of a denomination are discussed.
Denominationalism—A Double-edged Sword
The author alerts us to the dangers that denominationalism can bring, especially with a new generation of educated, urban Christians who desire to pursue godliness.
Of Returns and Runways
The author shares the experiences of his family and God’s provisions after leaving China and returning to the United States.
The Church’s Role with Returnees from China
Suggestions are given for practical ways in which churches can help ease the transition of cross-cultural workers returning from China to their home country.
Debriefing before the Final Goodbye
The author provides debriefing questions that can assist in evaluating life in China and aid in healthy transitions.
Fragmented and Complacent
The Chinese Church that Lacks Historical Consciousness
The Chinese church’s lack of historical consciousness is longstanding. While the secular world has increased its understanding of history in many areas, the church has lagged behind. Only recently has research into church history begun. As it becomes known, the church needs to recognize that history has practical applications and...
Traditional Chinese Views of History and Contemporary Chinese Christianity
Following a brief review of the ways Chinese have viewed their history over the centuries, the author turns to the consideration of how today’s PRC citizens view their history. All Chinese views of history have included “history” that is promoted nationally and directly serves the interests of the state. This...
Three Changes in Urban Churches
The author sees two major categories of urban churches in China that are experiencing transformation and goes on to discuss three main areas where he sees this transformation taking place. Viewing these changes as positive, he also believes they are growing stronger.
Urban Public Space and New Media Ministry
After defining “new media” and what it encompasses, An looks at the various ways the church in China views it, what it means for the church, and how it can affect the church. He then gives some thoughts on how the church should deal with it—not only the challenges it...
The Expectations of the Chinese Church
China’s churches desire partnerships with overseas entities. However, as the church has become increasingly urban, the nature of those partnerships must change in response to the changes occurring in society and thus, in the church. Overseas organizations must understand these changes and consider carefully how they can best partner with...
When Tea Meets Coffee
A conversation between two friends, one an overseas Chinese woman and the other from mainland China who has studied overseas, centers around the cultural gap between believers in China and those who come from overseas to help them. Mistaken perceptions, communication issues, and the importance of relationships are discussed.
Working for, in, and with International Agencies
Many indigenous mission agencies have already been born in China; however, most are still in the beginning stages needing nurture, help, and support. Since Mr. Chang has worked with international mission agencies in China, he understands many of the issues faced by these new, indigenous organizations. More recently he, along...
Problems and Proposed Solutions for Medical Missionaries Coming from China
Navigating a Pathway to Sustainable Chinese Medical Mission Participation
Chinese physicians who want to be missionaries outside of China face significant challenges. One of these is maintaining a Chinese medical license once outside the country. Another is obtaining the required continuing medical education units required by law. In addition, obtaining a license to practice medicine in another country is...
Functioning as the Body to Build the Body
Working Together for Chinese Returnees
Many returnees have difficulty getting involved in a church once they return to China. The author looks at how agencies, churches, and individuals working together can help returnees become part of a church body. She also explores the benefits of working together internationally and concludes with the importance of partnerships and...
Returnees Committing to Church in China
Committing to a church in China can be difficult for returnees. In this article the author gives some reasons why and then goes on to provide suggestions as to how churches overseas as well as churches in China can help returnees overcome these difficulties. Finally, he identifies attitudes that, if...
A Theology of Family for the Chinese Church
Due to the historical influences on family structure and ethics, many new Christians have no background for a Christian marriage and family. Sound doctrine and the ability to utilize the gospel to transform familial ethics are critical needs in China. In addition, due to a lack of accurate understanding of...
The Decay of the Chinese Family
The stresses and conflicts found within Chinese families are increasing with urbanization that often forces families to live apart. After discussing some of the major pressures that families face in today’s China, the author delineates some of the principles needed for building a good family foundation.
Human Services via Faith Groups
Without a complete understanding of what disability is, human services may not adequately address personal and social environmental issues—they may even exacerbate them. Some factors regarding disability can be attributed to discrimination in the social environment. In his discussion of human services delivery, the author focuses on faith communities, pointing...