The Lantern from 2013
China's Next Generation
Now that the spacecraft Chang'e 3 has successfully touched down on the moon's surface, China can add a lunar landing to its list of stunning achievements in the past three decades. These achievements among them the most spectacular Olympic Games opening ceremony in history, the lifting of hundreds of millions...
Chinese Church Voices - Hearing What Chinese Believers Say About the Church in China
A remarkable article appeared in the Global Times (the English-language mouthpiece of the authoritative People's Daily) on October 10 that openly acknowledged the division between China's official Three Self Church and the unofficial church and suggested that "it seems the authorities are trying to bridge the gap between...
New Directions in Christian Education for China
Last summer's crash of an Asiana jetliner in San Francisco shocked and saddened many in China. More than a hundred of the passengers were Chinese high school students enroute to a summer camp in California. The unfortunate tragedy also shone a spotlight on a growing trend of Chinese youth studying...
On Being a Student in - or from - China
At the beginning of the new academic year, two news items related to education in China caught our attention, one negative, the other positive.
China's Church and World Evangelization
In an historic gathering at the end of June, some 100 church leaders from China joined with their counterparts from around Asia and beyond for the Asian Church Leaders Forum, held in Seoul, Korea. This conference was particularly meaningful in that most of these leaders had planned to attend the...
Rapid Development, Limited Change
Anyone who has been involved in China over the past 30 years can complete the sentence "When I first came to China " with a vividperhaps even harrowingaccount of what China was like in the past. The readily observable changes in day-to-day living that have come about from rapid development...
On June 4, ChinaSource conducted an online webinar entitled "Socially Speaking," in which we gave participants a behind the scenes look at how ChinaSource is utilizing the internet and social media to engage the Christian community around critical issues facing China. In this edition of the Lantern, we would like...
The Impact of a Milk Shortage
In 2008, the tainted milk scandal broke in China. Melamine was being added to locally produced milk products to increase the apparent protein content of the milk. More protein, better for your kids, right? Wrong. When added to food products, melamine can cause kidney stones and kidney failure....
CANTALL: A Missiology for China
In recent years we have rejoiced to hear that the church in China is responding to the Great Commission and sending workers into the harvest fields, both at home in China and beyond China's borders. Most often we hear of the Back to Jerusalem (BTJ) movement with its inspiring call...
Increased Persecution? Do Numbers Tell the Whole Story?
Persecution in China a lightning rod for pundits of every persuasion and a topic of vital importance to Christians who grieve for the sufferings of their brothers and sisters. A recent report by China Aid citing an increased number of incidents of persecution in 2012 and claiming that the Chinese...
The Internet: China's Public Forum
Public expression is something we in the West value as a God-given right but also take very much for granted. We expect to be heard, have the right to be heard, and are encouraged at every stage of our lives to express ourselves. In the West even a 4-year-old child...