Church History

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A Conversation with the Authors of Children of the Massacre

Robert and Linda Banks, authors of Children of the Massacre, discuss what led them to write the book and the fascinating discoveries they made along the way.

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Book Review: Children of the Massacre

The Extra-ordinary Story of the Stewart Family in Hong Kong and West China

It is indeed “extra-ordinary,” as the subtitle to the book states, that, rather than having an antipathy towards China and Chinese people, all six felt called to return and serve in China in various capacities over the years.

Chinese Church Voices

Following the Footprints of Early Missionaries to Yunnan (2)

Nine Christians from several cities in China traveled to Nujiang, Yunnan Province to find the places where early foreign Christians proclaimed the gospel among the Lisu. They met people who knew those early workers and found that their faith, and the faith of those still serving, continues to speak to us today.

Chinese Church Voices

Following the Footprints of Early Missionaries to Yunnan (1)

Nine Christians from several cities in China traveled to Nujiang, Yunnan Province to find the places where early foreign Christians proclaimed the gospel among the Lisu. They met people who knew those early workers and found that their faith, and the faith of those still serving, continues to speak to us today.

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Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America

A Book Review

An in-depth look at Reformed missionaries working in China in the late 1800s, emphasizing both often-overlooked individuals and the ways that they worked through cross-cultural encounters with Chinese partners.

Chinese Church Voices

Strengthening a Neglected Area

A respected Chinese Christian scholar spoke online in October 2021 about the value of reading biographies of foreign missionaries and the need for Chinese research on early missionaries and church history.

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Christian Women and Modern China

A Book Review

Often the chronicling of China’s mission history features Protestant missionaries with brief mentions of Chinese co-workers. Readers familiar with this history can list numerous foreigners who contributed to the growth of China’s church. But they are probably not familiar with most of the women highlighted in this book.

Chinese Church Voices

A Historic Church in Fujian Province Restored

The Mingdao Church in Fuzhou, with its long, rich history, is undergoing restoration. This post gives an update on that restoration.

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China and the True Jesus

A Book Review

A fascinating look at the history of a little-known, indigenous church group in China.

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The Chinese Church in Transition

In my view, from the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976 to the present, the development of the Chinese church (primarily the house church) has gone through roughly three phases.