Church History

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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.

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Women in Ministry in China

The Past 50 Years

The author provides an overview of women’s roles in the church over the past 40 to 50 years of its relatively open development in China. She notes the meaningful contributions women have made, challenges they face, and suggestions for dealing with them, as well as the role of outsiders.

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John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man

A Book Review

"A colorfully descriptive and meticulously documented" biography of John Song.

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The Life and Ministry of Eric Martin Ekvall

Though he suffered the deaths of three of his children while serving in China, Eric Martin Ekvall (1866-1939) never wavered in 42 years as a pioneer missionary of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

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Youth Hymns and Chinese Christian Hymnody in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Youth Hymns played a significant role in Chinese Christian hymnody and continues its legacy in the twenty-first century. This is the story.

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The Christian World They Made Together: 1850–1911

History of Chinese Christianity in North America (1)

The author explains the growth of the Chinese diaspora and Chinese immigration to the United States and Canada as well as the events that gave birth to North American Chinese Christianity.

Supporting Article

Saving China, Saving Ourselves: 1911–1965

History of Chinese Christianity in North America (2)

Tseng continues his narrative by recounting how events in China, mingled with events in the United States, influenced the development and growth of the Chinese church in the US with a focus on social justice, public witness, and biblical kingdom values.

Supporting Article

Transpacific Transposition: 1965 to Present

History of Chinese Christianity in North America (3)

The author brings us to the present by giving five factors that since 1965 have created the awakening and dominance of independent-minded and indigenous evangelicalism in North American Chinese Christianity.

Chinese Church Voices

A Bell That Was Not Silenced

The bell was sent to a scrap company during the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, when St. Paul's Church was renovated, the missing bell left a void that could not be filled.

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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.