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New Media, New Direction

What happens when the regulations increase, and the darkness seems to grow? Jerry An of ReFrame Ministries reflects on the changes God has brought in the past year.

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Christian Spirituality in China’s Walled Garden

WeChat as Christian “Alter-Public”

Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s increasing oversight of Christian life in China today, there is a gray space between the nation’s political tensions, economic revolution, and spiritual revivals that begs for greater reflection and sustained inquiry: the “walled garden” of China’s internet.

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WeChat and Chinese Christians, Part 2

The Challenges

Quickly adapting to new technology has become a way of life for believers in China. They have done it before, and they will do it again. But in the meantime, they are growing in how to live as disciples of Jesus in the WeChat generation. May God strengthen them and give them wisdom.

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Rethinking Church in Today’s World

A continuing conversation on the use of digital tools and trends in how the church gathers for worship and teaching and how they serve their communities.

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To WeChat or Not to WeChat?

What can we do? What can we not do? What should we do? What should we not do?

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The Inconvenience of Incarnational Ministry

Yes, we can use WeChat and many other ways to speak Life to our personal networks of image-bearers. But we speak best, truest, and fullest in the flesh.

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Re-Thinking Technology’s Impact

What influence does technology have on us, our lives, and the church in China? Our attitudes toward technology may hold the answer.

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Say What? Unraveling Chinese Internet Memes

What do “prehistoric powers,” “skinny blue mushroom,” “melon-eating masses,” and “chuanpu” have in common?

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Social Media in China (Part 3)

Tips for Using Social Tools to Connect with Chinese Colleagues

The first two parts of this series outlined the importance social media tools in China and drilled down into what makes the WeChat messaging platform so innovative.  This post will focus on practical tips for using any social tool to drive deeper connections and more effective interactions with your Chinese colleagues.

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Social Media in China (Part 2)

WeChat: An Innovation Platform

What makes WeChat innovative is not only that it offers first rate messaging features, but more importantly provides easy access to other valuable services.