Resources on Theology
ChinaSource Blog Posts
5 Sermons from China
An opportunity to “step away from delivering thoughts about the Chinese house church and instead offer the English-speaking world a chance to sit directly at the feet of our Chinese brothers and sisters.”
The Collected Works of Watchman Nee
The books, articles, and sermons of Watchman Nee are available online in both Chinese and English.
Who Is Doing Public Theology in China?
A Book Review
A review of Alexander Chow's Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity.
One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization
The Bible tells us what to believe—the gospel. It also shows how to contextualize the gospel? In One Gospel for All Nations, Jackson Wu explains practically why we must not choose between the Bible and culture highlights implications for both missionaries and theologians. Contextualization should be practical, not pragmatic; theological, not theoretical.
Saving God's Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame
EMS Dissertation Series
Years ago, the author had a startling realization. Theologians and pastors have long taught on the glory of God and its central importance in the Bible. However, because he was living in East Asia, it also dawned on the author that this sort of talk about God’s glory, praising Him,...
Union with Christ and Contextualization in China
Dr. Sun proposes that the theological concept of “union with Christ” has elements that intersect with Chinese culture and can aid in presenting the gospel.
I Was Wrong
A Retraction of My Criticism of Chloë Starr’s Chinese Theology
A second look at Chinese Theology, an apology, and a way forward.
Wise Man from the East: Lit-sen Chang: Critique of Indigenous Theology; Critique of Humanism
Studies in Chinese Christianity Series
Wise Man from the East: Lit-sen Chang, is the gathering together of two of Lit-sen Chang's publications, Critique of Indigenous Theology and Critique of Humanism, published here in English for the first time. These two essays provide excellent examples of his wide learning, insightful analysis, powerful writing, and firm commitment...
Chinese Theology: Text and Context
A Book Review
Most books on Chinese Christianity try to trace its history, focusing on key people, events, and movements. While Chloë Starr does not neglect these, she highlights something that most historians neglect: the theology that arose from different contexts expressed the thought and struggles of influential leaders, and shaped the ways...
Western vs. Chinese Theology
In the “Teaching across Cultures” class I took last month with Dr. Craig Ott, he had us read The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why by Richard Nisbett. The crux of the book’s argument is that Westerners and Asians think differently because of their...
Toward an Urban Church Theology
When I wrote China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot be Hidden, it was with the conviction that massive urbanization in China had significant implications for China’s church. The emergence of a new kind of church in the city was not merely an extension of the experience of China’s primarily rural...
The City and the Church
Towards an Urban Theology in China
As China becomes increasingly urbanized, an urban theology for ministry is needed. As modern man finds himself slowly enmeshed in urban living, he experiences materialism, relativism, and an increasingly segmented society. He questions what is real and true, and who God is. These questions can become points of contact for...
3 Questions: Honor, Shame, and the Gospel
A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Werner Mischke, author of The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World and coordinator for “Honor, Shame and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message for 21st Century Ministry,” to be held June 19-21 in Wheaton, Illinois.
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...
Thoughts on Theological Education for Chinese Believers
Theological training for Chinese believers is needed; several types of training are available. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of training?
Working out a Chinese Public Theology
Three Preliminary Guidelines, Part 2
The second of two blogs that suggest and discuss three guidelines for developing a public theology for China today.
Working out a Chinese Public Theology
Three Preliminary Guidelines
The first of two blogs that suggest and discuss three guidelines for developing a public theology for China today.
“Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China”
A Reformed Theologian Responds
Reformed theologian Bruce Baugus responds to the 2015 summer issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly, "Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China."
Toward a Chinese Theology
In its journey toward a theology that is uniquely “Chinese” the Chinese church has at various times clashed with longstanding cultural and religious traditions, weathered and responded to severe domestic turmoil, and intersected with a range of theological influences from abroad.