Lighting the Future: A Candle in the Dark: Individual Life Stories from Chinese Christian Families (February 19, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)
As a Christian mother living in China with three children, I often experienced the indescribable, unbearable conflict of having to decide between adhering to the communist social norms or staying true to my Christian faith. The memories of those struggles and frustrations during each decision-making process are still vivid, but upon reflection, it has become apparent to me that making the right choices in challenging circumstances contributed to my spiritual growth and has strengthened my faith.
This is a firsthand account of Tan Jian’s experience in a Chinese prison cell, where he was interred because of his religious activities. In this account, he talks about the concept of face, which is very important in Chinese society.
One of the most important ways we are encouraging people to partner with China is by praying with and for China. This year, we are systematically praying for cities across China.
Two Chinese fishermen have drowned while being chased by the Taiwanese coastguard off Taiwan's northernmost Kinmen archipelago. Taipei said the fishing boat trespassed into Taiwanese waters on Wednesday. The four fishermen on board resisted an inspection and the boat capsized when authorities gave chase.
The word to describe China’s economy in 2023 is bumpy. After an expectations-exceeding growth of 4.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2023 following three years of strict COVID-19 prevention policies, China’s GDP grew short of the market expectations by 6.3 per cent in the second quarter.
Yuwen dreads the homecoming trip because he says he will be grilled by relatives over every aspect of his life, particularly his work situation including salaries and benefits. His parents know he has lost his job and have been understanding about it. They have agreed with Yuwen that the best course of action is to lie to relatives that he still has his old job.
There have been a lot of big changes in Beijing over the last several years. How has the way people are receiving the gospel changed? What does it look like to do gospel ministry, and what is the spiritual environment of the people your church is sharing with?
The 2023 Regulations for Religious Activity Site Registration: What the Party Doesn’t Want You to Know (February 12, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)
For churches, the CCP has absorbed the offices of the government overseeing religion. So, while the State Administration of Religious Affairs office exists at the national level, at lower levels the CCP’s United Front Work Department has overtaken the Religious Affairs Bureaus. Religion oversight is firmly in CCP hands.
Chinese Christians and the Chinese Zodiac: Idolatry or a Cultural Artifact? (February 9, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)
In my new book, As Promised, I explore the influence of two types of feasts and festivals on Chinese Christians: church feasts that mold our heavenly identity and traditional Chinese festivals that sculpt our earthly identity. As Chinese New Year approaches, let’s delve into how we, as Christians as well as Chinese, should perceive the Chinese zodiac (生肖) through a biblical lens.
After over two years of negotiations, China recognised Bilal Karimi, a former Taliban spokesman, as an official envoy to Beijing, making Xi’s government the first in the world to do so since the group seized power in Afghanistan in 2021.