Is the Chinese Church a Test-Case for “The Benedict Option”?

If you’ve been on the web but haven’t heard of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, you need to loosen up your internet filters a bit. David Brooks is correct when he says the book is “already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” Any book that both Al Mohler and Stanley [Read More…]

What Christianity in China Is Really Like (recommended reading)

The Gospel Coalition has a good introduction to Christianity in China. I love Colin Clark’s opening disclaimer: First, a disclaimer. I can’t tell you what anything in China is really like—that is, unless we’re comfortable with saying it’s like a bunch of contradictory things all at the same time. A faithful and honest description of [Read More…]

Individualism with “Chinese Characteristics”?

“Traditional” views of Chinese culture as so Qing dynasty. That’s what Danny Hsu argues in his recent article in Missiology. In many respects, Hsu is right. My saying this might surprise some people. Last year, he directly challenged my work in a published article. And, yes, he reiterates his criticism in this recent essay. However, [Read More…]

Let Us NOT Praise Famous Men: Success in Ministry

Today’s guest post comes from ANDREW T. KAISER, PhD, author of Voices from the Past and The Rushing on of the Purposes of God, has been living in Shanxi with his family since 1997, serving the people of the province through professional work and public benefit projects. As we turn the corner and enter the [Read More…]

Learning from the Past: Language Study

Today’s guest post comes from ANDREW T. KAISER, PhD, author of Voices from the Past and The Rushing on of the Purposes of God, has been living in Shanxi with his family since 1997, serving the people of the province through professional work and public benefit projects. The past is a laboratory for testing new [Read More…]

Educated Chinese Christians and Wang Mingdao’s Popular Theology

Why do educated Chinese Christians both believe and leave the church? And does Wang Mingdao’s popular theology have relevance for today’s Chinese church? [Read more…]

Contextualizing Christmas in China

If you are interested in contextualization in China, you might want to check out Ruth Wang’s article, “Yellow Christmas.” She points out that many Chinese people complain that Christmas is a “Western” holiday, so it shouldn’t be celebrated in China. How are churches responding? She writes, The programs designed by Chinese Christians to celebrate Christmas [Read More…]

Must Chinese elders have believing children?

What qualifies a person to be a pastor? Are you aware of a controversial translation in Titus 3 that influences how many Chinese church leaders think about this question? How we interpret the text has important implications (or consequences) for the church. I refer to Titus 1:6. I’ll quote the ESV in context followed by [Read More…]

If you give praise, you and they will lose face.

Embed from Getty Images Working in strong honor-shame cultures should make us rethink assumptions about leading others. For example, here are a few quotes from this BBC article: “If you don’t hear from your Japanese manager, you’re doing well.” “If you go around and keep telling your employees ‘terrific job,’ they’re going to wonder what’s [Read More…]

Pastor Centered Chinese Churches

What image comes to mind when you think of a Chinese pastor? Meek and mild? Bold and tireless? Often, Chinese pastors are very daring in their evangelism; sadly, that boldness does not always serve them well when it comes to shepherding their churches. I’ve said before that one of the more critical needs in the [Read More…]