In a recent article from the New York Times (see first link below) the journalist rightly points out how authoritarian rule tends to “squelch independent voices” and what you end up with is a leader surrounded by advisors who only flatter. There is a decisive lack of accountability which can lead to devastating consequences. I […]

The following is a list of online articles from a range of news agencies including major mainstream English newspapers as well as articles from several different different countries including Germany, France, China and the US.  Some of these links also include Chinese language coverage of the issue.  If you know of any other relevant articles, […]

Sometimes questions that we raise have a history of being addressed at different times and in different contexts.  As such we do well to pay attention to history and how it informs us.  How did previous generations answer this question of striking the balance of loving God and loving one’s home land.  We see this […]

Just when I had thought the heart ache of being attacked by the Chinese government was over, a year after I was forced to leave China, I encountered an attack from a Christian author who maliciously slandered me without giving me any notice or even providing an opportunity to dialogue. Before I go any further […]

The title of this piece is meant to sound provocative but the fact is that the recent policy changes in China (Sept 2017) that have been implemented (Feb 2018) have had a dramatic effect on both the Chinese Church (mostly the house church) in Mainland China as well as the foreign missionary community. Scores of […]

When our oldest son turned 13 years old we did not have a Bar Mitzvah, rather we held a Bar Yeshua for him. It included a very informal ceremony where we put away the “stick” of discipline and recognized my son’s coming of age. We were in Chengdu China at the time and I decided […]

The Head of Perdue University’s Sociology Department and a personal friend Dr Fenggang Yang wrote a book entitled Religion in China; Survival & Revival Under Communist Rule. In it he artfully discusses the role religion is playing and has played in Chinese society, especially under the Communist regime. He points out that China has played […]