This past two weeks I have received an unusually large number of reports from churches in China that I have worked with, including those in Sichuan, Guangdong and other provinces. If you read the news it is hard to escape the steady flow of reports about the enforcement of new religious policies, the same ones […]

I’ve been using this word “unplug” lately to describe what is going on in our lives lately. After eight years of ministry in China with only two short home assignments (both two months long) the Lord made it clear to us that we need to step back for a bit longer. Late last year we […]

June 9 We started our presbytery meeting this morning with a worship service. For the last several years we have tried to schedule at least one day-long meeting among our other regular presbytery meetings. After the worship service Pastor Wang Yi shared about recent events surrounding his church and the three times he was detained […]

I met with my seminary staff today in Chengdu. They needed some encouragement and direction in light of the events from last week. Once again Pastor Wang Yi was detained on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. This time his wife was with him. He was released within 24 hours. […]

Over the past several weeks I have witnessed some of the most intense pressure I have ever personally been a part of in my entire 35 years of being a Christian. On May 12 Early Rain Covenant Church, a church I have worked with closely for the past 8 years since arriving in Chengdu, planned […]

What if I told you that for Christmas someone was going to give you something you have been desiring for a very long time? I’ll bet your mind is working in several directions. At the very least you can probably think of one thing that you’d really like as a gift for Christmas. Maybe a […]

“If choices are real and freedom significant, future decisions cannot be exhaustively foreknown. This is because the future is not determinate but shaped in part by human choices. The future is not fixed like the past, which can be known completely. The future does not yet exist and therefore cannot be infallibly anticipated, even by […]