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News Articles Related to Wang Yi’s December 30, 2019 Sentencing

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, […]

Can We Love God and Love Our Country?

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 […]

A Tale of Two Authors

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 […]

Xi Jingping’s Plan for Church Growth in The World

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 […]

Bar Yeshua

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 Folly of Believing that Communism and Christianity Can Peacefully Co-Exist

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 […]

The God Who Comforts The Downcast

Those seminary staff that are not currently in detention have suffered harrassment and in some cases temporary detainment. Although they are not currently being detained there is the constant unrest within of either being watched or of potentially being detained again. Please pray for these precious sisters who have served so faithfully. Although I have […]