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Letting Go of Everything for Christ

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 […]

Pre-marital Counseling While Under Arrest

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. […]

Messy But Alive

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 […]

Suffering

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 […]

Disturbing Theological Trends Among Foreign Missionaries in China

“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 […]

Hong Kong Reformation 500 Conference

This one will be pretty short but I wanted to write a few thoughts after reflecting on the Grace to City Hong Kong Reformation 500 Conference (May 23-26, 2017).  I have read a few reviews on the event and I was there for the majority of the event.  Many folks don’t realize all of what […]

The Souls of China

Ian Johnson’s book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (http://www.ian-johnson.com) is receiving a lot of attention among China watchers. The book covers 5 different religious communities in China, one of which is a group of Christians. This Christian group happens to be folks who we work very closely with and when […]