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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 […]

Reformation and Denomination in China

As I type these words one of our presbyteries in China is being investigated by the local authorities. In the process of this investigation I received word that nearly 4,000 Christian books, which were being stored in the church facility, have been confiscated. As this event has been unfolding the pastor reached out to the […]

Reflecting on the last 30 years of China ministry

The end of 2016 marks the 30th year of my ministry with Chinese. I have witnessed, first hand, some amazing changes and transformations in China. The standard of living when I first came to China to study Chinese in 1986, had all the marks of an underdeveloped country, people’s thinking was very closed, interaction with […]

Take His Yoke and Find Rest

Over my 30 years of ministry with Chinese I have heard good and bad gospel presentations. Trying to link Chinese characters or the concept of tian (heaven) with the Christian gospel generally fall short. I recently asked a Chinese sister in Christ what she thought of such presentations. She replied that they do not really […]

Olympic Rings and Chinese Medicine

The media has been abuzz with reports of Olympic athletes with red circles on their backs. For some this is a curiosity and for others it is a disturbing sight to behold. The picture of Michael Phelps with dark red circles that look like pepperoni sausage slices is an unfamiliar thing to the western media […]