The phenomena in this important book will likely provoke several different responses. On the one hand, we can find much to admire in the spread of a message that creates vibrant, faith-filled Christian communities around the world.
Evangelical Christians seeking to serve God effectively among the Chinese can derive a great deal of profit from the example of the pioneer Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci. Here are a few brief lessons.
Andrew Kaiser’s history of the growth of the Protestant church in Shanxi has valuable lessons for Christians who want to serve God among the Chinese worldwide. Here are just a few of them.
The articles and reviews in this special edition of a major international journal prompt me to make some reflections on various topics that may be of interest to those who are engaged in ministry among the Chinese.
This selection of thirty short excerpts from the letters, diaries, and writings of outstanding missionaries and leaders is meant to be read one at a time. “Readers are expected to linger over each quotation, perhaps reading only one quotation a day, and to spend time afterward in prayer, reflecting on them in light of their own experiences,” explains the author, a veteran Christian worker in China.
This very slender volume contains a wealth of wisdom for anyone in a position of influence. It consists of hundreds of pithy maxims culled from the vast corpus of ancient Chinese classics and later literature on how to succeed as a leader, and deserves repeated rumination and reflection.
This issue of Pray for China largely focuses on the growing need to adapt traditional ministry to the demands of an increasingly digital world. Christian Communications Ltd. (CCL), the group responsible for Pray for China, offer their perspective on why working to embrace technological trends is not only a way to meet the needs for pastoral care, but also a way to reach out to a generation that expects information to be available on a digital platform.
Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought, by Douglas A. Sweeney, sheds light not only on early American Christianity, but also on the nature of true faith. The author traces Edwards’ life, ministry, and thought, placing him in the context of New England Puritanism and drawing out lessons for us today.