Church Movements

Great awakenings

China | Understanding Christianity’s appeal to Chinese hearts
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 3/29/18, 03:21 pm

Mary Li Ma and her husband Jin Li collaborated to write Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Through hundreds of interviews with Christians all across the country, Ma and Li show how Christianity transforms the lives of believers, including their views on education, marriage, charity, and nationalism. Here are edited excerpts of my interview with Ma, who grew up in China and professed faith while earning her Ph.D. in sociology.

How did you come to Christ?

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After the fall

Vietnam | Relatively free in the cities but persecuted in the countryside, the church in Vietnam has grown rapidly in grace and numbers
by June Cheng
Posted 3/15/18, 10:56 am

HO CHI MINH CITY and HANOI, Vietnam—Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a mix of the past and present. Motorbikes whizz past a French-colonial-style post office; a red banner with a yellow hammer and sickle hangs from a lamppost next to a sleek skyscraper; slender women in flowing ao dai (a traditional silk tunic) snap selfies in front of a bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh.

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Jiang Zhongming

Still taking the narrow path

China | Chinese Christian millennials are living out the challenges and opportunities of Christian life in the communist country
by June Cheng
Posted 1/28/18, 03:24 pm

This is the second story in a series about Christians born in the 1980s and ’90s in Chengdu, China, and how their faith influences their lives and livelihoods. I visited four of the millennials mentioned in “Taking the narrow path” (April 1, 2017) seven months after our original interview to see how they were doing now and added a new character, Zheng Xianghuang (the seminarian). The believers all attend Early Rain Reformed Church and represent the next generation of leaders in the Chinese urban church.

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