by Peter L.
When my family and I moved to South-East Asia, we could not find a local congregation with solid Bible teaching. Expository preaching and biblical theology were non-existent. Sermons were topical, allegorical and/or moralistic. Small groups consisted of worship and fellowship with the occasional Bible study. Our dilemma was: should we do ‘church’ at home or should we attend a local congregation, even with substandard Bible teaching? Or are there other reasons we should join a local congregation?
Continue reading “Why we should join a local congregation”
From time to time we hear about other resources and events that might be of help to you. Below are some recommendations:
Continue reading “Upcoming Events: September 2020”
By Jaz – a Thriving Turtles Team member
Each day, my family and I monitored the Central Chinese national news on the recent outbreak of Coronavirus. Each hour I would cross the great fire wall of China hoping to get some unfiltered news of the virus’ latest development. Yet despite the censored, cheery and hopeful nature of the Chinese national news, it seemed more transparent and detailed than any news coming from across the globe.
Continue reading “Returning to Australia from China during the Coronavirus outbreak: a personal experience”
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Continue reading “碎片化与教会根基”
“Fragmentation” and Church Foundations
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Churches in China’s cities were once flourishing, but today’s intense political pressure is causing fragmentation with big churches forced into meeting in small groups. This is not like the ‘small group’ church movements in other parts of the world. It has not come about through the careful decision-making of mature leaders, but purely as a reaction to religious policies. And as if division weren’t enough, these small group churches are under constant threat of being reported by neighbors as “illegal gatherings.” There has never been a shortage of smaller group church meetings in China however, this is something new. The government publicly claims “freedom of religious belief for China’s people” yet, local church groups are being pursued and persecuted.
Continue reading “The Union Version of the Bible and the Chinese Church”
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“You can take away my freedom, but not my prayers;
My prayers have wings; they leap over barbed wires and high towers.
Many brothers and sisters have heard them.
Ever free to fly, reaching the paradise above the blue sky…”
This poem, entitled ‘You and Me,’ was
written by a pastor who is currently
serving a prison sentence. He was
engaged in children’s ministries
in the southwest minority areas for many years. He also extended this service to areas outside of China, to mountainous tribal villages that lack basic education. But because of this, he was sentenced to severe punishment and is currently in prison.
A Christian lawyer said, “One day in 2018, after posting a hymn on WeChat, my WeChat public account was immediately shut off, and dozens of articles disappeared.”
Continue reading “The Chinese Church and the New Normal”
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Continue reading “中国教会如何看待“新常态“”
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Continue reading “新常态中的新思路”
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:26, NIV)
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This year, the development of Christianity in China has come to a so-called “new normal.” The government has ordered the suspension of all forms of Sunday school and prohibited children from entering the church and participating in Christian gatherings. They stress that the State has the sole right to provide education.
Continue reading “New Considerations in the New Normal”
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