China’s Reforming Churches:
Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom
Edited by Bruce P. Baugus
Paperback, 352 pages
Page Size: 6 x 9 inches
Retail Price: $20.00
China is now home to more evangelical believers than any other nation, and the church continues to grow and make inroads in every level of Chinese society. Such dramatic growth, against the backdrop of modern China, has produced profound and urgent church development needs. As faithful Chinese ministers strive to meet these needs, an increasing number are discovering the rich biblical and theological resources of the Reformed tradition and presbyterian polity.
This is a critical moment in the life of China’s reforming churches and the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China. This book provides both a historical look at presbyterianism in China and an assessment of the current state of affairs, orienting readers to church development needs and the basic outlines of Reformed Christianity in China today. While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.
“Rarely do you encounter a book on China’s Christians by scholars who are so distinguished and expert on the topic. Brimming with profound and carefully researched insight into the subject, China’s Reforming Churches is the finest work on Christianity in China that I have seen in years. It is also elegantly written and edited. It deserves the widest readership.”
—David Aikman, author of Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power
“I found this book of essays to be both interesting and informative. If you take seriously your Reformed theology and church polity and care about the church in China, you should read this book.”
—Daniel H. Bays, professor emeritus, Calvin College, and author of A New History of Christianity in China
“It is meaningful to remember that the Reformed and Presbyterian mission to China was initiated by American and British missionaries, but it was a Korean missionary who carried the baton as the final runner in that chapter of the China mission. As that last Korean missionary to China, I am gratified that in this book the Korean mission is given a place in the history of the Presbyterian mission in China.”
—Pang Chi-Yil, missionary to China from 1937 to 1957 and pastor emeritus, Yongdeungpo Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea
“What is the actual state of the church in China? Only the Lord of the church knows for sure. But one thing is certain. We are in the midst of a time when God is at work in an unprecedented way throughout China, gathering His elect to Himself, building and reforming the church there. The editor is to be commended for his vision and efforts in providing us with this book. Its various contributors together offer informative perspectives on current conditions in the Chinese church, both great encouragements and undeniable challenges. This book is an invaluable aid to anyone interested in being better informed about the church in China, not least in being better able to pray more intelligently for the great work God is doing there.”
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Te Rongopai 1814 ‘Takoto te pai!’: Bicentenary reflections on Christian beginnings and developments in Aotearoa New Zealand
edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham and Adrienne Puckey
December 2014 marks the bicentenary of the Revd Samuel Marsden’s arrival in the Bay of Islands with the first Church
Missionary Society families. Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Korokoro and five other kinsmen accompanied them across the Tasman. Marsden’s sermon on Christmas Day formally inaugurated the mission in
This unique missionary beginning was dependent on Marsden’s initiative and Ma-ori involvement. From the very first contact, Christianity was being
evaluated and tested by local leaders and their
iwi. Considerable historical debates have taken place over these early missionary beginnings and their implications. For New Zealand the mission alongside the pa- at Rangihoua marked the first
permanent European settlement. These beginnings
were formative in shaping the country and its
The essays in this volume (apart from Grant Phillipson’s contribution) are based on presentations originally given to a conference held at Waitangi in November 2012. They explore different aspects of the missionary beginnings and some of the developments that followed on from this.
Copies can be purchased from:
The Anglican General Synod Office
PO Box 87188
Phone: 09 5214439
• $30.00 pick-up, plus $3 p&p for mailing
• Cheques to: Anglican Church General Synod
Research Travel Grant possibilities
The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE) at Wheaton College (IL) is offering a limited number of research travel grants in connection with studies that highlight the historic and contemporary racial and ethnic diversity of American Evangelicalism. Aimed at both doctoral students and currently-employed faculty, the grants are intended to defray travel, lodging, meal, and copying expenses for research in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.
While the ISAE’s focus has traditionally been historical, these grants are intended to encourage good work that advances our understanding of the scope and shape of evangelicalism—applications from scholars in other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, missiology, religious studies, and others are also encouraged to apply.
A total of five (5) grants in the amount of $2,000 will be made to graduate students currently in the process of researching and writing their dissertations, as well as five (5) awards of $1,000 targeting faculty members in the process of researching areas relevant to this competition.
The awards are made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in connection with an earlier ISAE conference on "The Changing Face of Evangelicalism." All applications must be received by April 30th, 2014. For more detailed grant information and/or an application form, visit http://www.wheaton.edu/ISAE/News, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 630-752-5437.
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For Friends of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
The DACB is an international undertaking aimed at producing an electronic database containing the essential biographical facts of African Christian leaders, evangelists, and lay workers chiefly responsible for laying the foundations and advancing the growth of Christian communities in Africa. An international team of scholars and church leaders—primarily of African citizenship—is facilitating the project. Contributors are drawn from academic, church, and mission communities in Africa and elsewhere.
The Role of the American Board in the World: Bicentennial Reflections on the Organization's Missionary Work, 1810–2010
Edited by Clifford Putney, Paul T. Burlin
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was the country's first creator of overseas Christian missions. Founded in 1810 and supported by a coalition of Calvinist denominations, the ABCFM established the first American missions in India, China, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and many other places. It was America's largest missionary organization in the nineteenth century, and its influence was immense. Its missionaries established the first Western schools and hospitals in many parts of the world, and they successfully promoted women's rights and other ideals from the Enlightenment. More info.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity
Dr. Roger E. Hedlund
This encyclopedia documents the historic presence and contributions of Christianity in India and its neighbouring South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives). In addition, the volume includes entries on Afghanistan and Myanmar and on the global South Asian diaspora. Further reading.