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The Rushing on of the Purposes of God: Christian Missions in Shanxi Province since 1876, Part II

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle March 11, 2017
I have nothing but praise for Kaiser’s achievement. This is missions history at its best – comprehensive, balanced, fair, accurate, nuanced, enlightening, and very edifying. Above all, he shows how, in the “rushing on of the purposes of God,” both foreigners and Chinese have contributed to the solid growth of a church that is finally fully Chinese, despite the government’s persistent attempts to label Christianity as a foreign religion.

The Rushing on of the Purposes of God: Christian Missions in Shanxi Province Since 1876

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle February 6, 2017
The history of Christianity in Shanxi deserves more recognition, says the author, as the setting of a number of notable incidents: the first Christian multi-agency international relief effort; the deaths of more expatriate and Chinese Christians during the Boxer turmoil; and especially fierce resistance to Japanese aggression, in which Chinese and foreign Christians were caught up.

The Church in China, Part II

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle January 23, 2017
These trends, though they may slow in pace and decrease in intensity, do not seem to be in danger of stopping; if anything, they will continue to grow and to permeate more and more corners of Chinese culture and society.

The Church in China

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle January 11, 2017
[These] articles and reviews span both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism from the sixteenth century to the present, and they touch upon history, theology, evangelism and social action, the impact of Christianity upon Chinese society, and challenges facing the Chinese church today. . . . The result is a rich sampling of voices on a wide variety of issues concerning Christianity in China, and it will be of interest to an equally broad range of readers.

Training Laborers for His Harvest: A Historical Study of William Milne’s Mentorship of Liang Fa

By Dr. G. Wright Doyle December 14, 2016
Andrew Song, himself from China, provides us with a careful description of the origins of Chinese Protestant Christianity, a powerful case study of how to mentor the next generation of Christian workers, and a model for effective cross-cultural missionary work.

When the Barbarians Meet: The Clash of Two Great Civilizations in the Second Opium War

By Office Admin and Calvin Wang November 11, 2016
In the mid-19th century, both the Westerners and the Chinese viewed the other as a barbarians who expressed ideas, committed acts, and used expressions that offended good taste and acceptability. Their feelings of superiority cleared the path for the Second Opium War, when the “barbarians” met.

Voices from the Past: Historical Reflections on Christian Missions in China

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle October 23, 2016
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.

A Living Sacrifice: The Life Story of Allen Yuan

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle October 3, 2016
In her epilogue, the author writes, “The main purpose for writing this book was to get to know a man—an ordinary man who nevertheless magnified the grace of God…. Another purpose … was to record the history of a crucial period in the development of the history of the Church in China.” In my opinion, she succeeded in both purposes.

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