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Protests in Hong Kong & Bibles from China

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. A Bird’s-Eye View of How Protesters Have Flooded Hong Kong Streets Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, and marched almost two miles (three kilometers), protesting a proposed extradition bill and calling for the city’s leader to step down. It was the largest of three major protests against the…

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The Curiosity Index (14.02.2019)

How Africa is converting China This is a fascinating take. And yet, to the dismay and confusion of the CCP, Christianity keeps growing; many Christians take persecution as a sign that they are doing something right. If US State Department numbers are to be believed, there are nearly as many Chinese Christians (70 million) as the 90 million CCP members reported by Chinese state media, and at current growth rates, China will soon have more Christians than any country in the world. Despite its best efforts, China is losing its…

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The persecuted church in China

There seems to be little doubt that state sponsored persecution is on the rise in China. The government of President Xi Jinping seems to have realised that the church does not regard the government as their ultimate authority and that is a threat.  First Chinese police raid prominent house church and arrest its pastor Wang Yi. So far so authoritarian. Then something happened that was probably not anticipated by the Chinese authorities.  Foreseeing this circumstance, Pastor Wang Yi wrote the declaration below to be published by his church should he be…

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The Curiosity Index (08.11.2018)

Communist-Party-Led . . . Church Multiplication? As the Party-state attempts to shift from merely “managing” religious affairs to “actively guiding” religion, Christians (and especially church leaders) will have to make difficult choices about how to respond. Some will want to maintain a confrontational stance, while others will seek to function within the space still allowed, even if it may be smaller. Differing opinions regarding these responses may lead to even more division, not just between the registered and unregistered churches, but among house churches as well. I found this update on…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2018)

The unlikely rise of China’s ‘boss Christians’ Fascinating. The concentration of Protestant Christian entrepreneurs and their financial influence in the city has also led to unusually strong house churches with good connections to local government. Here, ‘boss Christians’ preach in the factory or the office as well as at church, encourage their workers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies on site, and use their business relationships with the party-state to smooth the way for church operations. How Reformed Churches Are Growing on the Arabian Peninsula In the city of…

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The Curiosity Index (11.09.2018)

China Bans Zion, Beijing’s Biggest House Church Religious freedoms in China are coming under increasing pressure. Is Anyone Born Gay? Christopher Yuan tackles a difficult question. Who Wrote the Book of Genesis? Tremper Longman III has a crack at answering this one. A full-scale Lego supercar that actually drives I love that they gave the driver a crash helmet. When the Earth Opens Up Oh. My. Goodness.

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2018)

Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’? Yes, but…very important post from Ian Paul. For what it’s worth if I were to summarize the apostles core message in three words it would instead be ‘Jesus is Lord’. The conversion of Saul/Paul: multiple accounts – multiple discrepancies and contradictions? Another helpful apologetics post from Colin Green. Photos From the Deadly Eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Study: People who need to wear glasses are more intelligent Now I have ‘studies’ to back me up…. A historic Shanghai mansion hides a spectacular modern…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2018)

China’s five-year plan for adapting Christianity to Chinese socialism This is fascinating and it will be really interesting to see how the Chinese church and missions organisations respond – and the Chinese governments responses to those responses! What was also interesting was to imagine swapping out say ‘sinicize’ for ‘progressive’ or ‘American’ or ‘Western’. Let’s not be naive and think China is the only such place where powers are trying to co-opt the Christian faith. How Did Liberalism Become So Illiberal? From a while back but John Stevens ponders the…

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