Monthly Archives: October 2013


Sign up for the West Coast Chinese Christian Conference

The West Coast Chinese Christian Conference is just around the corner! Check out the web page for more information and if you are intrigued, go ahead and register!

Small group Bible study is a part of the Conference. To explore the theme of The Surpassing Worth of Knowing Christ (Phil 3:8) there will be three passages, one each morning: Philippians 3:1b-14, 2 Peter 1:3-21, and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.


Principles of interpretation

After you make observations of the text, you will need to make interpretations. There are some basic ideas you should keep in mind when interpreting the Scriptures. Check out this informative video for some practical guidance to do this properly!

Please Consider Supporting Chinese Church Voices

Haven’t done an extensive search of the internet for this kind of web page. So far, I think this might be the only one doing this kind of work. Keep up the good work Chinese Church Voices!

Chinese Church Voices

Picture1 editChinese Church Voices is a publication of ChinaSource that allows readers to listen in on conversations taking place within China’s online Christian community. Through the translated articles posted here, we get to hear directly from ordinary Christians and church leaders in China regarding the issues that they are facing.

An initial grant from a foundation allowed us to create and launch the project. Now we are looking for additional donors and partners to help us keep the project going. Would you consider joining us?

We are looking to raise $28,000 by the end of November to position Chinese Church Voices to continue monitoring, translating, and posting the online writings of Chinese Christians.

Would you consider a donation to help get more articles translated?

You can make a donation online at the ChinaSource website.


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Part V – Ben Witherington on Preaching

Part V – Ben Witherington on Preaching

In this post, Witherington makes the case that the appearance and demeanor of the preacher matters. Some excerpts:

As the rhetoricians will tell you, you need to establish rapport with your audience at the outset, and if you have some ‘inhibiting’ factors to establishing that positive rapport, then you need to overcome your ethos liabilities.
At a minimum he should be clean and neat. Preferably he should look like what he is about to do actually matters. ‘Casual is as casual does’ Forest Gump might say. But there is nothing casual, off-hand or simple about the Gospel and its proclamation. While I am at it, there is nothing casual about worship.
I am saying we should come looking our best, whatever that is, whether simple attire is the best we have, or formal attire is the best we have. We should give God our best.

Being a small group leader may not be as public and there are fewer eyes on the facilitator, nonetheless, it is important that she/he take that responsibility seriously. Thus, paying some attention to your appearance and demeanor sets a good tone for the group.

Can you see the hummingbird?


Was walking after my lunch break a while back and saw a hummingbird bobbing and weaving among some plants. I got out my camera phone to take a photo and waited to see if the critter would come to a rest somewhere. It did and I took the snap above. I knew it would be hard to see but with some post-processing by cropping I got the image below.


A Bible passage leaped to mind as I watched:

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:26-34 (NASB)


W4C is just 2 months away!

The West Coast Chinese Christian Conference is just around the corner! Check out the web page for more information and if you are intrigued, go ahead and register!

China is a Top Producer of Bibles

May God bless whomever reads these Bibles!

Chinese Church Voices

PRC11DJ-8.jpgIn a counter-intuitive and ironic twist, China has become one of the world’s top producer of Bibles, producing 3.5 million annually. At the recent Christian Congress held in Beijing, the China Christian Council, the governing body of China’s Protestant Church released a report on the work of Bible production in China. The following article, originally published in the Christian Times, reports on the Congress.

The Ninth Chinese Christian Congress opened in Beijing on September 9 and lasted 3 days. The conference is organized by the Chinese Christian Church’s Council and takes place every five years.

The day the Congress opened, the Chinese Three Self Patriotic Movement Committee Chairperson, elder Fu Xianwei, gave a work report and reviewed the work of the last five years. Included in his report on the last 5 years, he stated that the Chinese Christian Church Council’s publishers printed 17.5 million Bibles, and in the…

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