China’s Reforming Churches Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  June 30, 2014 — Leave a comment
China's Reforming Churches Book Cover China's Reforming Churches
Bruce P. Baugus
Reformation Heritage Books
May 26, 2014
320
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.

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.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for China’s Reforming Churches (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

Every Christian should read this volume to understand how to pray and to support missionaries.
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“These essays worked together perfectly to leave the reader excited, encouraged, and challenged to be a part of the mighty works God is doing.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

CRC is a refined and helpful volume that is best suited for the classroom, pastors and interested laymen.”
Reviewer: Joshua Torrey Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about the state of the church in China.”
Reviewer: Josh Schwisow
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is also a good tool to be used to pray for what is happening in China and the details should be shared in all churches.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a helpful book.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 3 Stars

“I heartily recommend this book to both the layperson and the minister alike.”
Reviewer: RA Jameson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will serve as a great benefit to any Christian interested in the current state of missions in China and will provide invaluable information for those invested in Chinese missions from both sides.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, this book is a very interesting read and an important tool for thinking about the church’s mission, polity, and ministry in China in the coming years. It lays groundwork for coming alongside an already moving Chinese Church, made more valuable by the unpredictable future of the communistic state.” Reviewer: Shawna Tomes
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book gives readers many wonderful insights about how the struggles of the Chinese Church is also linked to the struggles of the nation as a whole   ”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is an invaluable resource for Christians, giving insight into how to better aid and pray for our Chinese brethren.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very good book”
Reviewer: Lindsay Zimpel
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book for those interested in missions in China or who are going to be missionaries to China.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is very informative and gives a theologically grounded perspective on God’s work in China.” Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helped me to better pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ in China.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested with God’s global work and gaining a bigger vision of just how He is building His church.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am tremendously encouraged by this book and by what God is doing in China’s reforming churches.” Reviewer: Jennifer Guo
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an encouraging, and eye-opening read that has helped me to better understand and appreciate global Christianity.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very informative book about China’s recent history, current status, and the way forward for Christian churches in that country.”
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you care about China, missions and the church, this book is for you.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is a wonderful book. It is an intensive read, and won’t be consumed in an afternoon by the pool, but it is worth the time and effort to gain a more accurate view of our brothers and sisters in China, and to reflect on the global needs of the Universal church.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 4 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is a good reminder that church structures are not only necessary, but beautiful and graciously given by God.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book on God’s work in China”  Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a look at God’s work in China..” Reviewer: Jennifer King Rating: 4 Stars