Ask… new parents!

In our last post, Greg and Lisa shared about being Small Group leaders. If you missed it, you can read it here. Today, we get to hear from my friends Reuben and Ellen on the joys of being new parents! So Reuben and Ellen, tell us all about your little one! Our son is Truman and his Chinese name is Hanbei. Right now, he is eight and a half months

Ask a… Small Group leader!

In our last post, Dennis shared about returning to Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read about it here. This week, we will hear from Greg and Lisa Hopton on what it is like leading a Small Group. Tell us about your current Small Group! What does a typical gathering look like? Lisa:  Our Small Group has been ever-changing over the years with so many coming and going

Ask a… Beijing returner!

Last post, Cissy shared on what it is like to live alone in Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I am very excited for this next interview because my good friend, Dennis, is joining us! I am sure many of you are familiar with the common trend here for people to not only come and go quickly from this city, but also to return after

Ask a… solo dweller!

Two weeks ago, Kathy shared about being a TCA (Third Culture Adult). If you missed that article, you can read it here. This week, I got to chat with my good friend, Cissy, and find out what it is like to live alone in this loud, bustling city of Beijing. First of all, Cissy, how long have you been in Beijing? And what do you do here? I have been

Ask a… TCA!

In a previous Ask a… blog, Noah shared about being a TCK (third culture kid). You can read about his experience here. Today, we will be learning about what it is like to be a TCA… third culture adult! That is, someone who left their country in their adult years and now lives in a different country. Now it can get a bit confusing discussing matters of home and culture

Is Your Church Your Idol?

Photo credit: Zach Mazrim Prior to living in China, my spiritual walk was one I would describe as searching, doubting, waiting, and longing. I was a Christian, but I was hungry to know more, hear more, and experience more. Two days after I landed, I attended my first service at what immediately became my Beijing church. I threw myself into its community and my schedule quickly became jam-packed with different

Ask a…Summer Beijinger

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] As many people in expat communities like Beijing know, summer brings with it a mass-exodus from the city. Largely following the academic year, lots of individuals and families spend time outside of the city during the summer holidays. I sit editing this back in the US and as such, it seemed fitting that this week’s Ask a…post be a shout out to those staying in the Jing this

The Law: Legalism, Liberalism, or Liberty in Christ.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] Since we recently started a new podcast series on the Old Testament I thought it good to address a few questions concerning the law of the Old Testament. Scores of books have been written about this topic, so a blog seeking to limit itself to no more than one thousand three hundred words is merely scratching the surface. Yet I write in hopes that you will continue the

Ask A… PK!

Last week we heard from Emmie’s mom, Gloria, on visiting Beijing as a tourist. If you missed it, you can find it here. This week I am with one of the coolest PKs (Pastor’s Kid) that we know… Zach! So Zach, I’m sure a lot of people are curious about what it is like to be the pastor’s kid. But first tell us a bit about your family. Have your

Sanctification: What is it and why should we care?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 4Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he appeared in order