Could China become the world’s most “Christian nation?”—and why you will LOVE the new YouVersion bible app! Show Notes

Friday, May 02, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Could China be the world's “most Christian nation" in just a few years?  Maybe so!

There are about 1.3 billion people living in China.  According to Fenggang Yank, a professor of sociology at Purdue University, 58 million of them were Protestant Christians by the year 2010.  

Dr. Yank estimates that China's total Christian population including Catholics, will hit 247 million by the 2030.  

That will pass up the United States, Mexico and Brazil as the largest Christian nation in the world.  

As you probably know, The People's Republic of China is still an atheist country.  The government allows official churches to meet, but there is a rapidly growing underground church movement.  

Dr. Yank is author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

In other faith news, The Bible App 5 from YouVersion is getting more people to read the bible than ever before.  

The app has already been installed on 138 million smartphones and tablets computers.

Bobby Gruenewald, pastor of LifeChurch in Oklahoma, says the Bible app 5 allows you to form relationships with people you know and trust and then have a conversation about Scripture.

That's similar to what you would do on Facebook or other social media networks.

Bobby says this new technology will dramatically increase the amount of time and the frequency that people spend in God's Word.  In fact, he believes today’s young adults could be part of the most “Bible engaged” generation in history.   

To learn more about the new app, go to

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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