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Sadao Watanabe: Visualizer of Bible Stories from a Japanese Perspective

Sadao Watanabe was a skilled Japanese artist — and a follower of Jesus — who visualized Bible stories from a Japanese perspective. Watanabe’s art is original, authentically Japanese, and laden with emotion. I feel his love for the stories and the people that he depicted. In a nation where the vast majority of church related art is imported from the West, Watanabe’s visual depictions of Bible stories are vitally important to contextualizing the gospel in Japan. This is the 1st […]

Gospel Music is Impacting Japan: Alfie Silas Interview

“We really want to bring Christ’s hope and His love to the people of Japan.”  (Alfie Silas) When the Hollywood film Sister Act became a huge hit in Japan, I was surprised. When the film’s popularity resulted in Black Gospel music becoming wildly popular here in Japan, I was shocked. For many months I frequently saw Black Gospel on mainstream Japanese TV stations and heard it on the radio. Not satisfied with just listening to Gospel music many Japanese joined local Black […]

Celtic Advent: Creative Ways of Engaging with God

“Creative Ways of Engaging with God (and with each other)” is a Sunday School class I am leading this Fall at my home church in Tokyo (Kurume Bible Fellowship). My vision for this class is to get beyond the typical lecture approach to teaching. Lectures work OK for auditory learners but leave those of us who are visual and/or kinesthetic disengaged and often bored. The typical lecture approach is NOT very effective for many of us. Each class includes at […]

3 Barriers to the Gospel Thriving in Japan

Many times I have been asked, “Why are there so few followers of Jesus in Japan?” I really don’t know. No one does. The question is impossible to answer. What we can do is identify barriers to the Gospel thriving in Japan and ask ourselves, “what can I do about these barriers?” Three barriers to the Gospel thriving in Japan: At some level, we (the followers of Jesus in Japan and around the world) question whether the Gospel CAN thrive in […]