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be a place where the Gospel thrives… Beauty is key

Bach Festival: Tokyo Event

Our friends at Community Arts Tokyo are putting on a BACH FESTIVAL in Tokyo!  See details below. Did you know that Bach’s music is popular in Japan? Did you know that Bach’s music is influencing Japanese to know and follow Jesus?  See “How Bach’s Music Evangelized Japan.” (Note: I strongly disagree with the statement in this article that Japan is a “secular country” — while most Japanese identify themselves as “no religion” almost without exception Japanese are extremely spiritual. The […]

The Power of Christian Storytelling

I (Paul Nethercott) am Associate Producer for The Hound of Heaven: A Modern Adaptation. A short film based on a classic poem by Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven will screen today (February 25, 2017) at Real to Reel Film Festival in Winnipeg, Canada. My father helped start a church in Winnipeg and I was born not far from there so this event brings me great joy. Sadly, I am not able to attend the film festival. The Story of Francis Thompson’s Poetic Masterpiece C. […]

BROKEN: 傷ついた世界 (Art Festival in Tokyo)

BROKEN: 傷ついた世界

音楽、ダンス、パフォーマンス、トーク、アートギャラリー、短編フィルム、演劇、ディスカッションなど!
Speaker presentations, music performances, dance, drama, short films, gallery exhibits, small group discussions, and more!

Can Beauty Communicate God’s Love for Japan?

“Beauty is the hard-to-define essence that draws people to the gospel.” (David Taylor) “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!” (John Muir) “We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble: A Tsunami Survivor Tells Her Story

(See below for Japanese version of this post) The 2 Criminals film crew is pleased to release Finding Beauty in the Rubble! A short documentary featuring Mrs. Fukuoka, a remarkable lady who survived the huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka’s home and most of her neighborhood was washed away by the tsunami. Many of her neighbors died. After the disaster, Mrs. Fukuoka found meaning and hope by making jewelry from “sea glass” debris found on the beach. […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble: Please Join our Crowd-sourcing Campaign

Please go HERE to join our crowd-sourcing campaign and be a part of making the short hope-filled documentary, “Finding Beauty in the Rubble.” Act soon, the campaign will end on March 21, 2015.   A segment from the film (unfinished):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm01HYsDy6Q “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a short documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka barely escaped the rushing waters that took away her home […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble of Japan’s Mega-Disaster: Documentary Marks 4th Anniversary

“A crown of beauty for ashes.”  Isaiah 61 “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Shot on location in northern Japan, our documentary will show how Mrs. Fukuoka has found hope and meaning by making beautiful jewelry out of debris from the tsunami. There are several reasons we are making this film: We want to encourage and bless […]

Christmas Resources for Bringing Hope to Japan

Christmas is an opportunity to winsomely share the Gospel with Japanese. This week’s post is a list of Christmas resources for outreach to Japanese that you can trust. If you need a gift for your neighbors, friends, or for a church event, consider one of the items on this list. If you have questions, please post them in the comment area at the bottom of this post. I will do my best to make sure that the appropriate publisher responds. […]

Tokyo’s SonRise Café Celebrates 5 Years

For 5 years SonRise Café has been a place in Tokyo — one of the world’s great cities — where people connect with each other and with God. A place of hospitality that offers good food, music, and friendship. Below is an interview with the leader of SonRise Café, veteran TEAM Japan missionary Owen Ames. JapanCAN: Tell us about SonRise. Ames: SonRise Café opened its doors to the public on October 17th 2009 in Oyama, Itabashi ku. Just 5 minutes by train from […]

A Courageous Call to Worship by Jim Altizer

“Who is Welcome to Worship?” is a unique call to worship video that invites everyone — pro-life, pro-choice, pro-fane, pro-vocative…. red, brown, yellow, black, white, all precious in his sight — to enter into worship of God. Below is the inspiring backstory from Jim Altizer’s Facebook page (used with permision): A very prominent national politician was stumping in my part of the U.S., and wanted to go to Church on Sunday. He chose mine. This was not someone who had endeared […]

Why I’m Interested in the Liturgical Church

Ten years ago I had no interest in liturgical worship, now it is my preference. What happened to me? My perspective began to shift after my wife, Nancy, became a student at the Institute for Worship Studies (IWS) in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by Robert E. Webber, IWS offers Doctor of Worship Studies and Master of Worship Studies degrees. Apparently it is the ONLY graduate institution in America to focus exclusively on worship education. Nancy received her doctorate from IWS in 2006. Robert Webber […]

Does it Matter What Churches Look Like?

Sitting in the sanctuary of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN last Sunday I thought, “The leadership of this church values art and creative people and they understand that people are deeply affected by their physical surroundings.” What prompted that thought? Redeemer meets in a historic (1902) cathedral style building that has beautiful forms and textures. The exterior is covered in what I assume is genuine handcrafted stone. From the inside I was amazed by the gorgeous stained glass windows (I […]

Christmas Music in Japanese & English: The Caroling Collection

I am delighted to present my good friend Gary Bauman’s wonderful resource The Caroling Collection. We have used it in many situations: corporate worship, for English classes, Christmas parties, for caroling and for singing together at home. I heartily recommend it! Gary is offering the following promotion this month: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Caroling Collection, available as both a songbook and a matching CD, includes thirty-two Christmas standards — almost an hour of Christmas listening in both Japanese and English. These are sung either a cappella or to light accompaniment. (To listen […]