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TOKYO EVENT: HIDDEN BEAUTY 〜隠れた美〜

Roger Lowther and his team at Community Arts Tokyo are putting on a wonderful event in October. HIDDEN BEAUTY will take place in Tokyo on October 14, 2017. See below for detailed information in English and Japanese. 10月14日 (土) 13時 – 17時 Saturday, October 14, 1 pm – 5 pm プレゼンテーション、ミュージック、ギャラリー、スモール・グループなど!        Speaker presentations, music performances, gallery exhibits, small group discussions, and more! ギャラリー 12時 – 18時 ドレスデザイン、絵、写真、コースターなど、たくさんのアート作品の展示 Gallery 12 pm – 6 pm Fashion design, paintings, photography, coasters, as well as books and […]

A DVD of Innovative Visual Stories for Outreach to Japanese

Visual story is a powerful way to touch people’s hearts. Paper Flower & Junction Film Series DVD is a valuable visual story resource for outreach in Japan. A collection of seven short films that address current social issues in Japanese society, all of the films on this DVD are original narrative films shot on location in Japan. Paper Flower is the longest short on the DVD. This film by has been screened at many film festivals and won numerous awards. The trailer is […]

Creationism Vs. Evolution: A Biblical Perspective for Japan

This week’s debate between evolutionist Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham prompted me to think about this issue in relation to missions in Japan. “Do you reject evolution and believe that a god created the world and everything in it?” Is a question I have been asked by sincere Japanese seekers wanting to understand the Bible. How would you respond? The issue of what to teach about creation is something every missionary in Japan (and around the world) must deal with. The […]

What Can We Do About Japan’s Suicide Problem?

Suicide has deeply affected me and my family… When my father was a young man his beloved Uncle killed himself. The death of my dad’s Uncle was a heavy blow to my dad and to the rest of the family. Forty years later I spent many hours talking about what happened with my dad. My dad was finally ready to talk. It was a special time of connecting with him and incredibly good for both of us. A few years […]

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 […]