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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. […]

The Unseen Face of Japan: Crucial Reading For Students of Japanese Culture

“Japanese tastes in cars, technology and leisure profoundly affect how we think and what we buy. But who are the Japanese? To the outsider Japan has made the switch to a Western lifestyle – to Western materialism – in the space of a few generations. But in fact Japan remains profoundly alien, a culture where ritual holds sway.” (Brotherhood Books) Paul Nethercott asked me to review The Unseen Face of Japan by David C. Lewis. Since my husband and I […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]