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We Have Come to Worship Him: Advent Message by Nancy Nethercott

Two members of KBF — my home church in Tokyo — died recently. Pastor Gaius Berg remarked, “for 12 years we had no funerals, this year we have had three.” On December 7, 2014 my wife Nancy spoke at KBF. The death of church members and the hope of Christmas are woven into her message. I trust that Nancy’s Advent message “We Have Come to Worship Him” is an encouragement to many. Scripture Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 A few weeks ago, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Christmas in Japan is full of Surprises

Celebrating Christmas in Japan is very different than the way we did it in Kerkhoven, Minnesota when I was a kid.  Here are a few surprising aspects of Christmas in Japan: Public Christmas decorations are common and they look more or less the same as in the West. Illuminated displays are VERY popular, drawing large crowds to certain sites. One Christian conference center — Megumi Chalet in Karuizawa — has made the most of that with a large display on […]

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 […]