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Are There Fingerprints of God in Buddhism?

Mission Frontiers — a respected magazine published by the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA — created a stir when they wrote that biblical truth found in Buddhism is a means of leading Bhuddists to Jesus. A portion of the Mission Frontiers article is below: Do we actually believe what Paul wrote that God’s “eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen” (Rom 1:20, NIV)? How does this apply to Buddhism? Can we find eternal and divine […]

Christians Making an Impact in Japan’s Disaster Zone: Report from Janet Kunnecke

Four years after Japan was hit hard by a massive earthquake, it is amazing how Christians continue to respond to the needs of survivors. One of our good friends, veteran SEND missionary Janet Kunnecke, recently presented a workshop on communication for a group living in Ishinomaki, a city that was devastated by the tsunami. Here is Janet’s report, I was invited to do a workshop on communication — focusing on listening well — at a house church on the coast near Sendai. […]

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 […]

2015 Goals for CAN Blog

One of my goals for 2014 was to post weekly on the CAN blog. I am pleased to report — with the exception of 1 week — I was able to meet that goal. I could not have done it without the faithful help of my wife Nancy who checks grammar, spelling, and gives feedback on content. Is the approximately one day a week I spend on this blog a wise investment of my time and energy? Is it worth […]

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 […]

3 Reasons Japanese Should See Aronofsky’s “Noah”

“Noah” will be released in Japan on June 13, 2014 Controversy has swirled around the “Noah” epic with many Christians denouncing it. While the film takes liberties, there is good reason to take your Japanese friends to see it. 1. “Noah” includes one of the best portrayals of the creation story on film. Years ago retired TEAM missionary John Schwab said to me, “when you teach Japanese the Bible, start in Genesis!!” This makes perfect sense as Genesis is the […]

Global Outreach Day (6.14.2014): Flash Mob & Music Festival in Tokyo

  Music Festival in Tokyo on June 14, 2014 “One Week to Shine” is an exciting  initiative organized by Andy Game and his team at 7Media. “By bridging Prayer and Outreach we want to reach the next generation with the joy of God’s love for us” is how 7Media articulates the vision. The initiative includes a flash mob and outdoor concert in Tokyo on June 14.   These events have a great deal of promise, please attend if you can and — no matter where […]

Digital Outreach: An Incarnational Paradigm

“The big hub-bub, (the drama), the $64,000.00 question for digital ministry is: where is all the fruit – eg new believers who became disciples who got plugged into a church that we can name, track and see multiply. People are tired of counting clicks that don’t translate into real people in a real Church.” (what one leader posted on Facebook). I too have felt frustrated by a lack of results. Just as there are very few children born without real […]

Digital Strategies of Outreach: Two Questions

The goal of the Indigitous conference in Hong Kong (April 10 – 12) is to, “Collaborate with other creatives to share, inspire, and create digital strategies to help reach your world.” I’ll be there to do a TED style presentation. The presentation I’ve prepared is, “An Incarnational Paradigm.” To help me understand the issues better I would really like to have your input on a couple of questions. First question: I’ve heard some Christians have no use for digital strategies […]

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 […]