What defines a true Christian?

1 Peter 1:8-9 “8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”   What defines a true Christian more than[…]

Are you listening to the truth?

“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” 1 Corinthians 2:17 NIV If in AD 55 (just 22 years after the cross!) there were already “many” preachers who were peddling the word of God[…]

Hannah’s Doodles

Yesterday evening when I was reading to the kids Hannah (age 14) was doodling.  Even when I first came to Japan 28 years ago I was always amazed at how well nearly all Japanese kids could draw.  I think there is something to be said about how they teach art in Japan (or fail to[…]

Kumamoto Earthquake

Since just before 1:30 in the morning on April 16th there have been a string of quakes on Kyushu island (southern Japan).  At least two of the quakes have been magnitude greater than seven.  On today’s news it was reported that there have been more than 500 quakes since Saturday measuring greater than 1 on[…]

My Prediction

This is my prediction for the upcoming election.  Since Trump lost Wisconsin to Cruz I don’t think that Trump has a chance of getting enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot.  There will be a contested convention.  In the end I don’t think that the Republican establishment will let Trump get the[…]

Back home in Japan

Elijah and I arrived home in Japan at around 9:30 Friday night (3/1) after 24 hours without sleep.  Saturday morning Samuel (our second son) caught the bus to Sendai where he’s starting college.  Sunday we had regular services.  Yesterday we (everyone except for Joseph and Elijah) left home before 6:00 AM and drove four hours[…]

Elijah is coming!

Our third son, Elijah, is flying to Missoula, MT today to join me in the States.  We will itinerate together until we return to Japan on March 31.  I am excited to see him.  He will be playing the piano and singing in our services. It has been a long 3 months.  I can’t wait[…]