Author Archives: kistokazaki

About kistokazaki

I am missionary from the Reformed Church in America serving the United Church of Christ Japan.

Stormy Weather

This past Sunday Sayuri and I traveled to Shizuka prefecture to lead special evangelism worship services at two churches. As the weekend approached we kept a constant on watch on the weather reports as typhoon was headed in the direction … Continue reading

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Goatspeak

For the past fifteen years I have been teaching Japanese preschoolers who to sing “Old McDonald had a Farm.” What I never expected was that doing this would lead me to an insight about one of Jesus sayings. In teaching … Continue reading

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Reflections from the 11th Hour Laborer

In Jesus Parable of the workers in the vineyard found in Matthew 20, we get to hear the voices of those who complain that those who were hired at the 11th hour received the same wages as those who worked … Continue reading

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Dancing with Jesus

Today is my sister Susannah’s birthday. Two years ago she passed away just days before she would have turned 48 and this past September I passed that milestone. I must admit, she has been on my mind. Often when I … Continue reading

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Colors of change

It is nearly November and autumn finally seems to be making its way here in Tokyo. This past week Sayuri and I went up to Tohoku both to see the fall colors and to visit the quake/tsunami stricken region in … Continue reading

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A little bit of History

Can you name whose picture is attached to this blog? Here’s a hint – there is an article about him Wikipedia’s Japanese site but not in the English one. His name is James Hamilton Ballagh and he was one of … Continue reading

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The Word of Life

This past week Sayuri and I have been leading the Bible Studies for the Yokohama Kyoritsu Girl School Choir camp. It was originally planned to be held in more wooded mountainous retreat center where the students could escape from the … Continue reading

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