Category Archives: Reflections on mission

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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Singing a new Song

There are times when singing a new song involves singing an old song. One of the things I like to do with the music in worship is to re-arrange hymns. It helps that people already know the melodies. When confronted … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Prayers

A few weeks ago I asked for prayers about the earthquake damaged retaining wall behind our house which is being re-constructed. We have actually had several sizeable quakes since I made that request including two of the biggest shakes since … Continue reading

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Hitting the Wall

During the Earthquake our property actually had some pretty significant damage. There is a retaining wall behind our house which is keeping a Buddhist Temple from crashing in on us. Some large chunks of the wall fell down during the … Continue reading

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Rain Rain go away… NO please STAY!

June is the rainy season here in Japan. Often it extends into mid-July as well. This year we have already had a few Typhoons bring us hard pouring rain. But the rainy season usually is four to six weeks of … Continue reading

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