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What Would Jesus Do?

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I know a lot of Christians are fond of the phrase “WWJD” - What Would Jesus Do? It seems like a simple and natural rule for life. I love the phrase too, but for a very different reason.

The reason I love the phrase is that it reminds me that, at any given time, I have absolutely no idea what Jesus would do. Because most of the time, Jesus would do something that nobody expected. Nobody at all. Read more about What Would Jesus Do?


Against Partnership

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few months and have sat down time and again to work out the “right way” to say what I want. Now I realise that if I wait until I work out the right way, I’m never going to write it, so I think I’ll just go with something a bit unpolished, if only to get something out. I hope it’s clear that the title is a hyperbole. Read more about Against Partnership


Japanese church statistics, revisited

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A few years back I tried to gather as much information as possible about the state of the Japanese church. Last time I reported on these statistics, church membership was down, church attendance was down, baptisms were down… it wasn’t a great time for the Japanese church. Periodically I wonder what, if anything, has happened since then. Read more about Japanese church statistics, revisited


Christians and Conspiracy Theories

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As a publisher, I get all kinds of interesting book proposals. Some of them come from people with, let’s say, unorthodox ideas. It’s all well-meaning stuff, but I have to find delicate ways of suggesting that perhaps this is not the kind of material I would like to publish. Eddie has just written thoughtfully on the problems of Christians not displaying adequate scepticism for anything that suits their goals. I would go a bit further and say there is a worrying flirtation with conspiracy theories within great swathes of popular Christianity. Read more about Christians and Conspiracy Theories





教会のメタファー

修士研究の時、フェッツという神学者の記事を読みました。フェッツが主張するのは、全ての教会ではあるメタファーがあって、教会の行事と在り方はそのメタファーに従っています。

例えば、オーストラリアでヒルソングという教会があります。(日本では、ジーザス•ライフハウスという教会は関係あるみたい)そのヒルソングの礼拝はこの様子です。

ヒルソングはパーフォマンスのメタファーがあるから、ステージがあって、ステージでバンドが中心であって、コンサートみたいな賛美礼拝をしています。カトリック教会は政府のメタファーがあるから、教皇、大主教、主教、祭司の組織階級があって、公会議や回勅を強調しています。救世軍はやっぱり軍隊のメタファーがあります。 Read more about 教会のメタファー



Bosch on spirituality

We leave this house tomorrow and I have to put this wonderful book back on the bookshelf, so time for one last quote:

Spirituality or devotional life seems to mean withdrawal from the world, charging my batteries and then going out into the world… so many minutes of spiritual exercise will give me so much mileage for the day that follows.