Japanese churches are, in general, pretty dualistic. They only really deal with “spiritual” subjects; they may be excellent at giving you a theologically correct exposition of a Bible passage, and even at showing how that should affect your religious life, but they have very little concern for the “secular” life. For all that Japanese churches can teach you about how to relate to God, from the reaction I’ve received, providing teaching on how to relate to the world seems pretty revolutionary here. Read more about A theology of work
This morning I found myself wondering “what did Jesus actually talk about the most?” “What did Jesus talk about the most?” is a theological question which makes it hard to answer, but a related question—“What words did Jesus use the most?”—is a data journalism question, one that we can quantify and analyse. (It is worth reminding ourselves that answering the second question doesn’t necessarily answer the first, but it’s an interesting question nonetheless.) Read more about Jesus' words
Technology brings democratisation. When the first camcorders appeared on the consumer market, people would record their own “home videos”, something that was previously the preserve of professional videographers and film makers. The problem was that home videos were invariably poor: full of jerky movement, curious zooms, strange camera angles and bad framing. Fine, perhaps, for private consumption, but you wouldn’t really want your friends to inflict their home videos on you. Read more about By all means, self-publish...
What benefit do people get from all the effort
which they expend on earth?
A generation comes and a generation goes,
but the earth remains the same through the ages.
I have about five or six blog posts in the queue to finish writing, most of which are either quite long and involved, or require tact, or both. I have been getting stuck in my writing, so here’s something quick to get the ball rolling again. Read more about Most Mission Isn't Missional
I spent five years in university, theoretically studying Japanese and linguistics. What I actually spent my time doing with messing with computers. I turned my final year dissertation into a computational linguistics paper with a Japanese pretext. Basically, I was a scientist trapped in a humanities major. Read more about Why all Biblical studies people should learn XeTeX
A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
- Luke 22:24-27
Eight years ago, Thomas Hastings and Mark Mullins wrote an excellent article about the congregational leadership crisis facing the Japanese church [free subscription to IMBR required]. They said Read more about The congregational leadership crisis still facing the Japanese church