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Sunday, December 14, 2008

History of Christianity in Japan

I wish I had the time to tell you everything I've learned about church
history in Japan in the last two years, but here's a blog I ran across
today that seems to have me beat.

See what the world is like over here in Japan and how it got here. Give
it a look:


Blogger Ramone said...

Hi NB,

Awesome to meet you! I picked up my copy of the book at a Christian bookstore here in Osaka which often has used books that come in from who knows where. I also got another book by the same author (or his son), so I imagine that the books were dropped off together. I've been meaning to track down the publisher or church it sprang from, but haven't had time yet.

There is SO MUCH to Japanese Christian history. It's not the neat, cut and dry package that Christians would like it to be (the story of persecution), nor is it the simple cut and dry package that Japanese nationalists would make it out to be (foreign interference with Japanese-ness, etc.). The churches in the past carried the Gospel to Japan, but they also screwed up in big ways (isn't this reflective of *us* each personally!).

The thing is, though, that by recognizing and facing the ways that we screwed up, admitting them and repenting for them, we "stand in the gap" in a healing way for what went before, and in a way that also honors those who sacrificed before. We can all stand to be "wrong" if in somehow doing it Christ's "right-ness" shines. His righteousness shines when we face our weaknesses! Awhile ago He gave me this picture and told me, "It's through your 'cracks' that My glory flows!"

Anyway, thanks for your words about the J.O. blog... I haven't kept up with it because of time, work, family, and other ministry here and there. Because of that I was actually thinking of deleting the blog and merging it into my regular homepage blog, but maybe I ought to keep it up by itself. I'll pray about it, and we'll see how He leads and what happens!

Bless you in Jesus!

12/14/2008 11:04 PM  
Blogger Ramone said...

P.S. Send me an email (check my blogger profile)... are you connected with Rosaline Yong and her "Heart for Japan" network? It's a good way to get in touch with people here and there with a passion for Japan.

By the way, look me up on Facebook if you're on there.

12/14/2008 11:37 PM  

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