Theological Thoughts Category

The Importance of Work in Missions

Over the last few months, I have been struggling with how a missionary is supposed to “work”. Ever since I entered life as a working adult, I have always had a schedule, a to-do list, things that engaged my mind, emotions, and muscles. First, I worked in refrigeration and air-conditioning. Every day I had jobs, […]

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Purification and Wa 和 ‘Harmony’

(This is an excerpt from my Masters thesis on a Contextualized Theology of Purification in and for the Japanese) Promoting harmony is a key idea in Japanese culture and observable in many areas of their social life. (i) The concept of uchi to soto 内と外 ‘inside and outside’[1]. (ii) Shinto festivals and its focus on community […]

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Does Prayer Work?

In 2 weeks time I will be preaching at my home church about prayer from James 5:13-20. I have been thinking about the effectiveness of prayer a lot these days as we prepare for missions in Japan. Today is Wednesday the 15th of November and in order to have clearance to go to Japan in […]

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Is God too compassionate?

Have you ever thought of God as being too compassionate? It seems that one man did, his name was Jonah. I’ve spent time in this book over the last 3 weeks and came across something I never realized before. (Discovery is one reason why reading the Bible is so exciting) Jonah was angry at God! […]

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Importance of the virgin birth

It’s been over a month since my last blog post, the past 30 days have been quite a busy time with a youth camp, mission trip and other ministry commitments. (Keep an eye out for our next Newsletter with more details) I’m now in East London enjoying some down time with family, looking forward to spending […]

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The enemy is throwing a tantrum

Social media and news broadcasts have been buzzing over recent violent attacks in Paris. This of course is a horrible tragedy and our hearts go out to those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. It is during times like these when people start thinking about ideology, religion, morality and justice. A quick look […]

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Am I called?

Often we hear Christians talking about being called. Pastors being called to ministry; missionaries called to serve in a foreign country, such big decisions that demand absolute certainty of God’s leading and direction. I have personally experienced this when I felt called to ministry and again when my wife and I have felt called to […]

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