Profiles In Goodwill: Leroy Seat


Leroy Seat, an EthicsDaily.com columnist, says his favorite film is "The Mission," the story of a man racked by guilt but who experienced grace and forgiveness.
Leroy Seat was a missionary to Japan from 1966-2004 and is both professor emeritus of Seinan Gakuin University and pastor emeritus of Fukuoka International Church.

Leroy's articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here.

1. Where did you grow up?

From the summer of 1945, when I turned 7, I grew up on a farm in Worth County, Missouri.

2. What is your favorite Bible verse, book or story? Why?

Matthew 6:24-34.

These verses give me both the comfort and the challenge that I need to hear and consider regularly.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

"The Mission."

This movie has wonderful cinematography (it won an Oscar), a very appealing missionary as the central character, a story of a man racked by guilt but who experienced grace and forgiveness, and an ending that leaves serious issues to be pondered.

4. Who are three of the people you admire?

Deceased: Francis of Assisi, Kagawa Toyohiko and Clarence Jordan.

Living: Desmond Tutu, Pope Francis and Jim Wallis.

5. What is one little known fact about yourself?

I graduated from junior college, was ordained and got married all in the same month, May 1957, when I was still 18 years old.

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