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Author Leroy Seat

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.

If You Have This Kind of Faith, It’s Not Worth Having

Faith in God is always good, but people often have an insufficient or erroneous understanding of God. Failing to have an adequate understanding of God can produce a flawed faith. […] Read More

The Other Anthem: ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been sung and played often in the past few days, including at many churches. Another song, often called the “Black National Anthem,” calls us to join hands and work together. […] Read More

Missionary Activity Still Legitimate, Important Work

There have been missionaries to “foreign” places and ethnic groups from the time of the Apostle Paul to the present. The modern Protestant missionary movement, however, began with Englishman William Carey in 1792. Building upon Carey’s groundbreaking ideas and actions, extensive time, effort and resources have been expended on global missionary activities during the 225 […] Read More

Poor People’s Campaign Launches Drive Against Poverty

Today is the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) activities. The original PPC was inaugurated by Martin Luther King Jr. Mainly because of his tragic assassination 601 months ago, it didn’t accomplish what he had hoped for. The primary leader of the new PPC is William Barber II. The original PPC was created […] Read More

Will Privileged Majority Take King’s Letter to Heart?

Headlines and social media feeds were filled earlier this month with articles about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. King wrote his powerful “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” five years earlier on April 16, 1963. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was a regional expansion of the local work, […] Read More

God Loves All Creation – Not Just Human Beings

Everyone has heard much about God’s love. But do we sufficiently comprehend the extent of that love? Probably not. To begin with, it is important for us to realize that God’s love is not just for human beings. Perhaps Christianity through the centuries has been the most anthropocentric of all of the world’s religions. There […] Read More

Nuclear Saber-Rattling Puts Planet in Perilous Times

Are we living in the best or the worst of times? Steven Pinker, a psychology professor at Harvard University, addresses this question in his latest book released in January under the title “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.” Pinker, born in Canada in 1954, is also the author of “The Better […] Read More

Why Christians Need to Be Involved in Politics

Christians are often unsure about the appropriate relationship between religion and politics. Recently, I have been reading and thinking about their interplay, and two devout Episcopalian lawyers have been helpful in this regard. William Stringfellow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1956. He soon moved to a tenement in Harlem, New York City, where he […] Read More

Biculturalism Can Help Minorities in Dominant Cultures

Being or becoming bicultural can provide insight for living as a minority in a dominant culture. Studying and thinking about Drew Hart’s noteworthy book, “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism,” stirred me to reflect on a potentially helpful mindset for minorities living in a dominant culture. “The term bicultural describes a […] Read More

3 Case Studies Illustrate Problems with Philanthropy

When is philanthropy problematic? This question has been on my mind in recent months as I’ve read books and watched films about three philanthropists who amassed wealth in dubious ways. 1. The case of Andrew Carnegie. “To the Stars through Difficulties” is a new book by Kansas author Romalyn Tilghman. I recently read Tilghman’s delightful […] Read More