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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Were the atomic bombs necessary for ending the conflict with Japan during World War II? Undoubtedly, most U.S. citizens since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, have firmly believed that they were justified. Moreover, most people in the U.S. seem to think that the bombs were not […] Read More

The Republic of Liberia has just celebrated its 170th Independence Day, having become an independent nation on July 26, 1847. The American Colonization Society (ACS) was established in 1816. Its purpose was to support the migration of freed slaves to the continent of Africa. Abolitionists as well as plantation owners and other slaveholders participated in […] Read More

Kenya will celebrate its 54th independence day later this year. The east African nation’s motto is “Harambee,” which is a Swahili word that basically means, “All pull together.” It is a term and concept emphasized by Jomo Kenyatta (1891-1978), who became the first president of the Republic of Kenya, and “Harambee!” is the title of […] Read More

Not many books on my “to read” list are 500 years old, but “Utopia” was on that list until I read it recently. “Utopia” was a term coined by the author Thomas More for his book with that title published (in Latin) in 1516. Many of you probably remember that More was a staunch Catholic […] Read More