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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.

You doubtlessly remember the terrible tragedy that occurred 10 years ago on Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. You may not have remembered the name of that small town, but that is where 10 Amish girls were brutally shot in their one-room schoolhouse. Such a horrendous event is unforgettable. Charles Roberts, a local 32-year-old […] Read More

Many of the great 19th-century women leaders in the U.S. were against what they considered three great evils: slavery, discrimination against women (including no voting rights) and alcohol. The first two evils have largely been eradicated, but not the third. Jane Addams was active in the temperance movement, as was Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her […] Read More

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week in New York City. FOR was launched as the result of a pact made by two Christians in August 1914 at the outbreak of the World War I. The two men, a British Quaker and a German Lutheran, had just come to an […] Read More

Why are people who show most evidence of firmly believing in and being committed to God not taken more seriously by atheists? There are many noted people who made significant life changes because of what they resolutely believed was a direct experience of God. Within the Christian tradition, a hastily made “top 10” list would […] Read More

Most Protestants, perhaps, have not paid a lot of attention to what the pope has said and done through the years. But things have changed somewhat since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in February 2013. Choosing Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis has often […] Read More

Growing up in rural northwest Missouri, I didn’t have much opportunity to know people who belonged to the Roman Catholic Church. My years in two Baptist colleges and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary didn’t afford much possibility of getting to know Catholics, either. Actually, as I think back, I guess my first Catholic friend was a […] Read More

The media has been inundated with news – and fears – about Ebola for many weeks now. That disease is certainly a frightful one, and every effort should be made to keep it from spreading. Unfortunately, it is still spreading in West Africa, and additional efforts are badly needed to quell that dreaded disease there. […] Read More

The 39th president of the United States was born on Oct. 1, 1924, so today is Jimmy Carter’s 90th birthday. In spite of the many difficulties and widespread criticism during his presidency, he is the best ex-president the U.S. has ever had in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. It […] Read More

Many Christians across the United States may have little interest in, and perhaps not much knowledge of, the World Council of Churches (WCC). Some Christians are even quite critical of the WCC. Nevertheless, the WCC is involved in many commendable activities. Their sponsorship of World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI), scheduled from Sept. […] Read More

Sadako Sasaki was born in January 1943 in Hiroshima, Japan. But 1943 was not a good time to be born in Japan, and Hiroshima was not a good place to be born. Sixty-nine years ago today, on Aug. 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Although Sadako lived not far […] Read More