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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.

All of us have a lot of beliefs about a lot of different things. Our most basic beliefs might be called our presuppositions, those ideas that are rooted in our worldview or faith commitment. But why do we believe what we believe? Where does our faith come from? Faith or beliefs are the result of […] Read More

It’s a long way from Kansas City, Mo., to Johannesburg, South Africa. It would take about 17 hours flying time from Kansas City International Airport and cost about $1,675 for a round-trip ticket. I have no plans, or desire, to make such a long, expensive trip. But two of the greatest men of my lifetime […] Read More

One winter, after my wife, June, and I had visited my “snowbird” parents in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, we set out from there to make the long road trip to the Washington, D.C., area by way of Atlanta. On our second day of travel, soon after heading east on I-85 in Montgomery, Ala., […] Read More

A year ago at this time, I wrote about “God’s Samurai.” That was what Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, the lead pilot of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was called after he later became a Christian. This column is more about that same story, but it centers on Jacob DeShazer, a member of the U.S. Army […] Read More

Nov. 19, 1863. That was the date of the Gettysburg Address, the speech delivered by President Lincoln during the Civil War. That remarkable speech was given at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Penn., several months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the bloody Battle of Gettysburg on […] Read More

The 370th anniversary of a battle you may never have heard took place on Friday, Sept. 20, which offered me a good excuse to write about a group you may never have heard of. There is some value in knowing about the First Battle of Newbury (fought on Sept. 20, 1643) and, especially, about the […] Read More

For a long time, I have been a supporter of the organization known as Food for the Hungry, which was founded in 1971 and has, for many years, been an international organization. Food for the Hungry/Japan was formed in 1981, and, for many years, Eisuke Kanda was the head of it. In the 1980s, we […] Read More

Today is the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Six-year-old Keiji Nakazawa was on his way to school in Hiroshima when the bomb exploded at 8:15 on that hot August morning in 1945. Even though his father, older sister and younger brother all were killed by the atomic blast, 6-year-old Keiji “survived miraculously.” […] Read More

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.” These words of Psalm 46:4 are cited on page 291 of Will D. Campbell’s “The Glad River” (1982) and are apparently the source of the title. I recently finished reading Campbell’s […] Read More

He is no longer well known in the U.S., but there was a time, especially up to the early 1940s, when Toyohiko Kagawa was the best-known Japanese in America, except for Emperor Hirohito. Kagawa was born 125 years ago on July 10, 1888. Although sickly from the time he was a young man, he lived […] Read More