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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.

“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

You all have probably heard the term “killing fields” used to describe the horrendous atrocities committed in Cambodia in the 1970s. And maybe most of you have seen the heart-rending movie released in 1984 with that title. “The Killing Fields” won three Academy Awards, including best supporting actor by Haing S. Ngor, who was, himself, […] Read More

She is an outstanding person whom I have come to admire a lot just this year. I am speaking about the woman who was named Myrlie Beasley after her birth in 1933 in Mississippi. In 1951, she married Medgar Evers, who became a widely known civil rights activist. Fifty years ago today, on June 12, […] Read More

Perhaps Dr. Seuss’s most noteworthy book is “Horton Hears a Who!” (1954). It begins, On the fifteenth of May, in the jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing…enjoying the jungle’s great joys… When Horton the elephant heard a small noise. Many of you have […] Read More

Tomorrow, the first day of May, is often called “May Day” and it has been observed as a special day in widely diverse ways. In addition, “Mayday” is an international radio and telephone signal word used as a distress call. In the northern hemisphere, May Day is an ancient spring festival and is observed as […] Read More

You may not have remembered her name, but perhaps you recall hearing about the young U.S. woman who was killed in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Her life story is told in a one-woman play titled “My Name is Rachel Corrie” and more fully in “Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals […] Read More

“Hubris” is defined as “excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.” It is a word descriptive of the attitude of many individuals as well as many groups, such as corporations or nations. Last month, I happened to see a television special on MSNBC titled, “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War.” It was a most interesting, and quite disturbing, […] Read More

Not many Americans know about him, but Nishida Tenko was an outstanding man who deserves to be known and appreciated more widely. He died 45 years ago on Feb. 29, 1968, at the age of 96. Even though I never had the privilege of meeting him personally, I have very fond memories of the days […] Read More

Noted Baptist ethicist and theologian Glen Stassen was born on Feb. 29, 1936. (I’m not revealing any secrets for he has included his birth date on his Facebook page.) Even though there is no Feb. 29 this year, Glen was still born 77 years ago, which means that this would be a time of special […] Read More