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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.

In East Asia, 2013 is the Year of the Snake, although in China and those countries that still follow Chinese customs the new year doesn’t begin until Feb. 10. While a snake usually conjures up bad images and is sometimes a symbol of evil in the West, it is not the case in East Asia. […] Read More

“Southern Baptists have only one saint and her name is Lottie Moon.” So wrote Texas pastor Chuck Warnock in his fine review of Regina D. Sullivan’s book “Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend” (2011).  I am writing this in praise of “Saint Lottie” (she has never actually been called […] Read More

Charles Dickens was an English social critic and writer who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era (1837-1901) in Great Britain. He was born 200 years ago in 1812 and is the author of such highly acclaimed novels as “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” (1837-39), “David Copperfield” (1848-50) and “A Tale […] Read More

Dec. 7, 1941, was a big day for Mitsuo Fuchida, a day he had long prepared for and looked forward to. For, you see, Fuchida was the lead pilot of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. And his life story is quite amazing. I have heard Fuchida’s story from time to time through the years, […] Read More

In November 1934, the U.S. Major League Baseball All-Stars were on a noteworthy tour to Japan. The story of that tour is engagingly told in Robert K. Fitts’ new book, “Banzai Babe Ruth.” Actually, Fitts’ book is about much more than baseball: the subtitle is “Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan.” […] Read More

It was 50 years ago this month, on Oct. 11, 1962, that the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) opened in St. Peter’s Basilica. Convoked by Pope John XXIII, it closed in December 1965 under Pope Paul VI. Vatican II was the 21st Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church, and only the second to be […] Read More

Tips of the Slung

Every public speaker dreads them, but from time to time most make them anyway. I am referring to what are often called slips of the tongue. Or as Rev. William Archibald Spooner might say, tips of the slung. Spooner, who died Aug. 29, 1930, was an Englishman whose name is given to the linguistic gaffes […] Read More

Back in the 1970s, I heard my friend and colleague, Bob Culpepper, talk about his list of “top 10” movies. (Bob passed away earlier this month, and I wrote about him here.) After hearing about Bob’s list, and the movies on it, I soon made my own list and have revised it from time to […] Read More

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, popularly known as the Mormon Church, began in 1830 after Joseph Smith claimed to have received special revelations from God. The following year, many of his followers moved to Missouri and began to build up the City of Zion near Independence. In 1833, though, they were […] Read More

Who are the top Christians of all time (after the New Testament and the period of the early church)? I presented my list of “top 10 Christians” on my blog in September 2010 (check it out here). Although I modified it some after the original posting, Clarence Jordan continues to be on that list. Jordan […] Read More