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His name was Kanzo Uchimura. Uchimura was a prominent Christian leader in Japan during the early part of the twentieth century. He was born in Japan during the end of the previous century to a prominent family. He grew up, as many of the Japanese elite of that era, ascribed to Confucion philosophy. He was eventually confronted with Christianity through the work of Methodist missionaries from America and became a believer. Over time, however, he became disillusioned with aspects of Western Christianity, establishing what he considered a thoroughly Japanese Christian movement. My goal here is not to evaluate the merits…

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I did not come up with this headline, a guy by the name of Martin Kähler did. Kähler was a theologian himself, from Germany, and was making a very important point when he penned these words. In fact, it is significant enough that it bears repeating. In short, Kähler is claiming missions birthed theology.  Put another way, missions gave rise to theology. There may be some caveats to the statement, but overall he is correct. Furthermore, that is pretty important for the church to grasp and not in some academic, theoretical way. This is not some cute saying to make…

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I recently ran across an article in the news that I think you need to see. It comes to us from the Religion News Service and is certainly thought-provoking. The title, “My high school’s Muslim prayer room was a lesson in religious freedom,” is eye-catching enough, but the piece itself is worth the read. Written from the perspective of a Muslim student, it details the current tension that exists in the United States around the exercise of religious liberty for non-Christian religions. My point in surfacing this article is not to get into some debate about the specifics of the…

Read More In the News: My high school’s Muslim prayer room was a lesson in religious freedom

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