The End Result of Part-Time Christians in Japan


They’re seen everywhere these days, Bible in hand on their way to church with a confidence about them that one can’t quite describe. They look happy. They make great pewwarmers and look especially good for pictures for the church website. You’ve been working in Japan for so long and now you’ve made your big break: a church full of these followers. You happily report back to base with the numbers and they can’t believe it! This is Japan, right?!? Ah, yes, but you, you are the exception. You’ve got a church full of people to prove it. Continue reading

Talking to Kids about the Birds and the Bees without Destroying their Innocence (Japan)


Remember that movie What About Bob? with the super-controlling dad who was trying to teach his son how to dive and the anger he felt when Bob came along and did a better job? I really feel this is the boat a lot of Christians are in when it comes to talking to their kids about sex. Continue reading

Question: Homeschooling in Japan in General


My kids are still small, so it’s not quite time to start homeschooling, but I would really like to homeschool them if at all possible. There is a lot of information out there–a lot! I’m not for sure where to start, but I was hoping that if I post this (kind of like an SOS) that someone will see it and offer some advice. Continue reading

Why There Are Less Japanese Christians Than You Think


If you define “Christian” as a person who “follows Christ,” you will findĀ that more Japanese than you might think are willing to do this. I remember vividly a conversation with a pastor hereĀ about how it is not hard to get Japanese people to “accept Christ.” The problem is getting them to stay. According to him, most Japanese Christians leave the church within a year after their conversion. Continue reading