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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.

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

February 5, 1631. That is the date on which the Lyon, a British ship, “anchored safe amid great and dangerous ice floes in Boston harbor.” On board that ship (which had set sail from Bristol, England, on December 1) were Roger Williams and his wife, Mary. The words quoted in the above paragraph are from […] Read More

Today, Jan. 15, is his birthday, although the national holiday celebrating it will not be until next Monday, Jan. 21. I’m writing, of course, about Martin Luther King Jr., about whom we will be hearing much this year. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered 50 years ago in August 1963. Forty-five years […] Read More

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