Final Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo.

Presenting yourself as someone who 'has it all together' is important in Tokyo - a city full of those who, by all appearances, appear successful. But if you dig below the layers, there is an emptiness that engulfs the soul. The product of this is the salaryman or student trying to find rest on a... Continue Reading →

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Brother Lawrence

“The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them - through faith or unbelief - that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trials to come our way for our own... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo, 4.

I recently met with a friend and said something along the lines of: 'When Japanese people leave Japan and go to a Western nation, they generally adopt Western values and move towards a more healthy self-image. But I don't know what values I will take home from my time here if any." Thankfully, my friend... Continue Reading →

Spurgeon

Do not be ashamed of being called 'narrow'. Do not be ashamed of being supposed to lead a life of great precision and exactness. There is nothing very grand about breadth, after all. And I have noticed one thing: the broadest men I have ever met with in the best sense have always kept to... Continue Reading →

Charles Wesley

  O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread thro' all the earth abroad the honors of your name. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids... Continue Reading →

Endo

Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt. Endo Shusaku

Life unfolding…

I'm always thinking about the future. And then, a trigger brings yesteryear to mind. I think we find comfort and solace in thinking about the past, but it's gone. I'm forever doing as Pascal observed: always looking forward or backward and never resting in the present. Why? Since moving to Japan, I have been thrown... Continue Reading →

No fresh thoughts on Singleness

Some friends of mine recently encouraged me to write some thoughts on my experience of 'singleness'. Much of what I write may appear cynical, but these are earnest thoughts. It comes from a place of great failure, but also of great joy. The greatest prize is God himself. No person can be more than that and... Continue Reading →

The Birds

At work we've got this birdcage, which from one point of view is fantastic therapy. Looking at the birds is a nice distraction, however it also means someone has to clean up the poo all over the large cage; change the water; food; and provide additional maintenance. It's all a fuss. Anyway, I decided to... Continue Reading →

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