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Christ Church Choir singing in Japanese in Japan

Christ Church Choir singing in Japanese in Japan

As our Missions Emphasis Month draws to a close, we are celebrating what God has already done through our relationship with Japan and all that is in store. This is a video Joshua MacLeod recorded of our choir missions team singing a Japanese gospel song at a music festival in Kyoto, Japan in September 2013. […]

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Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Recently, I spent ten days in Kyoto, Japan. In fact, I am writing this the morning after my return. My mind is filled with images and impressions, fueled by that mild form of intoxication called jetlag. Japan is a state of mind as well as a nation, and a true encounter with its people and […]

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With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

Yesterday, for several hours, I wondered the streets of old Kyoto. I couldn’t read the street signs, so I got lost. That turned out to be a blessing. For example, I discovered a Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1890 and pastored for many years by a future patriarch. I also happened upon an old Protestant […]

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Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Many Japanese rock gardens contain a pair of large rocks. One is placed upright and vertical. The other is placed prone and horizontal. (see the two rocks on the back right) Together the two rocks symbolize the sound “ah,” or “mouth open,” and “nn,” or “mouth closed.” This is the Japanese way of expressing the […]

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Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Kyoto was Japan’s capital for over a thousand years. Home to hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist sites, it is still the nation’s spiritual and artistic heart. Ryoanji is one of Kyoto’s iconic Zen temples. We wanted to see it because it has the famous rock garden that inspired the landscape technique Americans often call the […]

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Japan Reflections: Let My Light Shine Before Men

Japan Reflections: Let My Light Shine Before Men

We left for the Nashville airport a little after four in the morning. Having arrived from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami the night before, it had been a quick turnaround with very little sleep. But we were excited – we were going to Japan!! Mine & Becky’s second trip – Shelton & Alyson’s first. We met Pastor Dan […]

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Japan: The Reason Why

Japan: The Reason Why

With four trips to Japan under our belt now since the 2011 tsunami, what an incredible privilege is has been for teams from the Christ Church Choir to represent our church and the State of Tennessee to the wonderful people of Japan! Of course, we love singing and playing gospel music, and thankfully, the people […]

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Day 8 Recap – Sometimes Words Are Not Enough

Day 8 Recap – Sometimes Words Are Not Enough

Today has been a fun-filled and emotional day! We left Kyoto by subway and train to head to the Doshisha University Retreat Center. The purpose of our time at the retreat center was to have special one-on-one and fun time with some of the university students in the gospel choir, Joyful Joyful. We had already […]

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Day 7 Recap – God Loves You, Japan, and So Do We

Day 7 Recap – God Loves You, Japan, and So Do We

At 5:30am this morning, all I could think was, “Goodness! This rain won’t stop!!” Thankfully, the Lord saw fit to give us a break from the rain and we were able to continue on as planned with our day without being drinched or having to be evacuated. After some free time this morning, we met […]

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Day 6 Recap – Be Imitators of Christ

Day 6 Recap – Be Imitators of Christ

I’ve been doing a lot of meditating lately about the idea of truly being a follower of Christ, a disciple of Christ, and not just someone who identifies with the name “Christian.” The word “Christian” has had such broad, loose and common use around the world that I’ve started saying simply, “I am a follower […]

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