The wisdom of Tolkien

I've nearly finished my second reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. I first read this mammoth work of fantasy...

Religion with benefits

Are Japanese people 'religious'? Almost 50% (49.4%, to be precise) of people in Japan say they have 'no religion' (無宗教). But this doesn't...

Sexual temptation... and the Buddha

Since October, I've been taking a regular class in early Buddhism at the local culture centre here in Nagoya. I should say that "taking"...

The Crazy, Crazy World of Golf in Japan

I'm not much of a golfer. But as a native of Scotland, I consider myself something of a golfing purist. Golf should be played as it was...

Comfort and Joy!

Are you ‘looking forward’ to Christmas? That question is not always an easy one to answer, even for Christians. For some of us, Christmas...

Be Bible Christians, not system Christians!

Systematic theology doesn't always get a great press. For some Christians I know, it sounds like a process of putting things in...