All who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)

Koichi Kobashi NCCJ Moderator

Since the beginning of the New Year, the Lord's word is echoing in my mind. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, saying "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." (Luke19:41-42)

Isn't it just the word said to us Japanese today? The Lord is weeping at us.

The road to Peace that Jesus showed by his own action on a donkey is the deed that "he will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth." (Zechariah 9:10)

And just before the crucifixion, he affirmed: "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

These words are neither idealism nor desire ignoring the reality. It is the fundamental policy of the ruler of the world who sees the history of human beings' sin.

According to this policy, Japan has experienced the perishing by the sword. However, the country did not repent and is making their way of military alliance relying on the sword and is going to change the Constitution along with that.

It is no longer enough only to protect the Constitution. We should apply the Constitution to the world. It is our mission given by the Lord of the history.

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Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 16:29:35 (514 reads)

 NCCJ's China Church Relations Committee (CCRC) organized a "Tour to Visit National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and Churches" for nine days from May 8th to 16th. 

Eight participants including Rev. Kobashi, NCCJ Moderator, stayed at Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Beijing.

Christianity in China has developed marvelously these years, and the Christian population has been increasing. Their activities are obtaining a high evaluation in the society.

CCRC sent the first delegates to China in 1983 and welcomed the first visitors to Japan from China the following year. That was the start of the official relationship with China.

The official mutual visit started in 1996. This year's tour marked the fifth visit to China since 2009, which was fruitful confirming the relationship with China.

You can see the photos of the tour on the Chinese Christian Website

 NCC Moderator Rev. Kobashi and Elder Fu Xianwei, the Chairperson of National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement


 East China Theological Seminary


 Chongqing Gospel Church


 Chongqing Great Hall of the People


 Sichuan Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement


 Dinner with the staff of Sichuan Theological Seminary


 Langzhong Church


 At the worship of Chengdu Shangxiang Christian Church


 Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding


 Beijing Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement


 NCC Moderator Rev. Kobashi and Mr. Jiang Jianyong, the Vice Minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs

Poster : webmaster on 2017-05-31 15:20:02 (419 reads)

The Center for Minority Issues and Mission (CMIM) started on April 8th. It will engage in a variety of activitiew with the aim to realize an inclusive society, whtere diversity can be celebrated by every person, with dignity and joy.
The history of the center dates back to November 2015. Japanese churches hosted the 3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission, with support and participation from partner churches of several nations. Conference participants affirmed the need ofr deeper coordination among Christians to overcome the spread of intolerance and discrimination against minorities in Japan and other places aroun the world, and vowed to work for reconciliation and hamonious coexistence of all people.
Soon after the conference, the churches of Japan began preparations ofr the much encouragement and support also from ecumenical partners abroad, CMIM celebrated its opning in April this year.

The CMIM website is now under construction. We will link to the site when it comes out. You will get latest news on CMIM there.

Poster : webmaster on 2017-02-01 14:11:00 (804 reads)

 The International Youth Conference in Kyoto will be held as follows on the theme “Aiming to Realize a Sustainable Energy Society.”

Keynote Lecture: Dr. KOHARA Katsuhiro (Professor of Systematic Theology, Doshisha university

Interactive presentation: Oshidori Mako & Ken (Members of Yoshimoto Creative Agency)

Date: Wed. March 28th, 14:00-17:00

Venue: Kambaikan, Doshisha University (Kyoto-city, 602-8580)

Contact: 080-3726-7143 (Rev. Makoto Iijima, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ in japan East Japan Great Earthquake Relief Measures Headquarters)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook/  

For further information, see the PDF.

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    Happy New Year!
    The year 2017 has begun. Many issues were carried over to the new year in Japan and around the world. We will keep on praying with a hope that peace might be with people of all the places where there are troubles and conflicts, and that God's will be fulfilled.
    The first events for the new year will be the ecumenical prayer week in the last half of January, and the 2nd Pre-conference of the Mission Conference on February 4th. Please participate in them!
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