Archive for October, 2010

by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm / in The Protestant Missions

" A Modern Paul in Japan "

In the spring of 1876 the missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (North), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland formed the “Council of the Three Missions” made up of two delegates from each mission. One of its chief objects was to effect a union of the Japanese churches that had been […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Alexander Williamson's "Natural Theology."

About the beginning of the year 1877 a Japanese Christian received from the Government permission to translate and publish Williamson’s “Natural Theology.” This is worthy of notice because, so far as known, it was the first permission given for the publication of a distinctively Christian book. The work was spreading into the interior in various directions. In January, Rev. G. […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Rev. J.L. Atkinson's visit to Matsuyama!

The church in Kobe received a request from two men living in Matsuyama, a city about two hundred miles distant on the island of Shikoku, asking that someone be sent to preach the Christian religion to themselves and there friends. There being no one who could go for permanent residence, Rev. J.L. Atkinson, a missionary of the American board, decided […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Zeal of the Kumamoto Band of Brothers!

On the last Sunday of January 1876, a number of young men from the city of Kumamoto went to a hill on the outskirts of town, where they entered into a solemn covenant pledging themselves to follow Christ and to “Enlighten the darkness of the empire by preaching the Gospel, Even at the sacrifice of their lives” They were pupils […]

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by / on October 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm / in The Protestant Missions

The first Christian newspaper in Japan: Shichi Ichi Zappo!

In May, Rev. W. Dening, of the Church Missionary Society, opened a service in what had formerly been a large shop on the main street of Hakodate. On the second Sunday he baptised in the presence of a large crowd Mr. Ogawa, who afterwards became a prominent evangelist. Soon after this, active opposition began, Mr. Ogawa being annoyed and persecuted […]

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