The Singular Focus 

Exodus 20:1-20                                                                                                                 10.8.17

If you start talking about the big 10 at our house, you are usually talking about college sports.  The Big Ten conference includes some powerhouse university teams (actually there are 14 of them, not 10, which always confuses me!), one of which is now University of Maryland.  They have fierce competition with one another and are known to provide good entertainment for sports enthusiasts on fall Saturdays.

But that is not the big ten we are focused on for today.  Today the big ten are the ten moral laws given to Moses on the top of the mountain.  They are the ways of operating which God gave as a gift to the people of Israel, a people wandering around in the wilderness, trying to figure out who they were.  Think for a minute about their context, Continue reading

A message from Japan, September 3, 2017

September 3, 2017

Comments from Dr. Tsunao Oyama, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Hokusei Gakuen School System.  (Hokusei Gakuen means North Star Academy).

To the members of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church:

It is a great honor for me to be here and to have a chance to express our thanks to you, which we should have done much earlier.  This year we celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Hokusei Gakuen School System, one of the Protestant Christian Mission schools in Japan.

Back in January 1887, Sarah C. Smith, a Presbyterian missionary from Elmira, NY, opened a tiny school for seven girls in snowy Sapporo, Japan.  Today it has grown into a system consisting of one junior high school, three senior high schools, one junior college, one university and one graduate school with a total enrollment of about 6,000 students. Continue reading