Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part Two

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It has been nearly a month since I came back from Kōzu-shima. Still, a day doesn’t go by in which I don’t think back to my two weeks there. The time I spent on the island was like a rich spiritual feast. And the thing about feasts is that they require some digesting. That is my excuse for why this post has been so long delayed: I have needed the time to think. My time on Kōzu-shima resulted in 80 pages of notes and I have been processing these notes since coming back, trying to distill the essence of what I learned on my pilgrimage.
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Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part One

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On April 22nd, I left for a two-week journey to get away from distractions and to spend some time alone with God. As the destination for my adventure, I had chosen Kōzu-shima: a small, volcanic island 170 km (106 miles) south of Tokyo, in the Pacific Ocean.

I first heard of the island about one year ago from a customer at my job. At the time, I was working in a call center Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part One”

Hiking in Tanzawa

I’d been in a bit of a spiritual funk recently, so yesterday, I decided to go for a hike to spend time in God’s beautiful creation, listening to whatever He had to say.

I came upon this dried-up mountain stream. Leastways, it looked dried-up—none of the stones on the stream bed were wet. But I could still hear the unmistakeable murmur of running water coming up from somewhere under the surface. And I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me: “I am flowing in and through you. Even when you can’t see it.”

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From Sannoto, looking out over Tanzawa’s main ridge. The course was 19 kilometers (about 12 miles) long, with a cumulative elevation gain of 1,382 meters (4,534 feet) and a cumulative elevation loss of 1,857 meters (6,093 feet). The climbing is easy if you’ve got the heart, but the descent will destroy your knees.

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What I Learned in My DTS Lectures

Here is the post I promised I would write on what I learned in my DTS lecture phase!

As you can tell by taking a look at the scroll bar, this is a bit of a long one. (My counter says I’ve got 3523 words!) So, for your navigating-ease, I have provided a table of contents below. You can click on the links in the table to jump to the different parts of the Continue reading “What I Learned in My DTS Lectures”