Tabletalk: What can churches outside Japan learn from the Japanese Church?
Dan Iverson: First, the focus on the common good. Living in Japan has given me a new perspective on "American rugged individualism." A "common grace" virtue of Japanese culture is putting the group's needs above one's own, which sounds pretty biblical. Second, moderation. Even wealthy Japanese people often live modestly. Third, perseverance. Kingdom work is difficult and slow. Many welleducated pastors faithfully persevere for decades on small salaries.