Author Archives: Mark Morikawa

Thoughts on The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the highest grossing film of 2017, making over $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide. And that’s despite a mid-December release date. The highly anticipated film turned out to be a polarizing one for fans of the … Continue reading

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A Biblical Theology of the Sabbath

My second course through Western Seminary was Understanding Biblical Theology, which was a study of the whole story of the bible. The video lectures and live seminar was conducted by Professor Todd Miles, Ph.D. with additional video lectures from Professor Arturo Azurdia, D.Min., and pastor/author Michael … Continue reading

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An Apostolic Hermeneutic

Can we interpret the bible like the apostles did? This question came up in my Hermeneutics class, and in the second course I have taken, Understanding Biblical Theology. Both Patrick Schreiner and Todd Miles would answer in the affirmative. Before … Continue reading

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Hermeneutical Axioms

My first course through Western Seminary was Hermeneutics, which is the study of the interpretation of scripture. All of my seminary study will be based on the bible, so it makes sense to start with a solid foundation on how … Continue reading

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Western Seminary

I’m starting my seminary education today! Two opportunities came together leading to this incredible blessing. One, my church wanted to pay for my theological training at the seminary level. And two, Western Seminary and The Gospel Coalition Hawaii were partnering … Continue reading

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Why Join a Local Church?

Every Christian should be a member of a local church. That is to say, every Christian should attend, love, serve, and submit to a local church. But is it really necessary to be a member of a church? Do churches … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 6 – Authority For Maturity

Who is really responsible for the ministry? In my job, when I write a report, my supervisor is required to sign it below my own signature. Why? Because my supervisor is ultimately responsible for the report I wrote. She has … Continue reading

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