Author: Deji Okegbile

Amos in the 21st century pulpits: The parable and ‘the risk of preaching at best half a gospel.’

The Old Testament reading from the book of Amos provides us a reflection between ministry as a vocation and ministry as an occupation. Amos from a background of pastoral and agricultural life was ‘super sensitive’ ‘on one hand to the glory and majesty of God’s transcendent holiness, and on the other to the inhuman sinfulness of man.’ Amos’s ministry as a vocation showed a marked contrast with Amaziah’s high priest maintenance ministry as an occupation (Amos 7:14). Amos’s vocation ‘is much more uncomfortable and dangerous: to “Go, prophesy to my people Israel,” and this is in contrast to his...

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Archbishop Uwadi @ 80, the Pioneer Archbishop of Umuahia: His ‘Bi-episcopal’ role and legacy of service above self.

Though it’s almost 8 years since His Grace Most Rev Dr Rogers Onuwabughichi Uwadi who hailed form Mbaise, the largest clan in Imo State passed on, his legacy lives on. When I was in Nigeria with the Cliff College Distance Learning programme, I visited Archbishop Uwadi at his Bishop’s court in 2009 in the company of Very Rev Drs Chinonyerem Ekebuisi and Evans Onyeama to conduct an interview on Methodist episcopacy as part for my post graduate studies in United Kingdom. Archbishop Uwadi, a student of Patriarch Professor Bolaji Idowu belonged to the class of well refined, erudite historian...

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Wesley Chapel, Lekki, Lagos Stained Glass Brings Bible to Life

Art can not only reflect God’s glory but really bring it into focus, in a way that touches our emotions – Cory Ryan Architecture as one of the art forms and a special aspects of the Visual Arts reminds us how our traditional church buildings are based on designs given by God himself. Beyond my Masters thesis, Visual Arts at University of Ibadan on the Nigerian Methodist Architecture – 1842-1993, the newly constructed Wesley Chapel, Lekki, Lagos, ready for commissioning on July 27th 2019 has open another chapter worthy of reflection. Wesley Chapel, Lekki, Lagos depicts the heavenly liturgy...

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Great Harvest, Few Labourers: REAPING what we have SOWN

The mission of the seventy in our Gospel reading from John chapter 10 was based on Jesus’ instructions to them just as it was given to the twelve. It was not based on the disciples’ own opinions and interpretations (vv 2-11; 9:1-6). These disciples represented Jesus. They did not represent themselves. They were not wise in their own eyes to do or obey evil. There is a fundamental principle of God’s creation. The principle is ‘for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap,’ and this apply to our physical and spiritual ventures. In the beginning, the disciples...

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FATHERING IN THE LAST DAYS AND CULTURE OBSESSED BY SEX.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people – 2 Tim 3:1-5 We are in a very difficult time for Christian mission, service, marriage, parenting and most especially fathering. We are in the last days and culture characterised by sinfulness,...

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