Author: Deji Okegbile

FORWARD TO THE PAST, ASABA RETREAT @50: Centre for Bolaji Idowu Studies!

The election of the Reverend Professor Bolaji Idowu, a former head of the Department of Religion, University of Ibadan, on October 4 1972, as the President of Methodist Church Nigeria was a call to restore ‘the years that the locust has eaten.’[1] Talented with an unprecedented foresight and missional imaginations of things to come, during his service of investiture and consecration on January 20, 1973, he expressed the need for the ordering of the ministry, structure, and the image of the church. [2] He called for the review of the inherited constitution with emphasis on indigenisation of Nigerian Methodism....

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Peter Kerridge: The ‘Mid-wife’ of Premier Radio in a ‘Spiritually Hungry Nation.’

The transition of the Premier Chief Executive Officer Peter John Kerridge, a radio pioneer committed to Jesus Christ on Saturday 8th June 2024, left a legacy of a struggling radio station into Europe’s most prominent Christian media organisation. Six months after Premier Radio was launched to great fanfare on June 10, 1995 ‘the station was in deep financial trouble. David Heron, a former stockbroker, stepped in to help the young station back on its feet. One of the first things he did in his role as Premier’s new chairperson was to invite Peter to come on board as managing...

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Mama Hannah Folorunso Famurewa, a Virtuous Woman Entrepreneur: Mama Niyi.

The final chapter of Proverbs opens with a young prince learning from his mother the qualities that should define his reign as a godly king (Prov. 31). This wise and godly mother describes the kind of wife the young prince should seek. She asks, ‘Who can find a virtuous wife?’ This mother points out that such a woman is rare. Such a woman was Mama Hannah Folorunso Famurewa, a woman of exceptional virtue. Like Hannah in the Bible, Mama Famurewa had the faith to trust God with all her family. Mama Famurewa knew God and knew His character. She...

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Deaconess Aniette Akpan @60: Recovery of Deaconess Order.

“. . .Abasi m’ikp”daha y’ami ikp’imeme inno.” On her 60th birthday, Deaconess Aniette Augustus Akpan remains grateful to God for the opportunity she was given through the Deaconess Order/Women’s work platform provided by the Methodist Church Nigeria to serve God majorly among the women. The platform also provided her windows of opportunities, including giving hope and voice to the hopeless and the voiceless, especially in a seemingly man’s world, impacting the lives of young women (the Ladies/Girls Fellowship, now Daughters of Wesley). Sadly, Deaconess Akpan is burdened that the Deaconess Order need urgent restoration before it goes into extinction. According to her, ‘currently,...

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Wesley and Men Who Followed!: ‘Have we all been deceived?’ Recovery of Authentic Christianity (Bible Methodism) Today.

‘Was John Wesley deceived? Have our hymn writers been deceived in their immortal songs? Was Saul of Tarsus deceived? Have we all been deceived?’ One of the gifts presented to me during my 60th birthday Thanksgiving on Saturday, Jan 6 2024, was the book Wesley and Men Who Followed by Iain H. Murray. [1] Still in my birthday mood. Seeking God’s face for the next decade, this season in 1738, repeatedly referred to by Wesley as his conversion time, offers the opportunity to ask, ‘Have we all been deceived?’ for me, especially after 31 years in Methodist service and ministry. I had my youthful brush with Methodism under my grandmother, Alice Okegbile, and...

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