Every word of Jesus especially in the Gospel reading from Luke 13 is full of meaning. Jesus used the word “Now” to draw attention to a particular statement or point in a narrative. “Now” in the context of this text marks a consequence of Jesus’ earlier fact about the necessity of repentance. Repentance is necessary to escape not only eternal death but also to overcome earthly infirmity (vs 1-9). The healing of the crippled woman was a sign that God’s kingdom had come in power to deliver people from bondage (vs 10-17). With opposition from the ruler of the...Read More
Author: Deji Okegbile
O Lord, set our hearts on fire again!: God’s identity and role in the midst of human unfaithfulness.
The Old Testament and the New Testament readings on the 9th Sunday after Trinity reminds us of the meaning and need of this present time, a perilous polarising time when the soul of the church and the world and most especially when the integrity of the Christian faith are at stake. In order to discern and know the need and meaning of this time, the two main texts – from Jeremiah and Luke highlights God’s identity and role in the midst of human unfaithfulness especially in an age of false prophets and preachers. Theologically, the two texts reveals a...Read More
It was in 1992/93 at the University of Ibadan during my postgraduate programme, I was thinking of what to do next that Papa Mike Oye came for a ministration at the Ibadan Varsity Christian Union (IVCU), Postgraduate Fellowship, Awolowo Hall. After his ministration on a particular night, we had a lengthy discussion on my burden for the ministry and the choice of travelling out of the country on mission. Today, the testimony is, all glory belong to God. Very Rev Dr Mike Oye of Nigerian parentage was born on Tuesday 8th August, 1939, and was raised in Ghana. Papa...Read More
I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean … to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tiding of salvation – John Wesley This is the original design of the church of Christ. It is a body of men compacted together in order, first, to save each his own soul, then to assist each other in working out their salvation, and afterwards, as far as in them lies, to save all men from present and future misery, to overturn the kingdom of Satan, and set up the kingdom of Christ. And...Read More
The publication ‘The struggle for One Nigeria,’ published by the Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos, explained that Nigeria as, ‘the creation of European ambitions and rivalries,’ are people with ‘their own ancient history before the arrival of the Colonizers.’ Nigeria, looked upon as the ‘Giant of Africa’ on the attainment of political Independence on 1st October, 1960, became the new hope of Africa and the black race. Nigeria, the most populated black nation in the world was amalgamated by the British in 1914, and given republican status on 1 October 1963. Religion in Nigeria is a fundamental agent, ‘one...Read More