Author: Deji Okegbile

Covenant Renewal for ‘Post-Christian Church’ and Nations.

God is a covenant keeping God. He makes covenant with us through Jesus Christ (Jn 3:16). Covenant Renewal as a means of God’s Redemption At Christ’s Expense (GRACE) is basically a Christian worldview, missional, and eschatological.[1] Covenant renewal through divine counsel, holy confession, and covenant living is a call to accept the relationship with Jesus Christ and then seek to obey Him in view of God’s eternal plans and promises. At the heart of Methodists’ devotion and discipleship, and dedication in working for social justice is the celebration of the Covenant service on the first Sunday of the year.[2]...

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“…Second Birth” to Jesus’ Second Coming: Wesleyan Motifs for Advent.

Charles Wesley and his brother John Wesley both as itinerant preachers, were major instruments of the Lord’s work during the third great awakening in England. On Sunday, May 21, 1738, after reading Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians, Charles was converted. He testified, “I now found myself at peace with God, and rejoiced in hope of loving Christ…I saw that by faith I stood; by the continual support of faith.” John was converted three days later. The reflection is that, personal conversion is central and fundamental to Methodism. John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled “The Almost Christian” in 1741. In the...

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Jesus Christ, the Great Light for the Church in “Darkroom.”

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” [Isaiah 9:2] The church, nations and homes are in one darkroom or the other, an internal times of darkness. Darkroom experiences provides opportunity for personal and corporate spiritual renewal. We cannot be displayed in the light until the image of Jesus is produced in us. Prophet Isaiah’s words are filled with meaning for us today as we fumble and flounder in the darkness of our personal life, world, church and homes. The truth is that...

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Charles Wesley’s Double Nature of Advent: Overcoming ‘a Decaffeinated Advent’ and ‘Chocolatisation of Christianity.’

Happy 314th birthday, Charles Wesley (1707-1788). The birthday of Charles Wesley, the Methodist movement’s poet theologian provides us opportunity to reflect on our beginning, revival, heritage, our mission and purpose as Methodist Christians. The Methodist Revival born in the power of the Holy Spirit. The revival led by John and Charles Wesley, ‘otherwise known as the “British Great Awakening” or the “Evangelical Revival” was probably the greatest revival to affect Britain in terms of the impact that it made on the nation’ and people. Charles’ in his ‘Hymn for Christmas-Day’ prays, “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus.” Charles prayer in this...

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Global North Racialising Variants: The Cruel and Racist Scripting, Profiling, and logic of Omicron “Travel Apartheid.”

It is sad that the Global North is racialising variants even in such a time of Advent. It is however laughable to see what the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres called “Travel Apartheid” against a borderless virus.[1] Tedros Adhanom, Head of World Health Organisation aptly explained that the blanket bans are “not evidence-based or effective on their own.” The blanket bans that condemned nations with vulnerable economy to a lockout are not evidence or scientific based, they are racial-based and shaped. According to Guterres, ‘ban that isolate any one country or region are not only deeply unfair and...

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