Author: Deji Okegbile

DR ‘BIODUN OGUNBEKU: ‘Abducted Methodist Priest’ Commemorate 16 years of Commissioning, 10 years of Ordination.

The account of Daniel’s faith found in the book of Daniel chapter 6 involving an incident commonly referred to as “Daniel In The Lion’s Den” resonates with the testimony of Rev Dr Biodun Ogunbeku, a Nigerian Methodist priest who was abducted for six days in the kidnappers’ den. Rev Ogunbeku, a Tent-making minister in Methodist Church Nigeria is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine {University of Ibadan} and as the Veterinary Medical Director/Lead Consultant-Bovea Ventures Ltd, Ibadan, 1998 till date, he looks after his farms across Ibadan environs. It was in one of his regular visits to one of his...

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Her Excellency, Senator Oluremi Tinubu @60: Wise Choice of a Virtuous Wife and Mother of Nation for Such a Time as This.

The exemplary First Lady of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, Her Excellency, Senator Oluremi Tinubu is not just “…the girl from the South Side who took on a role she didn’t ask for and made it her own.” Senator Oluremi Tinubu is a God fearing and praying woman, truly beautiful from the inside out, that His Excellency Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, sought and found as a virtuous wife, godly partner, and confidant. Being a godly wife begins with the right priorities and Senator Oluremi Tinubu continue to nourish her personal relationship...

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Church, Born At Home, A GIFT METHODISM HOLDS IN TREASURE FOR THE CHURCH: FORWARD TO THE PAST (3).

No Circuit ever did, nor ever will, flourish unless there are bands in the larger societies – John Wesley In one of my books, ‘Stop the Funeral: Reverse Methodist Decline, a prayer guide for a renewing ceaseless prevailing intercession, I explained that Methodism was born at home for one thing, declaring the glad tidings of salvation. My reflection is that, Methodism grew in peoples ‘homes before ever it could be accommodated in a separate building.’ In essence, Forward to the Past, the church, born at home remains a gift Methodism holds in treasure for the church even today. The...

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Ministering ‘a form of religion with Power’: FORWARD TO THE PAST (2).

“… I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power” – John Wesley John Wesley, 295 years after his ordination as a deacon on September 19, 1725,  continue to challenge all who call ourselves Methodists to remain faithful to the zeal to “spread Scriptural holiness” that the early Methodists had. Toward the end of his earthly ministry Wesley’s words remind us that ‘the death of the … Methodist Church isn’t the worst thing that can happen; the worst thing that can happen is to lose our vitality,’ “having the form...

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WESLEY’S ‘OLD NORMAL’ FOR THE ‘NEW NORMAL’: FORWARD TO THE PAST (1).

Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” Wesley’s ‘Old Normal’ for the ‘New Normal’: Forward to the Past encourages us to see our past in future. Beyond the ‘new normal’ adaptation to isolation and lockdown, and the physical and mental needs that are arising as a result of Covid-19, for us to know where we are going as followers of Jesus and most especially as Methodist Christians, God is calling us to look back again to see our past in future. The Prodigal’s return reminds us of the importance...

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