Author: Deji Okegbile

“Power Games in Church life”: The Child as Model of Radical Humility.

The context for our Gospel reading in Mark 9 begins with the flawed theology and confession of Peter in 8:29. The theology and way of life in Jesus leads to the Cross just as the path to genuine Christian leadership, mission, renewal, revival, and greatness lies on the road to Calvary. In the words of Lesslie Newbigin, a Christian or a ‘church that sees the Cross of Jesus as the central event of history can never identify political (power or) order with the reign of God.’[1] The church is to call men and women to repent of their false...

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WHO IS JESUS?: CALL TO OVERCOME PETER’S FLAWED THEOLOGY.

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus on His way to the villages around Caesarea Philippi asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’” (Mk 8:27-38). Jesus’ question is to lead to a missional and theological renewal. The disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” Jesus again directly asked His disciples “But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’” Peter said, “You are the Messiah.” Peter’s understanding of the word “Messiah” was missionally and theologically different from what Jesus actually was, hence He wanted his...

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Celebrating My External Examiner, Prof Andrew Walls: Doyen and Founder of “World Christianity.”

A great tree has fallen. The world has lost Professor Andrew Finlay Walls, the doyen of the academic study and the founder of the contemporary field of “World Christianity.”[1] Prof Walls’ missional/academic legacy on “missiology as a vocation”[2] is evidence in his decades-long labour, lectures, giving, research, and project, ‘upending staid interpretations of Christian history by examining the role of mission and cross-cultural transmission of the Gospel in the formation of World Christianity.’[3] For Prof Walls, World Christianity is normative Christianity though often obscure by traditional Western ways of viewing church history.[4] Prof Walls’ work provides missional and theological...

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JESUS! THE NAME THAT CHARMS OUR FEARS, DEAFNESS AND DUMBNESS: Healing for Hampered Church.

The early Methodist Christians had so much to exclaim about in Jesus, so very much to make them want to shout and leap for joy. Much of Charles Wesley’s singing was missional exclamation. Methodist hymn-books still begin with missional and magnificent outburst. “If I had a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ with them all.” So said Peter Böhler to Charles Wesley, inspiring the first line of the classic hymn, “Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise.”  Charles wrote this hymn to celebrate the one year anniversary of his ‘conversion to Christianity, this declaration of...

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“THE SURGERY NIGERIA NEEDS” FOR LEADERSHIP DEVOID OF INDIGENOUS CULTURAL IMPERATIVES: PROFESSOR ISAACS-SODEYE@87

The complex disease plaguing Nigeria is not beyond God’s redemption. Thirty one years ago, God spoke on the way forward for Nigeria. The Surgery Nigeria Needs, suggests a tribute to Professor William Akintunde Isaacs-Sodeye on his 87th birthday that brings to our national mindset the argument that ‘leadership in Africa is a bad mixture of African and foreign cultures which tend to suggest that leadership in the continent is devoid of indigenous cultural imperatives.’ For this reason and according to Joaquim Alberto Chissano, a former Chairman of the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government, and winner...

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