Author: Deji Okegbile

JUSTICE FOR DEBORAH AND CHRISTIANA: TEST CASES FOR CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN).

Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a level-two student of Shehu Shagari College Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday May 12th, 2022 at Sokoto for allegedly “making blasphemous statements about Prophet Muhammad (SAW). She pleaded for mercy and called out for help before she died. Deborah was flogged, killed, and burnt. A debate on the upcoming examination on a general WhatsApp platform created for Deborah and her coursemates led to her tragic death. According to a report from one of Deborah’s coursemates, ‘one of the students asked her (Deborah) how she passed the last semester’s examination and in response, she said it...

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CHURCH’S SIN OF INCONSISTENCIES (Fear of Wesley): CALL TO REPENT AND “FOLLOW” JESUS.

Living consistently inconsistent prevents authenticity, self-honesty, integrity and growth. For the consistently inconsistent church, John Wesley’s prophetic words near the end of his life, beyond Methodism remind us the death of the church in general is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing that can happen is the church’s sin of inconsistencies thereby loosing its vitality by, “having the form of religion without power.” Wesley’s words are sober consistent reminder and challenge to consistently “hold fast both the doctrine, spirit and discipline which (we) first set out” as the Church. Quality discipleship is shaped to follow...

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The God Factor in Nigeria: Beyond 2023 Elections.

Nigerians’ religiosity is centred on the God factor supremacy as the basis of ‘individual and corporate lives’ and relationships. The disobedience and greed in human factor to the God factor supremacy however, reveals the hypocrisy in our religiosity, leadership and followership. The God factor indicts our human factors that continue to put fellows Nigerians under perpetual poverty and underdevelopment. The God factor is that element of our dependence on God to do the part we cannot. The God factor in Nigeria, the black Africa’s most populous nation remains the nation’s strength and secret of ‘coming into being in …...

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QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP! Vision and Agenda for Quality Discipleship.

The crying need of the church today is quality discipleship. Jesus tells us to “Go make disciples” (Matt 28:19-20). The question, that is, the missing ingredient of leadership development today is what Dallas Willard called “Non-discipleship … the elephant in the church.”  Despite Jesus’ last words to us to make disciples, lack of intentional discipling relationship not only remains ‘the elephant in the church,’ it declines the church. Lack of quality discipleship formation generates a weak leadership development plan. Question of leadership warns that ‘not every disciple will be a leader but every leader must be a growing disciple...

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Net-Fishing: Symbolism of Church’s Apostolic and Prophetic Tasks.

There is a missional depth of the Gospel reading from John 21. Jesus showed Himself again to His disciples following His resurrection. The disciples knew that Jesus had risen from the dead, yet they did not know what to do next or what it meant to their mission. Our knowledge about Jesus or His resurrection is not complete without our personal encounter with Him. Still bereft of this personal encounter, the disciples went fishing with Simon Peter. Like many churches today, working hard on trainings, meetings and resolutions, the disciples worked hard all night and got no result. The...

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