Author: Deji Okegbile

“TAKE HEED”: WARNING TO ‘THE RICH FOOL CHURCH.’

The parable of the rich fool is part of the greater teachings of Jesus Christ. This is a parable that is only found in the synoptic Gospel of Luke. This is the only parable where God is an active character in the story. Christ started to teach a series of various biblical principles that we must consider for a genuine renewal and revival. The rich fool church summarizes human folly and the error of thinking one does not need God. The rich fool church is a missional irony, a great long-term planner, but a terrible planner, completely unprepared for...

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The fool in Us, Greed or God? : God as our Riches

Jesus explained that, the antidote to the greed and the fool in us as a person, church or nation is to be “rich toward God” (Lk 12:13-21). To make earthly gain, riches or pleasure primary desire and pursuit in life is a costly and fatal error that leads to decline and eternal loss (Lk 12:20-21). The key to understanding the parable of the rich fool says, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk 12:15, 21). Jesus finishes with these words: “This is how...

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Rev. Dr. Steve Emery-Wright: A Leading Voice for Thinking Biblically.

To God be the glory. Rev Dr Steve Emery-Wright is retiring from the British Methodist ministry after 41 years of fruitful service. The image I have about Rev Dr Steve Emery-Wright as a research student at Cliff College remains one of an enthusiastic, loving, discipline, mountaineer, mentor, spirit-filled lecturer, a Methodist minister, husband and a father who is always ready to solve students’ problem. For Steve, being church or being a Christian leader is to think, lead, and teach biblically. Times do not change Bible, Bible changes and transforms times and people into true image of God. In an...

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METHODISM, Nigeria Premier Church @180 and Autonomy @60: Indigenised to Decolonise (7).

Church mission history reminds us that Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in 312 AD ‘wed the church with the state and set the framework for later colonialism.’ The acts of Constantine and their effects on Christianity reminds us that politicians are not religious representatives. Colonialism understood as western or colonial political expansion,[1] has to a certain degree been eradicated through political independences granted to come nations under colonial political control. Some African countries have seen the end of their status as colonies only in recent years – Zimbabwe in 1980, Namibia in 1990. Sadly, colonialism as expressed in economic, social, and...

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SIR SOFUNKE: Model of an Itinerant Methodist Lay Preacher.

If the Christian faith and the hope of the resurrection were real, and if the songs we Methodists knew so well were more than a mere comfort blanket (especially the one by John Ellerton with the words – MHB 975: ‘When the day of toil is done’), then death was also about vindication. Experiencing death in the hope of the resurrection made perfect sense to Sir Olusegun Ayodeji Sofunke, a Knight of John Wesley (KJW), vindicating his life, his ministry, and anticipating his ultimate hope in Jesus Christ. Indeed, his death was dead on arrival, hence his transition to...

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