Author: Deji Okegbile

POST #ENDSARS PROTEST, EVIL OF POWER POLITICS: Warning from Awolowo.

The resent #EndSARS protest showed the effects and evil of power politics in Nigeria. Legal icon, Chief Wole Olanipekun in his recent interview aptly provide the expression of power politics “starting from the architectural layout of government and governance as wantonly displayed in the constitution foisted on us by the outgoing military government without any input by Nigerians.” The original five main reasons for #EndSARS protest are basically to correct the evil of power politics including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that destroyed all structures for good governance and accountability especially within the Nigerian Police. A retired Assistant Inspector...

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A THEOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO #EndSARS PROTEST: A Call to Social Holiness.

Nigerian 60th independence is a prophetic call for the Church in Nigeria not to be on the wrong side of history. The question is, has the church in Nigeria been able to “defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor?”(Psalms 72:4). Has the church in Nigeria been, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound” and “so often the arch-supporter of the status quo?” Let us remind ourselves of some major global moment and movements like Slavery, the...

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INCLUSIVE INVITATION TO EXCLUSIVE BANQUET: Avoid Expulsion ‘into outer darkness.’

The Gospel reading from Matthew chapter 22 likens the kingdom of God to a king who gives a wedding feast for his son. The king represents God the Father and the king’s son is Jesus Christ. The wedding banquet, a metaphor of divinity and humanity reveals the qualification God demanded in order to partake of this banquet. The events of the Passion Week in relation to the conflict between Jesus and the leaders set in order the importance of the ‘decision to accept or reject the grace of God in Christ … a matter of life and death, eternal life...

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HIS EMINENCE MAKINDE @77, 7 Years after Retirement: ‘ASABA ORDINIS’ – CORPORATE EPISKOPE’S RESPONSE TO METHODIST MISSIONAL ECCLESIOLOGY.

His Eminence Dr Sunday Ola Makinde, a product of ‘Asaba Ordinis’ and the last episcopal nominee of the Patriarch of Nigerian Methodist Episcopacy, His Pre-Eminence Professor Bolaji Idowu to retire, points us to Methodist corporate episkope not just as hierarchical structure but as a missional theology, practice and oversight. ‘Asaba Ordinis’ is based on cultural meaning and way of approaching faith and expressing it through different creeds and liturgical customs. The underlying principle and theology about ‘Asaba Ordinis’ is to renew the study,  the worship, the liturgy and development in the Nigerian Methodist understanding and practice of episcopacy initiated...

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PAPA AND MAMA ADEYEMO: KNIGHTS WE NEVER HAD: SAINTS WE ARE CELEBRATING.

I received the news of Baba Adeyemo’s wife transition from my beloved mum Yetunde Baiyewu couple of weeks ago with joy that Mama has gone to be with with her husband and together in the bosom of their Saviour. Baba Adeyemo died in 2011. Thanks to God and all the children of Baba and Mama, especially Pastor Diran Adeyemo for the care given to mama since Baba’s ascension nine years ago. The testimonies about Baba and Mama reminds us of their fervour that ‘exceed the natural strength of the most robust.’ Baba and Mama Adeyemo both of William Memorial...

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