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Robert Capon on What You Should Never Do with the Parables of Jesus

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If you are like me, then you grew up being told that the characters in the parables of Jesus are, first of all, a model for living. That the good characters were to be imitated, and the bad ones avoided. This, for me, cemented the way I looked at Jesus’s parables. Whenever I came across a parable, I laboured to squeeze moral lessons out of it as if it were a divine orange meant to take away my...

Have You Seen the Cemetery at Your Seminary?

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Have you noticed how ‘seminary’ and ‘cemetery’ sound similar? They say that seminary is where faith comes to die. If you can think of a worthy mortuary where the corpse of faith can be kept safely, the cemetery, rather, the seminary is your answer. This is a strange thing to say, especially concerning a place where faithful people go to be prepared for a lifetime of...

Christ, the Bread from Heaven

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“When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. (Exodus 16:15 – 16) God gave His people bread in the wilderness, and they responded, ‘what is this?’ That’s literally what Manna means. I am writing this on a Saturday morning, a supposed break from the work week and fully...

Contentment

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Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper;     I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:5-6, 8) It is so easy to confuse law and gospel when talking about being content...

Sin, Death and Hell Belong to Christ

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The […] incomparable grace of faith is this, that it unites the soul to Christ, as the wife to the husband; by which mystery, as the Apostle teaches, Christ and the soul are made one flesh. Now if they are one flesh, and if a true marriage—nay, by far the most perfect of all marriages—is accomplished between them (for human marriages are but feeble types of this one great marriage), then it...

Don’t Need No Superman

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Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5...

Lent: Nike or Jesus?

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Back in 1988, Nike produced the first commercials with their new slogan: “Just do it.”  They featured images of people doing amazing things in the world of sports through determination, discipline, and lots of hard work. The message was clear:  What are you waiting for, you lazy idiot.  Just. Do. It. Sure, it will take time and effort.  There may be pain involved, and it certainly won’t be easy...

Why We Care About the African Church

As a seminary student in the US, I see something foundational to the church in Africa that I had earlier on been oblivious to. I am deeply convinced that one of the problems in the African church is the absence of the gospel. Now, you might read that and go like: “Nah, I don’t think so, my pastor preaches to us every Sunday, how then can you say that there is no Gospel in our pulpits?” And I...

The Man who Looks Like Garbage

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Filthy he walks under the weight of a pile of trash, Filthily they look on as his steps disgust the streets, Filthy is the stench of his trash. Filth gets him condemned, To God, a divine disgrace he’s declared. The man who looks like garbage   Into the abyss there he goes, Where would that mountain of filth go except with him to damnation? Where would the man take the garbage except into...

Download for Free: The Lifeline Devotional eBook

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I started writing weekly devotions in 2015. It later grew as a habit as many people were encouraged by the simple gospel reminders they read. A bunch of other guys started to learn new stuff they did not know before while others grew in their appreciation of the gospel. Through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, email and WhatsApp, many would forward these to their friends. But the...

Why You Should Honour Elvis Mbonye

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He saw the invaders long before they came. In a vision, he saw people with wings like butterflies and skins of babies. These strange people would come in granaries which ran on ropes. Not just that, these people had a strange liking for land, they ate it like food. According to his vision, these weirdos would also alienate children from their parents and societies. This prognostication came to...

I Said, “You are gods…” Are We?

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We had just come off a steamy trek in the mission field and as we rested in the temporary structure that housed the church which had hosted us, one of us muttered those words. The kind that raise eyebrows, to say the least. Everyone jumped in to silence the young man. What had just happened was what a Nigerian would call an ‘abomination.’ “How dare you?” one of us asked. For a moment I thought...