AuthorMategyero

Nuwamanya Mategyero is a Ugandan Christian blogger, teacher, and thinker. He also formerly served as an Anglican youth minister. Mategyero's mission is to bring that liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ to Africa in a way that is conscious of the history, and aspirations of the African people both as a writer, social critic, and theologian. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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...

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...

How to: Be Holy

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You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, ESV) I remember back then when I was stuck in charismatic spirituality; we never started a prayer without an attempt to first ‘purify’ ourselves, or make ourselves holy, or perfect as Jesus puts it in Matthew 5:48. I was convinced, both implicitly and explicitly, that God would only listen to my prayers if I...

There is no Shadow of Turning with Him

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“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”—2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV) Not you—and certainly not me. Ten-time over, I have broken all the promises I set out to uphold. I have broken all the promises I made to other people. I have broken all the promises I have to God. I have also broken all the promises I have made to myself. Every day, before I leave my bed, I shatter the...

How Christ Redeems Sex in a Broken World

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As an author and pastor, Paul Tripp stands out for me as one of the most passionate about what he does. A few years back I heard him say that before he preaches a sermon to an audience, he will first preach it to himself. For him, it is of vital importance to believe what he is going to preach before he steps on the pulpit. When I saw his new book Sex in a Broken World: How Christ Redeems What...

The Black hole in the Human Heart

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.—Colossians 1:18-20 (ESV) In the middle of the Earth’s galaxy, the Milky Way is an...

God does not Give Second Chances

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You have heard it said that “Our God is a God of second chances.” This is a popular phrase in the church today. I barely get through a testimony without hearing someone talk about a second chance God gave them. I am not sure if what they always refer to is a second chance, necessarily, or it is a third, tenth, or a nine-hundredth chance. Sure, we blow it every day. Fair to say, we blow it every...