June 19, 2017 Mategyero 6Comment

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,”—Hebrews 10:12 (ESV) Louis and Aine first met in Kindergarten aged 5 and 6 respectively. They quickly struck a chord, becoming close friends regardless of their social background; Aine hailed from an affluent family while Louis’s was an African middle-class. This however didn’t stop their friendship. They went on to primary, secondary, high School and were both finally admitted to study Land Economics at Makerere University. That is where Louis met Cleopatra, a beautiful light skinned girl studying to…

June 12, 2017 Mategyero

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.”—Psalm 23:1-2 Perhaps the most popular chapter in the whole bible, Psalm 23 has had its fair share of misrepresentations. The most popular one has to do with verse 1b which says “I shall not want”. To many of us, this means that God, our shepherd, will provide whatever we want. The writer of this Psalm is extolling God for his grace and care and prays that like a sheep which stays under the care of the shepherd, he will stay in the care…

June 5, 2017 Mategyero

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.—1 John 4:18b (ESV) Fear is a present reality in the life of a Christian. We fear of punishment, death, sickness, old age, bereavement, and above all, the fear of the unknown. I have met people who have told me that when they were about to finish a particular level of education, say, primary school, something bad happened and the trend went on. Most of the time, what happened was similar to what had happened before: sickness, attacks of all kinds (including panic attacks). Fear was the fuel that…

May 29, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”—Colossians 1:15 (ESV) The satirical website, The Onion, published an article a while back titled “Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days” which talked about six-day-old little Nathan Jameson’s record breaking and picture-perfect diagnosis of this broken world: “Though he has not yet developed the capacity for speech, extensive cognitive testing has definitively shown that…

May 15, 2017 Mategyero

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 1:19-20, ESV When Hollywood actor Jim Carrey appeared last year at the Golden Globe Awards to present an award, he introduced himself as “two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey.” He also added that when he dreams, he doesn’t dream any old dream. He dreams about “being three-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey” because then, according to him, he would be enough, and finally stop the…

May 8, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”—John 15:13, ESV Demands mark the lives of perfectionists. Since they only desire the “best” (however best is defined), they engage in a life-long mission of control—controlling first the situation around them and also the people in their lives. Because they have an idea of what the life they desire looks like, they use the very people God has placed in their lives as tools to reach this goal. They make demands on how their friends should live, walk, eat, dress, speak, etc., all in…

May 1, 2017 Mategyero

Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.”—Matthew 21:31b (ESV) The chief priests and the elders of the temple, like many of us, ‘publically confessed’ a faith which they privately fought. In the eyes of the people, these were guys who spoke and taught God’s word but their hearts were darkened by rebellion. Then there were also prostitutes and tax collectors who had sank deep into sin but found the Gospel compelling, very good and true. The greatest enemy to the Christian Gospel is never their bad works but…

April 24, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.”—Luke 9:39 (ESV) The story of this boy in Luke 9:37-43 is personal to me, not that I have been attacked by evil spirits, but that I have been countlessly attacked by sin and whatever the evil spirit does to that boy, sin has done to me before. Sin has seized, shaken, shattered and even more, it hardly left me. It has kept roaming around. I have felt powerless, broken and utterly…

April 17, 2017 Mategyero

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”—Romans 5:9 (ESV) I’ll say it. For many of us, Easter Sunday is not so much a big deal. We get excited because we are getting a 4-day break from work (to travel or sleep), and also eat some good food. We celebrate the day, and get back to our usual grind of keeping the rules and living by them. If we are going to shout “He is risen, Hallelujah!” on Sunday and then get out our ledger…

April 10, 2017 Mategyero 6Comment

And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’”—Matthew 20:11-12 (ESV) One mark, and probably the most visible one, of a false congregation (church/Ministry) is when it’s overflowing in numbers. When people are coming from the big and small towns, walking tens of hundreds of kilometres just to be at this one place, you ought to smell the fish. Why do I say this? Because, by its very nature, the…

April 3, 2017 Mategyero

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”—Psalm 51:3 (ESV) For the last couple of years I have had the privilege of teaching God’s people, many have come back to me with concerns. Concerns over my hermeneutic of preaching Law and then Gospel. (Hermeneutics is the study of the methods of [scripture] interpretation). God speaks two words; His first is the word of demand (Law) and then His last word, the word of deliverance (Gospel). ‘Law and Gospel’ teaching or preaching (not Gospel and Law, order is important) is where Law is preached first (to expose…

March 26, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”—Romans 8:22 (ESV) This world can be dreadful. Darkness always surrounds us. Misery also marks our faces with its own stretch marks. This world can tear us apart; it can fill our eyes with tears. Pain is all over, death stalks us like a vulture hoovering over its prey. Our bodies are diseased, our loved ones are just hanging on because of life support, our kids have fallen off the deep end—at least morally—and tribal tensions are on the rise. Malice and false…