August 11, 2017 Mategyero

A few days to Christmas day of 2001, I remember walking to my dad and telling him that I wanted him to come with us to church on Christmas day. He had said yes. My mum had died a year and a half earlier. She was the one who took us to church. When she died, there was no one to go with us to church. I remember my young brother Simon and me changing from our Anglican church to a nearby Pentecostal church where they gave biscuits and sweets after Sunday school. I was 11 and my brother was…

March 22, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

The experts have said it. We have heard it, and done it. You have heard it being said that “never put all your eggs in one basket”. You need some security and a number of options at your disposal. You need to be in control of the situation. You need to prepare for the unseen and the unexpected of occurrences. To put all your eggs in one basket is to be sure that you will finally deliver the goods safely without upsets here and there. Me + Baskets = Safe In business, they say its disaster to have one income…

February 16, 2017 Mategyero 2Comment

When our world talks about winning, what comes to mind is adequate preparation, meticulous planning, to-the-dot execution, and later celebrating the victory. In pedestrian terms, down here, wins don’t come easy. The saying goes: “success comes to those who are prepared.” Winning takes a toll on you. You do the work. You sweat in exchange for a hard earned win. This is how we have been schooled and this was God’s judgement to Adam in Genesis 3: A combination of sweat and soil were to produce the bread which would then feed his wife and children. But there is another…

November 21, 2016 Mategyero 1Comment

And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf.”—Exodus 32:4 (ESV) Do you have a social media account like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and the rest? What number of comments, replies, likes or shares daily would you need to feel like you matter in this world? How many people do you need to reach on a daily basis through your social profiles to feel like you are making a mark on this world? We, by nature, anchor our identity and meaning in small things. All of us look to…

January 15, 2016 Mategyero

    We love mirrors. We really do, but not always. On my good day, when I look ‘stunning’, I want to stare into the mirror over and over again. I love what I am looking at. I guess that goes for you too. The mirror in a sense gives us hope—that we still got ‘skin in the game’.   But there is another side to the mirror. This side we don’t like. It is the fact that the mirror does not lie. And why would it? I can’t think of any reason why the mirror would tell me what…

December 10, 2015 Mategyero

 This may sound bizarre but it’s true: “the Devil rejoices more than many Christians on Sunday mornings.” Don’t get me wrong, the Devil is not a Christian. But he loves what most preachers do in the pulpits around the world as far as preaching is concerned. If you have grown up in church or been around church-going Christians, you know that the focus is first and foremost the Christian and not The Christ. You are familiar with statements like “What makes you a Christian?”, “Christians don’t do that”, “What have you done about it as a Christian” and there is one…

August 19, 2015 Mategyero

What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness (Mark 7:20-22). Lip-worship is as common in our day as it was when Jesus visited this world. People not only respect the traditions of the past— as they ought to— but they ordinarily honor them and desperately clutch at them like a drowning man latching on to floating debris. They wear their religion—put on their religion— the way a person might put on a coat….

June 9, 2015 Mategyero

As I write this, my home country, Uganda is commemorating Heroes’ Day. For the best part of the day, medals will be awarded to our National heroes, both dead and alive. It is the same energy on Facebook. Everyone, young and old; male and female; poor and rich, is letting the world know who their heroes are. The list goes like this: mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, auntie, sister, brother, class mate, the list is endless.This got me thinking, “Who is my hero?” the only answer I could come up with was that there is only one hero—Jesus Christ. Not…

March 27, 2015 Mategyero

Our attempts at self-gratification have always been primary in creating a rift between God and us. This is known to Jesus and its what He preaches about in Matthew 6: 25-34.We are by nature addicted to self-gratification, and these attempts always end in worrying.We worry because we are not sure of what tomorrow will hold (vs. 34). Our worries point to our brokenness: that even when we attempt at self-gratification, we are not sure if the odds will be ‘for us.’ There is always a loud voice saying that the odds will be ‘against us.’ And we tend to listen…

January 13, 2015 Mategyero

It is important not to mistake the gospel for anything. This, at the same time means we should also not misunderstand the gospel’s importance for anything else.The very early morning of the first day of the week, the bible tells us, women prepared spices and set out for the tomb only to find the stone rolled away from the tomb. They ran right inside to see what happened. These are the women talked about in Luke 24.What is astonishing is what the angels asked them: ”Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). This happens even to this day….

December 17, 2014 Mategyero

A man not fit to live with humans is brought to court for sentencing. He stands before the jury because he rapes women even under aged children;breaks into people’s houses to steal and so many times leaves the victims dead. He never pays his taxes, he drives without license. Generally, he is all the time on the wrong side of the law.  A bad guy, a public enemy—he is a threat to the public—and could be charged with treason, sexual assault, murder, possession of illegal items, theft, and so many other offenses. And the sentence? Maybe life imprisonment, or even…

October 29, 2014 Mategyero

Daniel W. Whittle (1840-1901), the author of a classic hymn writes:I know not how God’s wondrous GraceTo me he hath made knownNor why unworthy, Christ in loveRedeemed me for his own.Figuring out howGod does what He does is not ours. Figuring out how He will pull us out of that ‘fix’ is not ours. Even figuring out how He did what He did at Calvary is not ours.This Grace is greater than our understanding. It lies on thousands of years of promise (Genesis 3:15). So, the ‘how’ is not our question.What should we know? Whittle goes on to write:But “I…