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Give this Child a Name

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Some time at the start of the final decade of the last millennium, in a Peninsular town on the northern shoreline of Lake Nyanza, a 28-year old woman walked to the altar with her six-month-old baby. “Give this child a name.” Those were the words that came out of the mouth of the neatly robed priest who was officiating the baptism that morning in 1991. Her response would change everything, and I...

When Talking About Race, Empathy is Never ‘Cheap and Cowardly’

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Last week I was called out by someone on Facebook for what he called “being emotional.” He told me that I could not hold a logical discussion because I was emotional. In fact, he called my emotional appeal—during the debate we were having—’logically inconsistent’ and promised that he would use my ‘style’ of argumentation to show his 9-12-year-old students what logical fallacies...

Letters to Kanyaganyago: A Sabbath Rest is More than Doing Nothing

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Dear Kanyaganyago, I hope you have been well. Since you came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we have not been able to catch up and talk. The global pandemic has also not helped the situation. But I promise to send you an occasional letter to address some of your concerns as a new believer. Before I talk to you about what Christians call the ‘Sabbath’, allow me to tell you how I have been...

Elvis Mbonye is not a Heretic

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A false prophet? Maybe. But, a heretic? Not a chance. One of the greatest minds of the previous century, G. K. Chesterton once wrote: “The word “heresy” not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous.” My Professor, Justin Holcomb, in his book Know the Heretics notes that the sense of the word “heresy” has been lost...

Where do you Go to Church?

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Everyone goes to church. Irrespective of what our different religious inclinations are, all of us dress up for Sunday morning worship. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to walk around the town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, the neighbourhood of All Saints Anglican Cathedral, the church I attend. While at it, I was struck by the number of people who were out and about on the streets at eleven in...

According to Your Faith Let it be Done to You

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Today, in our weekly discipleship hour as African Scholars, we looked at Matthew 9:27-34. The passage basically is about Jesus giving a blind man sight who then goes around to broadcast his healing even when Jesus had explicitly commanded him shut up about it. What struck me was Jesus’ question to the guy after he asks Jesus to heal him: 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men...

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