The Christian life of brokenness

If we drop a piece of chalk on the floor, it crumbles into pieces. However, a piece of rubber band reshapes without losing a piece. The difference is in ‘reshaping’, or the ability to accept being reshaped. This is the principle of brokenness, the readiness or willingness to be reshaped. The East African Revival made brokenness (okumenyeka in Luganda) central to its teaching. As my wife now and I discussed our future before marriage, we placed on the table the number of children we each desired to have. I wanted…

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Victory over myself

Genesis 39.1-23 Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi We live in an age of licence. The world is on a rampage to abolish all self-restraint and glorify hedonism. We excuse our base passions saying, “It is the way I am.” It is inconceivable that a person who will not control his own passions should be entrusted with managing other people. As Paulo Coelho said, “If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world.” And Stephen Covey adds, “The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the…

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Jesus’ lonely road to Calvary

Mark 15.6–47; Isaiah 53.3 It is difficult to imagine one hardship in our common life that Jesus did not suffer! Yet, I think that the most gruelling pain He endured was the all-round rejection, especially during His passion. And we do not think much of it. It is during times of trial that we most need the precious gift of friendship. Isaiah foretold Jesus’ loneliness to the cross of Calvary, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom…

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Your letter from home!

Hebrews 4.8-13; John 16.12-16; 2 Timothy 4.1-5 St. Augustine,the 4th Century Church father, said, “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from Home.”Of course by ‘home’ he referred to our heavenly Father’s Home. On April 6, 1983, my relationship with my wife began. She was at Makerere University, while I was at the University of Melbourne, Australia. This day inaugurated a long distance mail and phone courtship. We wrote lengthy letters, often six-pages on foolscap paper three times a week! The reading of them was no less passionate! Inefficient postal services…

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Why God dressed the first couple

UCU’s Vision lends itself to everything we are or do. To be “A Centre of Excellence in the Heart of Africa” translates into who we are, what we do and how we do it. It is at its heart behavioural though it expresses itself in what we do. I want to particularly relate it to the provision in our Code of Conduct about Decent Dressing. Admittedly, this subject will not lose to allure. For the fashions of the world are in a state of unending flux. For members of the…

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Every coin counts

FRANCIS EMUKULE I am always fascinated by the way money figures are spelt. The more puzzling are the large sums, and I do not understand why Shs2 million would for example be concluded with the word “only”! To me this is a lot of money. Why should someone say it is “only” Shs2 million? I mean, we are talking millions here! The penny dropped,  however, the day when I realized that every coin counts, no pun intended. One day when I went to town to buy some stuff and I…

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I Love You! 1 Samuel 18:1-5

John Senyonyi A story is told about a group of people that were invited by the king for a luncheon at the palace. Upon their arrival, they were ushered into the dining room, which had very wide tables. A lot of appetite and arresting aroma characterized the scent in the dining room. The master of ceremonies called everyone to order and gave eating instructions. No one was allowed to use their hands to eat. So guests were given forks that had very long handles covering almost the vertical length of…

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Worship at the Throne of God

Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyony The last four decades have brought jubilant worship in churches to the fore, and that is in both traditional and newer churches. They have created a ‘Praise and Worship’ time. Whether it takes 10 minutes or an hour, there is something unsettling for me in the phrase. The service leader or singer will say, “Let us now enter a time of praise and worship,” or “Let us worship.” Why is it ‘a time’? Does it fairly represent how the Bible depicts worship? Words carry meaning…

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Worship at the Throne of God

      Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi The last four decades have brought jubilant worship in churches to the fore, and that is in both traditional and newer churches. They have created a ‘Praise and Worship’ time. Whether it takes 10 minutes or an hour, there is something unsettling for me in the phrase. The service leader or singer will say, “Let us now enter a time of praise and worship,” or “Let us worship.” Why is it ‘a time’? Does it fairly represent how the Bible depicts worship?…

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Practical atheism

Psalms 14,53 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor The most wonderful thing in observable nature, to me, is the human body. I am fascinated each time I sit with a doctor and hear how the profession tries to make sense of our ailments. Many doctors confess that our knowledge is only a minuscule bit of the untapped knowledge possible. One of the greatest discoveries in recent decades is deoxyribonucleic acid, otherwise abbreviated as DNA. DNA carries information in a manner unlike anything imaginable, quite superior to the complex computers…

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