The cross is one prerequisite for leadership

Luke 9:23-27 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor The qualities we demand of our leaders, for example the Members of Parliament, are numerous. They must be high school graduates, among other things. In our Church, a degree holder is of bishopric substance; and universities want a professor at the helm of leadership. I do not doubt that these are desirable qualifications. Yet examples abound of such suitably qualified leaders running organisations, churches and governments aground. This is testimony that they may be qualified but their leadership is wanting. Wisdom…

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Job’s faith tested through Fire Job 1

Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor Wealth and godliness are two words we do not ordinarily associate. How many stinking rich people can you name in Uganda (or elsewhere) who are exemplars of godly living? Besides, devout Christians with great wealth face temptations of pride and profligate living. It is easier for us to think that great wealth was ill-gotten. Of course this is a generalization, and there are exceptions, but at the same time, it is hard for one to be wealthy and maintain a godly life. The…

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Be available to God

Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor I had been married for two years, and although I had a wonderful family and a promising position at the Department of Mathematics, there was a persistent and inescapable nudge toward resigning my position at Makerere University to go into itinerant evangelism and the ordained ministry. But I had at least two drawbacks. My wife, as she often says it these days, was a clergyman’s daughter who had vowed to steer clear of marrying a clergyman. The girls in the family…

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Our future glory!

Revelation 21:1-13 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi, Vice Chancellor The Lady Canons are the 2016 national  champions, the second time round to win this    championship in two consecutive years! We are very proud of  them and of their coach! It is a taste of the glory of winning or achieving greatness! It is just indescribable! Away from the lady Canons, on New Year’s Day, I watched fireworks. They were somehow glorious. After that   we also watched fireworks in some foreign cities – magnificent displays! The one at the…

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The Vice Chancellor‘s New Year’s message

Dr John Senyonyi, Vice Chancellor The year 2016 is behind us with its blessings and challenges. You have probably heard people condemn the previous year and look to the New Year to erase the accursed yesteryear. Yet each year comes with its own ups and downs. There just doesn’t seem to be a year when the good so shrouds the bad that our overall assessment is adjudged great. I look back and remember when there was more uncertainty about tomorrow than the today we had. A month’s salary was like…

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What if Christ had not been born

1 John 1.1-4 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor All religions thrive and survive on two notions: historical accuracy and the validity of their stated revelation. Many claim to be rooted in history, or in a founder who is a historical figure and who claimed to ‘hear’ from God or a god. If the two beliefs are fuzzy, so will the foundation on which the religion stands. I read about an atheist in South Carolina, USA, who was suing the State for denying him permission to register his personalised…

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Ransomed from sin

Romans 6.1-23 By Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor It is reported, “In 1838, on the night when the slaves were set free in Jamaica, a large mahogany coffin was made and a grave was dug. Into that coffin, the liberated slaves threw the reminders of their former life of slavery: whips, torture irons, branding irons, coarse frocks and shirts, large hats, fragments of a treadmill, and handcuffs. Then the lid of the coffin was screwed down. At the stroke of midnight, the coffin was lowered into the grave…

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Spiritual amnesia: Remember to count your blessings

 (Numbers 13:25-33) BY REV CANON DR JOHN SENYONYI VICE CHANCELLOR Amnesia is the state of forgetfulness or blankness of the mind, when memory recall fails. As people grow old, their memory strength slackens – at some point doctors call it dementia. Sometimes I go through the torture of remembering a person’s name. Unfortunately, Ugandans have not learned the helpful habit of saying, “Hello, my name is …”! But there is another form of amnesia that torments all generations. It is the blankness of our good times when facing the bad times!…

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Give thanks to God

The most precious things in life are free. However, human beings, who do not pay a dime to God to get the free things, have learned to sell them to each other! Think of your intelligence that has qualified you to complete university studies. Wthout it, you would be unable to think or progress in life. Think of the air we breathe. You take approximately 23,000 breaths every day, but when did you last thank God for one of them? Consider the ground on which we walk, run, place things…

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God’s image through your intellect

Man’s intellect is perhaps the strongest distinguishing attribute, for it sets him apart from, and other animals. Unlike man, the other animals do not go to school, or undertake courses and programmes of study. They show no propensity to specialize in their knowledge nor do they write examinations. This superior intellect tells us something vitally important about man’s incalculable worth in the created order. When the Creator of all things, the Lord of earth and heaven, thought to create something in his image, he made man – male and female!…

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