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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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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A worthwhile life

Psalms 15, Exodus 33:12-16 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor When my wife and I married, I soon realised the differences that exist between men and women are extensive! For example, she often wants to be complemented about how she looks before stepping out, while I put no emotional price tag to my appearance. In the recent past we have lost three public figures: Mr Lawrence Mukiibi and Mr Ivan Semwanga, who had immense wealth, and our former student, Carol Atuhairwe. What is the legacy of each? The two…

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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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