by Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa Yesterday, May 12, was Mothers’ Day. Social media was flooded with updates on how wonderful mothers are; newspapers carried articles on the indispensability of mothers and motherhood; church services were all about how good and wonderful mothers are. In the midst of all that, a question that occurred to me was: “If our mothers are so good, why are we so bad? Why are so many of our families so dysfunctional? Why is our society so rotten?” The answer could well be: “Mothers are incredible. But fathers are terrible – that’s why!” But Fathers’ Day is […]
by Kethoser (Aniu) Kevichusa Romans 13:1-7 is one of the most misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misused passages in the whole Bible. But read carefully, it can be mined for the ore vein of great biblical truths about “government”: its identity, its authority, its duty, and its accountability. In the first place, Paul says that government and governing authorities are God’s servant: “For he [government] is God’s servant” (v.4).The Greek word translated as “servant” here is diakonos, from which we get the word “deacon.” Verse 6 also says, “the authorities are ministers of God.” The Greek word translated as “ministers” here is the word leitourgoi, which is […]
Freedom is part and parcel of the good news of Jesus Christ: “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).
by Kethoser (Aniu) Kevichusa Suicide is the deliberate and voluntary taking of one’s own life. Suicide or attempted suicide is motivated by several factors. It may be in order to escape intense purposelessness or hopelessness. Despair, pain, guilt, fear of impending danger or punishment, anger and revenge (in order to inflict pain and guilt on others), shame and honour, self-aggrandizement, or even a desire to reach the afterlife can be behind suicide. Sometimes it can happen “accidentally” – that is, by engaging in risky acts or behaviours (such as, say, cutting oneself) that actually result in death. Suicide can sometimes […]
The story of the twelve Thai boys in the cave, which gripped the attention and held the breath of the world for over a fortnight, has, thankfully, ended happily. One is quite aware that this real-life story, as all such poignant stories, should be taken in its own unicity and integrity. Real stories are not mere stories to be insensitively and carelessly “used” for analogical or allegorical purposes—an infraction of which (we) preachers are often guilty. And yet, irresistibly, the 18-day saga of the “Dingy Dozen” is an almost-perfect dramatic enactment of the gospel story. In the first place, we […]