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 […]
by Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes. He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find, And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind: When I was one, my mommy hid my dolly in a trunk, And so it follows, naturally, that I am always drunk. When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day, And that is why I suffer now from kleptomania. At three, I had the feeling of […]