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Ekklesia

Essays under this submenu are themed on civics and politics as it concerns the interest of the church. Right from Ancient Israel to our contemporary Spiritual Israel, Yahweh has been and is still interested in the politics of his chosen and called out people. The word “Ekklesia” emanates from Classical Athens political jargon that described people with the privileged status of citizenship and senatorial ratifying powers. Christians, when rightly informed and motivated, can change the character of political debate. They bring the moral standards of God’s kingdom into the civic realm and thereby become agents of God’s common grace. Although God’s kingdom is not of this world, the church has a role in the community or nation where God places it.

What are pressure groups? Pressure groups are organised groups of people who share common goals and try to influence government policies and community leadership. Pressure groups are occasionally referred to as special-interest groups. Just as an individual has a personal interest to protect, every group in society has its interest to protect too. The essence …

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a pastor as “… a spiritual overseer; especially:  a clergyman serving a local church or parish.” The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia describes a pastor literally, as “ … a helper, or feeder of the sheep.” For many centuries, people viewed the job description of a pastor as a servant caregiver who …

What roles does the Nigerian Constitution assign the President? The roles that the 1999 Constitution (hereinafter referred to as “the Constitution”) clearly assigns the president are those of the chief administrator of the nation and the commander in chief of its armed forces (See Section 130(2) of the Constitution). But court decisions, customs, laws, and …

What is Voting? Voting is the formal process by which people express their choice about the way government should be run. The word “vote” comes from a Latin word which means “wish.” Whenever a citizen cast a vote, that citizen is expressing a wish or choice. When citizens refuse to vote, it implies that do …

I just finished reading a book titled, “Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa, and Latin America,” by Paul Freston and published by Cambridge University Press in 2001. The treatise is typical of Cambridge Books. In all, I was fascinated by Chapter 10 of this book which focused on Nigeria. Excerpt from the aforesaid chapter (specifically …

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12: 24.   The church in Nigeria is now about 172 years old. It is often needful to remember the steep price that was paid …