© July 30, 2018 | Schulter Etyang A few months ago, I met a Christian leader who wanted me to help him set up his blogging site. In our discussions, he specifically insisted that his bio must reference his work as a life coach. He did not want any outright reference to his work as a minister. His take was that most people don’t want spiritual talk or solutions to their issues. In his view, most people he encountered wanted principles that would make their lives better. Therefore, he needed to shed off his ministerial references if he could reach a wider audience other than just the church. Many years ago, I wanted my bio to read the same. I wanted to become a leadership guru. My theological and ministry training was geared towards acquiring top-notch leadership knowledge and skills to train leaders and run a world-class organization. I also did not want any reference to my religious credentials.
© July 25, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Hezekiah became sick; Isaiah the prophet visited him and announced to him his last rites. He turned his face toward heaven and prayed. 2 Kings 20:3 (NLT) Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
© July 24, 2018 | Schulter Etyang The prophet’s words in Isaiah 42:1-9 reveal an unnamed servant. “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! Who is this servant? Of course, the prophet’s prediction was about Jesus. The prophet tells us that Jesus, the second person of the Godhead would show up, and be without a name, and be seen and not heard. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street This is ridiculous. We know what a servant does, right? The Hebrew word used is ebed from abad, which means to work, to serve, to enslave, to keep in bondage, to make to serve.
© July 17, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Nelson Mandela, what a man! What a life. His persona, endearing. His heroic deeds, unmatched. A man who lived way before his time. A man who peered into the future, anchored himself in the present, reconciled the past and led not only South Africa but also the rest of the world into the future he envisioned. His future? Black and White living together in a non-racial South Africa – all of humanity living together in harmony. This was his vision. A few events have been planned around Johannesburg to commemorate the centenary of Nelson Mandela. This year, he would have been 100 years old. In particular, Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, in Johannesburg on 17 July 2018.
© July 4, 2018 | Schulter Etyang You have had this desire for the longest time to meet someone that you really admire. This person is very powerful and wealthy. They have influence. They have credibility. Their gifts and talents are without comparison. They have topped the list on TIME’s 100 most influential people. Not once, not twice, but since TIME magazine started compiling this list. So, you put out a tweet or Facebook post requesting to meet them. Alas, they reply back and say, let’s do this. They give you the time, date and location. They are on the other side of the world, but they promise to fly out to meet you.