But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

(A tribute on behalf of the directors of the African Pastors Conferences)
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On April 22, 2020, Irving Steggles left the sphere of his earthly labours and went to glory from a hospital bed in South Africa. Many of us had been fearing that this day would come for at least two years before it did, as the...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts on COVID-19
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).
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I end my 19 pastoral thoughts on COVID-19 today with a word of prayer. Let us pray:
Our...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 03:18

COVID-19 series, #18: Are you ready to die?

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19 Pastoral Thoughts on COVID-19
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Philippians 1:21,23).
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My penultimate pastoral thought on COVID-19 is a question: “Are you ready to die?” This question...

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COVID-19 series, #17: Do not waste your COVID-19 experience
“When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge” (Proverbs 21:11).
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If you are a believer who is well instructed in the Scriptures, you know...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts on COVID-19
“And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately the leprosy left him” (Luke 5:13).
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I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this, but as a shepherd over my sheep I need to point out the...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25–26).
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Why has COVID-19 become the terror that has gripped the whole...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14–15).
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When frowning...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“And when he humbled himself the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction” (2 Chronicles 12:12).
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Self-humiliation. This is what previous generations of Christians understood to be their solemn duty when times of great...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:19).
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One reason why God allows us to go through trials is so that we can sympathise with those who later go through similar difficulties. That way we can help them from...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 04:11

COVID-19 Series: #10—Do not be afraid

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
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The imperative “Do not be afraid” is by far the most common appeal that we find in the Bible. It is given...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).
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As we wage war against the coronavirus, we need to live with a healthy tension between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. This will...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Romans 13:9).
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One of the greatest challenges in life is learning to strike a balance between loving yourself and loving others. This challenge is aggravated during a major disease outbreak because your life is...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:9–10).
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Today, Rev. Pukuta Mwanza was being...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and mother” (Luke 18:20).
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Of the various commandments that Jesus mentioned here to the rich young ruler, I am particularly...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
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I hear that in only 3 months we are about to hit a staggering 1 million coronavirus cases around the world and...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
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“Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30).
These words were spoken by Nebuchadnezzar, king of the great Babylonian empire, after examining his personal...

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19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19
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“Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand” (Malachi 1:10).
When I saw empty church...

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(19 Pastoral Thoughts On COVID-19)
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“I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things” (Isaiah 45:6–7).
No person or church or nation can rise higher than their thoughts of God. In...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 19:03

Well done Birdwatch Zambia on GBD success!

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(I took most of the bird photos below last year during our 30th wedding anniversary at Chaminuka Nature Reserve)
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I joined Birdwatch Zambia (BWZ) last month, on 19 September 2019 to be precise. Little did I know what a new world this was opening up for me. I was not only added to a mailing list...

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The longer I pastor, the more I’m convinced that pastors should regularly preach the unsearchable riches of Christ not only for the salvation of the lost but also for the believers’ growth in grace.
But sadly, when dealing with the Savior’s work in saving us from sin, we preachers...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 05:43

Birdwatching around Lake Victoria, Uganda

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Last year in November, Felistas & I were in Uganda for a few days of ministry. Our hosts gave us a day off to visit Lake Victoria & the River Nile. No prize for guessing what I was looking forward to doing—birdwatching! It was a birdwatcher’s paradise. We saw about 30 different...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 18:11

“Ba Mirriam” has become a celebrity!

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imageThe whole clan—parents, children, spouses, grandchildren and dog—with "ba Mirriam"
Two weeks ago, our family held a surprise party for our house keeper (maid). She is popularly called “ba Mirriam” by all of us in the home. The party marked her working with us for 20 years. As...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 08:00

A Praying People—2019 Sola 5 Conference

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imageA glimpse of the attendance at the conference
The 2019 Sola 5 Conference in Manzini, Swaziland, has come to an end and we are all getting ready to head home. The theme of the conference was “A praying people: The centrality of prayer in the life of the church.” We are still processing...

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A new foreword to PAUL THE LEPERBy the Zambian Baptist Historical SocietyWhen the Zambian Baptist Historical Society was formed on March 20, 2010, we had no idea what Baptist historical treasures laid buried under the soil of Zambian history. We were simply concerned that as Baptists in Zambia...

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