In Christianity evangelization entails bringing the Good News of Jesus
Christ into all the strata of humanity from within and making it new.
Evangelization efforts in Nigeria have been going on for more than a century.
Indeed it has made a noticeable inroad of growth. The evidence is seen.
Thunderous sounds are heard from all corners of villages and cities, of
Christian church activities; series of strategies are explored by multitude of
Christian denominations aimed at “packaging and selling out” one’s denomination
to attract more adherents; imposing and well architectural-designed
structures of Christian places of worship are seen in many cities. Yet in the
same society, all forms of atrocities and abominations of man’s inhumanity to
man, lack of basic Christian virtues of honesty, justice, and respect for
sacredness of human life are witnessed. In the light of the foregoing, this
paper seeks both to presume the general shallowness of Christian faith in
Nigeria and to blame it to flaw in the understanding of the Bible as a
Christian text. It critically analyzes the three Christian concepts: Bible
interpretation, evangelization and faith, exposing their interrelatedness and
the challenges posed by such reality to an authentic Christian living.
define clinical differences in the acute phase response and serum acute phase
reactants between gout, pseudogout and crystal-induced arthritis in the
presence of non-articular infections (CAI). Patients and Methods: Eleven patients with definite gout, 12 patients with pseudogout and 5
patients with CIA were included in the study. Results: The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was significantly
different between gout (68.2 ± 49.9 mm/Hr) and CIA (113.8 ± 37.2 mm/Hr) but not
between gout and pseudogout (83.9 ± 45.6 mm/Hr) or between pseudogout and CIA.
The C-reactive protein (CRP) was significantly increased between gout (10.1 ± 7.9
mg/dL) and pseudogout (18.9 ± 9.8 mg/dL), gout and CIA (36.5 ± 12.4 mg/dL) as
well as between pseudogout and CIA. The peripheral white cell count was
significantly different between gout (9.27 ± 3.7 k/μL) and CIA (16.5 ± 6.8 k/μL),
and between pseudogout (8.9 ± 3.2 k/μL) and CIA. Conclusions: Measurement of ESR and CRP are helpful in
crystal-induced arthritis. The CRP has more discriminating utility than the ESR
in distinguishing between gout, pseudogout and CIA. Peripheral wbc is most
useful for differentiating crystal-induced arthritis from CIA.