What’s the Point of the Five Points?

For many who come to a Reformed understanding of the gospel, including me, the Five Points of Calvinism are a common doorway. Its neat categorization of key elements of the gospel is quite enriching. Especially when you are coming from an environment that doesn’t think deeply about doctrine. It provides a straightforward answer to key aspects of the biblical gospel which helps one discern how this differs from much of what is proclaimed today.

Christmas—Its Spirit and Meaning

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables laid out with many delightful dishes and…

Chosen to Serve

On November 28, 2020, I was privileged to speak at the annual youth programme of the Jesus Arena Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Magboro, Ogun State, Nigeria. The theme of the event was ‘A Chosen Generation.’ Below, I summarize the brief message I gave. A Chosen Generation—1 Peter 2:9 Most…

A Plea to the Church

When the church refuses to reform itself by recovering the authority of God speaking in his word, and his glory revealed in the gospel; when the church plays politics with truth and aligns itself with the rich and powerful; when the church closes its ears to the cry of the oppressed and the pains of…

A Tale of two Kings

“A voice is heard in Ramah,     lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children;     she refuses to be comforted for her children,     because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15 Great sorrow attended the birth of Christ. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to…

Still Our Father’s World

Over the past week, Nigerians witnessed the spectacle of peaceful protests being hijacked by hoodlums, who went on rampage looting stores and vandalizing property. This followed a much-condemned shooting at a group of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by security forces. The horrendous situation elicited doubts and questions nationwide about the…

Church, Keep the Gospel in Your Protest

In the moment’s heat, the church would be wise not to merely tag along. The crises in our world, in whatever form it manifests, result from the brokenness brought about by sin. Whether it is police brutality or the corrupt system which has nurtured it, we see the fruit of a rebellion which began long ago.

The God my Ancestors knew but didn’t know

Photo by Shutterbouy Photography on Unsplash My Yoruba ancestors (along with most African cultures) believe in a supreme being; they call him Olodumare. They revere him as the source of life and the originator of all that exists. He is too great to come into contact with the universe, so he is distant and aloof….

An Offline Principle for an Online World

Along with the command to love God with our hearts is the directive to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). Before you publish that post, send the tweet, or share the message, take a second and consider if you are adding value to your online neighbour. Is your post edifying? Would that tweet stir up the right emotions in your followers? How about that message you are about sharing on WhatsApp? Is it genuine? Does it fairly represent the situation?

A Note on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.