The School of Suffering, by Joseph Tson

*The communist attack in Romania is a three-fold one directed toward individuals, churches, and pastors. The primary plan of attack on individual Christians is to make their life miserable where they work. Discriminate! Demote! Keep them at the lowest place. Continually tell them how they are not wanted there, that they are merely tolerated. Make…

A short reflection on dying well, by Augustine

Answering the concerns raised about why many Christians were killed in the persecutions by the Roman emperors, Augustine (354-430) points us to an essential truth about death itself. This excerpt is from his classic work The City of God. But, it is added, many Christians were slaughtered, and were put to death in a hideous…

Behold, Jesus, our Saviour!

    At the heart of the Christian worldview is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are the community of people who relate to Jesus in a certain way. While the rest of the world may admire Jesus for his moral integrity or consider him as one of the ‘greats’ of history, the Christian Church…

A renewed church, a new nation

  The church is essential to the flourishing of society, but it must be a church which is rooted in the gospel. Sadly, the church in Nigeria needs a renewal in this regard. A 2015 research by the Pew Research Centre (chart pictured below) shows Nigeria as one of the most religious nations on earth….

The weariness of the God-less life

The below poem is an extract from ‘The Rock’, a play by T.S. Eliot (1888-1965). It speaks powerfully to the emptiness of technological and cultural sophistication devoid of God. “О weariness of men who turn from God To the grandeur of your mind and the glory of your action, To arts and inventions and daring…

Why Christian education, by Jim Drexler

What is Christian education? Do believers need a ‘Christian’ education? *Written by Dr. Jim Drexler, dean of the Graduate School of Education at Covenant College in the United States, this article examines the rationale for a distinctly Christian understanding and approach to education. “I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy…

A Meditation on Grace

The grace of God is a stream, coursing through the ragged rocks and broken terrain of human existence, bringing life, healing and hope. Grace is not cheap. It made God a witness to man’s doubts, fears, and lies. Grace literally nailed God to a tree and killed him. It is the harmony of God’s justice…

The challenge of worldliness

As a young Christian, when I heard the world ‘worldliness’, what often comes to mind is listening to ‘secular’ music, putting on fashionable and trendy clothing, delighting in non-Christian movies and books, enjoying the company of non-Christian friends, and so on. The community I grew up in typically frowned upon these and discouraged them as…

The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment by C.S. Lewis

This article was published by the British scholar C.S. Lewis, and it is included in his collection of essays titled God in the Dock. In England we have lately had a controversy about Capital Punishment. I do not know whether a murderer is more likely to repent and make good on the gallows a few…

Christians in History: Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)

Abraham Kuyper was born on 29th October, 1837 to the family of Reverend and Mrs J. F. Kuyper. Home-schooled in his early years, he went on to study at Leyden University, the oldest and most prestigious university in the Netherlands.  After completing his studies in theology, he was ordained as a minister in the Dutch…