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….

Are you up in the air?

The modern individual is unhinged and thus lacks a basis for meaning, truth and morality. Like Ryan Bingham, he is ‘Up in the Air.’

What’s wrong with Jehovah’s Witnesses?

We see them often in our neighbourhoods. A guy and a lady offering to share God’s word with us and leave behind some literature. Their iconic shoulder bag is a constant witness to their devotion and zeal. Jehovah’s witnesses are a religious group comprising about 8 million members globally across over 100,000 congregations. Founded by…

What I learnt from Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias was a world-renowned Christian apologist and evangelist. Born in India, he moved to Canada in 1966 and eventually settled in Atlanta, USA. Author of more than 30 books, he also founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which is headquartered in the United States. A well respected evangelical speaker, writer, and leader, he has…

Dear Sir, I am

Several years ago, in response to a question posed by The Times, the British journalist G.K. Chesterton *reportedly penned one of the shortest letters ever written. It comprised less than ten words: Dear Sir, I am. Yours Sincerely, GK Chesterton What was the question? The newspaper had asked, “What is wrong with the world?” Chesterton’s…

Exploring Distorted Gospels in Africa

While some churches enjoy a healthy diet of gospel truth, many others in Africa are malnourishing Christ’s chosen people. Because the body is very dynamic, it can get used to bad diet. Unfortunately, bad diets have an uncanny way of eating the body from inside, leading to health problems. Starvation could follow, which can eventually…

Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see no light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility amidst despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he is more useful than the…

On God and evil

Skeptics often point to the existence of evil as an argument against the existence of a good God. If God, a benevolent and all-powerful spiritual being exists like theists claim, how come there is so much cruelty, wickedness and outright evil in the world? Why is the world such a place where predators like in…

Searching for Dignity

My culture is on a perpetual quest for dignity. We want to be regarded, respected, and valued. We teach children to respect their elders (and rightly so).Unfortunately, we often tie a person’s dignity to his or her wealth, possessions, or position. Our culture worships wealth and  gives honour to those who have it. To this…

Book Note: Not By Bread Alone, by David Broughton Knox

Thinking biblically about contemporary matters is a vital need for Christians. While there is an abundance of ministries teaching some aspect of the Christian life or another, there are not so many resources providing a biblical understanding of modern social challenges and topics. This book is one of few meeting such a need. At less…