Recovering Reverence

I remember reading R.C. Sproul’s (1939-2017) book The Holiness of God several years ago. It awakened in me a sense of how little I apprehend God’s majesty. God had become so familiar and I had taken him for granted. And I realized this was by no means an individual problem; the modern church had fallen…

When Work becomes an Idol

Idols are still very much with us. Lest we assume that we modern Africans have abandoned that aspect of traditional society, they remain (sadly) a part of our daily lives. An idol is any created thing that has been elevated to occupy God’s place in our minds and lives. In this sense, almost anything can…

On Jonathan and Saul

“For nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6) Saul was a man after the people’s heart. He had exactly what the Israelites wanted in a king. Splendid physique. Fine looks. A noble pedigree. Fighting skills. Yet he lacked the indispensable attribute required by God. His heart was…

How to fight Greed

Greed is idolatry. It stems from valuing created objects wrongly. Whereas true satisfaction comes only from knowing God (John 17:3), the greedy person seeks it in ‘things’. Greed is an enemy. Like all enemies, it is not after our wellbeing and so we must resist it.  Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, lost his place and health on…

How Should I Pray for my Enemies?

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Probably every believer knows that Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies. But how should we go about it? First, we should realize that as Christians we will have enemies. As long as we have confessed Christ and belong to him, we…

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.

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…

Leadership Lessons from King Asa

King Asa was the third king of the southern kingdom of Judah, living from around 913 BC to 873 BC (An account of his life is in 2 Chronicles 14-16). He was a godly leader known for his revival of true worship in the country. Towards the close of his 41-year reign, however, Asa turned …

Why the Trinity Matters

If you received a measure of Christian education while growing up, you would have learnt about the unique view of God held by Christians. You would have understood that this is a foundational doctrine which you can’t deny and remain a Christian. But like many others (including me), you may not really grasp why it is such a crucial idea.

Books for the Christian Life

The Christian faith is based on a book. Therefore, it is no wonder to find that it has also spawned several other writings which shape the hearts, minds, and lives of generations of believers. This article is a brief introduction to a few such titles. Knowing God Described by R. C. Sproul as ‘a masterpiece…