Paul’s Triad: Faith, Hope, and Love

The thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has rightly been called the Love chapter. But it also highlights what may be described as the paradigm of the Christian life. In verse 13 , Paul identifies what has come to be known as the theological virtues. So now faith, hope, and love abide,…

When Peter Wept

Peter had been probably the most confident and outspoken of all the disciples. We see him offering to come to Jesus when he was walking on water while other disciples were afraid (Matthew 14:28). We note his inspired confession of Jesus’s Messiahship and heavenly origin (Mathew 16:16). He was also so certain he would remain…

Joseph’s Tears

“Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.” Genesis 40:14,15 How…

The Quiet Witness of Sarah

In the grand story of God’s redemption, Sarah might not be seen as a significant figure. Of course, she partakes of God’s promise to Abraham as his wife. And she is naturally recognized because it’s through her that the child of promise is born (Genesis 17:21). God also changes her name to indicate her status…

Who is Jesus?

We cannot answer this question without first asking who God is. And according to scripture, God is the being who created all things and on whom all things depend (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28). Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world to redeem it. Here are some things we learn from the…

Are you a Wretch?

John Newton’s popular hymn has that jarring line: Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. A wretch? Few of us would call ourselves by that term. We are far too respectable. With our advanced degrees and cultured upbringing, we are anything but wretches. However, one result of an awakened heart…

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…