The Blessing of Church History

Sketches from Church History by S.M. Houghton was one of my first books, and certainly my first introduction to church history. What an experience! It is so sad to have lived in the dark all one’s life, only to be suddenly thrust into such a rich and engrossing epic. Beyond an exposure to unfamiliar names…

A Note on the late Gordon Fee and his Book

‘Passionate scholar’ need not be an oxymoron. Gordon Fee, who died on Tuesday at the age of 88, exemplified this in his career and teaching. The book he co-authored, How to Read the Bible for AlI Its Worth (now in its fourth edition), has been very helpful in showing how literary genre, background, and other…

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…

Book Review: Money, Greed and God, by Jay W. Richards

*There is an idea abroad that capitalism is a system of greed and exploitation. It is a system where rich land or resource owners employ poor and needy individuals, set them to work tirelessly like slaves for hours on end, and pay them peanuts for their efforts. ‘Down with such a system’, is the cry….

What it means to love God

Charles Colson’s classic, Loving God, has engaged my attention over the past few days. Written nearly 40 years ago, it still hits with such a force as though just penned some months ago. Loving God is something every Christian claims to do or at least aspires to consistently do, yet we seldom understand what it…

Truths of Calling

Over the past several years, the theme of Calling has become very dear to me. I have increasingly come to see that it is crucial for escaping the humdrum of modern life. As such, I am always on the lookout for books which help to clarify what it’s all about and provide much needed guidance…

Recommended Books for Developing a Christian Worldview

It is necessary for every African Christian to understand how Christianity is a worldview. This is because the prevalent understanding of the gospel confines it to the personal sphere. In my own journey, I have found several books helpful in elaborating how the Bible provides a unique perspective on reality centred in the gospel. Here…

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.