Community and the Christian Worldview

The idea of community is central to a Christian understanding of life. First, God himself is revealed to be an eternal community of persons, ‘the same in substance, equal in power and glory’. So, community is not an invention by man; it is as timeless as God. At creation, God established a human community by giving…

Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see little chance for a light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility in the midst of despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he…

Does your past still haunt you?

Everyone has a past – moral failings which blot our life histories like blue ink on a white shirt. Outbursts of rage, episodes of immoral behaviour, illicit relationships, lifestyles of violence and aggression, and dark secrets shut out from the prying ears of friends and neighbours. These hang around our necks and minds, pulling our…

The Transcendence of God

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV) The transcendence of God is closely related to his sovereignty. It means that God is above, other than,…

Nigeria is not Jerusalem

I often hear Christian individuals and preachers read scriptural prophecies about Israel or the Church (e.g. Isaiah 62) and apply them to Nigeria, as though Nigeria is God’s covenant people. This is a misapplication of scripture and it obscures its message. While it is proper to pray for our country, it is mistaken to assume…

God is preparing you for great things

Though circumstances may be difficult, God doesn’t give up on His plan for us, and we shouldn’t give up on trusting Him. Source: God is preparing you for great things

The First Task of the Nigerian Church

The first task of the Church in Nigeria is not to advocate for human rights, cry out against corruption, or jostle for an audience in the media. Our principal task is to develop and articulate  a Christian worldview. For the past several decades, we have done all the above and we are still doing them….

Lessons from Knowing God by J.I.Packer

Over the past several weeks, I have been reading the classic book Knowing God by J.I. Packer together with hundreds of people (over 800!). The idea was initiated by Tim Challies, a Christian pastor who blogs here. Actually, I have had this book since June 2012, but I never went beyond the first few chapters. Reading it in community with others,…

To Paris with Love

Over 130 souls perishing on a single night is a tragedy. This was the gruesome occurrence that Parisians bore witness to just a week ago. Human life is precious, for it was created in God’s own image. And when it is deliberately snuffed out under whatever pretext, our hearts should rightly bleed. It is instructive…