5 reasons I thank God for the Nigerian Church

Let me be clear: the Nigerian Church* is weak. And I believe it is a problem that extends beyond this nation to the entire African continent and even across the globe. It is a loss of the potency of the gospel as a life-altering, culture-shaping, and society-transforming message. I have written about this here, here,…

When childbearing becomes an idol

  Childbearing is great. It is a blessing from God. The psalmist likewise declared: ‘Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward’ (Psalm 127:1). Anyone who has experienced the joy of having a child knows how indescribable the thrill is. I can imagine how Adam and Eve must have…

Do we need Government? Yes and No

Few days ago, Nigerians went out to select their preferred candidates for the positions of President, Vice President, and members of the National Assembly. In two weeks, they would also be selecting the respective state governors and the members of the different state legislatures. Thus the four-year election cycle runs. While we are quickly settling…

Diversity: A Christian view

Diversity is a hot-button topic today. It is as though modern society has realized that it must recognize the wide differences that exist within the human race and allow for their expression. There is an interesting description of this concept on a website linked to the University of Oregon in the United States. It reads…

The true spirit of Christmas

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season, where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables are laid out with all sorts of…

The Gospel according to Hollywood

A theme of salvation runs through several Hollywood movies. From Maleficent to Snow White and the Huntsman to Independence Day, there is a common story. In spite of the different plots and characters, one finds an unmistakable unifying theme which basically goes like this: Something is wrong with the world. It could be a spell cast…

Saving ‘Saving Private Ryan’

Can we deserve or earn grace? This is a question one is called to ponder in the classic war movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Saving Private Ryan was jointly released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in 1998 to critical and popular acclaim. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning five, it has been listed…

How can we Glorify God in the Digital sphere?

It’s no longer news that we live in a digital age – the  Information era.  Smartphone, Tablet, Browser, are some of our regular terminologies. In fact, we can hardly live five minutes without having to interact with some form of electronic or digital technology.  And this digital space keeps evolving and expanding. From Clod computing,…

A renewed church, a new nation

  The church is essential to the flourishing of society, but it must be a church which is rooted in the gospel. Sadly, the church in Nigeria needs a renewal in this regard. A 2015 research by the Pew Research Centre (chart pictured below) shows Nigeria as one of the most religious nations on earth….

The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment by C.S. Lewis

This article was published by the British scholar C.S. Lewis, and it is included in his collection of essays titled God in the Dock. In England we have lately had a controversy about Capital Punishment. I do not know whether a murderer is more likely to repent and make good on the gallows a few…