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…

Christians in History: Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)

Abraham Kuyper was born on 29th October, 1837 to the family of Reverend and Mrs J. F. Kuyper. Home-schooled in his early years, he went on to study at Leyden University, the oldest and most prestigious university in the Netherlands.  After completing his studies in theology, he was ordained as a minister in the Dutch…

The Idol of Politics

If you grew up in Africa, the word ‘idol’ immediately conjures up images of people offering food items or performing rituals to some sculpted artifact or a natural feature (such as rocks, rivers, or trees). And your reaction would probably go like this: “Our ignorant ancestors were uneducated; that was why they could hold to…

Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

How Jesus turned the world upside down

    The problem with the world is not its diversity – social, ethnic, or otherwise. I am white, he is black; I belong to society’s elite, he is a poor farmer; I speak Yoruba, she is Fulani. No. The problem arises when love and service are left out and the elements of power and…