Books for the Christian Life

The Christian faith is based on a book. Therefore, it is no wonder to find that it has also spawned several other writings which shape the hearts, minds, and lives of generations of believers. This article is a brief introduction to a few such titles. Knowing God Described by R. C. Sproul as ‘a masterpiece…

Modernity: Story without a Storyteller

In an article published over twenty years ago, the late Lutheran theologian, Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017), left a rather poignant paragraph for us to reflect on: “If there is little mystery about where the West got its faith in a narratable world, neither is there much mystery about how the West has lost this faith….

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…

The Gospel and Human flourishing

The gospel is the means to human flourishing because it restores creation, including humans, to God’s original design. Creation was God’s act through which he brought the universe into existence. And everything was initially good. However as sin was introduced, everything changed. Humanity’s relationship with God was broken. We no longer love God with our…

On Bytes and Data: The enchantment of technology

Every society needs some form of technology. From customary farm tools, to the universal needle and thread, right down to the plethora of digital applications today, human society has had to invent and rely on some form of technology. And our use of technology cuts across different spheres and functions of life: agriculture, manufacturing, education,…

Exploring Distorted Gospels in Africa

While some churches enjoy a healthy diet of gospel truth, many others in Africa are malnourishing Christ’s chosen people. Because the body is very dynamic, it can get used to bad diet. Unfortunately, bad diets have an uncanny way of eating the body from inside, leading to health problems. Starvation could follow, which can eventually…

Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see no light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility amidst despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he is more useful than the…

On God and evil

Skeptics often point to the existence of evil as an argument against the existence of a good God. If God, a benevolent and all-powerful spiritual being exists like theists claim, how come there is so much cruelty, wickedness and outright evil in the world? Why is the world such a place where predators like in…

Loving Lagos in spite of the Stress

A sermon in a song I love country music. And one of my all-time favourite singers is Dolly Parton. Her 1980 hit, 9 to 5, was quite popular while growing up. And this was not just for its beautiful, upbeat tune, but the brilliant critique of modern work culture in its lyrics. Recall the first…

What BBNaija says about the Nigerian mind

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Multichoice, the cable TV provider.  My subscription had expired several weeks earlier and I had not renewed.  The agent who called was eager to know when I would likely renew.  In a bid to persuade me to promptly reactivate my account, he started mentioning some programmes…