Grace in trial

According to Hebrews 12:3-11, trial and affliction are a part of the Christian life. Christ faced them, and every believer experiences them as a ‘sign’ of sonship. Here is a little prayer I wrote while reflecting on this truth early this morning. Lord, thank you for affirming, through my suffering, that I am your son;…

A short reflection on dying well, by Augustine

Answering the concerns raised about why many Christians were killed in the persecutions by the Roman emperors, Augustine (354-430) points us to an essential truth about death itself. This excerpt is from his classic work The City of God. But, it is added, many Christians were slaughtered, and were put to death in a hideous…

Behold, Jesus, our Saviour!

    At the heart of the Christian worldview is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are the community of people who relate to Jesus in a certain way. While the rest of the world may admire Jesus for his moral integrity or consider him as one of the ‘greats’ of history, the Christian Church…

A Meditation on Grace

The grace of God is a stream, coursing through the ragged rocks and broken terrain of human existence, bringing life, healing and hope. Grace is not cheap. It made God a witness to man’s doubts, fears, and lies. Grace literally nailed God to a tree and killed him. It is the harmony of God’s justice…

An Account of sovereign grace

I was born into a nominal Christian family as the last of 4 boys (no girls, sadly!). My family attended a large Pentecostal church (Christ Apostolic Church) in Kano in Northern Nigeria. We regularly attended church on Sundays, but there was little else besides that. At around 9 years of age, my mother and the…

Not a drop

I sang Nathaniel Bassey’s beautiful song Onise Iyanu over the weekend. Early Monday morning, I quietly hummed it while preparing for work. But along the line, these words struck me:   You have shown me so much mercy, Much more than I deserve And I began reflecting on the theological implications of those words ‘I…

The Holy Spirit, our God!

  At the core of the Christian faith is the conviction that the Holy Spirit is not a mere spiritual being or angelic spirit but God himself. He is fully God, along with the Father and the Son.   In the words of the Nicene Creed (around AD 381): “And we believe in the Holy…

Do we need Creeds?

In the section of Nigerian Christianity where I grew up, few people know of creeds*. And the few who know about them often speak of them with disdain as elements of the worship of ‘orthodox churches’. By ‘orthodox churches’ is meant older denominations like Anglican, Baptist, and Presbyterian congregations. What are creeds? Creeds are established…

Announcing: GospelStory

What is this about? GospelStory is a devotional challenge to immerse ourselves in the narrative of redemption as found in the Bible over a period of 30 days. It will take place throughout the month of December 2017. A schedule of personal and communal readings will be observed during this period, walking every participant through…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…