The Gift of Suffering

A Tale of Grief Several centuries ago, there lived a wealthy man reputed to be the greatest in the ancient Near East. He was so rich he had multitudes of livestock, thousands of camels, and a vast number of servants, as well as a large family of ten children. Then one day,  everything changed. He…

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…

A Prayer for Africa

Between 1900 and 2010 (about a hundred years), the number of Christians in Africa grew from 7.5 million to 504 million. This is a rise from 9.1% to 48.8% of the population!* While praising God for the massive growth, I am mindful of the intense need for discipleship. This is an area which has not…

The true meaning 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 danger of false worship

‘They went after false idols and became false’ (2 Kings 17:15) Worship is not a trivial issue. When we worship something, we declare its worth, celebrate its goodness, and appreciate its value. In other words, we aspire towards it. We seek to become one with the object. This is why false worship is degrading and actually…

Look at the cross

Psalm 22:12-18 When Christ hung on the cross, he was fulfilling what David had said several centuries earlier. He was living out the promise God had made to Abraham. And he was bringing to life that promise of conflict and victory which God had announced in the garden. At the cross, the world’s sin was judged…

How Should I Pray for my Enemies?

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Probably every believer knows that Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies. But how should we go about it? First, we should realize that as Christians we will have enemies. As long as we have confessed Christ and belong to him, we…

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…

The Christian Writer’s temptation

“Writers are stewards of words, accountable to God for how they are arranged.” Randy Alcorn As a writer, I often struggle with the desire to put something out there that bears my name. A post, an article, a book – with ‘Dayo Adewoye’ as the author. Consequently, I sometimes want to just write something that…

Leadership Lessons from King Asa

King Asa was the third king of the southern kingdom of Judah, living from 913-910 BC to 873-869 BC ( The account of his life can be found in 2 Chronicles 14-16). He was one of the godly leaders who was remarkable for his revival of true worship in the country. Towards the close of his…