Paul’s Triad: Faith, Hope, and Love

The thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has rightly been called the Love chapter. But it also highlights what may be described as the paradigm of the Christian life. In verse 13 , Paul identifies what has come to be known as the theological virtues. So now faith, hope, and love abide,…

When Peter Wept

Peter had been probably the most confident and outspoken of all the disciples. We see him offering to come to Jesus when he was walking on water while other disciples were afraid (Matthew 14:28). We note his inspired confession of Jesus’s Messiahship and heavenly origin (Mathew 16:16). He was also so certain he would remain…

Joseph’s Tears

“Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.” Genesis 40:14,15 How…

The Quiet Witness of Sarah

In the grand story of God’s redemption, Sarah might not be seen as a significant figure. Of course, she partakes of God’s promise to Abraham as his wife. And she is naturally recognized because it’s through her that the child of promise is born (Genesis 17:21). God also changes her name to indicate her status…

Counting my Blessings

As 2021 draws to a close, it is essential to reflect on God’s blessing and favours. The popular hymn by Johnson Oatman, Jr. especially reminds us of this. We tend to forget the many acts of love he performs daily in our lives. So I pondered the blessings I have received from his hands, just…

Book Note: Not By Bread Alone, by David Broughton Knox

Thinking biblically about contemporary matters is a vital need for Christians. While there is an abundance of ministries teaching some aspect of the Christian life or another, there are not so many resources providing a biblical understanding of modern social challenges and topics. This book is one of few meeting such a need. At less…

Pray for Nigeria!

Since the beginning of the year, I have followed the praying schedule published by Operation World. Today, I get to pray for my own country, Nigeria. Nigeria is a special and strategic country in Africa. This is not an attempt at nationalistic pride; it is a fact. The country influences much within the continent and…

Are you a Wretch?

John Newton’s popular hymn has that jarring line: Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. A wretch? Few of us would call ourselves by that term. We are far too respectable. With our advanced degrees and cultured upbringing, we are anything but wretches. However, one result of an awakened heart…

Recovering Reverence

I remember reading R.C. Sproul’s (1939-2017) book The Holiness of God several years ago. It awakened in me a sense of how little I apprehend God’s majesty. God had become so familiar and I had taken him for granted. And I realized this was by no means an individual problem; the modern church had fallen…

How to fight Greed

Greed is idolatry. It stems from valuing created objects wrongly. Whereas true satisfaction comes only from knowing God (John 17:3), the greedy person seeks it in ‘things’. Greed is an enemy. Like all enemies, it is not after our wellbeing and so we must resist it.  Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, lost his place and health on…