A Tale of two Kings

“A voice is heard in Ramah,     lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children;     she refuses to be comforted for her children,     because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15 Great sorrow attended the birth of Christ. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to…

Leadership Lessons from King Asa

King Asa was the third king of the southern kingdom of Judah, living from around 913 BC to 873 BC (An account of his life is in 2 Chronicles 14-16). He was a godly leader known for his revival of true worship in the country. Towards the close of his 41-year reign, however, Asa turned …

Knowing J.I. Packer’s God

Few years ago, I read the classic book Knowing God by J.I. Packer together with hundreds of people (over 800!). Tim Challies, a Christian pastor who blogs here, initiated the idea. And I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Reading it in community with others helped me ply the entire book and mine its…

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 sustains our universe and keeps it going. Grace began the day man turned against God and declared himself autonomous and free. Grace was the leather garment which covered man’s sinful nakedness…

A Prayer for our anxious age

“Lord, help me to be faithful during my waiting period. Your promises will be fulfilled in my life, for you are a God who cannot lie. However, I can dishonour you by worry, impatience or fear when I refuse to trust in the process. I can bring myself much pain and stress when I get…

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…