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…

What Total Depravity implies

Total depravity is the sad but biblical idea that every person is morally corrupt and spiritually dead (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3). But rather than being a sour belief which hampers faith, it is a scriptural teaching which drives us to cling to the sovereign grace of God. It is an evangelical doctrine which ignites hope…

A present and future grace

1 Peter 1:8-17 After humanity’s fall, God made a promise – a promise to defeat Satan through the Seed of the woman. Satan would bite his heel, but Christ would crush his head. The promise becomes more explicit when God promised Abraham a heir through whom all the nations would he blessed. From this point…

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…

Christmas—Its Spirit and Meaning

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 laid out with many delightful dishes and…

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…