Recommended Books for developing a Christian worldview

It is necessary for every African Christian to understand how Christianity is a worldview. This is because the prevalent understanding of the gospel considers it largely as confined to the personal sphere. In my own journey, I have found a number of books helpful in elaborating how the Bible provides a unique perspective on reality…

Christianity and Communism

Communism is one of the great ideologies to have arisen on the earth. Spanning across cultures as diverse as Russia and China, Cuba and North Korea,  it is truly a global movement. It has enjoyed, and still enjoys, wide appeal because of its concern for  the  suffering and oppression of the lower classes of society….

Wakanda: A modern African dream

Wakanda Forever!  When Marvel Studios’ Black Panther was released in 2018, it earned $75.8 million on its opening day. Since then, the movie has earned a total of $1.347 billion worldwide, is on record as the ninth-highest grossing film of all time, and is the highest grossing film by a black director. An engrossing blockbuster, it…

A Confident Hope

Gandalf, the great (but good) wizard in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, remarked to Aragorn in a conversation: “Hope is not victory.” Few seconds later he added: “I am Gandalf, Gandalf the White, but Black is mightier still.” He was alluding to the struggle which the fellowship (the team of hobbits, humans, elves, and…

8 Christian thinkers you should take seriously

Over the course of history, God raises people who influence the body of Christ through their ministry and writings. And of them, it can be said that even while dead, they still speak (Hebrews 11:4). Below are a few of such figures who should be taken seriously by the Christian believer today. The list is…

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…

The Bookshelf: Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Berkhof’s Systematic Theology was my first book on Christian theology. Its unique cover design still reminds me of my first days with it. I would stay in my room to study, making repeated visits to the Bible close by to look up his numerous references. I loved the book (and still do.) It opened up…

A Plea for Books – Christian Books

  This article was originally published as ‘Every Christian a Publisher’ by the late American pastor Ernest Reisinger (1919-2004). It is a stirring message on the key role books have played in the development of the Christian faith and the lives of believers over the ages and the role it can still play for the…

Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

In the Yoruba worldview, the individual’s identity is closely tied to the community. A person could say of himself that, ‘the community is, therefore I am.’ Out of this context emerges the Oriki, a praise poem celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts the exploits of his ancestors…

A Play in Six Acts: The Message of the Bible

This outline is adapted from a paper presented by Michael W. Goheen, Theological Director at the Missional Training Centre in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). It is a very brief overview of the biblical story presented as a play in six acts. So when next you pick the Bible to read, ask yourself what act of the play you…