Robinson Crusoe and Providence

A sad feature of our fallen state is that inclination to overlook God’s acts of kindness towards us. We so easily forget or take them for granted. We go from home to work every day without a hitch. Your wife was pregnant for nine months and gave birth to a baby without any defect. Or…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Grace, ’tis a charming sound

1. Grace, ’tis a charming sound, Harmonious to mine ear; Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear. 2. Grace first contrived the way To save rebellious man; And all the steps that grace display Which drew the wondrous plan. 3. Grace first inscribed my name In God’s eternal book; ’Twas…

The Bible as Revelation

God speaks. And he has spoken to humanity in two volumes: General and Special revelation. General revelation, Volume One of God’s communication, is that knowledge of God which we have by considering his works or by reflecting upon our own natures. David (Psalm 19) wrote of how the intricate design of the universe speaks of…

Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

We live in an anti-creedal age. Many churches do not have a body of jointly held beliefs. Where these are present, they often have little or no bearing on the life of the community.  Sermons consist of sound bites, anecdotes and motivational remarks. If the Church is to be a force for change in the…