The Idol of Politics

If you grew up in Africa, the word ‘idol’ immediately conjures up images of people offering food items or performing rituals to some sculpted artifact or a natural feature (such as rocks, rivers, or trees). And your reaction would probably go like this: “Our ignorant ancestors were uneducated; that was why they could hold to…

Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

How Jesus turned the world upside down

    The problem with the world is not its diversity – social, ethnic, or otherwise. I am white, he is black; I belong to society’s elite, he is a poor farmer; I speak Yoruba, she is Fulani. No. The problem arises when love and service are left out and the elements of power and…

Would we need government in a sinless world?

“Even in a sinless social setting, some sort of collective decision-making would be necessary for the harmonious ordering of human affairs. In a sinless world where complex activities take place, rules and regulations would have an important function. Even totally benevolent, God-glorifying human beings would have had to decide which side of the road to drive on,…

Our persecuted Northern Nigerian brethren

Living in the relatively calm southern part of Nigeria often makes us oblivious to the terrible suffering and persecution faced by fellow Christians just to the north of the country. Hostility, starvation, rape, and forced conversions are the fare of so many. And yet we often do nothing. My friend, Pastor Femi Osunnuyi, recently brought…

Modernity: story without a storyteller

In an article published over twenty years ago, the late Lutheran theologian, Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017), left a rather poignant paragraph for us to reflect on:   “If there is little mystery about where the West got its faith in a narratable world, neither is there much mystery about how the West has lost this…

An Invitation to Oddity

“If you want a religion to make you comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis There is an idea abroad that faith in Christ opens up the doors to abundance, success and all round good health. We have bought into the notion that becoming a Christian is a ticket to peace, comfort,…

Why Africa needs the Christian Worldview

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Recently,  I stated that Africa needs the Christian worldview. Here’s why. Truth: What is real? Not a realm of divinized humans and ancestral spirits, but a God who has created a universe in which living creatures dwell. A false view of reality will distort our ethics and affect other facets of our…

The Christian Mind in Modern Nigeria

A recent study by the Barna Group highlights how Christians in the US are largely influenced by other worldviews such as Secular Humanism, Marxism, and the New Age. The figures are quite saddening. 26% of Christians surveyed believe that “all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that…

The Gospel and the Lagos Worker

In his helpful book Mastering Monday, John Beckett identifies five themes which should be considered in our attempt to demonstrate God’s kingdom in the workplace. They are Purpose, Values, People, Stewardship, and Serving. These all are nurtured by the Gospel. The Gospel gives us a clear purpose for our work; we serve Christ and extend…

A Checklist for Raising Children

At the heart of every parent is the desire to bring up their children well. And for those who have come to know Christ as Saviour, we want to go about this scripturally. Perhaps this checklist can assist as a daily guide. Today I __ Hugged my child and told him, “I love you.” (Luke…