Christ, the power and wisdom of God

The Christian world seems to be split into two broad camps. On the one hand are those who have cultivated the study of theology over centuries, exploring the profound disclosure of God and his relation to us which is given in the scriptures; and on the other are various groups and communities which desire, celebrate…

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…

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 faith….

The Gospel according to Hollywood

A theme of salvation runs through several Hollywood movies. From Maleficent to Snow White and the Huntsman to Independence Day, there is a common story. In spite of the different plots and characters, one finds an unmistakable unifying theme which basically goes like this: Something is wrong with the world. It could be a spell cast…

Loving our Helps

A recent Facebook post by the Zambian pastor, Conrad Mbewe, celebrating his domestic help of over 20 years, garnered over 4,000 likes and nearly 800 comments. Most responses commented not just on the lady’s rare dedication but also on the godly and welcoming atmosphere in the family which had made it possible for her to…

On Bytes and Data: The enchantment of technology

Every society needs some form of technology. From customary farm tools, to the universal needle and thread, right down to the plethora of digital applications today, human society has had to invent and rely on some form of technology. And our use of technology cuts across different spheres and functions of life: agriculture, manufacturing, education,…

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…

Dear Sir, I am

Several years ago, in response to a question posed by The Times, the British journalist G.K. Chesterton *reportedly penned one of the shortest letters ever written. It comprised less than ten words: Dear Sir, I am. Yours Sincerely, GK Chesterton What was the question? The newspaper had asked, “What is wrong with the world?” Chesterton’s…

Exploring Distorted Gospels in Africa

While some churches enjoy a healthy diet of gospel truth, many others in Africa are malnourishing Christ’s chosen people. Because the body is very dynamic, it can get used to bad diet. Unfortunately, bad diets have an uncanny way of eating the body from inside, leading to health problems. Starvation could follow, which can eventually…

Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see little chance for a light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility in the midst of despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he…