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…

Chosen to Serve

On November 28, 2020, I was privileged to speak at the annual youth programme of the Jesus Arena Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Magboro, Ogun State, Nigeria. The theme of the event was ‘A Chosen Generation.’ Below, I summarize the brief message I gave. A Chosen Generation—1 Peter 2:9 Most…

Still Our Father’s World

Over the past week, Nigerians witnessed the spectacle of peaceful protests being hijacked by hoodlums, who went on rampage looting stores and vandalizing property. This followed a much-condemned shooting at a group of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by security forces. The horrendous situation elicited doubts and questions nationwide about the…

Church, Keep the Gospel in Your Protest

In the moment’s heat, the church would be wise not to merely tag along. The crises in our world, in whatever form it manifests, result from the brokenness brought about by sin. Whether it is police brutality or the corrupt system which has nurtured it, we see the fruit of a rebellion which began long ago.

The God my Ancestors knew but didn’t know

Photo by Shutterbouy Photography on Unsplash My Yoruba ancestors (along with most African cultures) believe in a supreme being; they call him Olodumare. They revere him as the source of life and the originator of all that exists. He is too great to come into contact with the universe, so he is distant and aloof….

A Note on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.

Wakanda: A modern African dream

Wakanda is more than a literary setting, it is the cinematic vision of modern Africa, a longing for people of African descent.

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 sustains our universe and keeps it going. Grace began the day man turned against God and declared himself autonomous and free. Grace was the leather garment which covered man’s sinful nakedness…

Breaking News, Global News

An interesting feature of our modern society is that journalistic curiosity known as the ‘breaking news’. This refers to news events that are currently developing or “breaking”, a freshly occurring story that is considered significant enough to warrant immediate attention. Often, an ongoing programme or report is interrupted to allow for this urgent announcement or…

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…