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…

On God and evil

Skeptics often point to the existence of evil as an argument against the existence of a good God. If God, a benevolent and all-powerful spiritual being exists like theists claim, how come there is so much cruelty, wickedness and outright evil in the world? Why is the world such a place where predators like in…

Loving Lagos in spite of the Stress

A sermon in a song I love country music. And one of my all-time favourite singers is Dolly Parton. Her 1980 hit, 9 to 5, was quite popular while growing up. And this was not just for its beautiful, upbeat tune, but the brilliant critique of modern work culture in its lyrics. Recall the first…

What BBNaija says about the Nigerian mind

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Multichoice, the cable TV provider.  My subscription had expired several weeks earlier and I had not renewed.  The agent who called was eager to know when I would likely renew.  In a bid to persuade me to promptly reactivate my account, he started mentioning some programmes…

A Cause for the Nigerian Church

A God of Justice God is righteous and just in himself, and he desires justice in his creatures. His divine righteousness is thus the basis for human justice. When we say that God is just, it means that ‘God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what…