Christians in History: Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)

Abraham Kuyper was born on 29th October, 1837 to the family of Reverend and Mrs J. F. Kuyper. Home-schooled in his early years, he went on to study at Leyden University, the oldest and most prestigious university in the Netherlands.  After completing his studies in theology, he was ordained as a minister in the Dutch…

A meal like no other: the significance of the Lord’s Supper

Like the Passover meal which typified it, the Lord’s Supper captures the core of God’s relationship with his people. It depicts the covenant idea, God’s fellowship with his chosen people, their dependence on Him, forgiveness of sin, and redemption through atonement. Through the medium of food, the message of the Gospel is displayed in a…

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…

A Christ-centred ministry: A new look at C.H. Spurgeon on the Christian life

    *Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different…

Evil: a universal problem, a Christian response

It’s everywhere.   Recently, scores of people were slaughtered in a middle belt state here in Nigeria by people believed to be herdsmen from the northern part of the country. Years ago, I lost a dear cousin to HIV. Many have also lost loved ones to cancer, malaria, and several other diseases. A hurricane swept…

Not a drop

I sang Nathaniel Bassey’s beautiful song Onise Iyanu over the weekend. Early Monday morning, I quietly hummed it while preparing for work. But along the line, these words struck me:   You have shown me so much mercy, Much more than I deserve And I began reflecting on the theological implications of those words ‘I…

Another Cup of Coffee, By Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    According to Van Til*, apologetics aims to defend the Christian faith by answering the variety of challenges leveled against it by unbelievers, thereby vindicating the Christian philosophy of life (worldview) over against all non-Christian philosophies of life (worldviews). There is a large number of ways in which Christian truth-claims come under attack. They…

The Holy Spirit, our God!

  At the core of the Christian faith is the conviction that the Holy Spirit is not a mere spiritual being or angelic spirit but God himself. He is fully God, along with the Father and the Son.   In the words of the Nicene Creed (around AD 381): “And we believe in the Holy…