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…

Behold, Jesus, our Saviour!

    At the heart of the Christian worldview is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are the community of people who relate to Jesus in a certain way. While the rest of the world may admire Jesus for his moral integrity or consider him as one of the ‘greats’ of history, the Christian Church…

Do we need Creeds?

In the section of Nigerian Christianity where I grew up, few people know of creeds*. And the few who know about them often speak of them with disdain as elements of the worship of ‘orthodox churches’. By ‘orthodox churches’ is meant older denominations like Anglican, Baptist, and Presbyterian congregations. What are creeds? Creeds are established…

Behold, our God!

We are not autonomous; we exist for God. Therefore, it is important that we know what He is like so we can adequately relate to Him and worship Him. In the words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a popular seventeenth-century Christian teaching manual, ‘God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power,…

History is God’s story, by John Piper

Acts 13:13-29 This is the first sermon in the book of Acts that we hear from the apostle Paul. And one way to understand it is to see two main points. One point is that everything in the history of Israel was leading up to the coming of Jesus and the great salvation for sinners…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…

Follow the story

How should we read the Bible? Everyone who is just introduced to the Bible and tries to read it will have to consider this question at some point. When she opens to the table of contents and sees a whole lot of names, it can be quite puzzling to figure out exactly where to start…

A book of stories?

  Growing up, I was fascinated by a popular hardcover collection of biblical stories titled My Book of Bible Stories. It was published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, a publishing organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The beautiful pictures and exciting stories about biblical figures and events – the garden of Eden, the flood, the entry…

A look at Justification

    N.T. Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. This extract is from his article, Justification: The Biblical Basis and its Relevance for Contemporary Evangelicalism, available here. The positive result of justification is that we live for God because Christ has died for us. Good…