Theological foundations for youth ministry

“Passy (pastor), isn’t Moses the one who wrote Deuteronomy?” A teenager genuinely asked me during a teens discipleship programme in April 2019 in the city of Nairobi, in a peri-urban town about twenty minutes by public transport from the Central Business District. Because of our Presbyterian esteem of God’s Word, I hesitantly responded, “Yes, Moses…

Pray for Guinea

Capital: Conakry Population: 10,323,755 Official language: French. Local languages like Fulbe and Malinke are also widely used. Guinea is a multi-ethnic republic on the West African coast. 90% of the population is Muslim. Prayer Needs Pray that the vast Muslim population be awakened to the claims of Christ and be released from the spiritual bondage…

Gender Equality: A Christian Reflection

At the foundation of reality is a God who is neither male nor female (John 4:24). Thus gender is not ultimate; God is. My supreme thought and concern every day should be how to know, love and please this God (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; Psalm 31:23; Matthew 22:37). A society which displaces this God from modern…

Uriah: A Shadow of Christ

Most Christians are aware of the incident between King David and Bathsheba, and the resulting murder of Uriah, her husband. We recoil at Bathsheba’s abuse and the oppression of her husband by the most powerful man in the nation at the time. And we discern in the episode how easily power can corrupt and ultimately…

A Confident Hope

Gandalf, the great (but good) wizard in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, remarked to Aragorn in a conversation: “Hope is not victory.” Few seconds later he added: “I am Gandalf, Gandalf the White, but Black is mightier still.” He was alluding to the struggle which the fellowship (the team of hobbits, humans, elves, and…

Suffering: A Christian Perspective

  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, suffering implies “conscious endurance of pain or distress”. In this state, one develops feelings of pain, discomfort, and displeasure, and suffering could also expose one to depression. Christian Suffering There are numerous views concerning suffering, and some even consider a believer’s suffering as punishment from God. Preachers of the…

A Perfect Redeemer

The narrative in the Biblical books of 1 and 2 Kings is a depressing cycle of decline, judgement, and restoration. We are brought to see the recurring apostasy of God’s people, the Israelites, under godless leaders. The pattern was somewhat like this. A godless king would come to the throne. Under him, the people generally…

A Picture of True Conversion

‘Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’ For generations, the story of Ruth and Naomi has been treasured in Christian circles and beyond. It has been rightly seen as a beautiful narrative of sacrifice, kindness, and dedication. And aside…

Book Note: Not By Bread Alone, by David Broughton Knox

Thinking biblically about contemporary matters is a vital need for Christians. While there is an abundance of ministries teaching some aspect of the Christian life or another, there are not so many resources providing a biblical understanding of modern social challenges and topics. This book is one of few meeting such a need. At less…

The Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:15-16 When Christ described himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), he was alluding to Ezekiel’s prophecy about God restoring the Israelites to their own land. A shepherd is one who tends sheep. He leads them to pasture and provides water for them. He also protects them from harm. And God promises to do…