Christians in History: Augustine (354 – 430AD)

The eminent church historian, Philip Schaff (1819-1893), described him as ‘the great church teacher of all times’. Augustine is a towering figure in the long history of the Christian church. Aside from standing as an important link between early Christianity and the Middle Ages, his views and ideas have deeply influenced how the Christian world…

When Work becomes an Idol

Idols are still very much with us. Lest we assume that we modern Africans have abandoned that aspect of traditional society, they remain (sadly) a part of our daily lives. An idol is any created thing that has been elevated to occupy God’s place in our minds and lives. In this sense, almost anything can…

On Jonathan and Saul

“For nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6) Saul was a man after the people’s heart. He had exactly what the Israelites wanted in a king. Splendid physique. Fine looks. A noble pedigree. Fighting skills. Yet he lacked the indispensable attribute required by God. His heart was…

Truths of Calling

Over the past several years, the theme of Calling has become very dear to me. I have increasingly come to see that it is crucial for escaping the humdrum of modern life. As such, I am always on the lookout for books which help to clarify what it’s all about and provide much needed guidance…

How to fight Greed

Greed is idolatry. It stems from valuing created objects wrongly. Whereas true satisfaction comes only from knowing God (John 17:3), the greedy person seeks it in ‘things’. Greed is an enemy. Like all enemies, it is not after our wellbeing and so we must resist it.  Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, lost his place and health on…

What Total Depravity implies

Total depravity is the sad but biblical idea that every person is morally corrupt and spiritually dead (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3). But rather than being a sour belief which hampers faith, it is a scriptural teaching which drives us to cling to the sovereign grace of God. It is an evangelical doctrine which ignites hope…

A present and future grace

1 Peter 1:8-17 After humanity’s fall, God made a promise – a promise to defeat Satan through the Seed of the woman. Satan would bite his heel, but Christ would crush his head. The promise becomes more explicit when God promised Abraham a heir through whom all the nations would he blessed. From this point…

How my Faith helps me serve customers

Since the latter decades of the twentieth century, customer service has become crucial among businesses worldwide. Companies increasingly understand that it is not enough to provide an excellent product. Getting the product across to customers, and the interaction with these customers both during and after the sale, are equally, if not even more, essential. As…

How Should I Pray for my Enemies?

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Probably every believer knows that Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies. But how should we go about it? First, we should realize that as Christians we will have enemies. As long as we have confessed Christ and belong to him, we…

Recommended Books for Developing a Christian Worldview

It is necessary for every African Christian to understand how Christianity is a worldview. This is because the prevalent understanding of the gospel confines it to the personal sphere. In my own journey, I have found several books helpful in elaborating how the Bible provides a unique perspective on reality centred in the gospel. Here…