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…

Work: Secular or Christian?

  Work can be a tool or an idol. It depends on the lens, the worldview, through which we engage in it. A secular worldview can idolize work because it is performance-driven. In a world shorn of God, the universe and man become autonomous. Life has no higher purpose than the individual’s success or survival….

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…

Christianity and history

I had a discussion with a friend recently, and our discussion veered towards how many Nigerian schools were not teaching history. We reflected on the little instruction in history we both received as young pupils compared to the apparently worse state the subject is in today. Our brief conversation later got me thinking about how crucial…

Modernity: story without a storyteller

In an article published over twenty years ago, the late Lutheran theologian, Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017), left a rather poignant paragraph for us to reflect on:   “If there is little mystery about where the West got its faith in a narratable world, neither is there much mystery about how the West has lost this…

Understanding Grace

Grace is central to the Christian worldview. At the core of the Christian understanding of reality is that although man has fallen from his exalted position in which he was created, God has stepped in to secure his salvation. And this salvation Paul has declared to be by grace:  “For by Grace are you saved”…

The Idol of Politics

    If you grew up in Africa, the word ‘idol’ immediately conjures up images of ancestors offering food items or performing rituals to some sculpted artifact or a natural feature (rocks, rivers, or trees). And your reaction would probably go like this: “Our ignorant ancestors were uneducated; that was why they could hold to…

Between Marx and Christ

Karl Marx derided religion as myth. He described it as an opiate which is taken to help us cope with our oppressions and social injustice. And he attempted a better solution: He offered the hope of a classless society based on the belief that the problem with humanity is the acceptance of private property. The…

An Invitation to Oddity

“If you want a religion to make you comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis There is an idea abroad that faith in Christ opens up the doors to abundance, success and all round good health. We have bought into the notion that becoming a Christian is a ticket to peace, comfort,…

Why Africa needs the Christian Worldview

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Recently,  I stated that Africa needs the Christian worldview. Here’s why. Truth: What is real? Not a realm of divinized humans and ancestral spirits, but a God who has created a universe in which living creatures dwell. A false view of reality will distort our ethics and affect other facets of our…

The Christian Mind in Modern Nigeria

A recent study by the Barna Group highlights how Christians in the US are largely influenced by other worldviews such as Secular Humanism, Marxism, and the New Age. The figures are quite saddening. 26% of Christians surveyed believe that “all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that…