Robinson Crusoe and Providence

A sad feature of our fallen state is that inclination to overlook God’s acts of kindness towards us. We so easily forget or take them for granted. We go from home to work every day without a hitch. Your wife was pregnant for nine months and gave birth to a baby without any defect. Or…

Dear Sir, I am

Several years ago, in response to a question posed by The Times, the British journalist G.K. Chesterton *reportedly penned one of the shortest letters ever written. It comprised less than ten words: Dear Sir, I am. Yours Sincerely, GK Chesterton What was the question? The newspaper had asked, “What is wrong with the world?” Chesterton’s…

Exploring Distorted Gospels in Africa

While some churches enjoy a healthy diet of gospel truth, many others in Africa are malnourishing Christ’s chosen people. Because the body is very dynamic, it can get used to bad diet. Unfortunately, bad diets have an uncanny way of eating the body from inside, leading to health problems. Starvation could follow, which can eventually…

On God and evil

Skeptics often point to the existence of evil as an argument against the existence of a good God. If God, a benevolent and all-powerful spiritual being exists like theists claim, how come there is so much cruelty, wickedness and outright evil in the world? Why is the world such a place where predators like in…

A Plea to the Church

When the church refuses to reform itself by recovering the authority of God speaking in his word, and his glory revealed in the gospel; when the church plays politics with truth and aligns itself with the rich and powerful; when the church closes its ears to the cry of the oppressed and the pains of…

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 considers it largely as confined to the personal sphere. In my own journey, I have found a number of books helpful in elaborating how the Bible provides a unique perspective on reality…

Are You like Pilate?

Luke 23:11-25 Jesus was crucified because justice got sacrificed on the altar of politics. Pilate found nothing wrong with him, yet he still proposed punishing him and eventually had him killed. Why? He wanted to please the Jews. He feared the consequence of losing their favour. They could riot and cause trouble. And he would…

Loving Lagos in spite of the Stress

A sermon in a song I love country music. And one of my all-time favourite singers is Dolly Parton. Her 1980 hit, 9 to 5, was quite popular while growing up. And this was not just for its beautiful, upbeat tune, but the brilliant critique of modern work culture in its lyrics. Recall the first…

What BBNaija says about the Nigerian mind

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Multichoice, the cable TV provider.  My subscription had expired several weeks earlier and I had not renewed.  The agent who called was eager to know when I would likely renew.  In a bid to persuade me to promptly reactivate my account, he started mentioning some programmes…