On Bytes and Data: The enchantment of technology

Every society needs some form of technology. From customary farm tools, to the universal needle and thread, right down to the plethora of digital applications today, human society has had to invent and rely on some form of technology. And our use of technology cuts across different spheres and functions of life: agriculture, manufacturing, education,…

A Prayer for Africa

Between 1900 and 2010 (about a hundred years), the number of Christians in Africa grew from 7.5 million to 504 million. This is a rise from 9.1% to 48.8% of the population!* While praising God for the massive growth, I am mindful of the intense need for discipleship. This is an area which has not…

How to spend your money

At his 1880 inaugural lecture in the Free University of Amsterdam, the Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper famously proclaimed: “Oh, no single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is…

The true meaning of Christmas

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season, where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables are laid out with all sorts of…

The danger of false worship

‘They went after false idols and became false’ (2 Kings 17:15) Worship is not a trivial issue. When we worship something, we declare its worth, celebrate its goodness, and appreciate its value. In other words, we aspire towards it. We seek to become one with the object. This is why false worship is degrading and actually…

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…

Look at the cross

Psalm 22:12-18 When Christ hung on the cross, he was fulfilling what David had said several centuries earlier. He was living out the promise God had made to Abraham. And he was bringing to life that promise of conflict and victory which God had announced in the garden. At the cross, the world’s sin was judged…

Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see little chance for a light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility in the midst of despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he…