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…

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…

Searching for Dignity

My culture is on a perpetual quest for dignity. We want to be regarded, respected, and valued. We teach children to respect their elders (and rightly so).Unfortunately, we often tie a person’s dignity to his or her wealth, possessions, or position. Our culture worships wealth and  gives honour to those who have it. To this…

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…

Wakanda: A modern African dream

Wakanda Forever!  When Marvel Studios’ Black Panther was released in 2018, it earned $75.8 million on its opening day. Since then, the movie has earned a total of $1.347 billion worldwide, is on record as the ninth-highest grossing film of all time, and is the highest grossing film by a black director. An engrossing blockbuster, it…

5 reasons I thank God for the Nigerian Church

Let me be clear: the Nigerian Church* is weak. And I believe it is a problem that extends beyond this nation to the entire African continent and even across the globe. It is a loss of the potency of the gospel as a life-altering, culture-shaping, and society-transforming message. I have written about this here, here,…

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 God my Ancestors knew but didn’t know

My Yoruba ancestors (along with most African cultures) believe in a supreme being; they call him Olodumare. They revere him as the source of all life and the originator of all that exists. He is too great to come into contact with the universe, so he is somewhat distant and aloof. This task of dealing…