Gender Equality: A Christian Reflection

At the foundation of reality is a God who is neither male nor female (John 4:24). Thus gender is not ultimate; God is. My supreme thought and concern every day should be how to know, love and please this God (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; Psalm 31:23; Matthew 22:37). A society which displaces this God from modern…

Suffering: A Christian Perspective

  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, suffering implies “conscious endurance of pain or distress”. In this state, one develops feelings of pain, discomfort, and displeasure, and suffering could also expose one to depression. Christian Suffering There are numerous views concerning suffering, and some even consider a believer’s suffering as punishment from God. Preachers of the…

Book Note: Not By Bread Alone, by David Broughton Knox

Thinking biblically about contemporary matters is a vital need for Christians. While there is an abundance of ministries teaching some aspect of the Christian life or another, there are not so many resources providing a biblical understanding of modern social challenges and topics. This book is one of few meeting such a need. At less…

Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

What Balaam Saw

  Many Christians remember the story of Balaam for that most unusual of miracles: a talking donkey. If you’ve ever been to Sunday School, there’s a 90 percent chance you know the story.   For those who may not remember, here’s a very short summary*:   While Israel was journeying through the wilderness, they happened…

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,…

The Gospel and the Lagos Worker

In his helpful book Mastering Monday, John Beckett identifies five themes which should be considered in our attempt to demonstrate God’s kingdom in the workplace. They are Purpose, Values, People, Stewardship, and Serving. These all are nurtured by the Gospel. The Gospel gives us a clear purpose for our work; we serve Christ and extend…

When childbearing becomes an idol

  Childbearing is great. It is a blessing from God. The psalmist likewise declared: ‘Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward’ (Psalm 127:1). Anyone who has experienced the joy of having a child knows how indescribable the thrill is. I can imagine how Adam and Eve must have…

Do we need Government? Yes and No

Few days ago, Nigerians went out to select their preferred candidates for the positions of President, Vice President, and members of the National Assembly. In two weeks, they would also be selecting the respective state governors and the members of the different state legislatures. Thus the four-year election cycle runs. While we are quickly settling…

Diversity: A Christian view

Diversity is a hot-button topic today. It is as though modern society has realized that it must recognize the wide differences that exist within the human race and allow for their expression. There is an interesting description of this concept on a website linked to the University of Oregon in the United States. It reads…