Why Apologetics Matter

Introduction It was probably the book Ready With An Answer, jointly authored by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, which first exposed me to the genre of Christian writing known as apologetics. I had grown up and come to Christ in an environment that had no room for doctrine, theology, or creeds, let alone apologetics. My…

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 property…

When Work becomes an Idol

Idols are still very much with us. Lest we assume that we modern Africans have abandoned that aspect of traditional society, they remain (sadly) a part of our daily lives. An idol is any created thing that has been elevated to occupy God’s place in our minds and lives. In this sense, almost anything can…

How my Faith helps me serve customers

Since the latter decades of the twentieth century, customer service has become crucial among businesses worldwide. Companies increasingly understand that it is not enough to provide an excellent product. Getting the product across to customers, and the interaction with these customers both during and after the sale, are equally, if not even more, essential. As…

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 confines it to the personal sphere. In my own journey, I have found several books helpful in elaborating how the Bible provides a unique perspective on reality centred in the gospel. Here…

Christmas—Its Spirit and Meaning

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 laid out with many delightful dishes and…

Still Our Father’s World

Over the past week, Nigerians witnessed the spectacle of peaceful protests being hijacked by hoodlums, who went on rampage looting stores and vandalizing property. This followed a much-condemned shooting at a group of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by security forces. The horrendous situation elicited doubts and questions nationwide about the…

The God my Ancestors knew but didn’t know

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