The Idol of Politics

If you grew up in Africa, the word ‘idol’ immediately conjures up images of people offering food items or performing rituals to some sculpted artifact or a natural feature (such as rocks, rivers, or trees). And your reaction would probably go like this: “Our ignorant ancestors were uneducated; that was why they could hold to…

A meal like no other: the significance of the Lord’s Supper

Like the Passover meal which typified it, the Lord’s Supper captures the core of God’s relationship with his people. It depicts the covenant idea, God’s fellowship with his chosen people, their dependence on Him, forgiveness of sin, and redemption through atonement. Through the medium of food, the message of the Gospel is displayed in a…

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…

A Christ-centred ministry: A new look at C.H. Spurgeon on the Christian life

    *Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different…

Evil: a universal problem, a Christian response

It’s everywhere.   Recently, scores of people were slaughtered in a middle belt state here in Nigeria by people believed to be herdsmen from the northern part of the country. Years ago, I lost a dear cousin to HIV. Many have also lost loved ones to cancer, malaria, and several other diseases. A hurricane swept…

The Holy Spirit, our God!

  At the core of the Christian faith is the conviction that the Holy Spirit is not a mere spiritual being or angelic spirit but God himself. He is fully God, along with the Father and the Son.   In the words of the Nicene Creed (around AD 381): “And we believe in the Holy…

Do we need Creeds?

In the section of Nigerian Christianity where I grew up, few people know of creeds*. And the few who know about them often speak of them with disdain as elements of the worship of ‘orthodox churches’. By ‘orthodox churches’ is meant older denominations like Anglican, Baptist, and Presbyterian congregations. What are creeds? Creeds are established…

Announcing: GospelStory

What is this about? GospelStory is a devotional challenge to immerse ourselves in the narrative of redemption as found in the Bible over a period of 30 days. It will take place throughout the month of December 2017. A schedule of personal and communal readings will be observed during this period, walking every participant through…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…

Follow the story

How should we read the Bible? Everyone who is just introduced to the Bible and tries to read it will have to consider this question at some point. When she opens to the table of contents and sees a whole lot of names, it can be quite puzzling to figure out exactly where to start…

Christianity and history

I had a discussion with a friend recently, and our discussion veered towards how many Nigerian schools were not teaching history. We reflected on the little instruction in history we both received as young pupils compared to the apparently worse state the subject is in today. Our brief conversation later got me thinking about how crucial…

Understanding Grace

Grace is central to the Christian worldview. At the core of the Christian understanding of reality is that although man has fallen from his exalted position in which he was created, God has stepped in to secure his salvation. And this salvation Paul has declared to be by grace:  “For by Grace are you saved”…