An Invitation to Oddity

“If you want a religion to make you comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis There is an idea abroad that faith in Christ opens up the doors to abundance, success and all round good health. We have bought into the notion that becoming a Christian is a ticket to peace, comfort,…

A Cause for the Nigerian Church

A God of Justice God is righteous and just in himself and he desires justice in his creatures. His divine righteousness is thus the basis and obligation for human justice. When we say that God is just, it means that ‘God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard…

The Lord’s Song

“By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign…

God’s Plan for Unity

  World unity is no longer a distant goal; it is already an unfolding reality. If only the nations and leaders of the world would embrace the Christ and his Church in which this unity is being realized. According to Paul, the working out of God’s redemption in Christ brings about a unity between God’s…

Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

In the Yoruba worldview, the individual’s identity is closely tied to the community. A person could say of himself that, ‘the community is, therefore I am.’ Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem, celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts the exploits…

The Prosperous society

What does a prosperous society look like? It involves more than a robust GDP or a high per capita income. And having such a society is through covenant faithfulness to God. “May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; may…

The Church and Culture

“Culture covers the whole range of human society.”  Brian J. Walsh The relationship between the church and human culture is one of neither total acceptance nor pure rejection. Every culture, on account of our creation in God’s image, has some elements of truth, goodness, and beauty within it, which the Christian should not despise. Nevertheless,…

The Secret Christian

  I find it interesting that the two men (Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus) who are on record as being so helpful with the burial of Jesus were ‘secret’ disciples (John 19:38-42). They followed Jesus and believed he was the messiah, albeit secretly because they feared the Jews. They didn’t want to be accused of…

The First Task of the Nigerian Church

The first task of the Church in Nigeria is not to advocate for human rights, cry out against corruption, or jostle for an audience in the media. Our principal task is to develop and articulate  a Christian worldview. For the past several decades, we have done all the above and we are still doing them….

Living Words – Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957)

In nothing has the Church so lost her hold on reality as in her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends,…

Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

We live in an anti-creedal age. Many churches do not have a body of jointly held beliefs. Where these are present, they often have little or no bearing on the life of the community.  Sermons consist of sound bites, anecdotes and motivational remarks. If the Church is to be a force for change in the…