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…

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 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 of what…

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…

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,…

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,…

The School of Suffering, by Joseph Tson

*The communist attack in Romania is a three-fold one directed toward individuals, churches, and pastors. The primary plan of attack on individual Christians is to make their life miserable where they work. Discriminate! Demote! Keep them at the lowest place. Continually tell them how they are not wanted there, that they are merely tolerated. Make…

A renewed church, a new nation

  The church is essential to the flourishing of society, but it must be a church which is rooted in the gospel. Sadly, the church in Nigeria needs a renewal in this regard. A 2015 research by the Pew Research Centre (chart pictured below) shows Nigeria as one of the most religious nations on earth….

Our persecuted Northern Nigerian brethren

Living in the relatively calm southern part of Nigeria often makes us oblivious to the terrible suffering and persecution faced by fellow Christians just to the north of the country. Hostility, starvation, rape, and forced conversions are the fare of so many. And yet we often do nothing. My friend, Pastor Femi Osunnuyi, recently brought…