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…

How Jesus turned the world upside down

    The problem with the world is not its diversity – social, ethnic, or otherwise. I am white, he is black; I belong to society’s elite, he is a poor farmer; I speak Yoruba, she is Fulani. No. The problem arises when love and service are left out and the elements of power and…

Modernity: story without a storyteller

In an article published over twenty years ago, the late Lutheran theologian, Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017), left a rather poignant paragraph for us to reflect on:   “If there is little mystery about where the West got its faith in a narratable world, neither is there much mystery about how the West has lost this…

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 Christian Mind in Modern Nigeria

A recent study by the Barna Group highlights how Christians in the US are largely influenced by other worldviews such as Secular Humanism, Marxism, and the New Age. The figures are quite saddening. 26% of Christians surveyed believe that “all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that…

Do you depend absolutely on God?

Man is God’s creature. He is dependent on Him for everything. Knowledge, Being, Values. The Christian worldview is more than a collection of doctrines and ideas. This would be to miss the whole point. In its practical outworking, it is the outcome of devotion to a single principle: entire dependence on God. The Christian is…

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,…

Christianity and Culture (Part 3 of 3)

The chief obstacle to the Christian religion today lies in the sphere of the intellect. That assertion must be guarded against two misconceptions.   In the first place, I do not mean that most men reject Christianity consciously on account of intellectual difficulties. On the contrary, rejection of Christianity is due in the vast majority…