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…

Community and the Christian Worldview

The idea of community is central to a Christian understanding of life. First, God himself is revealed to be an eternal community of persons, ‘the same in substance, equal in power and glory’. So, community is not an invention by man; it is as timeless as God. At creation, God established a human community by giving…

Of Rocks, Spirits, and Humans

The traditional African believes in a universe in which the spiritual world is closely integrated with the physical. ‘Natural’ events are often not really natural but are the result of the activities of spirits and immaterial forces. Birth, agricultural harvest, road accidents, economic prosperity, are some of the diverse phenomena of life which the spiritual world…

The God my Ancestors knew but didn’t know

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

Hope in troubling times

It is so tempting to withdraw into cynicism after all the events of the past few weeks. We might ask ourselves, “Is there still hope for our world?” “Can any person or society still speak positively of our universe?” It might seem all that is left is for the Great Judge to bring his swift…

Where is God?

The past several days have been alarming. Different tragedies broke out in different nations with the rapidity of lit firecrackers. The gory headlines include: Police shoot two black men in two separate incidents. Sniper shoots and kills 5 police officers in Dallas. Conflict in South Sudan. Over 300 killed. Man rams truck into a crowd…

The Pulpit: Are we Fools?

“The fool has said in heart  there is no God” Psalm 14:1 This verse has often been applied as a scriptural  indication that God rebukes atheists for denying his existence. While it is true that scripture clearly teaches that the knowledge of God is universal and as such atheism is unjustified (Romans 1), this is…

What is the Bible – really?

The Bible is not just an instruction manual. I think this is one way we debase God’s truth and make it powerless in the modern world. We often refer to the Bible as God’s manual for Marriage, Business, Relationships, Work, Politics, etc. And then we search out scripture passages which apply to these areas. This…

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…