A Meditation on Grace

The grace of God is a stream, coursing through the ragged rocks and broken terrain of human existence, bringing life, healing and hope. Grace sustains our universe and keeps it going. Grace began the day man turned against God and declared himself autonomous and free. Grace was the leather garment which covered man’s sinful nakedness…

The Gift of Suffering

A Tale of Grief Several centuries ago, there lived a wealthy man reputed to be the greatest in the ancient Near East. He was so rich he had multitudes of livestock, thousands of camels, and a vast number of servants, as well as a large family of ten children. Then one day,  everything changed. He…

On God and evil

Skeptics often point to the existence of evil as an argument against the existence of a good God. If God, a benevolent and all-powerful spiritual being exists like theists claim, how come there is so much cruelty, wickedness and outright evil in the world? Why is the world such a place where predators like in…

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…

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…

Behold, our God!

We are not autonomous; we exist for God. Therefore, it is important that we know what He is like so we can adequately relate to Him and worship Him. In the words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a popular seventeenth-century Christian teaching manual, ‘God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power,…

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…