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….

The challenge of worldliness

As a young Christian, when I heard the world ‘worldliness’, what often comes to mind is listening to ‘secular’ music, putting on fashionable and trendy clothing, delighting in non-Christian movies and books, enjoying the company of non-Christian friends, and so on. The community I grew up in typically frowned upon these and discouraged them as…

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…

To invest or not to invest

    One of my connections on LinkedIn raised a suggestion that rather than converting a disused factory into a worship centre, it would be more ‘strategic’ for the Gospel and helpful to people for Christian entrepreneurs to acquire the production facility, commit resources to it and keep it afloat. Below is a dissenting opinion…

Not a drop

I sang Nathaniel Bassey’s beautiful song Onise Iyanu over the weekend. Early Monday morning, I quietly hummed it while preparing for work. But along the line, these words struck me:   You have shown me so much mercy, Much more than I deserve And I began reflecting on the theological implications of those words ‘I…

The Gospel and the Lagos Worker

In his helpful book Mastering Monday, John Beckett identifies five themes which should be considered in our attempt to demonstrate God’s kingdom in the workplace. They are Purpose, Values, People, Stewardship, and Serving. These all are nurtured by the Gospel. The Gospel gives us a clear purpose for our work; we serve Christ and extend…

An American Dream, a Nigerian Lesson

Several years ago, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He stood there not to preach nor to campaign, but to share a dream – a dream inspired by the belief that all men are created in God’s image and are therefore equal. His thought and civil action…

Who is the Church?

Much of the church suffers from an identity crisis. We don’t know who we really are. Are we just a group of people who meet on Sundays? A Jesus’ fan club? Or a  gathering of holy people who do not wish to be soiled by their sinful neighbours? This interesting paragraph from Rich Lusk is…

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…