The Idol of Politics

    If you grew up in Africa, the word ‘idol’ immediately conjures up images of ancestors offering food items or performing rituals to some sculpted artifact or a natural feature (rocks, rivers, or trees). And your reaction would probably go like this: “Our ignorant ancestors were uneducated; that was why they could hold to…

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…

The Gospel in Armageddon

I enjoy watching movies as cultural products in which we relish much that is true, good, and beautiful, while we also discern much that is a fruit of humanity’s corrupt heart. A case in point of the two streams of falsehood and truth in the same movie is the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon. Armageddon is an example…

A Plea for Books – Christian Books

  This article was originally published as ‘Every Christian a Publisher’ by the late American pastor Ernest Reisinger (1919-2004). It is a stirring message on the key role books have played in the development of the Christian faith and the lives of believers over the ages and the role it can still play for the…

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…

Living in God’s Future – Now! by N.T. Wright

A sermon at the Easter Vigil in Durham Cathedral, Easter Morning 2009 by the former Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright. ‘If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him . . . so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ…

Removed Heads or Renewed Hearts

In the incident recorded in John 8:1-11, whereby a woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus by the Jewish religious leaders, the issue was not about the fact of the sin. Both groups, Jesus and the men, were perfectly in agreement that adultery was wrong. Jesus was not repudiating the ten commandments. The difference…

The Meaning of Easter

Easter is more than a commemoration; it is a celebration of victory. Death no longer has the final word, for it was defeated centuries ago. Each year, Christians celebrate Easter, which marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus was a Jewish religious teacher…