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…

Our persecuted Northern Nigerian brethren

Living in the relatively calm southern part of Nigeria often makes us oblivious to the terrible suffering and persecution faced by fellow Christians just to the north of the country. Hostility, starvation, rape, and forced conversions are the fare of so many. And yet we often do nothing. My friend, Pastor Femi Osunnuyi, recently brought…

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…

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…

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…

Nigeria needs more religion, not less

Nigeria is a very religious nation. With an almost equal distribution between the two major religions of Islam and Christianity, it is one of the few countries where the major religions have an almost equal number of adherents. According to the Pew Research Center, Christianity and Islam claim the allegiance of 49.3% and 48.8% of the…

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,…

Nigeria is not Jerusalem

I often hear Christian individuals and preachers read scriptural prophecies about Israel or the Church (e.g. Isaiah 62) and apply them to Nigeria, as though Nigeria is God’s covenant people. This is a misapplication of scripture and it obscures its message. While it is proper to pray for our country, it is mistaken to assume…

The First Task of the Nigerian Church

The first task of the Church in Nigeria is not to advocate for human rights, cry out against corruption, or jostle for an audience in the media. Our principal task is to develop and articulate  a Christian worldview. For the past several decades, we have done all the above and we are still doing them….

Growing up in Kano

“Teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:12) I spent my early childhood in the Northern Nigerian city of Kano (sadly, I didn’t learn more than a few Hausa words and phrases!). It was an interesting place. Memories of walking in the neighbourhood, with the dry breeze blowing in my face, still pop up in…