A World worth fighting for

There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for. Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings When I watch the above scene in the Lord of the Rings movie or read from the book, Samwise Gamgee’s remark excites me. But it also makes me ponder. How can one still believe this…

A present and future grace

1 Peter 1:8-17 After humanity’s fall, God made a promise – a promise to defeat Satan through the Seed of the woman. Satan would bite his heel, but Christ would crush his head. The promise becomes more explicit when God promised Abraham a heir through whom all the nations would he blessed. From this point…

Christmas—Its Spirit and Meaning

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables laid out with many delightful dishes and…

A Tale of two Kings

“A voice is heard in Ramah,     lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children;     she refuses to be comforted for her children,     because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15 Great sorrow attended the birth of Christ. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to…

Wakanda: A modern African dream

Wakanda is more than a literary setting, it is the cinematic vision of modern Africa, a longing for people of African descent.

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 Gospel and Human flourishing

The gospel is the means to human flourishing because it restores creation, including humans, to God’s original design. Creation was God’s act through which he brought the universe into existence. And everything was initially good. However as sin was introduced, everything changed. Humanity’s relationship with God was broken. We no longer love God with our…

Look at the cross

Psalm 22:12-18 When Christ hung on the cross, he was fulfilling what David had said several centuries earlier. He was living out the promise God had made to Abraham. And he was bringing to life that promise of conflict and victory which God had announced in the garden. At the cross, the world’s sin was judged…

Uriah: A Shadow of Christ

Most Christians are aware of the incident between King David and Bathsheba, and the resulting murder of Uriah, her husband. We recoil at Bathsheba’s abuse and the oppression of her husband by the most powerful man in the nation at the time. And we discern in the episode how easily power can corrupt and ultimately…

A Confident Hope

Gandalf, the great (but good) wizard in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, remarked to Aragorn in a conversation: “Hope is not victory.” Few seconds later he added: “I am Gandalf, Gandalf the White, but Black is mightier still.” He was alluding to the struggle which the fellowship (the team of hobbits, humans, elves, and…