The true spirit of Christmas

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 are laid out with all sorts of…

Behold, Jesus, our Saviour!

    At the heart of the Christian worldview is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are the community of people who relate to Jesus in a certain way. While the rest of the world may admire Jesus for his moral integrity or consider him as one of the ‘greats’ of history, the Christian Church…

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 is not cheap. It made God a witness to man’s doubts, fears, and lies. Grace literally nailed God to a tree and killed him. It is the harmony of God’s justice…

A meal like no other: the significance of the Lord’s Supper

Like the Passover meal which typified it, the Lord’s Supper captures the core of God’s relationship with his people. It depicts the covenant idea, God’s fellowship with his chosen people, their dependence on Him, forgiveness of sin, and redemption through atonement. Through the medium of food, the message of the Gospel is displayed in a…

Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

Would we need government in a sinless world?

“Even in a sinless social setting, some sort of collective decision-making would be necessary for the harmonious ordering of human affairs. In a sinless world where complex activities take place, rules and regulations would have an important function. Even totally benevolent, God-glorifying human beings would have had to decide which side of the road to drive on,…

Evil: a universal problem, a Christian response

It’s everywhere.   Recently, scores of people were slaughtered in a middle belt state here in Nigeria by people believed to be herdsmen from the northern part of the country. Years ago, I lost a dear cousin to HIV. Many have also lost loved ones to cancer, malaria, and several other diseases. A hurricane swept…

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…