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…

Exploring Distorted Gospels in Africa

While some churches enjoy a healthy diet of gospel truth, many others in Africa are malnourishing Christ’s chosen people. Because the body is very dynamic, it can get used to bad diet. Unfortunately, bad diets have an uncanny way of eating the body from inside, leading to health problems. Starvation could follow, which can eventually…

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…

5 reasons I thank God for the Nigerian Church

Let me be clear: the Nigerian Church* is weak. And I believe it is a problem that extends beyond this nation to the entire African continent and even across the globe. It is a loss of the potency of the gospel as a life-altering, culture-shaping, and society-transforming message. I have written about this here, here,…

An Invitation to Oddity

“If you want a religion to make you comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis There is an idea abroad that faith in Christ opens up the doors to abundance, success and all round good health. We have bought into the notion that becoming a Christian is a ticket to peace, comfort,…

Announcing: GospelStory

What is this about? GospelStory is a devotional challenge to immerse ourselves in the narrative of redemption as found in the Bible over a period of 30 days. It will take place throughout the month of December 2017. A schedule of personal and communal readings will be observed during this period, walking every participant through…

Does your past still haunt you?

Everyone has a past – moral failings which blot our life histories like blue ink on a white shirt. Outbursts of rage, episodes of immoral behaviour, illicit relationships, lifestyles of violence and aggression, and dark secrets shut out from the prying ears of friends and neighbours. These hang around our necks and minds, pulling our…