In Praise of Books

It was Stephen King who said that books are a uniquely portable magic. About 400 years earlier, the English poet John Milton also noted: "A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life." And for those who may scorn old books because … Continue reading In Praise of Books

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8 Christian thinkers you should take seriously

Over the course of history, God raises people who influence the body of Christ through their ministry and writings. And of them, it can be said that even while dead, they still speak (Hebrews 11:4). Below are a few of such figures who should be taken seriously by the Christian believer today. The list is … Continue reading 8 Christian thinkers you should take seriously

A Christ-centred ministry: Book Review of ‘Spurgeon on the Christian Life’ by Michael Reeves

*Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different time and … Continue reading A Christ-centred ministry: Book Review of ‘Spurgeon on the Christian Life’ by Michael Reeves

Book Review: Business as Mission by Michael R. Baer

Can Business be more than an enterprise for the generation of profit? Is there a higher purpose to this human activity? This book argues that there is. Business as Mission, according to the author, is an attempt to "explore how companies can align with God's purpose and bring him glory." This journey flows from the … Continue reading Book Review: Business as Mission by Michael R. Baer

Book Review: A Public Faith, by Miroslav Volf

Less than 2 weeks into the new year, terrorists attacked a French publishing company, killing 12 people. We hear reports of the atrocities by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And here in Nigeria, we are fed stories of the latest Boko Haram abduction or massacre. Lest it seem like the acts of radicals are within … Continue reading Book Review: A Public Faith, by Miroslav Volf

A Note on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe  is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his … Continue reading A Note on Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’

Book Review: Mastering Monday by John Beckett

Ken Blanchard writes in the Foreword: We live in a world of either-or dichotomies, and faith and work can seem like polar opposites. But the 'sacred' and the 'secular' need not be opponents. Instead, each can shed light on the other... Reading Mastering Monday has brought me real joy. It explains in simple and profound … Continue reading Book Review: Mastering Monday by John Beckett

Book Review: A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

This is a collection of sermons on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. For those not familiar with the catechism, it is a manual for teaching christian beliefs in question and answer format. The document was produced back in the 1640s during the English Civil War and has enjoyed wide usage in the Church, especially among Christians … Continue reading Book Review: A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

Book Review: Courage and Calling, by Gordon T. Smith

This is an impressive volume that addresses an important topic. The subject of Calling is one that interests me and, I believe, so many others. And I find this book to be a helpful guide. The author is a Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Canada, provides a scriptural and reasoned look at … Continue reading Book Review: Courage and Calling, by Gordon T. Smith

Book Review: The Dangerous Duty of Delight, by John Piper

'I write this little book because the truth and beauty of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, are breathtaking.' John Piper argues in this little book that delight or joy is not an add-on to the christian life; it is of the essence of biblical Christianity. God commands us to delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). … Continue reading Book Review: The Dangerous Duty of Delight, by John Piper