Loving Lagos

A sermon in a song I love country music. And one of my all-time favourite singers is Dolly Parton. Her 1980 hit, 9 to 5, was quite popular while growing up. And this was not just for its beautiful, upbeat tune, but the brilliant critique of modern work culture in its lyrics. Recall the first … Continue reading Loving Lagos

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Gender Equality: A Christian Reflection

At the foundation of reality is a God who is neither male nor female (John 4:24). Thus gender is not ultimate; God is. My supreme thought and concern every day should be how to know, love and please this God (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; Psalm 31:23; Matthew 22:37). A society which displaces this God from modern … Continue reading Gender Equality: A Christian Reflection

Diversity: A Christian View

Diversity is a hot-button topic today. It is as though modern society has realized that it must recognize the wide differences that exist within the human race and allow for their expression. There is an interesting description of this concept on a website linked to the University of Oregon in the United States. It reads thus: The … Continue reading Diversity: A Christian View

How Jesus turned the world upside down

The problem with the world is not its diversity - social, ethnic, or otherwise. I am white, he is black; I belong to society's elite, he is a poor farmer; I speak Yoruba, she is Fulani. No. The problem arises when love and service are left out and the elements of power and superiority are … Continue reading How Jesus turned the world upside down

Christianity and Culture (Part 3 of 3)

The chief obstacle to the Christian religion today lies in the sphere of the intellect. That assertion must be guarded against two misconceptions.   In the first place, I do not mean that most men reject Christianity consciously on account of intellectual difficulties. On the contrary, rejection of Christianity is due in the vast majority … Continue reading Christianity and Culture (Part 3 of 3)

Christianity and Culture (Part 2 of 3)

          Certain obvious advantages are connected with such a solution of the problem. In the first place, a logical advantage. A man can believe only what he holds to be true. We are Christians because we hold Christianity to be true. But other men hold Christianity to be false. Who is … Continue reading Christianity and Culture (Part 2 of 3)

Christianity and Culture (Part 1 of 3)

                   Christianity and Culture By J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) Originally published in The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11, 1913. One of the greatest of the problems that have agitated the Church is the problem of the relation between knowledge and piety, between culture and Christianity. This problem has appeared first of all in the presence of … Continue reading Christianity and Culture (Part 1 of 3)

Healing the world

My mind recalled the popular song by the late Michael Jackson. It's probably my favourite among all his songs, not only for the beauty and sweetness of its tune, but also for the compassion and appeal of its lyrics. It is the cry of one who longs for our broken planet to be put right. … Continue reading Healing the world