Wakanda: A Modern African Dream

  Wakanda Forever!  When Marvel Studio's Black Panther was released in 2018, it earned $75.8 million on its opening day. Since then, the movie has earned a total of $1.347 billion worldwide, is on record as the ninth-highest grossing film of all time, and is the highest grossing film by a black director. An engrossing blockbuster, … Continue reading Wakanda: A Modern African Dream

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Rejoicing in persecution

1 Peter 4:12-16 According to Open Doors, 11 Christians are killed daily for their decision to follow Christ. In North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and several other countries, it is extremely difficult to be a Christian. Believers are attacked by both the state and Islamist groups. Systematic killings of Christians have also been ongoing in … Continue reading Rejoicing in persecution

The grace of humility

1 Peter 5:6-11 Humility is a Christian grace. It is a quality which makes us much like Christ and so unlike the world. And it is a grace which yields more grace. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (v. 5) Why does God oppose the proud? Because the proud person is … Continue reading The grace of humility

A Tale of two kings

Jeremiah 31:15 The birth of Christ was attended by great sorrow. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. Why? He learnt a new king had been born there and he didn't want a rival. Years earlier, Jeremiah had described the sorrow felt … Continue reading A Tale of two kings

Remember Judas

Matthew 27:3 I wonder what Judas thought. He changed his mind when he saw that Jesus was condemned. What was he thinking? Did he think the Jewish rulers merely wanted a word with Christ? He cheapened Christ, betraying him for thirty pieces of silver. He obviously saw no value in Christ beyond the monetary gain … Continue reading Remember Judas

Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like 'water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert' (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame … Continue reading Already and Not-yet

Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

    In the Yoruba worldview, an individual's identity is closely tied to the community. It might be said of a person that 'the community is, therefore I am.' Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts … Continue reading Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

The problem of evil: 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 through … Continue reading The problem of evil: a Christian response

Making sense of the world

We are confronted with various ills in the world today. Terrorists murder hapless individuals in Afghanistan and Nigeria. A young British soldier is mercilessly butchered in his own country. A man kills his own mother for ritual purposes. These are the ones that make headlines. But what about the less publicized but equally true occurrences? … Continue reading Making sense of the world

The Active Obedience of Christ

What did Christ accomplish for the elect? The Bible teaches that through Him all who believe obtain pardon and righteousness (Acts 10:43; Rom. 5:9-11). Our sins were imputed to him as he lay on the cross and so we have pardon. Through his blood our guilt is washed away. But what about righteousness, how did … Continue reading The Active Obedience of Christ