I have been posting a lot of material on global Christian persecution. Hundreds of millions of people are facing some form of hostility because of their identification with the Messiah. The situation is far from pretty, even dire in several places. They are not mere statistics but real lives, with personal stories of suffering. It is a very uncomfortable thing and I have found we, at least in my context, just do not want to deal with it. Fortunately, for many of us persecution is something happening way out there. So there is an indifference bred in us by comfort and convenience. We often relegate it to the general suffering and injustices that go on in the world daily. Yet being Christians there are important reasons not to ignore it, the greatest in my estimation being Jesus himself. Continue reading “His Sufferings”
I have said this before but I am very grateful for Christian apologetics. It did not make me a believer and neither did it assuage any doubts. It rather provided an avenue for me to explore and be better rooted in my faith. Though I do love it, I do not talk much about it on this platform and when I do, I am often critical. In this piece I am going to be a little critical about what apologetics means and the biblical justification of it that is popularly provided by mainstream apologists.
If you have ever read or heard any reason for apologetics most people would cite 1 Peter 3:15.
…in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence (Greek apologia) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect – 1 Pet. 3:15 ESV.
They therefore say it is a biblical command to offer a rational defence of the Christian faith, an apologetic. The problem with that is for a discipline that prides itself in rational, careful thought and presentation, that is pretty sloppy exegesis of the verse. Continue reading “Apologia”
The Blogger and the Preacher
If you are a regular church goer like myself, over the years you have probably listened to hundreds if not thousands of sermons. If we are going to be honest with ourselves not all sermons are created equal. Some months back I wrote a piece about sermons which was inspired by something I learnt about C.S. Lewis which was at first a little disconcerting. He and his brother Warren enjoyed listening to sermons… and grading them. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #24”
When you are really familiar with something it is often hard to get surprised by it. When it comes to the Bible there are always new things to learn in terms of understanding what it means. Now when it comes to what is written in the text there isn’t really much new, especially if you have been reading it all your life. A few months back I was reading a fairly old article which drew my attention to something I had never seen in the text before. What was really interesting was not what was written but rather what wasn’t. Continue reading “The Truth about Evangelism”
Over a decade ago, on the cusp of my teenage years, I plunged myself head first into what I later came to know as the Charismatic Movement (CM.) I had been attending a Pentecostal church all my life but returning to my motherland after spending a good deal of my childhood in the UK reignited my interest in the Christian faith. I remember the first church service we attended in an unfinished church building in my parents’ hometown. I was struck by the freedom of expression in the service, particularly the lively music and dancing. It was so good, so infectious, I found my body beginning to rhythmically jerk and before I knew it I was dancing. I hadn’t danced in church for so long and in that moment everything felt just right about what it. Living in the West the expression of faith is politely stifled but here in Ghana you are given the utmost freedom. In some sense you’re even expected to display it. In the Ghanaian religious furnace my passion for Christian faith had been reignited and I abandoned myself to the Pentecostal flames. Continue reading “The Confessions of a Post-Charismatic Christian”