Why do we think everything is A-OK? In previous posts I have argued that scripture never guarantees the faith will continue in a particular part of the world, much less the syncretic, culturally adulterated version we have in Ghana. Continue reading “Why we think cultural Christianity in Ghana will last”
In the first part described the church as a social group. It is certainly no less than that but it is definitely more and it is that which should make us even more wary of complacency. We are not a mere social club but the church of the living God. Of course many Christians are aware of that but wrongly conclude that the church they are in is safe. ‘Surely, if this is something God himself has ordained it will last forever,’ they reason. Even though Jesus faced trouble and told his disciples to expect the same, they will point to passages like he will build his church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. As I will demonstrate, this line of thought is theologically flawed on several accounts. Continue reading “Why cultural Christianity in Ghana will not last (P. II)”
A few weeks ago I wrote an article saying that if we continue in the direction we are currently heading, the Ghanaian church in the future could collapse. When discussing it with my friends they were quite incredulous to say the least. One thought I was being quite ridiculous. As I defended my position it came down to two sets of related arguments that is, historical reasons and theological reasons for why we should at least entertain the possibility. You can see my historical arguments in summary threshed out in a previous post using major examples of like Europe and the Middle East, which have ancient Christian heritages which today are in danger. History and learning from it are central to the biblical narrative so I am certain the ominous words of George Santayana ring especially true for the believer, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ Continue reading “Why cultural Christianity in Ghana will not last”
I have been thinking about evolution and its relationship to Christianity for a while. Over the past couple of months I began to see how compatible and in fact complimentary sound biblical theology and the theory of evolution are. In this brief address for the 2017 BioLogos conference, N.T. Wright connects the final dots and shows how surprisingly we should have anticipated the amazing harmony all along, right in the pages of scripture! Continue reading “God and Evolution”
Almost every Christian and almost every church has recited the Apostles Creed. I am not against this. But let me ask you a question: If you read this creed, how much would you find out about the humanity of Jesus? While there is a mentioning of his death under Pilate and his burial as well, […]
Recently, I have been learning quite a fair bit about orthodox tradition and liturgy. Interestingly, on the liturgical calendar after Eastertide, we count the days as the “X” day of the week after Pentecost. So the first Sunday after Pentecost, the second Sunday after Pentecost, so on and so forth. That is how the days are reckoned till you get to Advent. In a sense time is measured by Pentecost. Now the Paschal season is over, we are in that period after Pentecost and reflecting on it time indeed has forever been altered since. Continue reading “From Via Dolorosa to Azusa Street”
The nation is again in shock and outrage, this time over the murder of military officer, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama. He was attacked, killed and his remains burnt by a lynch mob who mistook him for a thief during the deceased’s morning jog. He had actually been stationed in Diaso, a small town in the Central Region of Ghana, as part of an anti-galamsey task force. A few weeks ago I talked about how galamsey, illegal small scale mining, threatened to prevent ordinary Ghanaians from having affordable access to clean drinking water if it was not stopped immediately. It’s chilling how all sorts of evil are aggregating around that particular evil.
Apart from the young soldier who was killed being on the frontlines in the battle against the menace which has raised such a raucous public outcry, it is the visuals that has caused such a visceral public reaction. There is video footage and photo evidence of the brutal crime circulating on social media contrasted with pictures of the victim before his gruesome demise. There is a particular image of him which is so heart wrenching. It is a family picture of him with his wife and two young children. Everything about the picture is so idyllic; a young, handsome well-built man surrounded by his beautiful and happy family. The fact that he was robbed of this in doing something dutiful and patriotic over senseless mob violence has touched the Ghanaian public to the core. However, lynching and mob action is something that is all too common in our part of the world. Continue reading “Systemic Injustice and the Church”