ON BABIES AND BATHWATERS

There’s a lot of talk in the Christian circles these days about the place of skepticism, criticism and controversy in the church. Many theological (and “maturity”) camps have found ways of justifying their positions and being comfortable in them. Those who criticize a given cultural practice are met with stern opposition and statements like “never criticize what God is blessing” or “do not touch the Lord’s anointed.” On the other hand, those who choose not to question anything are dismissed as irrelevant and docile, liberals at best, antinomian at worst. Ironically, it is the latter group that is often at the forefront of criticizing the critical. They are tolerant everyone except the intolerant. I’ve been thinking about all this mess, especially since I have found myself in the midst of it one too many times.

Today, however, I want to examine a common expression that is often used to dismiss criticism, the expression, “do not throw out the baby with the bathwater.” Continue reading ON BABIES AND BATHWATERS

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Generation X

It’s time for True believers to get on their knees and pray for this generation.
It’s time for prayerful believers to scar their knees for this, our nation.

The devil is slowly perfecting his camouflage and we cannot see him with our natural eyes.
In the name of feigned spirituality and depth, he’s feeding us supernatural lies.
Satan doesn’t need to curse in his lyrics, he has replaced every cuss word with a God word.
The devil has infiltrated the ministry, made it an industry, diluted and deleted God’s Word. Continue reading Generation X

When a Perfect Father Delights in Imperfect Children

Do you only get impressed by celebrity pastors, famous scholars or authors, renowned rappers and other “big” names? Do you often struggle to applaud something your local pastor or unimpressive colleague says, no matter how profound it may sound? Instead, d you find it easier to share and recognize something your favorite celebrity said, no matter how unoriginal or lame it was? I do.  I confess that I seldom get impressed by people whose popularity (or lack thereof) doesn’t “deserve” my applause or recognition. It is a point of pride in my life that I repent about quite often. Continue reading When a Perfect Father Delights in Imperfect Children

Bridal Showers – Are They Really of God?

Have you ever read something and found yourself saying, “I wish I had written that,” or “my thoughts exactly!”? Well, this happens to be one of those moments for me. A friend of mine asked me the other day why I have not yet written on dating (or courtship) relationships on my blog. I told him that I, too, had the same question. It is therefore with great pleasure that I begin by sharing with you this post by Shiro wa Gitosh. She has been thinking about the cultural practice of bridal showers, and their biblical implications. Let me just say beforehand that, her insights hit home in very effective ways. It is time we all thought through some of the things that have become so commonplace in our “Christian Culture”. Boys, you can replace “bridal shower” with “bachelor party” and all the girly words with boy ones. Read on: Continue reading Bridal Showers – Are They Really of God?

Do You Like God?

It sounds like a trick question, doesn’t it? But have you ever thought about the implications of using such words as “friend” or “father” when describing your relationship with God? It is easy to imagine God as Creator – a domineering one for that matter. But, a friend? That’s almost irreverent. We love hanging out with friends. We can spend a whole day with our friends doing nothing but enjoying each other’s company. We buy gifts for our friends on their birthdays, not because we are supposed to, but simply because we like them. Making our friends happy makes us happy.

I find myself quite often having a rigid and “business-like” relationship with God. Oftentimes its like a bad marriage, you’re only there because you’re supposed to be there. Prayer gets laborious as the study of God’s word gets more mechanic. I am not sure I always like God, not as much as I should anyway. Continue reading Do You Like God?

Why Atheists and Unbelievers Have it Easy (for now…)

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Continue reading Why Atheists and Unbelievers Have it Easy (for now…)

Why Are You Afraid? Insecurity in Kenya

The number of deaths from Sunday’s bomb attack on a matatu in Eastleigh has risen to 9. Those injured are in their dozens. Chaos has erupted in the affected neighborhoods as accusatory fingers are pointed by members of one neighborhood across the fence from another neighborhood. I have now lost count of the number of similar attacks that have taken place in the last two years, one of which took place 100 meters from where I was standing. I remember a time when terrorist threats were a strange phenomenon in Kenya. The 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy in Nairobi had rocked the city and the country. The memories of the dead are not just carved on stone at the Memorial park; they are also etched upon the hearts of family and friends. Continue reading Why Are You Afraid? Insecurity in Kenya