Thinking aloud

Maybe we needed to be slowed down.

Maybe we needed to be slowed down.

This evening while playing badminton with my wife at home, we sat on the balcony and watched others play, as we talked, she reminded me that this was the third day in a row we have played. Very unusual. But she loved it. The typical us are always busy – and what keeps us busy…

Rethinking how your church collects offering

Rethinking how your church collects offering

No pastor wants to lead a church that is financially struggling. Limited funds mean you can do less ministry and reach less people – except your church is a different kind that doesn’t pay bills. Your church is a non-profit organization because it runs and operates on the offerings (free will donations) of its members….

There is always a reason to worry.

There is always a reason to worry.

Did they ever tell you that there was “no reason to worry”? Then someone has told you a lie. There will always be a reason to worry. Just like there will always be reason to lie, to steal or to cheat, but you refuse to do those despite the many ‘reasons’ to, in the same…

Survival Crunch Vs Faith Ideals: The Toll Collector at Port Harcourt Airport

Survival Crunch Vs Faith Ideals: The Toll Collector at Port Harcourt Airport

I sat behind the taxi as the driver raced from the city of Port Harcourt heading for the airport. I wasn’t even sure I was going to catch my flight to Lagos that afternoon. I had just finished teaching one of the final sessions at a 3 day Leadership conference in Port Harcourt and had…

Planting Churches is Not Making Disciples

Planting Churches is Not Making Disciples

Preamble We know that what Jesus came to do on earth was not to start a religion but to establish a Kingdom, basically a new pattern of living, with different sets of values and allegiance to a different authority. This is why when He was leaving He said “Go into the entire world and make…

It all boils down to pastors (part 1)

It all boils down to pastors (part 1)

Recently, I was visiting with a friend in a city in North-Eastern Nigeria, and he was telling me of his experiences at work. He works for the state government and was seconded to an internationally funded project from his office. This project was to take them to various communities to embark on several water, sanitation…

This African Perception of Meat…

This African Perception of Meat…

Many times I would drive into a fast food to buy a plate of food, and the piece of chicken on the plate alone would cost as much as N700. I would still buy it, eat and finish it in one sitting. Comon, it’s just lunch. Sometimes, I would buy my favourite yogurt which is…

The shallowness of grandlessness.

The shallowness of grandlessness.

This evening, I sat looking at the family picture of a dear friend. We go a few years back together, back on campus I knew him to be quite influential in his own little circle. He had some music skills but did want to forfeit a corporate career for anything, not even music. Today, roughly 8 years…

You can’t have a ‘head’ and claim there is no God

You can’t have a ‘head’ and claim there is no God

I am fully convinced that anyone who has gotten to the point of doubting the existence of God has truly lost his capacity to think. This is because everything around us and in us are screaming, shouting, pointing and showing the existence of one whom our minds cannot fully comprehend. And I think that’s the…

Do we fold our hands as Nigerians become refugees in their country?

Do we fold our hands as Nigerians become refugees in their country?

In the last few weeks, I have found it extremely hard to close my eyes to and ignore some of the extreme realities that face me and sound through my phone on a daily basis. William Wilberforce is known to have said “after seeing all these, you can choose to look the other way, but…

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