THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED

“Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found, Was blind, but now I see.” For some reason this Easter I remembered how I became a Christian (Believer). If I should adduce a reason, i have a sneaking feeling it has to do with getting older. Suddenly, a new perspective emerges and you want to remember those defining moments and keep them close. I guess they also help like pills to help keep your sanity in a mad, mad world. I cannot underscore the importance of having a Conversion story enough. It marks the turning point in your life. The day you decided to choose “ye this day between life and death, between prosperity and disaster (Deuteronomy 30:15 )”. It gives...

RELIGION!

The very simple definition of Religion is the “belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a (personal)God or gods” I don’t understand us. Nigeria as a nation has been going through a testy period and is on the brink of collapse because of religion, intertwined with ethnicity. Currently, the animal kingdom doesn’t seem so savage or brutish. We seem to have adapted their killer instinct even though we are the ones supposed to be equipped with brains and a ‘heart’. For as long as I can remember religion has been a sensitive issue that has claimed an unbelievable amount of lives. I have started wondering and questioning our sanity and state of minds as human beings. This led me to sit back and rearrange my...

“CHURCH IS OVERRATED”

It is a Sunday afternoon and I am going through my timeline on Twitter when I saw a tweet which said ‘Church is overrated’. That wasn’t what caught my attention. It was the deluge of upset responses, insults and defenses that followed. One response was even directed at the father of the tweeter. The Tweeter clearly understands his audience and how to provoke a reaction. For some reason, even though we all know none of us is perfect and there is no wrong that we might not commit or even commit, our default response to anyone is to be judgmental, defensive and often unforgiving. When he made the statement I would have thought the first thing to do was to understand what he meant or where he was coming from, not start off with an offense. And...

THE TEN

    I was brushing my hair a couple of weeks ago when I saw nottwo but a rash of grey hair! I couldn’t believe it. I remember clearly knowing somehow that grey hair was for old people. The way I even perceived ‘old’ was as if it would never catch up with me. Well, I’m not 40 yet and it has! I look at President B. Obama and reckon I’m in good company. He is the leader of the free world who had come in with a nice head of curly black hair now it is speckled with grey hair. I might be as a result of leading a troublesome world but if this younger generation is greying way ahead of time then it must be a reflection of being under much more pressure at an earlier age. The strands of grey hair set me thinking. It set me on the path to get a code that...

RELIGION: THE ART OF FOLLOWING GOD

Follwing God has taken on an ominious persona the world round. In days of yore, religion was not just a mode of identification but an indication of what side of the divide you were on for helping to know how to live peaceably with each other. Now it has become the basis for which you are employed or not, a basis for being stereotyped, persecuted, a key determinate factor in politics.and a bunch of law keeping people that have lost touch with the essence of humanity! The three Abrahamic religions, which have the largest worldwide followeship, have under gone a complete make over that they are no longer recognisable. Well in certain aspects. Each of the world’s recognised religions preaches peace, tolerance, sanctity of life and a hope for eternity but...

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