The Gift in Hard Times
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A Tale of Grief Several centuries ago, there lived a wealthy man reputed to be the greatest in the ancient Near East. He was so rich he had multitudes of livestock, thousands of camels, and a vast number of servants, as well as a large family of...

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Humans or Helps?
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  A recent Facebook post by the Zambian pastor, Conrad Mbewe, celebrating his domestic help of over 20 years, garnered over 4,000 likes and nearly 800 comments. Most responses commented not just on the lady’s rare dedication but also...

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Sacred or Secular
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There is a wedge in our thinking. We see reality as consisting of two sections: a ‘sacred’ part where we have God, the Bible, Worship, or Salvation, and a ‘secular’ compartment where we live our ‘real’ lives...

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Praying for My Enemies
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  “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)   Probably every believer knows that Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies. But how should we go about it?   First, we should realize that as Christians we...

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Searching for Dignity
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My culture is on a perpetual quest for dignity. We want to be regarded, respected and valued. We teach children to respect their elders (and rightly so). Unfortunately, we often tie a person’s dignity to his or her wealth, possessions, or...

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Oriki Mi (My Oriki)
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In the Yoruba worldview, the individual’s identity is closely tied to the community. It might be said of a person that ‘the community is, therefore, I am.’ Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem celebrating...

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