Theological foundations for youth ministry

"Passy (pastor), isn't Moses the one who wrote Deuteronomy?" A teenager genuinely asked me during a teens discipleship programme in April 2019 in the city of Nairobi, in a peri-urban town about twenty minutes by public transport from the Central Business District. Because of our Presbyterian esteem of God's Word, I hesitantly responded, "yes, Moses…

Making Sense of Suffering

"You haven't heard what has happened?" This is a response that causes the hairs on my nape to rise. I received it in March, after the plane carrying my uncle from a business trip in Italy went down in Ethiopia, leaving no survivors. It is a response I received less than a year ago through…

Youth Culture, Gospel and Mission

What should the church in Africa be ultimately concerned with? This is a question that consumes me. The reason is that I think because the Church is the Steward of the gospel, true transformation in the lives of Africans depends on it. Today, this exploration was deepened through a public lecture at the Hekima Institute…

Being African, From Africa

"This sound is heard  in Somalia, Sudan and Senegal it is heard in Gambia Ghana and Gabon in Niger, Nigeria and Namibia in Madagascar, Mali and Morocco it is heeeaard, in Zimbabwe, and indeed in mother Zambia" Their sound blasted through the atmosphere, reaffirming and retracing their African identity. Their attire was as colorful as…

A Pastor’s Letter to Himself

Dear . . . , I know you doubt yourself sometimes, but remember God's voice and gifts are irrevocable. I know you face many battles, but the greatest battle is the fight of the gospel in your own heart. I know that you sometimes have to wear many hats, but remember that Christ crowns your…

Has the Church Lost its Mission?

A variety of occurrences have precipitated this reflection. Kenyan headlines have run amock with several state injustices. Solai dam collapse has led to the loss of many lives, with promises of investigation reflecting empty rhetoric. Elsewhere, student unrest due to mismanagement and misappropriation of funds led to boycotts and eventual shutdown of a prominent private…

Be Famous, For Christ

Twitter handles and timelines are making us famous. They uncover what we truly love. They are laying our hearts bear for what is there. I happened to come across the trailer of Paul the Apostle (2018) on someone's timeline and managed to watch the movie yesterday. It reminded me of a great line that I…