All you need to do is switch on your TV set at prime time and you will be discouraged about the state of our country, our poor beloved Kenya. Corruption is out of control. Impunity seems the order of the day as those in power evade justice over and over and over again. The opposition is … Continue reading Why Voter Apathy is Not an Option
Author: Ngare Kariuki
How To Legally Access Movies in Kenya
The ease with which one can access movies and music on the internet has made online piracy one of the hardest plagues for media owners and users to fight. For many of us Kenyans, we have that "movie guy" who always hooks you up with the latest movies and episodes of your favorite shows (for … Continue reading How To Legally Access Movies in Kenya
Dear Kenyan, Your Vote is Not The Answer
Fellow Kenyans, I know we are all rushing at the last minute to register to vote. Some of us have been too busy at work to find time to visit a registration station, and that's understandable. Some of us have just not prioritised the process. That's also understandable... sometimes. Kudos to those who have registered, … Continue reading Dear Kenyan, Your Vote is Not The Answer
A Letter to Kenyan Pastors
What will you do when the politicians come knocking this Sunday? Dear Pastor, He will be visiting your church this Sunday, but he won’t be a stranger. You have seen him on television and read about him in the newspaper countless times. You have never met him, but you probably know him better than some of … Continue reading A Letter to Kenyan Pastors
Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word Father? You’ve probably never needed to, because it seems so obvious… so self-evident. I used to think so too, until recently. I was going through a “dark-night-of-the-soul” period where I found it difficult to pray. For some reason, it just stopped making sense speaking to … Continue reading My Father
Reading the Bible for the First Time… Again
Sometimes I wonder if the Bible we have is less divine than it’s often hyped up to be. Like many of you, I grew up on the Bible. My family wasn’t particularly religious, but we weren’t that irreligious either. As far as I can tell, my dad never stepped into a church, yet it seems he … Continue reading Reading the Bible for the First Time… Again
Why I am Not Praying for Haiti
It started after the first recent major terror attack on Paris. The Charlie Hebdo attack. My social media timelines were riddled with slogans and memes of “Je Suis Charlie”. The phrase was a hashtag, it was a slogan, it was a prayer. “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) quickly became a way to identify with … Continue reading Why I am Not Praying for Haiti
One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held … Continue reading One Solitary Life
Book Review: Love Bila Regrets
I have been in a dating relationship for almost six months, and Lord willing, I will be getting married some time later in the year (Update: I have been married for two years now, and a father of one). I thank God for my relationship, largely because I have experienced His grace, mercy and loving … Continue reading Book Review: Love Bila Regrets
Where is God in Esther?
The book of Esther is famous for being the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Where is God in Esther? Is He just working "behind the scenes", inferred and "providential", rather than explicit? And is the God of Esther the God of the gospel that we believe in as Christians? I … Continue reading Where is God in Esther?
Church 101: A Senior Pastor’s First Message to the Church
My church got a new senior pastor last Sunday. Actually, he’s been around for quite a while (at least five years) as the Associate Pastor. But Ken Mbugua officially became the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church on October 18th, 2015. His first message will remain etched in my mind for a long time. Not … Continue reading Church 101: A Senior Pastor’s First Message to the Church
Do You Love Your Job?
Do you love your job? Are you doing what you love? Are you pursuing your passion? If you have answered "yes" to all the three questions, then good for you. You are one of the lucky ones. The harsh reality of life is that we don't always get what we want, and we don't always … Continue reading Do You Love Your Job?
When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer
“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV) The difference between demons and the children of God is not in their "beliefs", but in their "lives". God demands PERFECT obedience. So does this mean that we are to always do right and never fail or fall … Continue reading When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer
Why I (Sort of) Support the SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage
Christians in the US did not lose the culture war when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage – because Christians have never won any culture war. In fact, I dare say Christians are not even expected to, let alone commanded to, win culture wars. Let me explain. For centuries, the “church” has enjoyed the … Continue reading Why I (Sort of) Support the SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage
What Do You Want To Do In Life?
I was going through my 2007 journal the other day and I came across an interesting entry. On January 3, 2007, I found myself grappling with the possibility that I may not be cut out to be an Engineer. I was in the second semester of my second year in college studying Civil Engineering, with … Continue reading What Do You Want To Do In Life?
I Don’t Sin, I Make Mistakes
I have always wanted to write a book about being wrong. Not about the “idea” of being wrong, but a biographical account of the many times I have "done" wrong. Because there are so many times I have found myself doing things that are morally deplorable. Things I am embarrassed to admit, and I guess … Continue reading I Don’t Sin, I Make Mistakes
A Timely and Timeless Warning by Pastor Musyimi
I work on every other weekend, and last Sunday was one of those working days. But I found myself with nothing much to do and after writing a few stories, I stepped out of the office for a walk. I ended up at Mamlaka Hill Chapel (MHC), on Mamlaka Road, just a few minutes from … Continue reading A Timely and Timeless Warning by Pastor Musyimi
In Defense of Self Esteem and Other Self-Help Needs
I am currently reading one of those books that people read in secret. You know, those books that would make us look bad and weak and inadequate if people saw them on our shelves? The title of the book does little to help my ego: How to Win Friends and Influence People. You are probably already drawing inferences about … Continue reading In Defense of Self Esteem and Other Self-Help Needs
Pat Robertson – A Warning
Over the weekend Kenyans on Twitter went to town with their sarcastic prowess after a clip of Pat Robertson saying one can catch AIDS from towels in Kenya went viral. Mr Robertson was responding to a viewer's question on last Thursday's episode of The 700 Club. The anonymous viewer was worried about the Ebola epidemic and wanted to … Continue reading Pat Robertson – A Warning
A Biblical Example of a “Healing Service”
Did you know there is a healing service in the Bible? Actually, it is a healing and deliverance service and it is even Pentecostal. You have probably read the passage dozens of times but have never thought about it as an example of a healing service. The possibility that the first idea of a "healing" ministry or … Continue reading A Biblical Example of a “Healing Service”