"These street kids are everywhere these days, it is like an infestation." Those were the words that left my lips last Saturday at our weekly community group meeting. A few gasps followed the sentence, and then nervous laughter. Someone volunteered an explanation: "we have a doctor in the room, and the word 'infestation' carries a lot of … Continue reading How To Deal With Those Pesky Beggar Kids in Nairobi
Author: Ngare Kariuki
When Being Honest and Sincere is a Bad Thing
"What matters is that you are sincere" sounds like good advise, and it is, as we shall see in a moment. But it can also be the worst advise to give anyone. God does, indeed, want us to be sincere about what we do. A common dictionary definition of sincere is "free from pretense or … Continue reading When Being Honest and Sincere is a Bad Thing
What Is So Wrong With Positive Thinking?
Why do so many people (myself included) like to bash prosperity preachers? As a friend recently asked me after I posted a critique on a sermon by Creflo Dollar: "Cornell, what do you have against the man?" Before I respond to that question, three corrections:We (whoever we are) actually don't "like" to bash prosperity preachers. (at … Continue reading What Is So Wrong With Positive Thinking?
Don’t Be An Upcoming Gospel Artiste
It happens all the time. You hear a given phrase over and over and you get used to it and you never notice anything odd or weird about it. And then one day it hits you. You may have even used the phrase in conversation, until this day when someone says it and you were a bit … Continue reading Don’t Be An Upcoming Gospel Artiste
Lyrical Review: Kanjii Mbugua’s Rauka [Album]
Does God have a favorite type of music? Many people are convinced God is into hymns. Others argue that God loves rock music, but leans more towards soft rock, you know, the Casting Crowns type of music. God is definitely into Hillsong. Surely, He must love the Gospel RnBs. We know He can't love Hip … Continue reading Lyrical Review: Kanjii Mbugua’s Rauka [Album]
A Glimpse of How Creflo Dollar Twisted the Bible in Nairobi
Renowned American preacher, Dr Creflo Dollar, recently concluded his three day speaking engagement in Nairobi. He had been invited to the country by Deliverance Church Kenya, under Bishop Mark Kariuki. Dollar spoke on various topics, the most publicized being "Love, Sex and Relationships". Now, many things have been said about Dollar's visit. A brief scan through … Continue reading A Glimpse of How Creflo Dollar Twisted the Bible in Nairobi
The Problem With God’s Goodness
"Should guilty people be punished?" is too abstract a question.If someone asked me such a question, I will need more information. What was the nature of the crime? Did the person do it ignorantly? Was he malicious? What damage did his actions do to other people? Has the person owned up to the crime? Is he … Continue reading The Problem With God’s Goodness
Is the Bible a Work of Plagiarism?
I came across this interesting comic on the web (below). A teacher gave her students the following assignment: What is the "Golden Rule" and its source? The answers she got from her students are quite telling. In fact, many atheists use this example to illustrate why they think the Bible is not the Word of God but … Continue reading Is the Bible a Work of Plagiarism?
To Forgive or Not to Forgive (Yourself)?
Guilt. It is a joy sapping, energy draining and hope crushing feeling. Guilt can imprison you in the past and make you unable to move forward. It will make you doubt yourself and even write yourself off. I know this because I have been guilty. Or rather, I have felt guilty. To BE guilty is a statement … Continue reading To Forgive or Not to Forgive (Yourself)?
FOLLOW ME. Two words that sound so simple yet are so radical. Actually, they sound foolish. If someone came to me and asked me to leave my job and family and "follow me", I would first like to know what he is offering and whether it, not he, is worth following. The sages of history gave … Continue reading FOLLOW ME
Why I Don’t Believe in Miracles
The year was 2006, I was in my first year of college and just a few months into salvation. My friend, Mark Masai, was visiting me at the "Prefabs" hostels. On this particular day, he needed a data cable to transfer some photos from his phone into my computer. I had lent mine to another friend. … Continue reading Why I Don’t Believe in Miracles
Lights, Camera, Action!
In a way, we are all Public Relations officers. We spend most of our time managing and manipulating appearances. We care too much what people think about us. And of course it is not wrong to care what people think of us. Jesus calls us to be a light to the world. The salt of … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action!
You Don’t Need God to be Good [By a Christian]
Kamau wa Kibe does not believe in God. In fact, He doesn't believe there is such a thing as a god. He is an atheist and he believes he can do good all by himself. Mary Wangari is a Christian and she believes human beings can only do bad by themselves. She believes that you need … Continue reading You Don’t Need God to be Good [By a Christian]
The Storm Rages On…
On this day five months ago, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes, and I placed the rock on her finger. A few weeks later, at the beginning of this year, I stood before a group of fellow Christian journalists at our monthly Inter-Media Fellowship meeting and … Continue reading The Storm Rages On…
What Does Sex Sell?
Sex sells. There is no doubt about that. Let a semi-nude (semi-naked?) woman pose next to a car and men will suddenly be interested. Ensure your TV show has some steamy scenes and a romantic (lusty) storyline or two involving the protagonist, and your audience will be hooked. Use a sexually tantalizing image to advertise … Continue reading What Does Sex Sell?
What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Joy at a funeral, this is the most important post I have ever written.
Lingala Ya Yesu: A Song About Music
After topping the 2013 charts with his collabo with Mwenyehaki, Wanajua, Pitson started out 2014 by releasing another catchy tune in Lingala ya Yesu (The Lingala of Jesus). I may be three months late in reviewing the song, but the mark of a great song is its timelessness. The lyrics to Lingala ya Yesu are self-explanatory. … Continue reading Lingala Ya Yesu: A Song About Music
Reaching the Lost at Any Cost
Nowadays, it seems more important to please the world than to please the church (please note I said please the "church" not please "God") -- even though the Bible says we should prioritize those in the household of faith. We don't care if our conservative brothers are stumbling all over our creative freedom. The important thing … Continue reading Reaching the Lost at Any Cost
Pray for Persecuted Muslims
Muslims are dying in Central African Republic (CAR). Actually, people have been dying in the country for weeks now. Nothing new there, people die all the time. But reports say that these Muslims are dying in the hands of Christians. Innocent men and women are being massacred, not because of any crime they have committed, … Continue reading Pray for Persecuted Muslims
Loving the Enemies We Make
It is an assumption we always make when we read bible passages about loving our enemies, turning the other cheek and blessing those who persecute us. We assume that we are always the victims. When we read such passages, we tend to see ourselves as the innocent target to the slap or the accusation or … Continue reading Loving the Enemies We Make