How grace filled my life with joy

  © February 17, 2018 |Schulter Etyang   You ought to have seen me six or seven years back. I was stoic, tense, efficient and “wise”. Wise (quote unquote) on the grounds that it was untested learning. I knew a lot since I read a great deal. I was so glad on the off-chance that you discovered I…

My Daddy’s Kisses​

© February 10, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Have you ever wronged someone, asked for forgiveness, but still felt something wasn’t right? Yes, you wronged that person. Yes, you repented and asked for forgiveness. Yes, at least in your mind you think the air has been cleared and that you could begin with a clean slate. But something…

A gospel review of Trevor Noah’s book – Born a Crime and Other Stories

© February 7, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  I have just finished reading Trevor Noah’s autobiographical non-fiction book — Born a Crime and Other Stories released in South Africa by Pan Macmillan in 2017.  The book is about his experiences as a mixed child growing up in South Africa — a child of a white European father and black African…

The gospel according to Chapati/Roti #2

© January 27, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I had to do part two of the gospel according to chapati. Why? The famous chapati is unavoidably and metaphorically Jesus and his work for us — hiding in plain sight. If there is one thing that God desires we all know is his son Jesus and his work…

The gospel according to Chapati/Roti #1

© January 16, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Growing up, chapati or roti (as its known here in South Africa) was a favorite meal in my family. My mother made chapati for us on weekends, and on special occasions such as birthdays, Easter and Christmas celebrations. When you saw her gathering the ingredients for making chapati,…

Why you need to gird your New Year’s resolution with grace

© January 13, 2018 ⎜Schulter Etyang We cannot do without New Year’s resolutions. That’s the truth. Goal setting is as old as creation itself. After God created human beings, he set goals for them — be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue and have dominion. (Genesis 1:28) Adam Alter in his book Irresistible, writes, goals ……

Why 2018 is your best year yet

By Schulter Etyang 2018 is here with us. Yes, yes, yes. Jenny and I always look forward to every new year with expectation because of the promises, blessings, and goodwill that God affords us because of what Jesus has done. To us, every year is another opportunity to receive and enjoy ALL those promises, blessings…

The face of God in a manger

By Schulter Etyang John makes this claim about Jesus  John 1:18 (BBE) No man has seen God at any time; the only Son, who is on the breast of the Father, he has made clear what God is. Was he right? Yes, he was. Not even Adam and Eve? The idea seems plausible. In the…

 Good news of great joy

By Schulter Etyang Happy story Before my father died, Christmas used to be special to our family. Christmas used to be a great time for us. My father used to come from overseas and bring us new sneakers and clothes. I think we were the first in our small town to wear the Reebok sneakers….

Changed by the greatest story ever told

By Schulter Etyang  Jeff Vanderstelt in his book Gospel Fluency says this, “All of us are living under a dominant story. We perceive the world and human interactions through the stories we know and believe.” Our lives have been shaped or are being shaped by the stories we’ve heard or keep hearing. These stories either…

How Jesus solved David’s dilemma

By Schulter Etyang David has this dilemma. His middle son has just murdered his eldest son. Absalom murdered Amnon because he raped his sister Tamar. David is then told about what happened but does nothing. His only response? Very angry! So, Absalom takes it upon himself to avenge the wrong that was done to his…

God died to marry you

Seven years ago, I was introduced to this revolutionary idea that the bible was all about Jesus. This idea that the bible was all about Jesus rattled and unraveled me. It did. Now I cannot but see Jesus and his free grace in every story, event or person in the bible. This has in many ways…