Month: September 2018

The Haman in all of us and how Jesus​ frees us from him

© September 27, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In all of us is a Haman. Haman? Who is Haman? Haman in Jewish folklore is the man who plotted against the Jews, to destroy them. He hated the Jewish people and conjured a plan to have all of them destroyed. His real irk, however, was against Mordecai. Haman had been promoted by the king and had a seat above all princes. Whenever the king’s servant saw him they would bow down before him to show respect. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he became mad. And it’s at this point when he came up with a plan to destroy the Jews – a  plan that was later sanctioned by the king. This same scene plays itself out later. Haman was invited to the palace to a banquet. He was the main guest. As he left the party, he saw Mordecai sitting at the palace gate, not standing up or trembling …

How Jesus humbles, affirms and authenticates our heritage

© September 24, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In South Africa, September 24th is Heritage Day – also known as Shaka’s Day or National Braai day. It’s a public holiday. On Heritage Day, we acknowledge and celebrate the ethnic, racial and cultural heritage of the diverse populace of our nation.  The day has a feel-good factor about it. We don our different cultural attires, speak our languages, and many celebrate the day with a traditional meal. The different shades of South Africa come alive on this day.

Prisoners of hope in a bad news world

© September 20, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Recently, I had the not so enviable and challenging task of trying to convince a Christian about God’s goodness. I tell you, this person was negative, cynical and bitter. Their words were incendiary and their emotions all over the place. Their kids are acting up and they are blaming everyone for their misery. Me trying to convince them that God is good and that God is fighting their corner didn’t end well. The accusation was thrown at me that I had not experienced what they are going through. The reason why I indicate this person is a Christian is the irony they embodied – they are of the faith that professes good news in a cynical world, and yet, they are as cynical as the world they live in. And as Jenny would tell you, I don’t back down from such fights. I take them on, sometimes, to the detriment of the situation or even relationship. I cannot stand Christians who are negative and cynical. Why? They confuse …

God’s I WILL in the law and God’s I WILL in the gospel and why it matters

© September 14, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, in order for you to know and understand the Christian faith, you need to get somebody who is able to rightly divide the Bible and its contents for you. I cannot emphasize this point enough. It is crucial, even lifesaving, that you understand the Bible, to then properly apply its teachings. If the Bible is misunderstood, it can lead to untold suffering. Yes, it can. The Bible in the hands of a novice will become an Uzi submachine gun – a novice with trigger happy fingers, ready to shoot and kill at will. The Bible, on the other hand, in the hands of a gospel centered expert, will become a well spring of joy. When the Bible is properly understood, it can lead to unspeakable joy and delight.

You are beautiful

© September 12, 2018| Schulter Etyang On the day of our wedding, Jenny and her bridesmaids, booked a chalet. The chalet was next to the chapel where our wedding ceremony took place. Jenny booked the chalet so that it could be easier for her to get ready and walk a short distance to the chapel. The next time I saw Jenny was when Robert, her eldest brother, walked her down the aisle. When I saw her, I was stunned. She was a different person. Who is this person, I asked? She had on an all white wedding gown. Her hair had been done well. She was adorned with costly jewelry. Her skin was radiant. The perfume she had on smelled like heaven. She was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen in my entire life. Not even the babes in Playboy magazine or FHM could match her beauty. She was exquisite. She was beautiful.

How to leverage grace for the good of others

© September 3, 2018 | Schulter Etyang The king had a bad dream. He was so troubled he couldn’t sleep. He then ordered all his wise men, magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and soothsayers to tell him about the dream. The only catch was this – he refused to tell them the details of the dream. That was bad. Even worse, if they couldn’t tell the dream and its interpretation, he threatened to destroy them and their families, however, he would reward them with gifts, rewards and great honour, if they got it right. These guys then tried to negotiate with the king about the impossibility of such a task, and ended up infuriating him further such that he ordered that they are destroyed. So the command went out and some were killed. Daniel and his friends were also to be killed. But Daniel was shrewd. He spoke to Arioch, the king’s captain, and Arioch told him why the king’s command was urgent. Daniel then went to the king, and asked for more time, to be able …