All posts filed under: Gospel

Exhausted? Sick? Here’s some good news for you

© November 14, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  And having seen the crowds He was moved with compassion concerning them because they were exhausted by their troubles and their long, aimless wanderings, and had thrown themselves to the ground in an utterly prostrate condition as sheep not having a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation) Our world is full of exhausted people. From Wall Street to K-Street, boardrooms to the warehouse floors, father to the newly born baby, pulpit to the Children’s Church. We are an exhausted world. The two Greek words used for fainted and scattered in the KJV version are eklyo and rhipto, which mean to become weary (exhausted), to the point of fainting and to throw down, respectively. Imagine the Rock’s Rock bottom move in WWE. That is what it means to be thrown to the ground. Where does this exhaustion come from? 

A new reformation within the Charismatic Movement

© November 4, 2017 | Schulter Etyang This week we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On 31st October, 500 years ago, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church. He also sent the theses with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg the Archbishop of Mainz. His one-act sparked religious, intellectual, political, and cultural change that completely altered the Church and the then world. What took place was earth-shattering, to say the least. The Catholic Church splintered, and the Protestant movement was formed with the after-effects still being felt to this day In his 95 theses, he argued that faith in Jesus alone and not selling of indulgences or good works was the only way to obtain pardon for sin (sola fide). He also argued for the sole reliance on scriptures (sola scriptura) as the foundation for the beliefs in the Church. Let me not get you tangled up in the weeds. Basically, his action was summed up in this – …

How beautiful are the feet​

© July 30, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  A few months ago, I met a Christian leader who wanted me to help him set up his blogging site. In our discussions, he specifically insisted that his bio must reference his work as a life coach. He did not want any outright reference to his work as a minister. His take was that most people don’t want spiritual talk or solutions to their issues. In his view, most people he encountered wanted principles that would make their lives better. Therefore, he needed to shed off his ministerial references if he could reach a wider audience other than just the church. Many years ago, I wanted my bio to read the same. I wanted to become a leadership guru. My theological and ministry training was geared towards acquiring top-notch leadership knowledge and skills to train leaders and run a world-class organization. I also did not want any reference to my religious credentials. 

The party tent

Edited by WordPress.com staff © June 26, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Amos, an Old Testament prophet, belts out this fascinating words about the restoration of a fallen tent. He calls this tent, David’s tent. He tells the nation of Israel that God will repair the holes in it, restore its ruined places and will rebuild them as they were a long time ago. (Amos 9:11-12 GW) What is he talking about? Hundreds of years later, the same words are repeated by the leaders of the early Church when they met to discuss what to do with these Gentiles whom God had saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 15:16-18 GW) We have to go to King David and see what this tent was all about. David took the Ark of the Covenant that he had abandoned in Obed Edom’s house and brought it back to Jerusalem. Initially, he had tried to bring it, from Abinadab’s house, but things didn’t go so well. On his second try, he did it the right way, and brought the Ark of the Covenant …

How to pray, the gospel

© June 7, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Pray, everybody prays. And we pray to a transcendent being. For Muslims, it is to Allah. For Hindus, it is to Brahman. For Judaists, it is to Yahweh. For nominal Christians, it is to God. For Buddhists, it is to Buddha. For Taoists, it is to the Universe. For Confucius’s, it is to the individual self. For agnostics, it is to science and reasoning. Pray, everybody prays. And when we pray, we do two things; We pray to someone – either self, reasoning, science, the universe or to a god. We pray about something.

Day of good news

© June 5, 2018 | Schulter Etyang A few years ago, deep into my gospel journey, I was invited to speak at a Church just outside our city. It was around Easter. As I pondered on what to share, I came across a story in 2 Kings 7 that became my favourite gospel story. Cue, I had been a Christian for many years. I had been a Church mouse all my life. I had been on a constant diet of performance, DIY and spiritual gymnastics. The result was, I wanted to become a leadership guru of some sort. My dream was to join the ranks of the leadership gurus of our day. My mother, in support of my dream, bought me books and DVD’s on leadership by a renowned leadership guru. This was her investment into my dream. Until the gospel smacked me right on my face. The gospel threw me off. It unravelled my world. It punched a hole in my world. And this is one of those stories that God used to whip …

How to be rich in every way

© May 8, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  This is what financial gurus tell us we must do if we want to be financially rich; pay our bills – save – invest and repeat the cycle. From Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, George Bezos, Dave Ramsey, Vusi Thembekwayo to your local financial advisor, all say the same thing about financial enrichment – that if you want money to work for you, you must follow these instructions:- Pay your bills – suppliers, creditors, staff, taxman etc Save – retirement annuities, pension funds etc Invest or reinvest your profits – stock market, property, bonds, shares, start a business, go to school etc Then repeat this cycle over and over again That’s all. There is really nothing special or mystical about financial enrichment. It is really that simple. Financial gurus might use terminologies that may sound bombastic and out of touch with the common man, but what they really mean is so simple. These gurus repeat this cycle consistently until it becomes second nature to them. Repetition, they say, is …

When doing good doesn’t​ pay off

© May 4, 2018 | Schulter Etyang This is the default mode of every human heart when bad things happen; I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty… I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too. (1 Kings 19:10, 14 NLT)  These are the words of Elijah as he fled from the murderous threats of Jezebel.  Why was Elijah on the run? Let’s check the context. Elijah had just finished doing some spectacular event for God. He had nudged Ahab king of Israel to some contest of sorts. “Ahab, prove that your god is the real deal.” Ahab took the bait and gathered 400 of his most prominent religious leaders to Mt. Carmel. Elijah was all alone. Each camp was to slaughter a bull, lay it on a Braai stand (South African term for a barbecue grill) and without fire, pray to their god that the meat would burn up. That was the deal. If the meat burns without a fire, then their god was real. So, the …

On dating non-Christians and non-gospel affirming Christians 

© April 20, 2018 | Schulter Etyang This question keeps being posed, is it okay to date and eventually get married to a non-Christian? And the default response has always been, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV) And then one makes the case that they have seen couples where one wasn’t a Christian before they got married and now have a good marriage. Therefore, in their opinion, it is okay to date and marry a non-Christian. The answer to this line of reasoning is usually; “That is the exception and not the rule.” The blowback is always, “I want to be the exception.”

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 favourite 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, your heart beat with excitement and your salivary glands did a dance. It wasn’t until after I got married, that I really learnt how to cook chapati. I had assumed that I’d never need to learn how to make chapati until I discovered how much Jenny loved them. Roti’s origins are traced back to the Indian subcontinent. In South Africa, roti is a main delicacy amongst Indians and the colored community. Jenny’s family lives in Durban, which is the epicentre of the Indian community. Indians arrived in South Africa in 1860 to work as slaves at the sugarcane plantations. It is proper to say that their influence has spilled over into many cuisines and dinner tables.