All posts filed under: Grace

The work​​ of another

unsplash-logojesse orrico © May 15, 2018, | Schulter Etyang We Christians believe in this bonkers, absurd and irrational idea that when non-Christians hear of it, look at us with puzzled faces and some even mock us. It simply does not make sense. The idea is this – Christianity is resting, trusting, and relying on the work of Jesus on our behalf.  Sounds strange, right? It does for Christians, too. More than half of the time, we don’t really get this idea. It is something that we grapple with for the entirety of our lives. However, this is the cornerstone of what our faith is built on. No other faith lays claim to this truth except for the Christian faith.

Too little?

© May 2, 2018 | Schulter Etyang The Bible is all about Jesus. Genesis to Revelation tells the story of Jesus. Every character, event, plot line, genealogy and scandal is about Jesus. He is the thread in every narrative. A story? It had to be a story. Why a story? Science tells us that our brains are wired for stories. Evolutionists believe that with the invention of fire came the art or form of storytelling. But the Bible has known this all along. The Bible has been telling a story even before man was created. The story of one man – Jesus. Hidden within the different characters, events, plot lines, genealogies and scandals in the Bible is this one man – Jesus. He is in the shadows. A trained mind or eye is able to see him – able to shine a light on him and expose him. So let’s find Jesus in the story of Elijah and the widow. Shall we? 1 Kings 17:8-15 NKJV

When grace leaves​

© April 25, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Short Bible history from 1 Kings 14:25-26 NKJV Rehoboam was Solomon’s son. He inherited the kingdom from Solomon his father. But because his father disregarded the grace of God (sacrifices to the true Yahweh), the kingdom was torn in two. This was an indictment against Solomon for disregarding the grace of God. Rehoboam also built high places on every hill and under every green tree for other gods and worshipped them. Like father, like son, Rehoboam disregarded the grace of God. The grace of God? Yes, the grace of God. Please note that Old Testament folks received God’s grace through the sacrifice of bulls, goats, lambs and pigeons – what theologians call types or shadows. We in the New Testament receive God’s grace through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for us – what theologians call the substance. All the sacrifices in the Old Testament were a foreshadowing of what Jesus would do in the New Testament. So, this is what happened! An Egyptian king, Shishak, attacked Jerusalem and …

We are loud and boisterous – it’s all grace

© April 4, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  A study of the two most populous faith’s on earth — Islam and Christianity reveal something peculiar almost distinct. The Christian faith is one that has a people who sing, shout, dance and praise their God when they congregate. This is not so within the Islamic faith. This is not in any way a put down on Islam. It is just a contrast worth-noting. Jenny and I live near a mosque. We usually hear the Islamic call to prayer early in the morning and in the afternoon. The call to prayer is called adhan. When Muslims gather to pray, singing, shouting, rejoicing and dancing are conspicuously missing. Interestingly, there is no mention of dancing and shouts of joy in the Quran.

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 for us. Why? It is the basis on which we are now accepted, adopted and blessed. Edmund P. Clowney in his book, Preaching Christ in all of Scripture, writes, “The Father is jealous for the revelation of his son.” “The Father is jealous for the revelation of his son.” It is amazing to me that all the ingredients that are used in the cooking of chapati point us to Jesus and his work for us. That’s what I want you to see in this post. 

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 … are a biological imperative rather than a luxury or choice (Pg. 107) We are intrinsically goal-oriented beings.  Jenny and I make resolutions every New Year. We usually sit and write what we expect to do in the coming year. We set goals and plans for the New Year. We set goals as it concerns our health, spirituality, finances, friendships, in-laws, home, vacations, studies, career, ministry etc.

The Parkrun

Ten minutes from our home is Gillooly’s Farm where every Saturday morning the Parkrun event takes place. Parkrun is a 5k event that takes place in parks where people of all ages, race, gender, shapes, sizes, etc run, or walk their dogs or baby strollers. Astonishingly, some people run with their baby strollers. A couple of times I have been overtaken by moms with baby strollers. Argh. This morning I completed my 8th park run. Yay I enjoy exercise and running in particular. Six years ago, I made running part of my exercise routine and I’ve never looked back. I’ve run a few half marathons and 10k’s over the years. I love it. I am Kenyan and at least in my mind I think I’m one of those elite Kenyan long distance runners. (Just so you know Kenyans epitomize the best of long distance runners in the world. Just so you know) I enjoy running more so because when I run I get lost in my own thoughts. Running has become like some sort of “therapy” …

Finding Jesus in David’s sin

The gospel has become everything to me. Grace is everything to me. What Jesus did for me is my sail. Without grace, I’m lost in the stormy waters of life. Without the gospel, I’m a mad man hearing strange voices in my head.  I have to write, journal, read, listen, converse, meditate, debate, consider, contemplate and constantly think about grace. For many reasons but one being to silence the voice of condemnation that speaks so loudly to my heart. The voice of condemnation keeps reminding me how I’ve failed, lied, cheated, doubted, feared and sinned against God and against everyone around me. I have to listen to the gospel. The stereo in our car is always playing sermons and talks that remind us what Jesus did for us. We seem to not get enough of it and every time we’ve lost sight of the gospel, Jenny and I end always end up in a bad space. It is amazing that when the voice of hope and forgiveness is muted, then the voice of condemnation becomes …

Fences and Grace #1

  Recently, I watched the film Fences by August Wilson based on his Pulitzer prize-winning play. The film features the two most gifted and talented actors of their generation – Denzel Washington and Viola Davis amongst other cast of stellar actors.    The film is set in 1950’s Pittsburgh and it’s about Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and their son Cory (Jovan Adepo). Troy has a mentally impaired younger brother Gabriel Maxson (Mykelti Williamson) and an estranged son Lyons Maxson (Russell Hornsby) from a previous relationship. Troy works as a garbage collector alongside his best friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson) whom he met in prison. Troy’s younger brother is mentally impaired because of a head injury he sustained while serving in World War 2. Troy used the money Gabriel was paid from the army and bought the house they live in. Troy bought the house so that Gabriel could live with them but Gabriel moved out and is always in the neighborhood causing trouble because of his strange behavior. Troy left his abusive father …

Top secrets to landing a job with the grace company – How to prep your CV

I’ve always been fascinated by leadership and especially how leaders recruit their workers or employees. The recruiting process in companies, organizations, religious organizations, learning institutions, goverments etc. is one that I’ve studied for a long time. It is amazing to see the different approaches used to recruit and retain workers and employees. Some approaches are very rigorous because they seek to always to get the crème de la crème of the work force.  Here’s a short breakdown of what top companies do during their recruiting process. Make calls to assess interest and team fit. Skype, FaceTime or video calls with a recruiter – this usually takes three to four weeks On site interviews at the HQ or site offices – takes 6 to 8 hours. At this point you get to meet with the people you’d be working with for a culture fit assessment (would you be able to fit into the company’s culture?) Week or so later you get your results. This whole process takes time (up to 4 months or more) and a …