All posts filed under: Grace

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 …

My dream last night

© August 13, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  I had a dream last night. I was invited to speak to a group of people about grace. I spoke at length, although I cannot remember the exact words. But I was speaking about grace and human effort and how Jesus has done it all for us. All we need to do is to receive what he has done for us. It was something along those lines. After I was done speaking, a great debate, almost chaotic scenes ensued. People began questioning, whether what I had spoken about grace, was license to sin. They asked, don’t we have anything to do? What is our part? You mean Christianity is about “doing nothing?” We need to do something, they contended. In the dream, there was a huge uproar against what I had taught.

The scariest​ verses in the Old Testament

© August 8, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In my view, these are the scariest and most devastating verses in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 15:1-2 (NKJV) Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth. And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Such as are for death, to death; And such as are for the sword, to the sword; And such as are for the famine, to the famine; And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.” If I were a Jew, these words would have devastated me. I would have broken out in a cold sweat. A chilling shiver would run down my spine. 

Happy Father’s Day

© June 17, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  On Father’s Day, many of us will wake up with a feeling of angst. It is supposed to be a day when we are celebrated but to most of us, it’s a day burdened with regrets because everything will be geared towards reminding us of our failures.  Worse, the day is on a Sunday. We will feel “obligated” to accompany our spouses and kids to a religious service. At the religious service, the speaker will talk about how true manhood looks like, how our religious founder exhibited those qualities, and that we now have to live up to his standard.

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 …

On chaos, grace and the wisdom that grace imparts on us

© May 25, 2018 | Schulter Etyang My previous post was about Jesus and his attraction to chaos. Jesus uses chaos to his advantage for your good. He is a master at turning chaos into beauty. I also wrote that chaos is the connecting dot or link to God’s superabounding grace. Without chaos, grace has no purpose. Without grace, chaos destroys. Chaos and grace work hand in hand. They need each other.  I would like to point out something else that grace does after it deals with the chaos. Grace imparts wisdom. There is a story that illustrates this truth so succinctly. (2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV)

C​haos and grace

© May 23, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I hate chaos. I’m sure it’s an elder kid dynamic, but I hate chaos. I can smell chaos from a mile. I avoid chaotic people and situations like the plague. I am constantly trying to set things in order. I will notice dirty dishes lying in the sink and wash them. I will live in an ordered house. I like it when people queue. I prefer riding in a clean car. When Jenny and I go on holiday, I normally clean the house before we leave. In my mind, I don’t want to come back to a disorderly house. I want to come back, unpack, and relax.  Jenny has suffered the brunt of my hate for chaos. I make crude remarks when I notice that she is chaotic. One of those crude remarks I have unleashed on her is, “chaos is your middle name.” Can you imagine? Bad. I know. But when she gets the opportunity to unleash the same line on me, she does it masterfully. And when …

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