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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – the gospel hiding in plain sight

unsplash-logoTiko Giorgadze © May 19, 2018 | Schulter Etyang The world waits with bated breath for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family and Meghan Markle, an American actress and humanitarian. The wedding ceremony is taking place this Saturday 19 May.  Prince Harry is the youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana, his late mother was a global icon who tragically died 21 years ago in a road accident. The British royal family is the longest reigning monarchy in the world. The widely beloved Queen Elizabeth II has been Queen of the United Kingdom since February 1952.  Prince Harry is royal blood. He is sixth in line to be king of the United Kingdom. His upcoming nuptials will be to a Commoner. Meghan Markle is a Commoner. A Commoner is an ordinary person who does not belong to the aristocracy or to royalty. Meghan is a mixed-race woman – half black and half white because her father is Caucasian and her …

Happy Mother’s Day

© May 13, 2018 | Schulter Etyang On, this Mother’s Day, I would like to pay special homage to mothers who have played a significant role in my life. At different stages of my life, I have been nourished, disciplined, blessed and supported by mothers. After the death of my father, my mother, Catherine Njeri Etyang’a and my sister, Evelyn Etyang Obanda, picked up the baton and raised 4 boys. It was tough. Sacrifices had to be made. But they did it with grace. They prayed, guided, counselled, fed, educated, clothed, financed and fought with us and for us. Thank you for all you do, mummy and sis. 

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

On dating and being a virgin

© April 17, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Over the years, counsel given to Christian singles and those seeking to marry and even remarry has bemused me. Some of the counsel given through pre-marital counselling sessions, books on dating and courtship, or even from one Christian to another to Christian singles and those who have experienced the sad loss of a marriage through divorce or death has been strange, if not outright unbiblical. I listened to a preacher on Christian television read out a list of things you should ask your potential mate before saying, “I do.” The list was long and detailed. His message went viral. People lapped it up. Yet, if you listened closely to what he said, only a chosen few could meet his criteria. 

Living Hope By Phil Wickham and Brian Johnson. Live Performance by Bethel Music Worship

Song Title – Living Hope written by Phil Wickham & Brian Johnson (Bethel). Release Date – March 30, 2018. All rights reserved. Cross Point Church have done a cover version of the song This is a live performance by Bethel Music Worship. I love this version because of the live audience. There’s just something incredible that happens when we sing together in unison, live. Again, I choose songs whose lyrics are rich with the gospel — the good news of what Jesus has done for us. My favorite song post Easter season. I think it’s a song for all seasons, really.    I hope you enjoy the song

Our human heroes and their frailties​

© April 10, 2018 | Schulter Etyang We all have heroes. All of us. Some of our heroes are our parents, community leaders, siblings, kids, teachers, spiritual leaders, political leaders, authors, guru’s, captains of industries and even peers. We have this one person or persons that exhibit and express what we could become. They inspire us to reach for more and live up to our full potential. They exist to give us meaning to our existence. The self-made man or woman doth protest rather too loudly at this idea. In their objection, they give away the identity of their hero – his or her self is the hero. They are their own heroes. I have heroes of my own. My late Pastor Harun Lihanda is one of them. My mother is a hero of mine. My siblings are heroes of mine. My wife Jenny has become a hero to me. When I came to South Africa for the first time, a couple hosted me for some months. They are my heroes. My first job in South Africa …

On feelings of guilt and condemnation

© April 9, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Everybody feels guilty, they say. If this is true, which it is, suffice to say, religious people deal with guilt on whole other level. A sense of guilt and I might add condemnation is a huge contributor to the lack of joy, freedom and productivity in religious people. The feeling of guilt and condemnation is high on the list of why religious people are angry, harsh, proud, and unproductive – amongst a host of other anomalies.  Behavioural studies show that yes; some people are more prone to feelings of guilt and condemnation than others. Few people shrug off guilt and move on. Very few people have no feelings of guilt. However, most of us are bombarded daily with feelings of guilt and condemnation because of the opportunities we missed, places we didn’t go, studies we didn’t pursue, people we didn’t impress, parents we disregarded, the time we wasted, relationships we abused, and a God we did not obey. We are always living under a cosh, as the British …

On ministry and recruiting

© March 26, 2018 | Schulter Etyang I believe that the recruiting methods and programs that the Church has employed over the past many years have hurt us. By the Church, I’m talking about the Pentecostal-Charismatic tribe of which I’m a part of. There is a real sense that we have been doing a poor job at recruiting members and leaders because of the methods that we have used Let me give you a few examples of our recruiting methods. I know at least two very common methods that we use. Draw up a compelling vision statement for the kingdom and then recruit people to help you accomplish the vision. Then, someone’s level of involvement will determine their level of ascendancy or reward. Your level of involvement might mean when you tithe, attend prayer meetings, serve in the children’s Church, lead a youth group, lead a small group at your home etc. Usually, Habakkuk 2:2 is the point verse for this type of recruitment method. Join us and then sign up for certain programs (membership classes, …

The lofty ideals of King Solomon​

© March 10, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Been reading through the book of Proverbs and oh boy, haven’t I been condemned by my failure to live up to the prescriptions and demands that king Solomon pertinently describes in his book? Reading through the book of Proverbs is like listening to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapters 5-7. Solomon and Jesus prescribe and demand behaviours and ideas that require high levels of obedience and compliance – behaviours and ideals that are way too lofty.

Why the gospel is vital to​ your mental health

© February 24, 2018|Schulter Etyang  In 2014, a Sunday Times article uncovered that one-third of all South Africans have mental illnesses – 75% of them will not get any help… More than 17 million people in South Africa are dealing with depression, substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — illnesses that round out the top five mental health diagnoses, according to the Mental Health Federation of South Africa. (Click here to view report) Debt, broken marriages and families, crime, poverty, gender violence, sexual violence, religion, civil wars and unrest, and fake news are among numerous elements that have contributed monstrously to the mental health problems in our times. The Internet and social media then have amplified the mental health problems. What was a struggle in private has now become a public secret. The rising number of teen suicides is evidence that things have spiralled out of control. We are no longer in control of our lives, algorithms are.