I vividly remember a late preacher often referring to Francis Thompson's 182-line poem 'The Hound of Heaven' in his teachings. The heavy alliteration of the 'h' sound in the title literally pounded on my heart as it mimicked the footsteps of God chasing me down. Thompson brilliantly captures David's feeling of being hunted down and … Continue reading The Hound of Heaven
Recently, I was having a chat with a friend and of course we took the inevitable trip down dusty memory lanes to scenes in our history we are grateful are well tucked away in the past. In the aftermath of that conversation, I was left thinking about an article I read a few years ago … Continue reading What to do when you get dumped
One of my all-time favourite poems is Niyi Osundare’s ‘Not my Business.’ I know poetry can appear dry and extremely abstract but I think this piece by Osundare is an exception. Have a read: They picked Akanni up one morningBeat him soft like clayAnd stuffed him down the bellyOf a waiting jeep.What business of mine … Continue reading Put your yam down and ask questions.
If you clicked on this hoping for a 5 minutes church/pastor bashing session, I'm very happy to disappoint you. When the phrase spiritual blackmail comes up, it's easy to swivel our necks around the church hall looking at others and not ourselves. I've been a Christian for a few years now and I think I … Continue reading Say ‘NO’ to spiritual blackmail