Treating Africa's Headaches: Beyond Monkey Solutions

By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD  My plea in this article is that, in our well-meaning effort to do something about the plight of our continent, we must first correctly diagnose the problem. Failure to do so will result in offering “monkey solutions.”And “monkey solutions” are more deadly th...

Formed of Steel, But Coated In Clay

[Click on Above Title Link for Clearer View]   A Tribute To Dr Raoul Dederen (1925-2016)  By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD [NOTE: Dr. Raoul Dederen (1925-2016) was my “doctorvater,” theological and spiritual mentor,  pastor, father, and role-model in research and teaching. I learned from him ...

Is Your Father Alive?

A Father’s Day Tribute To   Some Special Father-Figures in My Life © By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD; June 18, 2017   Last year (2016) was a particularly trying year for me. Within the span of six months (from June to December 2016), I lost my biological father and three special father-figures a...

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DISRUPTIVE MOMENTS

They are sudden, painful, and life-shattering. Gordon MacDonald calls them “disruptive moments.” They are “those unanticipated moments, most of which, one would usually have chosen to avoid had it been possible.” He goes on to say, “We don’t like disruptive moments; they are too often associated with inconvenience, failure and humiliation….”  But whether self-inflicted or inflicted on us, let’s consider them as “providential afflictions.” For, through them, God grabs our attention to change our priorities & perspectives. David says: “Before I was AFFLICTED I went astray, but now I keep Your word….It is good for me that I have been AFFLICTED, that I may learn Your statutes….I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have AFFLICTED me.” (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). Take comfort: Our painful interruptions in life are God’s providential afflictions!—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim