Cogitation XVIII: I Met An Angel On The Subway

I have had a number of strange experiences in life, supernatural kind of stuff. Some are so bizarre my wife insists I cannot share them in public. Some people will be scared of me she says. Not that I had anything to do with those things. Things just happen. There are forces around us, personages unseen, as the Bible says. We’re not alone. But I see wisdom in her words. Not everything can be shared. To reveal some things will be criminal divulgence of information. Paul was exposed to state secrets he couldn’t share for instance. (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). He said it would be criminal to do so. There are confidences God expects of us. There are confidences God reposes in us that demand fiduciary maturity. There’s a breach of confidentiality that is criminal.


Cogitation XVII: Who Am I?

My name is Leke Alder. It’s a name given me by my father. The surname was a name given him by HIS father. That name, “Leke” is a piece of history, not of me but of my father. It is his perspective on my birth. The full name, Oluwaleke literally means “the Lord overcame.” It is a Yoruba word from the west coast of Africa. It is a narrative of the difficulty of my birth. It enunciates the brutal warfare between the forces of darkness and light as propounded in Christian theology. It’s actually my middle name. My first name is Samuel. Curiously I had adopted the name in response to my search for identity as a 16year old African. But both my middle and first names are two expressions of the same difficulty. In Shakespearean lore I was not born of a woman. I was born by caesarean section. It was a most difficult birth and for my mother it would be the first and the last. The name Oluwaleke is therefore a proclamation of victory. […]

Cogitation XVI: Tourism Sites In Heaven

There’s that mistaken belief heaven is a one-way ticket. Truth is, it’s not. Only hell is. In Christian theology hell is a one-way ticket. There’s no return flight from that dimension. But heaven is not a one-way ticket. The Bible says the righteous are coming back to earth after a relatively brief stay in heaven, albeit as citizens of a new earth: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.” Revelation 21:1-3 NLT. The passage suggests God will have a base on earth and domicile with mankind. He’ll live with humanity. […]

Cogitation XV: Stranger Than Fiction

Jesus liked to provoke the politicians of his day, especially those pesky Pharisees and Sadducees. They were insufferable! They controlled the levers of power in Jewish society, but they were caught in contradictions. They were vicious with power and yet claimed religious piety. There was all that hypocrisy as well. Pharisees specialised in religious showmanship – finding the best camera angle to display piety on TV… Well, they didn’t have TV in those days but you get the point. They prayed on street corners to get extra view. They staged prayers! […]

Cogitation XIV: God And Time

The Book of Revelation has to be the scariest literature ever produced. What with all those strange creatures that Marvel and Star Wars movies borrow from! Even the image of God in Revelation is scary. There’s so much energy coursing through him – enormous amounts of energy: “Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! And the one seated on it was like jasper and carnelian in appearance, a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald encircled the throne.” Revelation 4:2‭-‬3 NET‬. ‬‬Those colours are energy spectra, God is not a stone. It’s why John says he’s LIKE jasper and carnelian. Carnelian is reddish brown. Jasper is brownish. Those colours are wavelengths of energy. There are flashes of lightning and thunder from that throne. That’s because there’s so much energy electricity is being generated. It’s why we can’t move near God physically. Too much radiation. ‬Now we can understand why Jesus is the intermediary. He stepped down the power and energy the way you step down voltage: “The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of our awesome God, reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine, the exact representation and perfect imprint of His Father’s essence…” Hebrews 1:3 AMP. ‬‬


Cogitation XIII: What Really Goes On In Church On Sunday?

It’s so easy to attend church on Sundays without giving a thought to the concept of church. What exactly is a church service? We can of course define church service as a worship session, but then we must ask the logical question, why do we worship God? An answer like, “We worship God because we love God” won’t suffice. John 14:15 says, obedience is the metric of love of God not worship. […]

Cogitation XI: Virtual Reality

What exactly is reality? It’s such a fundamental question even though it sounds blasé. It’s why philosophers, scientists and theologians have tackled the question over millennia. Even Apostle Paul did. What if we’re players in an augmented virtual reality program? Some scientists believe we are. It’s actually not a crazy notion. From a conceptual perspective we may be characters in a complex virtual reality program called Universe. In that program we exist on a very unique planet that is subdivided into nations. In the virtual reality program we buy, we sell, we love, we marry… There’s politics, political parties… There are elections, there are governments… Think SimCity. Only on a more complex and a much grander scale. Think Ready Player One. The basic currency in all these interactions is life. Everything we do, everything we get is traded with the currency of our life. We trade with our life all the time. We call it time. There’s nothing we do that does not require time. As we spend time our life credit is depleted.


Cogitation X: History Of The Future

God creates by making pronouncements. There’s an energy in his word that initiates a deployment sequence culminating in the imagined output. Genesis 1:3, Isaiah 55:11. It is fitting therefore that the creative agency of the Godhead be called Word. That’s Jesus by the way. John 1:1-4. We’re told he has “life” in him. In other words he possesses animating energy: “In him was life and the power to bestow life, and the life was the Light of men.” John 1:4 AMP.


Cogitation IX: The Makeup Of Man

I am spending some time thinking about the makeup of man. It’s something we assume, something we generally take for granted. It’s us after all. We are what we are, we’re who we are. Yet a critical lack of awareness can negatively impact destiny. A lack of awareness impinges spiritual understanding. “A man who is held in honour, yet who lacks spiritual understanding and a teachable heart, is like the beasts that perish.” Psalm 49:20 AMP.


Cogitation VIII: Double Sim Phone

One of the great spectacles of the 21st century is the caravan of migrants which originated in Honduras. It is bound for the United States of America. Well over 7,000 men and women left their country on foot, some with babies. Some of the migrants cited poverty, corruption and gang violence for the flight. They were determined to cross four national boundaries en route America. That’s 2,606 kilometres. Travelling in sweltering heat rising up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, hungry and exhausted they persevered. Attempts to stop the caravan in Mexico failed. Initially there was a standoff between the caravan and the security forces on the bridge between Guatemala and Mexico. They populated the Suchiate Bridge like a school of sardines. And then the amazing happened. The people began to swim the river under the bridge. That was considerable risk though the local populace did assist by providing canoes. A few days before the horde had destroyed metal barriers in Guatemala to cross over into Mexico. Nothing could stop them.


Cogitation VII: God’s Psychological Profile

If you want to relate with God, be close to him, it’s important you understand how he thinks, how he processes stuff. He’s quite different from us. He’s very unique. The average human is more or less defined by just one thing. Not God. He’s defined by four powerful things. Those four things operate as principles. They are intellect, power, trust quotient and love. The combination of the four definitive factors are encapsulated into a technical and stylistic container phrase called “righteousness.” Everything God does is righteous, both in material form, as well as stylistically. In Britain for example the Queen has “Royal Mail.” Were God to name his postal service he’d probably call it “Righteous Mail.”


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