The gospel lectionary reading from John 2:13-22, the Fourth Gospel’s account of Jesus ‘cleansing’ the temple and driving out the traders and money-changers goes beyond ‘a shining paragon of toleration and inclusivity.’ The first cleansing of the temple by Jesus was based on the insult and evil acts of the people and against God. Jesus ‘eaten up’ with righteous anger against such flagrant disrespect for God dealt wholeheartedly against the people (Jn 2:13-17). Many commentators think the cleansing happened only once, but with Jesus’ zeal for His Father’s house, there is good reason to believe Jesus did the cleansing...Read More
Author: Deji Okegbile
The Book of Genesis is focused on God’s relationship with the nation of Israel. God’s calling of Abram in Genesis 12 revealed God’s purpose to restore His relationship with humanity with a focus on one family, Abram. Abram’s background tied up with all the previous generations including his father Terah, worshipped false gods. While Ur and Haran, Abram’s former and current homes were centres of worship of the moon (Jos 24:2). The story of Abram reminds us of the Creative God and the barren family. Abram, prior to his calling by God was pagan and was married to Sarai...Read More
MOSES TO ISRAEL; In his father’s footsteps: Apostle (Professor) Olusegun Otemuyiwa, new Baba Adura, Osu, 1st Sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Ijesaland to hold Sunday Service.
Missiology is concerned with the historical process of church growth, renewal, leadership succession and development among others, hence it needs to pay attention to the historical origin, ‘expansion and factors that contributed to the origin of the Independent Churches.’ Elder Apostle (Professor) Israel Olusegun Otemuyiwa, a Professor of Chemistry, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife, has become one of the most vocal proponents of revival within the Sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (C&S) in Ijesaland and Nigeria in general. Apostle Otemuyiwa takes after his late father, Elder Apostle/Prophet Moses Ige Otemuyiwa who during his prophetic multifaceted ministry turned Osu to the...Read More
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell have invited us to pause and pray each evening from tomorrow (February 1st 2021) to ‘reflect on the enormity of … the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. We are in terrible time just as in the 1st Century, Jesus also did terrible things that shocked those around Him. He did those things to authenticate His ministry which could be helpful as missional insight to shape our post-pandemic mission and spirituality. Covid-19 has accelerated the church and the world into a new missional future. The question...Read More
At the mention of the name, Sir Engr Adelana Oluwaseun Odutola, KJW, my benefactor, and a father indeed, three things comes to mind. First, the name Engr Odutola echoes what a highways engineer do, from designing local road schemes and maintaining the road network, including structures such as bridges; Working with other professionals to build and maintain roads; Finding new solutions to transport problems; and planning for highway maintenance and improvement projects. Engr Odutola at 70 calls for a national rethink on Highways and transportation planning ‘as a process of making decisions which concerns the future of a given transport system. The...Read More