Author: Deji Okegbile

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.’[1] 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...

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JESUS’ NEW DOCTRINE IN POST-PANDEMIC.

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...

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Sir Engr Adelana Oluwaseun Odutola @70: A Knight of Wesley and a Model of a Highways Engineer.

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...

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SUCCESSION AND LONG-TENURED LEADERSHIP: Celebrating Pastor Adeboye’s 40 years of church leadership.

In a missonal sense and in anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, all ministers called by God are on ‘interim’ assignment because we are all ‘a part of a succession or transition.’[1] The truth is that not every succession is successful but the succession from the founder, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Rev Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909-1981) to the current General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye (1981 till date) is a model of successful pastoral/founder’s succession and long-tenured leadership. Rev Akindayomi’s decision in obedience to God’s voice to pass the torch to Pastor Adeboye continue to...

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JESUS calls us; o’er the tumult … Saying, “Christian, follow Me.”

One of the hymns by Cecil Frances the wife of William Alexander who later became the Anglican primate of Ireland resonates with the call to repent and follow Jesus Christ in our Gospel reading today. The Gospel reading from Mark is Jesus’ inaugural message, a missional address setting the tone for whole of Jesus’ proclamation of the Good News of God and His kingdom (Mk 1:14-20). Jesus’ speech points to why following Him is of missional importance and to follow him, He said, “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (vv 15, 17) The Simon and Andrew, the James and...

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