Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Religious Dialogue in Times of Terror

The Boko Haram militia group drives a wedge between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Two religious leaders are working together for peaceful co-existence among the different groups.

In Germany, the archbishop and the Emir are seated next to each other laughing, but the reason for their visit is quite serious. The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development ( BMZ ) invited them to discuss about the role of interfaith dialogue in times of Boko Haram.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama is the chairman of the Interreligious Committee for Peace in Nigeria and the Nigerian Bishops' Conference. He is convinced that religion is not the cause of violence in northern Nigeria, but rather the solution. "Unfortunately religion is used for the wrong purposes," he says. "It is politicized. It is abused and used to kill other people. Religion has nothing to do with the spread of terror by the Islamist Boko Haram militia." This is message that he and emir Muhammadu Muazu Mohammed, both of whom come from the Nigerian federal state of Plateau, want to get across. "I am full of hope that Nigeria can get over these tensions, if we reach more people," says Kaigama.

RCCG’S Latest Baby "Immanuel’s Palace" Is Born!

The need for paradigm shift in the Body of Christ was the message at the inaugural ceremony of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Immanuel’s Palace.

Elegantly dressed and in an atmosphere of praise and worship, hundreds of people thronged 90, Ladipo Street, Fatai Atere Way, venue of the inauguration ceremony of Immanuel’s Palace, the latest baby of the Redeemed Christian Church of God fold.

On hand to receive the worshippers was the man of the moment, Pastor Fidelis Ohimhekpen who was all smiles as he welcomed well wishers and loved ones from far and near who had come to celebrate the new birth.

Speaking on the journey that began some eighteen years ago, he was full of gratitude to the almighty God who has brought him thus far. He shared the experience with Daily Times.

“Sometimes in August last year, some of us where called out and given the mandate to set up parishes; before that, I have been with Grace Tabernacle that birthed us for close to two decades. In the course of eighteen years I have gone through four pastors; I passed through Pastor Ibukun who is presently in Australia; he couldn’t be here with us but his goodwill message has reached us. I passed through Pastor Yinka Oluwasanmi, Pastor Bola, who was the one who keyed me into my ministry and Pastor Sola Balogun who sent us out. All my pastors that mentored me were reluctant to release me; Pastor Sola Balogun found it quite challenging to let me go, but it was time in God’s presence,” he said.

Kevin Bond Takes Artistes, Church Leaders Through Deeper Worship

Kevin Bond, a well-established keyboardist, music director, multiple Grammy award winners and one of the finest producers in the gospel music industry has charged Nigerian gospel music artistes, worship leaders and concerned stakeholders in the non-secular sector to brace up and contribute to the fast growing music industry in Nigeria. The charge came at the Lagos session of the worship conference themed Catalysis 2015 organized by Trucework Limited, a faith-based organization.

The conference which was designed to empower the leadership of the present day church and others held in the three major cities of Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja with worship leaders from different churches, notable gospel music artistes and aspiring talents in attendance at the different venues.

At the Lagos conference, Kevin Bond opened the day with deep x-ray on understanding the root of worship and how God created angels for the purpose of worship. He took the participants through how God created Lucifer with lots of good qualities by giving him power, position and popularity to influence and lead worship in heaven. However, Lucifer lost his place due to arrogance, pride and other qualities that were against God’s wish.

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