Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Foursquare Gospel Church suspends lecturer/pastor in the aftermath of sex-for-grades scandal

Dr Boniface Igbeneghu
The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer at the University of Lagos and a pastor of the Foursquare Church in Lagos.

This is as a result of the recent release of a video by BBC African Eye allegedly showing academics propositioning undercover female reporters. This was part of a major operation  detailing sexual harassment on university campuses in Nigeria and Ghana.

The operation was carried out by a BBC African Eye reporter, Kiki Mordi, who posed as a 17 year old admission seeker to the University of Lagos.

She wore a hidden camera and recorded the whole encounter with the lecturer/pastor. The video showed Dr. Igbeneghu making sexual overtures to the reporter.

Upon the airing of the video on social media, the Foursquare Gospel Church issued a statement asking Dr Igbeneghu to step down from all ministerial assignments.

According to a statement by the National Secretary of the church, Rev. Ugbaja; "The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-believing church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers. We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measures as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded."

Catholic Church in Kenya bans cash donations in churches to regulate collections

Archbishop Philip Anyolo
The Catholic Church in Kenya has banned the physical collection of cash donations by politicians, leaders, well wishers.

This was agreed upon at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) which held on Saturday at the Catholic National Shrine in Subukia Nakuru County.

According to their chairperson, Archbishop Phillip Anyolo, contributions to the church by leaders, politicians and well-wishers will only be made electronically through banks and mobile money transfer technology.

This, the church leaders said, will help regulate the monies that come into the church.

They also agreed that no politician will address worshippers in all the Catholic Churches across the country.

"Our churches will not be used as political platforms or for any other motive other than for the worship of God," said Bishop Anyolo.

Bishop Anyolo also said the bishops have also resolved that it will be mandatory for all Catholic Church branches in Kenya to keep records of all the people who donate monies to the respective churches.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Lecrae shares his water baptism experience in the Jordan river

US Grammy award winning, gospel hip-hop artiste, Lecrae, visited the Holy Land of Israel recently and shared his water baptism experience in the River Jordan on social media. He was baptized at the Yardenit Baptismal Site. He also visited Jerusalem, the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum.

According to him, "Today we got baptized in the Jordan River. The one John baptized Jesus in. πŸ™ƒπŸ™πŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½ I was joking before I got dipped and I said if a bird lands out here like the dove on Jesus, 🦒 bruh....I’m gonna have a heart attack. Just take me to heaven cause God is speakin too loud! Well look at the pics. 🀯. I love the Jordan because of all the symbolism it holds. It was the border of the promised land. It was the picture of safety and security. Getting baptized in it was an incredible experience for me. πŸ’¦ 🌊Here’s an interesting fact. Baptism didn’t start with John the Baptist. The Jewish ritual immersion in water is called a mikvah, which is a Hebrew word meaning gathering of waters.

New Video: Nosa - Na Your Way ft. Mairo Ese

Gospel artiste of "Always Pray for you" fame has just released a new song and video - Na Your Way. 

"Na Your Way" is the lead single from the forthcoming worship album, "THE SACRIFICE". The song features Mairo Ese and celebrates the dynamic and awesomeness of God. Mairo Ese is currently one of the leaders in the music department at This Present House under the tutelage of Pastor Tony Rapu.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Honouring agreements is essential to doing business as a Christian

It used to be as simple as a handshake or even a back-of-the-napkin agreement, but it has now been elevated to a bulky contract document, shrouded in clauses and sub-clauses. 

The basis is still the same. Two people or organisational representatives discuss on a matter and agree on deliverables. And it is expected that both parties keep to their end of the bargain. 

However what is prevalent now in most circles, is that agreements have lost their essence. People now try to find loopholes in the agreements and change the basic fundamentals on which the agreement was built. 

It is only when you are at the receiving end of a broken agreement with a Christian that you would understand the pain and frustration. It is a drain of integrity, confidence and trust. 

It can be likened to Jesus Christ changing his mind on the cross and deciding not to die on the cross because the people did not believe in Him. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Music Video: OJ Psalmy – Kabiosi (Video) | @ojpsalm

OJ Psalmy has released the official music video for his single titled KABIOSI, from the Amazing Grace album.

“Kabiyesi” is a title for King in the Yoruba language. “Kabiosi”, a derivative of Kabiyesi, however means “None can question you”. OJ Psalmy sings about the Unquestionable King that God is; One whose words are Ye and Amen. He’s answered to no one and yet He answers everyone who diligently seek Him. What a God He is!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Adeboye Commissions Ultra-Modern Intensive Care Unit To Strengthen And Support Health Care System In Ogun State

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye is yet again delivering on the commitment of the church to strengthen and support the health system in the country by commissioning another Ultra-Modern Intensive Care Unit at the RCCG Health Center, Redemption Camp, Mowe, Ogun State to address the immediate health needs of Nigerians and its host communities in Ogun State.

The commissioning which is part of the cardinal focus of the church’s Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) and in the fulfilment of its commitment “Help for the helpless, Hope for the hopeless, Food for the hungry, Strength for the weak” brings the total number of donated Ultra-Modern Intensive Care Units to 3 across the country.

Comedy: Laugh at Kenny Blaq at The African Praise Experience (TAPE) 2019

The House on the Rock church in Lagos recently had an African Praise event tagged "The African Praise Experience 2019".

It had artistes singing African Christian songs and there were also comedians to spice up the experience.

One of the comedians present at the event was Kenny Blaq.

Here is a clip of his performance at the event.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Listen to a rendition of "Excess Love" by JJ. Hairston & Youthful Praise ft. Mercy Chinwo

The song 'Excess Love" was originally done by Nigerian singer Mercy Chinwo

This is a remix or another version done by JJ. Hairston & Youthful Praise. It also features Mercy Chinwo.

American Gospel singer James "JJ" Hairston is the leader, chief songwriter, and director of the Youthful Praise choir, known for its exuberant, urban-tinged gospel and praise & worship songs.
Listen to it.

What do you think?

Pope Francis offers prayers for migrants killed in Mediterranean shipwreck

Pope Francis on Sunday offered prayers for migrants who died in the Mediterranean Sea this week, in what the U.N. refugee agency called the worst shipwreck in the area this year.

Speaking to thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday address, the pontiff expressed his sorrow and asked the worshippers to join him in a prayer for the dozens of migrants who died trying to reach Europe. 

“I learned with pain the news of the dramatic shipwreck that happened in recent days in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, where dozens of migrants, including women and children, lost their lives,” Francis said. The pope appealed to the international community to act promptly to guarantee safety and dignity for all. 

Fifty-five bodies have been recovered so far off the Libyan coast, an aid worker said on Saturday, after a wooden boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized on Thursday. It was unclear how many were on board and how many were still missing and feared drowned after what the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR described as “the worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year”. 

The Libyan navy on Thursday put the number of migrants on board at 250. 

The UNHCR said up to 150 were feared dead.
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