WILL US ENTRY BAN AFFECT FIGHT AGAINST ISIS?

31st January 2017 . by incontext_adm

31 JANUARY 2017 – There is no scientific way of accurately measuring how many people will be so incensed by President Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries that they feel compelled to carry out a violent act against a US or Western target. Perhaps dozens, perhaps none. There is also no scientific way…

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SUDAN SENTENCES PASTOR TO LIFE IN PRISON

30th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

30 JANUARY 2017 – A judge in Khartoum found Petr Jasek, Abulmonem Abdulmawla and Hassan Kodi guilty. He sentenced Petr to life in prison (20 years) for espionage, to six months in prison for spreading rumours that undermine the authority of the state, to a fine of 100,000 Sudanese Pounds (approx. USD 16,000) for undertaking…

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WEEK 8: God’s Servant

30th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

“I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him, so that My hand shall be established with him; My arm also shall strengthen him.” (Psalm 89:20-21, ESV 2011) God found, anointed and empowered the shepherd boy David to kill Goliath, to rule the nation of Israel and to pave the…

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AFRICAN STATES CONSIDERING MASS WITHDRAWAL FROM INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

30th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

30 JANUARY 2017 – African countries are considering a co-ordinated withdrawal from the International Criminal Court if it is not reformed to address what they see as its bias against the continent, according to a document seen by Reuters. Almost a third of the ICC’s 124 members are African, and a withdrawal by a large number of…

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NEW LAW IN CHINA COULD FORCE BELIEVERS TO RECANT

27th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

27 JANUARY 2017 – China will crack down further on what it calls “cults” with a new judicial interpretation released on Wednesday mandating harsh punishments for groups proselytising to government officials or children or linking up with foreign groups. China’s officially atheist Communist Party does not tolerate challenges to its rule. It prizes social stability…

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TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO START BUILDING US-MEXICO WALL

26th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

26 JANUARY 2017 – President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised US-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.” As early as Thursday, he is expected to pause the flow of all refugees to the US and indefinitely…

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US EXPECTING TRUMP TO ISSUE NEW REFUGEE POLICIES

25th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

25 JANUARY 2017 – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, say congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump, who tweeted that…

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TRUMP SIGNS FIRST EXECUTIVE ORDER REMOVING THE USA FROM TPP

24th January 2017 . by incontext_adm

24 JANUARY 2017 – President Trump took his first steps toward implementing his economic agenda Monday, signing an executive action removing the U.S. from a planned free trade deal and meeting with some of the country’s top business leaders. On Monday, Trump fulfilled a core campaign promise to end U.S. participation the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the accord negotiated…

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“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS” SAYS ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER TO IRANIAN PEOPLE

23rd January 2017 . by incontext_adm

23 JANUARY 2017 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to talk soon to the new US president to “counter the threat” from Iran’s government, which he accused of threatening its citizens’ freedom. “I plan to speak soon with President [Donald] Trump about how to counter the threat of Iranian regime which calls…

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WEEK 7: Salt and Light

23rd January 2017 . by incontext_adm

“You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:13-14, ESV 2011) In the way that salt is used to preserve and make food tastier, Jesus wanted His followers to act as ‘preserving’ and ‘flavouring’ agents in this constantly decaying and tasteless world. In the way that light…

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