FINDING BEAUTY IN THE BARREN: GOD'S GRACE FOR A DROUGHT-STRICKEN CAPE TOWN
9 FEBRUARY 2018 – The Bible clearly describes God as compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. But to what extent does the drought reflect the character of a compassionate God, or has He finally lost patience with the ‘Capetonians’? The challenge for believers is not to view the drought, and the prayers that accompany it, from a transactional perspective, but from a transformational perspective.
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NATIONS OF INJUSTICE: ANALYSING 7 REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS
23 JANUARY 2018 – The 2018 HRW World Report, like most lists, is subject to ‘DEFINITIONS’ and ‘PARTIALITY’. This begs the question as to which list should be trusted and which definitions should guide one’s response.
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: 7 FACTS SOUTH AFRICANS NEED TO KNOW
18 DECEMBER 2017 – Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) by a margin of 179 votes over Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of the South African president, Jacob Zuma. Here are seven facts to keep in mind as we pray for the man who might lead South Africa in the near future.
JERUSALEM: DISCERNING BETWEEN PREJUDICE, PROPHECY AND PREDICTION
14 DECEMBER 2017 – Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, is often presented by the media as the proverbial, “Riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. In this regard it becomes crucial to discern between prejudice, prophesy and prediction. Here are 7 points to understand when unwrapping the layers that so easily disguise the facts and promote the fiction.
SA FARM ATTACKS: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO AN INCREASING INJUSTICE
31 OCTOBER 2017 Farm attacks in South Africa – we examine Scripture and determine a (not the only, but a) Biblical response to a very emotional issue. Following Christ’s example, together with His uncompromising teachings, will not always be the popular response, or even the easy response.
GUN CONTROL: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH
13 OCTOBER 2017 The mass shooting of 1 October in Las Vegas was the result of a combination of violent INDUSTRIES, corrupt SOCIETIES and apathetic COMMUNITIES. Preventing future tragedies will depend on ‘bottom-up” solutions more than on just changed “top-down” legalities.
GUN POLITICS: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE
6 OCTOBER 2017 The reaction to the Las Vegas massacre was completely different to the reaction to the natural disasters that recently hit the US. The destruction caused by the hurricanes united people across cultural, racial and political borders. But the shooting seemed to highlight an already highly divided society. We take a look at some guidelines for Christians as we respond to critical issues in times of pain.
WILL THE REAL PROPHET PLEASE STAND UP? 12 CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE PROPHET
18 SEPTEMBER 2017 Even though INcontext is not a prophetic ministry, we are frequently asked about prophecies, predictions and prophetic interpretations. 23 September 2017 is the latest date connected with an end-time prophecy that has social media buzzing. But instead of addressing this prophecy specifically, this article will attempt to address the role of a prophet and how to discern new prophecies that will no doubt pop up in the future.
TAKING CONFIDENCE FROM THE VOTE OF ‘NO-CONFIDENCE’
8 AUGUST 2017 will be remembered in South Africa as the day when the ‘nuclear bomb’ of South African politics was averted as President Jacob Zuma survived his eighth vote of ‘no-confidence’, despite the mountain of evidence of corrupt conduct that has emerged in recent months. For South Africans, regardless of political preference, race or cultural background, a lot of confidence can be taken from the result of the vote of ‘no-confidence’.
THE AGE OF CYNICISM:HOW FALSE NEWS NAVIGATES NAIVETY
8 AUGUST. In an age where anybody with a smartphone has the ability to be a ‘news reporter’ and everybody with an opinion is an ‘expert’, the powerful platform of social media has combined three generational character traits in the process potentially destroying responsible journalism.
"THOU SHALT NOT PREACH WITHOUT BEING REGISTERED"
12 JULY. The CRL revealed its report on the “Commercialisation of religions and the exploitation of people’s beliefs”. Addressing an issue that lies so close to the hearts of millions of people requires basic knowledge, Godly discernment and Christ-like virtues. The sensitive issues of religious tolerance and freedom of association (or non-association for that matter) – central to most communities (whether Christian or non-Christian) – necessitate a ‘non-toxic’ response that will reflect the heart of a crucified Christ who never demanded His rights but died for the dignity of those He came to serve.
A LESSON FROM THE GRENFELL TOWER INFERNO
On 14 June, in a fourth-floor flat in Grenfell Tower, West London, the sparking of a faulty fridge-freezer started one of the most devastating infernos in modern-day Britain. The community’s response to the tragedy was incredible and the outpouring of generosity and kindness was both heart-warming and unifying. But it began in an interesting way and it emphasised a Biblical principle that should be applied with equal fervour in regions forgotten by many.
JUDGEMENT ON CHRISTIANITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
JUNE ’17 – On Wednesday, 28 June, the South Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down a judgement, that public schools cannot promote one religion.
RAMADAN ATTACKS: THE CONTRA-DISTINCTIVE,-EVOLVING,-REFORMING DOCTRINE OF ISLAM
JUNE ’17 – The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is only a few days old and what is supposed to be a time of self-sacrifice, prayer and piety is again being marred by violence and terror.
REVOLUTION: IS SOUTH AFRICA NEXT?
MAY ’17 – The question being far more consequential than a simple political solution for a discontent generation – post-revolutionary Egypt offers insights for the South African Church.
7 SUBTLE DANGERS CHRISTIANS FACE WHEN RESPONDING TO TRAGEDIES
MAY ’17 -“The tragedy of the commons” – refers to a problem that occurs when individuals exploit an event or tragedy for personal or ministry gain to such an extent that resources, empathy and involvement become unavailable to the actual victims.
A MILLION GATHER FOR PRAYER: DUTY OR DECLARATION OF WAR?
22 APRIL ’17 – an estimated one million people attended the ‘IT’S TIME’ day of prayer on a farm in the Free State, South Africa. The purpose of the gathering was to call on the Lord to save a country in crisis, praying for unity and praying that murders, corruption and racism, as well as other crimes, would end. From 30 March to 1 April, thousands of Christians met together in Egypt in a similar initiative as the one in South Africa. Prayer is a declaration of war, it is especially true in Egypt, and South Africans should consider the lessons learnt by the Church in Egypt.
FREEDOM OF BELIEF: WORDS VS DEEDS
APR ’17 – On 9 April two blasts ripped through Egyptian Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, as Christians gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday in the lead-up to Easter. In light of these most recent attacks we look at four nations where ‘freedom of belief’ is enshrined in their constitutions, but where for some the words do no measure up to the practise thereof.
VEHICULAR WARFARE: 6 LESSONS FROM LONDON
MAR ’17 – The London (Westminster) attack on 22 March 2017 is the fourth vehicle assault that the Islamic State (IS) has claimed involvement in, or inspiration for, since July 2016. These attacks may be small in number (for the time being), but signify an evolution in global terrorism.