PERSPECTIVES

ADDRESSING THE LAND ISSUE IN SOUTH AFRICA: 'COOL HEADS' NEEDED

7 AUGUST 2018 – A detailed report on the proposed amendment to the SA constitution – Land Expropriation without Compensation, including a perspective from the President of AgriSA, the largest representative of farmers in South Africa, and a Christian perspective on how to respond with a Caleb spirit.

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DISCERNING THE CALLS

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3 JULY 2018 – In  an age where there is no shortage of spirituality but there is a shortage of discernment, there is a disturbing number of ‘calls to prayer’ or ‘prayer hoaxes’ circulating on social media. In light of this, it would be prudent to discern the nature of these prayer requests and compare it to what we see in Scripture, especially in terms of ‘spiritual warfare’.

FIFA WORLD CUP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST SPORTING EVENT ON THE PLANET

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15 JUNE 2018 – With the daily news saturated with reports of wars, acts of violence and scenes of hatred, the FIFA World Cup™ offers a brief opportunity for people to shift their attention to the soccer fields of Russia for a ‘war’ of a different kind. Like everything in life, there are some valuable lessons, both good and bad, to learn from events like these, especially when it comes to those ‘battling on the pavilions’ – the spectators.

EUROPE - SECULAR CHRISTIANITY OR SECRET CHRISTIANITY?

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11 JUNE 2018 – Western Europe, birthplace of Protestant Christianity and home to the Catholic Church, has become known as the world’s only secular continent on earth.  What was once the stronghold, defender and proclaimer of faith has gradually drifted away from religion and adopted self-sustaining and self-sufficient societies where government has replaced God, secular institutions the Church, and politics religion. Or has it?  Is this a truth, an assumption or a misconception?

A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GAZA CRISIS

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18 MAY 2018 – The Gaza crisis continues to polarise nations and individuals around the world. The question that Christians need to consider is not who is right and who is wrong, or who is to be blamed for the countless deaths and deep trauma, but how to maintain a position of being “peacemakers” in a region of perpetual war.

'SAVIOUR' OR 'SAVAGE'? UNRAVELLING THE WESTERN NARRATIVE ON BASHAR AL-ASSAD AND THE WAR IN SYRIA

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16 APRIL 2018 – In the wake of the alleged chemical attack by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and the subsequent airstrikes carried out by the US, France and the UK, we take a look at how the Western media reports on the Syrian president and the ongoing conflict, and the possible reasons for this.

SOUTH AFRICAN ‘LAND GRAB’: SEPARATING THE NOISE FROM THE NEWS

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7 MARCH 2018 – The issue of expropriation of land, without compensation, is currently a hot topic in South Africa. Intentional disinformation, the absence of context, and the systematic dilution of truth have all contributed to a toxic atmosphere of fear and suspicion. This article analyses the issue and attempts to separate the news from the noise.

FINDING BEAUTY IN THE BARREN: GOD'S GRACE FOR A DROUGHT-STRICKEN CAPE TOWN

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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.

NATIONS OF INJUSTICE: ANALYSING 7 REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

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CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: 7 FACTS SOUTH AFRICANS NEED TO KNOW

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JERUSALEM: DISCERNING BETWEEN PREJUDICE, PROPHECY AND PREDICTION

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. 
President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East."I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said from the White House."It's the right thing to do."
 / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

SA FARM ATTACKS: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO AN INCREASING INJUSTICE

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GUN CONTROL: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH

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GUN POLITICS: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE

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WILL THE REAL PROPHET PLEASE STAND UP? 12 CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE PROPHET

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TAKING CONFIDENCE FROM THE VOTE OF ‘NO-CONFIDENCE’

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THE AGE OF CYNICISM:HOW FALSE NEWS NAVIGATES NAIVETY

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"THOU SHALT NOT PREACH WITHOUT BEING REGISTERED"

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A LESSON FROM THE GRENFELL TOWER INFERNO

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JUDGEMENT ON CHRISTIANITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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RAMADAN ATTACKS: THE CONTRA-DISTINCTIVE,-EVOLVING,-REFORMING DOCTRINE OF ISLAM

REVOLUTION: IS SOUTH AFRICA NEXT?

7 SUBTLE DANGERS CHRISTIANS FACE WHEN RESPONDING TO TRAGEDIES

A MILLION GATHER FOR PRAYER: DUTY OR DECLARATION OF WAR?

FREEDOM OF BELIEF: WORDS VS DEEDS

VEHICULAR WARFARE: 6 LESSONS FROM LONDON

THE ‘GOOD COUNTRY INDEX’

FAKE NEWS: 6 GUIDELINES

DONALD TRUMP: 7 THINGS THE MEDIA DID NOT TELL US

SURPRISING INSIGHTS INTO GERMANY'S REFUGEES

TURKEY: AN OVERVIEW OF THE FAILED COUP ATTEMPT

PATRIOTISM: THE QUESTION OF OUR TIME

TRUMP: ANOTHER APPROACH


A BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE BREXIT VOTE

THREE MODELS OF HOPE FOR A GENERATION OF DEATH


'SYMBIOTIC' FACTORS IN THE ORLANDO ATTACK


POLITICS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP


SEVEN POTENTIAL SNARES FOR THE RAINBOW NATION

EUROPEAN JIHADISTS: FOUR REASONS, ONE SOLUTION


SYRIAN REFUGEES - BLESSING OR CURSE?

BRUSSELS - BACK TO THE FUTURE


EASTER: A 'CAT-CRACKER' FOR GLOBAL EVENTS


BRUTALITY-DRIVEN SPIRITUALITY


DEMOCRACY & DEMOGOGUERY: US ELECTIONS

FIVE TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE 2016 AND BEYOND


A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION FOR 2016

15 TIPPING POINTS OF 2015: EVENTS THAT SHAPED THE YEAR


PERSON OF THE YEAR: HUMANITY BEFORE POPULARITY


FOUR VOICES WITHIN ISLAM


WE ARE ALL FRANCE - 5 MESSAGES FROM PARIS

REFUGEES - GOD'S PLAN FOR A SECULAR CONTINENT?


SEPTEMBER PROPHECIES THAT NEVER CAME TO PASS

A "WORD" TO END WAR


REFUGEE CRISIS IN CONTEXT


AFRICA UNDER FIRE


LE TOUR DE FRANCE - LE TOUR DE LIFE

GLOBAL RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS


MEASURING MISSIONS

I AM IRAQI, I AM CHRISTIAN

THE FUTURE OF FAITH


JOY IN THE MIDST OF PERSECUTION


XENOPHOBIA OR AFRIPHOBIA?