THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE FOR SOUTH AFRICA

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By Gustav Krös and Donnelly McCleland The convulsions of civil unrest in parts of South Africa have not yet fully abated, and the extent of the destruction and upheaval will be felt by communities for a long time after calm is finally restored. Many opinions have been offered for the wanton violence and destruction. Numerous…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S PROPOSED ‘PEPUDA’ AMENDMENT BILL RAISES CONCERNS

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By Katelin Coetzee South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ) recently published the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 4 of 2000 (known as PEPUDA, or the “Equality Act”) Amendment Bill, for public comment. PEPUDA was legislated in 2000 to give effect to section 9 of South Africa’s Constitution, addressing…

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THE KINGDOM IMPACT OF CHINA’S INCREASED CONTROL OVER HONG KONG

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By Gustav Krös China’s increased boldness in exerting its control and authority over Hong Kong – despite the ‘guarantees’ of the “one country, two systems” policy – begs answers to some critical questions: How will China’s increased influence in Hong Kong impact the Church in Hong Kong? How will China’s increased influence in Hong Kong…

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US-MEXICO BORDER: IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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By Alex Pollock The Central American migrant caravan that arrived at the US-Mexico border in late 2018 shed a bright light on the plight of asylum seekers coming to the US as multiple news agencies followed the journey of the nearly 7,000 people walking to the border. While the caravan brought new media attention to…

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COVID-19-ENTSTOWWE “Merk van die dier” of God se voorsienigheid?

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Deur Gustav Krös (*op 20 Januarie hersien ter verdere toeligting) Die afgelope maand is COVID-19-entstowwe druk bespreek, veral sedert die Pfizer/BioNTech-entstof op 11 Desember 2020 goedgekeur is vir gebruik in Amerika. Die debat oor die gebruik van ’n COVID-19-entstof al dan nie, was reeds ’n algemene gesprekspunt nog vóórdat die eerste entstof goedgekeur is. Toe…

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COVID-19 VACCINES: ‘Mark of the beast’ or God’s provision?

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By Gustav Krös (*revised on 20 January to include clarification) Over the past month, COVID-19 vaccines have been a hot topic, particularly since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the USA on 11 December 2020. The debate around whether to use a COVID-19 vaccine or not, was already a common topic of discussion…

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CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. It elicited sharp criticism, despair, and disappointment from both Christians and non-Christians alike. The 1,500-year-old UNESCO-listed site was initially an Orthodox Christian cathedral that was turned into…

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USA PROTESTS: The sting of destruction and the beauty of unity

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Jeremiah Goddard (INcontext U.S. Director) This inspiring quote calls us to action, but the problem is deciding what matters – and in our world of comfort – what matters enough to not be silent. In a…

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THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON GLOBAL MISSIONS

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By Gustav Krös Over the past five months, the world as we knew it changed forever. The coronavirus brought about changes to humanity on an unprecedented scale. Whether it is something small, like the thought that will cross your mind before shaking a stranger’s hand, or whether it is something big like the influence it…

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THE POWER OF WORDS: Coronavirus fears – reality or perceived reality?

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By Mike Burnard and Andrew Richards Words have the power to change the way we understand and relate to the world. The coronavirus outbreak serves as a timely reminder that the use of words can either strengthen hope, or place entire populations in fear. It either gives life or drains life, there is never a…

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