FREEDOM OF WORSHIP: SEVEN BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES WHEN FREEDOM IS AT RISK
15 FEBRUARY 2019 – Because freedom of worship is such a personal matter, it often gets lost in a cloud of emotions before being fully explored in the framework within which Christians should operate. The danger is that Christians react and do not necessarily respond appropriately to the news of the possibility of “losing their freedom to worship”.
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SOUTH AFRICA’S CLIFTON BEACH CONTROVERSY
9 JANUARY 2019 – The contentious clearing of beach-goers on the popular Clifton 4th Beach in Cape Town (South Africa) has garnered international headlines, but how should Christians respond to politically divisive incidents and deep wounds of a broken society? A Christian Perspective is gleaned from the sacrificial life of Polish priest.
THE REBRANDING OF ISLAM: A FORECAST OF A CHANGING FAITH
5 OCTOBER 2018 – Islam is at a cross-roads and secular Muslim voices calling for a rebranding of Islam have increased, become louder, stronger and – more importantly – more authoritative. The call is no longer to ‘reinvent’ Islam but to ‘rebrand’ the religion. It is no longer about transforming what Muslims believe on the inside – it has now become a matter of changing what non-Muslims perceive from the outside.
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.
DISCERNING THE CALLS
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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.