PERSPECTIVES

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

23 MARCH 2021 – 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 Kingdom questions. How will this impact the Church in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan?

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US-MEXICO BORDER: IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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6 FEBRUARY 2021 – US President Joe Biden recently signed three executive orders on the issue of immigration at the US-Mexico border. This article takes a closer look at the plight of Central American asylum seekers, and the opportunities it represents for the American Church. There are also lessons to be learnt for the larger Body of Christ in their context when it comes to refugees and migrants in their midst.

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

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20 JANUARY 2021 – Over the past month, COVID-19 vaccines have been a hot topic. The debate around whether to use a COVID-19 vaccine or not, was already a common topic of discussion even before the first vaccine was approved. However, the moment it was officially approved and in use, the number of opinions, posts, and discussions skyrocketed. The sad reality about this heated debate is that the Church has not been spared – it has already caused widespread division, confusion, and fear among Christians. REVISED ON 20 JANUARY TO ADD ADDITIONAL CLARIFICATION

CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?

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28 JULY 2020 – 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. The controversy raises some interesting questions regarding church buildings. Where do church buildings fit in? What is their purpose in the life of a Christian? Are they necessary? And if so, in what way? In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many church buildings have been closed for months and some wonder what the future holds for traditional church buildings?

USA PROTESTS: THE STING OF DESTRUCTION AND THE BEAUTY OF UNITY

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5 JUNE 2020 – In a time that has been mired with sickness, isolation, and national quarantine, the U.S is experiencing both the sting of destruction and chaos and the beauty of unity and action. So, as Christians, how do we respond in the current climate? What are our rights, and what are our responsibilities?

THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON GLOBAL MISSIONS

A woman wearing a mask prays during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb. 26, 2020, amid the coronavirus outbreak. (CNS photo/Kham, Reuters)

20 MAY 2020 – Over the past five months, the world as we knew it changed forever. The coronavirus brought about changes to humanity on an unprecedented scale. The Church has not been exempted from these changes. Although most Christians were affected by the changes brought upon their own congregations, not many are necessarily aware of the impact the coronavirus has had on the mission field. This article aims to shed some light on this area of Christian society.

THE POWER OF WORDS: CORONAVIRUS FEARS - REALITY OR PERCEIVED REALITY?

10 MARCH 2020 – 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 neutral exchange. The words used to describe the COVID-19 coronavirus – its communicability and the risk of death – have caused widespread fear and uncertainty. For Christians, who find their hope in Christ, the outbreak of the virus should be seen as an opportunity.

"DEMONIC" ARTWORK IN SCHOOLS: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

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LOADSHEDDING: MAKING US BITTER, OR MAKING US BETTER - A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

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AN AGE OF GLOBAL DISCONTENT: LESSONS FROM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

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WAGING PEACE IN A 'WARZONE': 7 KEYS TO HEALING A TRAUMATISED NATION

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ROBERT MUGABE: MOURNING THE LOSS OF A LIBERATOR OR CELEBRATING THE DEATH OF A DICTATOR? A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007 file photo President Robert Mugabe is seen at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare. Zimbabwe's Parliament erupted in cheers Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017 after the speaker announced the resignation of President Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

BORIS JOHNSON: "THE NEW DONALD TRUMP OF GREAT BRITAIN"?

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10 LESSONS FROM SYRIA FOR A POST-ELECTION SOUTH AFRICA AND A PRE-ELECTION USA

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UNDERSTANDING PERSECUTION: RECALIBRATING A THEOLOGY OF SUFFERING

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THE SRI LANKA BOMBINGS: 3 MISCONCEPTIONS CREATED BY CHRISTIAN MEDIA

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NIGERIA'S 'MIDDLE BELT': A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE OF A COMMUNITY IN CONFLICT

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MOSQUE SHOOTINGS: UNCOVERING THE GOOD AND THE SAD IN THE MIDST OF THE UGLY

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THE NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE: THE FINAL LINK, THE GREAT STINK AND THE MUCH-NEEDED LIGAMENT

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THE POLITICS OF FEAR AND THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES: A PRELUDE TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTIONS

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP: SEVEN BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES WHEN FREEDOM IS AT RISK

SOUTH AFRICA’S CLIFTON BEACH CONTROVERSY

THE REBRANDING OF ISLAM: A FORECAST OF A CHANGING FAITH

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

DISCERNING THE CALLS

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

EUROPE - SECULAR CHRISTIANITY OR SECRET CHRISTIANITY?

A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GAZA CRISIS

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

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

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

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

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: 7 FACTS SOUTH AFRICANS NEED TO KNOW

JERUSALEM: DISCERNING BETWEEN PREJUDICE, PROPHECY AND PREDICTION

SA FARM ATTACKS: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO AN INCREASING INJUSTICE

GUN CONTROL: A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH

GUN POLITICS: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE

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

TAKING CONFIDENCE FROM THE VOTE OF ‘NO-CONFIDENCE’

THE AGE OF CYNICISM:HOW FALSE NEWS NAVIGATES NAIVETY

"THOU SHALT NOT PREACH WITHOUT BEING REGISTERED"

A LESSON FROM THE GRENFELL TOWER INFERNO

JUDGEMENT ON CHRISTIANITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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?