PERSPECTIVES

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

18 MARCH 2019 – Any tragedy has the potential to make us either better or bitter.  The lessons in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shooting are clear – the tragedy should be mourned, the good that came from it should be celebrated and the failures should be acknowledged and rectified.

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

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15 MARCH 2019 – On Friday 15 March 2019, 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christians can learn three valuable lessons from this tragedy.

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

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5 MARCH 2019 – For most voters, the biggest predicament during any given election is who to vote for.  As Christians, we often feel the added dilemma that we have a spiritual responsibility to vote according to our conscience and not according to our convenience. In order to exploit and abuse this vulnerability of voters, political parties often revert to the “power of nightmares”.  Regardless of where we find ourselves geographically, Christians need to find, vote for, and support politicians who do not build their campaigns on ‘nightmares’.

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

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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”.

SOUTH AFRICA’S CLIFTON BEACH CONTROVERSY

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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

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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

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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

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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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EUROPE - SECULAR CHRISTIANITY OR SECRET CHRISTIANITY?

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GAZA CRISIS

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

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

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

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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?