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Articles for Engage.Mail are generally from within a broadly Evangelical perspective. Ethos does not necessarily endorse every opinion of the authors but promotes their writing to encourage critical thought and discussion.


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Book Review: Eve’s Return

Friday, 28 June 2024
 | Karly Michelle Edgar

Eve’s Return is an in-depth, comprehensive, at times challenging, but deeply invitational reflection on how we live together in community. Andrea leaves more than enough imaginative room to draw out the parallels and disconnections to our own reality.

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Review essay: A Pocket Christian Catechism: Keeping the Faith in the Challenges of the 21st Century

Tuesday, 18 June 2024
 | Paul Tyson

In our visual learning culture, catechesis is an increasingly strange and foreign idea; its slow and oral work runs deeply counter to the spirit of our times. Charles Ringma’s pocket catechism seeks to re-centre our minds on deep and time-tested Christian truths.

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God Had Fun

Monday, 10 June 2024
 | Miriam Dale

God must have had such fun making you! / With layers of heart in your fingertips / Everything you touch, stitched / With your care and courage.

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Scars of the wounded church

Monday, 3 June 2024
 | John Kidson

Be careful what you sing.

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Book Review: Bright Shining: How Grace Changes Everything

Monday, 27 May 2024
 | Andrea Do Santos

The idea of getting something for nothing goes against the grain of human nature. Baird’s book shows us how grace lights our daily lives as much as the Sun starts our days and the Moon signifies our nights.

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The Magpie

Wednesday, 15 May 2024
 | Chris Marshall

The magpie trills a joyful refrain, / A song of Australia it is

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Sunday, 21 April 2024
 | Sarah Lough

Warmth filling my heart / Down on my knees

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Reflecting on the resilience and well-being of individuals, volunteers, organisations and communities

Thursday, 18 April 2024
 | Monica Short

Resilience grounded in the Christian faith can be a valuable part of a well-being toolkit that allows practitioners, volunteers, groups, organisations and communities to make meaning of uncertainty and complex situations. What unique resource do people of faith have to help them navigate tough situations?

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Jesus, Our Friend

Friday, 12 April 2024
 | Alison Sampson

Could Jesus be a conversation partner? Would he stay up late over a crumb-littered table asking good questions, making provocations and listening so carefully that you know you are fully seen? Could connection through shared laughter be part of the healing he brings?

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Book review: Hire Right, First Time: A Practical Guide for Staffing Christian Organisations

Friday, 5 April 2024
 | Claire Harvey

Combining their insights from Christian ministry leadership and psychology, Rev. Peter Corney and Dr Ken Byrne have produced a very relevant, timely, honest and thoroughly practical resource for anyone involved in staffing Christian organisations.

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