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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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Spiritual rhythms: repentance and confession

Wednesday, 25 November 2020
 | Jason Goroncy

The parable of the father and his two broken sons in Luke 15 reminds us of the possibility of renewed, healed and reconstituted relationships and the promise that one’s judgement about one’s self is not the last word spoken over one’s life.

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The Island Poem

Thursday, 29 October 2020
 | Oscar Delaney

Happiness, thought and altruism. A poem about hope in pain, ignorance and self-absorption.

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Book Review: The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity

Monday, 19 October 2020
 | Robert Wolfgramm

Ron Sider's edited collection of 25 essays from 30 Evangelical Christian contributors offers insight into Trump’s public character and apparent values and explores the reasons for Christian support for Trump. But it explores the intersection of American politics and religion generally, highlighting the growing polarisation in that country.

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Tear Australia Renames as it Strengthens Ties to the Global Tearfund Family

Tuesday, 13 October 2020
 | Tearfund Australia

TEAR Australia, which along with Ethos is part of the Evangelical Alliance family, is renaming itself to Tearfund, reflecting its closer ties with the global Tearfund family's fight against poverty and injustice.

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Book Review: The Gospel According to Eve

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
 | Barbara Deutschmann

Amanda Benckhuysen shows how the Adam and Eve story has been read with misogyny at times, gender essentialism and rigidity at others. But courageous women have found in it the grounds for their empowerment, and their shared divine image.

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20-20 Vision

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
 | John Kidson

What is our role as 'future leader-shapers'? What should be education's aim? Surely we must go beyond giving hope of likely post-Covid employment after graduating.

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Foreign Fields

Monday, 10 August 2020
 | Elaine Furniss

I give thanks for my neighbours in adjacent principalities. I love the ingenuity of the kids on the corner who communicate with their neighbour kids at the apex of their elevation on the resident trampoline in each backyard.

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Myths, Maths, Moths

Monday, 3 August 2020
 | Oscar Delaney

Dead animals, homeless Bangladeshis and empty stomachs. A poem about storm and drought, flood and fire.

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Letter to editor: ‘Climate Emergency NOW!’ (Zadok Perspectives 146, Autumn 2020)

Thursday, 23 July 2020
 | Janet Down

Letter to the editor in response to the Zadok Autumn 2020 issue on climate change, including some thoughts on hope and helpful online resources.

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Dawn Vigils in Lockdown… but it’s not Resurrection Sunday

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Christians have not been very creative when it comes to Easter in a time of pandemic. On Anzac Day, however, we are seeing wide scale innovative liturgical alternatives across the nation. Why?

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