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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: Mia’s Magic Wand

Thursday, 17 December 2020
 | Terry Hunter

This is a book you could comfortably give to your non-Christian friends and neighbours without appearing preachy. But it also presents a challenge for us as educated western Christians to develop a more robust and authentic faith that embraces the chaos, mess and uncertainty of our world.

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The week after...

Thursday, 17 December 2020
 | John Kidson

Seen through the eyes of Joseph, here is a Christmas story of visions and dreams, of love and destiny.

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Joining: In a Time of Distancing

Monday, 14 December 2020
 | Charles Ringma

By social distancing, we are to join together in the art of separating. There is pain and loss in living this tension, but also much to learn as we anticipate a new way of being in a post-Covid world.

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New Kingdom life in troubled times

Sunday, 13 December 2020
 | Christopher Brown

Through engaging with Jesus and his Beatitudes we can experience his solidarity of relationship with us, offering his blessings as we acknowledge our current poverty of spirit, and guiding us through our mourning and self-emptying.

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Christians working together for climate

Friday, 11 December 2020
 | Jo Knight

The winds are shifting, and the climate conversation is once again back on the agenda. At the same time, Covid and the unfolding climate crisis have taken poverty to another level, both nationally and globally. In response, Tearfund has launched a new campaign to raise a united Christian voice to our political leaders.

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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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