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Embracing uncertainty in ‘2020: Continued’

Wednesday, 17 February 2021
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

As we tackle the challenges that 2020 and its successor, ‘2020 continued’, have thrown our way, it’s easy to reach for the ‘crutches' that the world offers. But how can we confront the anger, fear, sadness, loneliness and grief head on?

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Meet Bessie Harrison-Lee

Wednesday, 17 February 2021
 | Barbara Deutschmann

The role of both women and Christians is underrepresented in Australia’s accounts of its history. Bessie Harrison-Lee, a Christian activist with an influential vision for women and men around the turn of the twentieth century, saw no tension between women’s rights and saving souls, between sacred and secular causes.

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Downfall: a study in political narcissism, then and now

Monday, 11 January 2021
 | Brendan Byrne

Downfall provides a decisive counter-narrative to neo-Nazi mythologising by humanising Hitler and depicting him in all his mean, sterile, empty narcissism. Like Hitler, Trump’s ego is as inflated and as it is fragile; and like Hitler he is prepared to let his country burn for his fantasy of greatness to remain intact.

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Centring prayer: the activism of contemplation

Wednesday, 16 December 2020
 | Karina Kreminski

Seeking justice is a good thing, but much of our activism comes from a place that is unhealthy, broken and needy. How can centring prayer help us find inner peace and nurture our true self in a world that is restless, self-promoting, angry and weary?

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Review Essay: Acts of Surveillance: Tim Winton’s That Eye the Sky

Wednesday, 28 October 2020
 | Lyn McCredden

That Eye the Sky creates its theology through a simplicity, humour and the use of vernacular that underscores the darker, ongoing questions: is there an eye out there, watching? Is that eye benevolent, protective? Or neutral, deaf to human existence, or worse?

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Is COVID-19 conveniently silencing Australia’s critical sectors?

Wednesday, 7 October 2020
 | Gordon Preece

The coronavirus pandemic is allowing the Federal Government to stifle several of society’s critical sectors. In response, the church needs to move from quiet compliance to democratic participation, critique and protest - any silence should be temporary and strategic, patiently promoting a more open society and awaiting and hastening a new creation.

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No time to sleepwalk out of hibernation in uncertain days

Friday, 2 October 2020
 | Gordon Preece

The coronavirus pandemic is exposing structural weaknesses and inequalities in society. As God’s people we need to discern the signs of the times to help shape our future society in light of the coming Kingdom and City of God.

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New Zealand’s tragedy and the problem of evil

Thursday, 24 September 2020
 | Peter Corney

In the wake of the New Zealand High Court’s life sentence for Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant, an ancient question raises its head once more: the question of evil. We know that God has won the final victory against evil, but how do we respond to its daily reality, personally and collectively?

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What if we had a green-eyed view of the Bible?

Thursday, 24 September 2020
 | Claire Harvey

The challenges of 2020 whisper of new opportunities to awaken afresh, recalibrate and embrace our collective sense of our vulnerability and humanity. They are also an opportunity to read the scriptures afresh and ask: ‘What if?'.

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Toxic positivity and Christian hope

Thursday, 17 September 2020
 | Cheryl McGrath

Toxic positivity - the belief that 'being positive' is the best and only way to live - is nothing new. But what happens when it gets confused with Christian hope?

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