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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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Christians and cultural transformation

Tuesday, 11 August 2020
 | Peter Corney

What does Gospel-empowered Social Transformation look like in these times of great disruption and change? How can we equip Christians for this task? Richard Niebuhr's reflections on the relationship between Christianity and culture are a helpful place to start.

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‘A Bounded Life’: embracing the local in a post-COVID world

Wednesday, 5 August 2020
 | Karina Kreminski

Ordinary, faithful and small acts in local spaces can emit the fragrance of a new reality, the reign of God in our neighbourhoods. This is, I believe, what we’ve had a glimpse of during the pandemic.

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Rituals and traditions: experiential church in the time of Covid-19

Wednesday, 5 August 2020
 | Karly Michelle Edgar

Now that church is all online, it might be time to consider how well we are going. How do we encourage and facilitate church participation and experience in online church gatherings?

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The Dominion Mandate: lessons for pastors, theologians and believers

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
 | Neville Carr

How does Paul’s idea of equipping the saints for service relate to the ‘Great Commissions’ of Genesis 1 and Matthew 28? The creation narrative is key to how we understand ministry, human flourishing, Christian maturity and the glory of God.

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