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For Christians, euthanasia is not dying with dignity

Friday, 22 September 2017
 | Gordon Preece

We often define people and their human dignity according to their rational and relational assets and activity, or even their relational capacity. But our dignity does not reside in any human function, or even in our knowing God, but in being known by God.

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The same sex marriage survey: legal Issues and the need for broad based freedoms protections

Sunday, 17 September 2017
 | Institute for Civil Society

Approving same-sex marriage without broad-based protections will accelerate discrimination and detriment against supporters of traditional marriage. Therefore, robust and broad-based laws are needed to protect individuals and organisations, schools and charities from such repercussions.

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Pushing back against ageism

Saturday, 16 September 2017
 | Paul Arnott

Older people are often written off as irrelevant, frail and of little worth to society. Elder abuse is a reality, and could increase if euthanasia is legalised. But all people are of immense worth to God, and our Fourth Quarter is full of opportunity to enrich others.

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Sometimes silence is golden: Kirk Cameron and our response to hurricanes

Saturday, 16 September 2017
 | Mick Pope

When hurricanes devastate entire states, our best response is to show compassion or stay silent. Yes, 'acts of God' are messages from Him, but the question is: what is the message? And if judgement, then judgement for what?

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Is performance culture behind a Christian mental health epidemic?

Monday, 11 September 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

One in five of the people you see at church on Sunday may be experiencing mental health challenges. Our church culture can often exacerbate mental illness, but churches also have the potential to be safe spaces. How can we support those who are struggling in a supportive and sensitive way?

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Welcome to the age of 'choose your own theology'

Friday, 8 September 2017
 | Aleem Ali

Faith practices now transcend the simplistic categories of 'conservative' and 'progressive', 'right' and 'left'. We are increasingly hybrid. But how do we go beyond a selective 'choose your own theology' to a truly Christlike approach to the ethical issues of our time?

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‘Rampant Lawlessness’: how ‘radical’ is breaking unjust laws?

Sunday, 3 September 2017
 | Gordon Preece

ACTU boss Sally McManus supports breaking unjust laws in the face of ‘rampant lawlessness’ in Australian workplaces. How radical is this view? And what is a Christian response? The Bible and Church history show that there are times when nonviolent resistance is an unavoidable last resort.

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Epicureanism and the ‘Good Life’

Sunday, 3 September 2017
 | Rex Dale

According to Epicurus, life is to be measured by pleasure, or at least freedom from pain. Christianity, too, is in favour of pleasure; in fact, pleasure can enhance our faith. But the pursuit of pleasure can lead to dead end roads and even disaster, especially when it's seen as the sum and substance of life.

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Re-enchanting creation – reflections on Monbiot’s ‘Forget “the environment”’

Monday, 28 August 2017
 | Mick Pope

George Monbiot calls for a new language when talking about the environment. Christians have a rich vocabulary and narrative to bring to the table: creation as God's temple, creation as our neighbour and humans as His image-bearers - not merely Homo Economicus, but also Homo Spiritualis.

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Gifts, vocation and work

Sunday, 27 August 2017
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

Through our paid and unpaid work, both in church and outside, we are partners with God in restoring His creation. Using your gifts diligently and energetically is important spiritually to you, is significant to those you serve and is valued by God.

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