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Gender, sex and politics: A Christian lens

Thursday, 19 May 2022
 | Nicole Jameson

Inclusion and diversity is an admirable goal, but often results in conflicting claims, competing rights and unintended consequences. Replacing sex with gender identity in language risks overriding individual needs and vulnerabilities. How can we as Christians navigate this issue in our wider community and at the polls?

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Response to Griffin, Cruickshank and Reiher on Cancel Culture and BLM

Tuesday, 17 May 2022
 | Gordon Preece

The recent inclusion in Engage.Mail of David Griffin’s article on ‘Cancel Culture and the new Puritans’ produced some strong but helpful reaction, which requires both some explanation and apology on our part.

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Black Lives Matter: a response to David Griffin

Tuesday, 17 May 2022
 | Joanna Cruickshank

It is important to be aware of the danger of perfectionism and intolerance, but to characterise the largely peaceful BLM protests as ‘riotous destruction and iconoclasm’, motivated by 'resentment and envy', is to minimise the realities of systemic racism and misrepresent the protests.

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A Question of Allegiance: discerning God’s voice in the election season

Sunday, 15 May 2022
 | Cameron McAdam

As voices swirl around us in this election season calling for our allegiance, claiming the path to life, how do we discern the voice of the Good Shepherd and follow him in the midst of so much noise and distraction?

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Culture Wars and Partisan Politics: how should Christians vote?

Sunday, 15 May 2022
 | Tom Barker

Does the attempt by both sides of politics to galvanise Christian support in the name of culture wars truly reflect the nature of God, or are there broader humanitarian concerns that should guide how we vote?

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Cancel Culture and the New Puritans

Wednesday, 20 April 2022
 | David Griffin

The desire to purify the state and culture from symbols that are considered idolatrous, blasphemous or evil is as old as history itself. But it is far harder to purify our own life, to cancel our own sin and to tear down the idols in our own heart.

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Judge not? On the resignation of Brian Houston

Friday, 8 April 2022
 | Nils von Kalm

Is it ever right to judge? The resignation of Hillsong founder, Brian Houston, reminds us of the need to 'judge with right judgement’ and to be guided by love, humility, grace, truth and the desire for restoration.

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Women, Warriors and War in a Warming World

Wednesday, 23 March 2022
 | Claire Harvey

Our news cycle is littered with images of destruction. This Friday students will again strike for the climate, followed by Earth Hour on Saturday. Lent is a time to bravely turn our attention to our pressing ecological crisis, as we cross the invisible threshold of Earth Overshoot Day.

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The Spirituality of Gardening

Thursday, 17 March 2022
 | Christine Aroney-Sine

Jesus’ parables come alive in the garden. I often tell people that I read about the life, death and resurrection of Christ in the Bible, but in the garden I experience it.

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Religious Liberty Legislation and the Problem of Moral and Theological Poverty

Friday, 11 March 2022
 | Paul Tyson

The existing system of sexual discrimination legislation with religious exemptions is sufficient. Any attempt to fix a broken but quite functional system is a disaster for people of sincere traditional faith.

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