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Engage.Mail publishes 4 articles each month (except January). Articles 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. We welcome your submission of articles.

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My Father's Business

Monday, 2 March 2015
 | John Yates

Christians mourn the increasing ungodliness of our culture. We hope that we may make contributions to reversing this. What convictions can animate this? I think a sense that all the spheres of work were designed by the Father to reveal his glory in the Son.

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Recovering Our Place in Creation

Monday, 2 March 2015
 | Len Hjalmarson

Place has its own history, its own story, and our ability to perceive and to talk about “place” is conditioned by culture. As a result of some historical distortions, we have some work to do in recovering a biblical theology – and then a Christian practice – of place. Recovering these things requires that we also re-place humankind within the creation. For what purpose were we created?

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The Sounds of Summer: Why Jet Skis Make Me Cry

Monday, 2 February 2015
 | Claire Dawson

Having spent the past 18 months co-authoring a book on climate change however, and having consciously refused the constant temptation to turn away from this overwhelming and perplexing moral and spiritual issue, I find that jet skis make me cry. The sight, the smell, and the sound all remind me of humanity’s ongoing willingness to choose self-indulgent pleasure over sacrificial love.

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Breaking Faith on Foreign Aid

Monday, 2 February 2015
 | Barbara Deutschmann

On top of the $7.6 billion in cuts to aid since it came into office, the Abbott government will take a further $3.7 billion out over the next four years, with 1 billion to be extracted from the coming year's budget alone. How much will be cut from the part of our aid that is delivered through non-government agencies like mine, remains to be seen. Wherever it falls, the impact will be brutal.

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Does Science Increasingly Make the Case for God?

Monday, 2 February 2015
 | James Garth

On Christmas Day 2014, the Wall Street Journal published a provocative piece by Christian thinker Eric Metaxas , arguing that the extraordinary odds against life existing on another planet supports an inference to intelligent design. The article has since gone viral on social media and provoked considerable discussion and criticism. Aerospace engineer and Fellow of ISCAST James Garth weighs into the debate.

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'Excommunitweets', Social Media and Spiritual Discipline

Monday, 2 February 2015
 | Megan Powell du Toit

What we disclose via social media can be immediately viewed worldwide. We cannot as easily curate our public profile and reputation. excommunitweets have, to my mind, revealed inadequacies in Evangelical theology: how we understand the church, how we understand Evangelical identity, and how we understand unity.

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Isaiah’s ‘Just So’ Story: How God’s People ‘Get’ Justice and Righteousness

Monday, 1 December 2014
 | Caroline Batchelder

We have falsely represented not only our God, but have established an unjust and unrighteous order and administration of the earth. As we read Isaiah, let us hear the invitation to be raised up with the faithful Servant as one of ‘the many’ being restored to the image and likeness of our God.

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The Worship of Honeybees: Colony Collapse Disorder and the Purpose of Creation

Monday, 1 December 2014
 | Richard R. Glover

Honeybees are faced with global crisis. Between 2007 and 2010, colonies in the United States reported an annual loss of around 30%, with similar losses are being reported across Europe. Nevertheless, a Christian theology of creation also provides hope for us and for all our fellow-creatures.

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Learning to Wait in a Culture of Busyness: Advent Reflections

Monday, 1 December 2014
 | Tess Holgate

Advent is the practice of waiting, and we are rubbish at waiting. At the heart of our trouble with waiting is that individual desires and busyness trump any other circumstances. Advent teaches us that there is something other than ‘right here, right now’.

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A Life Well-lived: Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, a Melbourne Catholic bioethicist and Associate Dean of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, died on November 7 at the age of 58, after a long illness. That phrase “after a long illness” is commonly used in death notices, but in Nicholas’s case, it hardly does justice to his story.

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