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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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Virtual Gnosticism and the Church – some disturbing thoughts about Covid-19

Thursday, 9 July 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Social isolation during a global pandemic makes good public health sense, but should the church seamlessly migrate to an on-line ‘space’? What does this say about our understanding of the gospel, our bodies and the way we gather?

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Kindness amid the bubbles of life

Thursday, 2 July 2020
 | Steve Taylor

With COVID-19 restrictions, 'bubbles' became the word that held our collective, yet uniquely individual, sense of fears and experiences of limits and fragility. Yet limits invite kindness, as the Book of Ruth shows.

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Accidental Fascists: progressive politics and the dilemma of censorship

Sunday, 21 June 2020
 | Brendan Byrne

We don’t resist by silencing and banning and prohibiting, or by creating an atmosphere of reactive fear in which people self-censor. Rather, we should follow Jesus’ example, who resisted his detractors through argument and debate.

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The myth of work-life balance (and how COVID-19 exposes it)

Friday, 22 May 2020
 | Cheryl McGrath

For a long time, we’ve pretended we are ‘disembodied workers’. Maybe a global pandemic is what it will take to abandon the harmful idea that the 24-hour work cycle is healthy for anyone.

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Anzac Day or Easter Day?

Thursday, 30 April 2020
 | Gordon Preece

As churches we have been so cowed by the abuse crisis that we barely raise a peep when we are regarded as an ‘inessential service’. Yet on Anzac Day we can honour the dead and draw on the Easter imagery while also opposing war and critiquing the idolising of national identity.

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The Christian origins and symbolism of Anzac Day

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Darren Mitchell

Pared back to its simplest form, the Anzac Day ceremony draws directly on our Christian heritage. Every year, when we gather at dawn, we proclaim the resurrection. May we also employ the Anzac liturgical elements to pray for the spiritual renewal of our nation.

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