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Mourning all creatures great and small

Friday, 20 April 2018
 | Mick Pope

Australia has the dubious honour of having lost the world’s first mammal to climate change. For the Christian, mourning is an appropriate response to species extinction. We need liturgies of lament - and Remembrance Day for Lost Species on November 30 is a place to start. We can also start with an act of repentance on Earth Day.

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Does the rain have a Father?

Thursday, 15 March 2018
 | Mick Pope

The book of Job tells us that, despite our hubristic claims, we are not in control, we do not fully understand how things work. Human sin has released chaos in the form of climate change, which requires a biblically informed ethical response that does not lapse into mere technological fixes that can’t deliver and that led to the current crisis.

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Book Review: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
 | Megan Powell du Toit

For those worried about disaffected and angry young men, a perceived sidelining of Christianity and the excesses of the alt right, Jordan Peterson’s message may seem like the right antidote. But can we as Christians really embrace what he has to say? Or is there a better way forward?

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Book Review: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
 | Ron Dart

For many, Jordan Peterson is either the pre-eminent saint or sinner. But what would a more nuanced response look like? 12 Rules for Life is certainly not a silver bullet. But, read alongside the corpus of Peterson’s other works, it provides pointers or pathways for self-understanding.

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The Modern Slavery Act: is it our lost opportunity?

Thursday, 1 March 2018
 | Andrea Tokaji

The majority of today’s slaves are women and children trafficked for sex. Stronger laws are needed, but we must address the problem at its root by confronting the commodification of the flesh and reducing demand for paid sex. NSW's proposed Modern Slavery Act is part of the solution, but it does not address demand. Here is one strategy to disrupt demand.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
 | Katherine Abetz

We are increasingly being urged not to prioritise our Western heritage but to open ourselves out to a broad spectrum of diversity. Yet it’s not Christianity that is Western, but the retreat from traditional values and the new approach to diversity that puts everything (and everyone) in the same box – a modern pax Romana.

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Politics or Jesus?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
 | John Yates

In engaging the powers of the political realm, Christians on both left and right have been ensnared in the world’s ways of doing things. At root this is a deep spiritual problem. There is a way forward for re-discipling our nations, but it will not happen in the way we think, and it will require unprecedented humility.

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A sketch of creative millennials from the inner north of Melbourne

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
 | Remy Chadwick

Young culture makers are an unknown quantity to many Christians. They care about cultural and ethical values, but find religion weird and see Christianity as a system through which inequality and oppression can thrive. What would it take to bridge this world and the world of the church?

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From alms to arms

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
 | Gordon Preece

Australia is now set to become a top ten global arms producer and dealer. The government’s amorally framed announcement was justified purely financially, but the consequences of favouring warfare over welfare will be felt for generations, with nations indebted, lives lost and environments destroyed.

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Beyond Australia Day

Tuesday, 30 January 2018
 | Glenn Loughrey

Australia Day is offensive because it represents the ongoing genocide of Aboriginal People. And all non-indigenous people, including churches, are complicit because they are beneficiaries of stolen land and participants in the destruction of culture, language and spirituality that continues today. But we need more than a change of date or an apology; we need a cessation of hostilities, reparation and treaty.

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