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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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What is Government Good for?

Monday, 7 March 2016
 | Ben Thurley

The role of government is to reflect God's vision for the world, by ensuring justice and protecting the vulnerable. Christians are called to hold governments accountable to this standard.

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Penalty Rates and Sacred Rest: Submission to the Fair Work Commission

Monday, 7 March 2016
 | Gordon Preece

People are more than just workers and consumers in a 24/7 market society, and penalty rates help protect the special nature of Sunday as a shared day of rest for all Australians.

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How am I Connected to the Slave Trade?

Monday, 7 March 2016
 | Fuzz Kitto

As everyday consumers, we are connected to the modern-day slave trade through the things we eat, drink and wear. Slavery strikes at the heart of what it means to be made in the image of God, and freeing slaves is a spiritual act.

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Reading Jeremiah’s ‘Oracles Against the Nations’ in Australia today

Monday, 7 March 2016
 | Alison Sampson

Lent is a time of self-examination. What is the prophetic message for us today, in modern-day Australia, as we read Jeremiah’s Oracles Against the Nations?

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Back to Work, Face to God

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
 | Gordon Preece

Holiday’s over, back to work! That’s the cry echoing in the ears of many workers. The return to work for Christians, for all its aspects of the Genesis 3:16-17 curse, is also a Genesis 1:26-28 blessing. Work is a place to seek God’s face, near at hand, under our noses.

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If Muslims Worship a Different God, What About the Jews?

Monday, 1 February 2016
 | Bernie Power

If Muslims do not worship the same God as Christians because they reject the Trinity and the deity of Jesus, by the same logic do Jews also worship a different God? The answer lies in understanding the relationship between the Old and New Testaments on the one hand, and between the Qu'ran and the New Testament on the other.

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Building Bridges of Peace in the Midst of Religious Diversity

Sunday, 31 January 2016
 | Sarita D. Gallagher

The question - ‘Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?’ - is both compelling and potentially polarising. Recent events at Wheaton College have shown that, despite the centuries of discourse debating the nature and identity of the Abrahamic God, this issue remains relevant to our world today and requires fresh examination.

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Listening to a Complex Story

Saturday, 30 January 2016
 | Barry McGrath

Our culture can't deal with complexity and wants to categorise people as ‘gay’, ‘straight’ and so on. But the everyday reality of many people is very different. And, for a believer, our primary identity is that we are saints. This means walking together in our struggles. It also means that celibacy is not a disaster or failure.

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From Reuters http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2015/03/14/pope-francis-announces-special-catholic-church-holy-year-on-theme-of-mercy/

Opening a Door of Mercy

Tuesday, 8 December 2015
 | Megan Curlis-Gibson

On 8 December 2015, when the Holy Door opened into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, it became a “Door of Mercy”. Its opening by Pope Francis marks the start of an Extraordinary Jubilee “Year of Mercy”, which will continue until the 20th November 2016. Surely we need a year of mercy.

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Bearing Witness and Bearing the Sword in a Time of Violence

Tuesday, 8 December 2015
 | Matt Wilcoxen

To quote Bonhoeffer, the church is to “with all due deference address government directly in order to draw its attention to shortcomings and errors which must otherwise imperil its governmental office” (Ethics, p. 345). It is the responsibility of Christians to address governmental powers as to what is just and to how they should perform their function.

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