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Migration and the Migrant God

Monday, 23 July 2018
 | Charles Ringma

Displacement and migrancy have become the dominant themes of our age. The biblical narratives also feature people on the move, and in the New Testament the iconic migration is the incarnation. Indeed, we can call the God of the Bible a Migrant God, the One who journeys with us.

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Australia’s energy insanity

Friday, 20 July 2018
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

Energy policy in Australia is highly politicised, and the government has failed in its role of ensuring that the basic needs of its citizens are met. This is a concern for us, as Christians, as we try to be good stewards and ensure justice for the vulnerable. What is the practical way forward?

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Palliative care, personhood, the Image of God

Thursday, 21 June 2018
 | Greta E.C. Wells

In Genesis, our personhood is closely tied to the vocation assigned to us as Image Bearers: co-regents under God, carefully tending to God’s good creation, both as care-givers and care-receivers. We find it easy to be care-givers; but acknowledging our need for care is more challenging. Yet there is dignity in fragility.

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Does the hope for reconciliation lie with the Millennials?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018
 | Brooke Prentis

Millennials understand friendship, caring for creation, inequality, white privilege and our collective responsibility for the future. Millennials could be the generation to realise Reconciliation in their lifetime because, unlike previous generations, they continue to show me that saying sorry is the rule, not the exception.

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Living in the truth: responding to propaganda

Thursday, 17 May 2018
 | Peter Corney

The question of truth versus propaganda is a major issue for people living in former communist East European countries. But it is also a critical one for us all in our contemporary world saturated with commercial and political propaganda. How should we, as Christians, respond to the challenge to ‘live in the truth’?

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A Spirituality of Eating

Friday, 27 April 2018
 | Charles Ringma

Eating is not just life-sustaining, but also relational and celebrative. It is an act of worship. Eating together is a reminder of our connectedness to God, the earth and each other, and calls us to radical hospitality. Most fundamentally, eating points us to the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the whole world.

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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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