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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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Pope on the Pope: An Evangelical Climate Scientist Reflects on Laudato Si’

Monday, 13 July 2015
 | Mick Pope

All Christians need to turn their attention together toward the pressing issue of climate change and other ecological problems. These issues are profoundly ethical and concerned with justice and the common good; hence non-Catholics should also read this Laudato Si' with great interest.

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Cruciform Mission and Vocation in Australia

Friday, 10 July 2015
 | Siu Fung Wu

Christian mission and vocation involves a life-long commitment to a cross-shaped embodiment of Christ in every aspect of life.

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Bunnings and the Church

Friday, 10 July 2015
 | Simon Holt

On weekends we pour through their doors en masse. No doubt, we love shopping there and, from all reports, employees love working there. They’re doing something right! If I’m honest, though, this whole Bunnings-and-the-church thing is fraught. While I’m happy to discuss how the church can become a more welcoming proposition for our neighbours and a more rewarding place for those who are part of its ministry, the model of Bunnings for a ‘high performing’ church is shot through with awkward.

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Lest We Forget: The Importance of Remembering Well

Friday, 10 July 2015
 | Steve Turnbull

If we do not remember our past, particularly what led to our failures, we cannot hope to do better the next time something similar occurs. If we fail to remember the cost of war, particularly in human lives and the subsequent cost on those that survive, we will never see war as something to be avoided until there is no option left. There is, however, another dimension to remembering that goes beyond being simply an inoculation against future wars.

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Silence as a Luxury Accessory

Monday, 1 June 2015
 | Matthew Tan

This increasing porosity between the public and the private spheres has very often led to an invasion of the latter by the former. What is important to note is that this was something that was taking place long before the arrival of social media.

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Everyday Ethics: The Challenges of Being Vegan

Monday, 1 June 2015
 | Scott Wilson

The Vegan lifestyle is a decision that needs to be thought through. Also like many significant choices, once we commit, we see the other side and this opens up more ethical questions and more decisions regarding our stance.

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Magna Carta at 800

Monday, 1 June 2015
 | David Koyzis

It contains odd provisions like, “All fish-weirs [fish traps] shall henceforth be entirely removed from the Thames and the Medway and throughout all England except along the sea-coasts.” It wasn’t formulated by a meeting of political leaders intending to establish constitutional government but was drafted in the wake of battle. Nevertheless, Magna Carta, whose eight-hundredth anniversary we observe this year, has come to be considered a seminal document in the constitutional history of the English-speaking peoples.

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Complementarians, Egalitarians and Domestic Violence

Sunday, 31 May 2015
 | Tamie Davis

We all want to see domestic abuse of women eradicated as soon as possible, but it may be that the way forward here is some kind of awkward partnership of Christians who disagree on the way to get there, but are allies in seeking the safety of women within our churches.

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War Remembrance and Research - Two Book Reviews

Sunday, 26 April 2015
 | Keith Sewell

The devastating wars of the last century have taken their toll, and arguably the all too often self-righteous pseudo-Christian language used in war-dead remembrances have served to undermine the original biblical meaning of the terminology employed. In such a context, these two works merit serious reflection by all who are concerned about the public standing of Christianity in contemporary Australia.

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What does Anzac Day have to do with God?

Sunday, 26 April 2015
 | Jon Clarke

How ready are Christians to take a sufficiently critical look at the 'ANZAC myth'?

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