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Articles for Engage.Mail 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.

 

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Life is Difficult

Wednesday, 28 September 2022
 | Nils von Kalm

Entering into our pain takes us to the deepest place, to reality, to the loving heart of God.

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Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

Monday, 26 September 2022
 | Susan Barnes

Bessel van der Kolk's thought-provoking book explores some of the newer, more unconventional therapies available to modern psychiatrists, giving hope to deeply traumatised people - and challenging Christians to think outside the box.

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Book review: The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis

Tuesday, 6 September 2022
 | Claire Harvey

The 2022 Christian Book of the Year not only tells the story of an innovative and effective approach to reforestation, but it also doubles as a powerful and moving contemporary Christian biography of God’s call on the life of author Tony Rinaudo and his wife Liz.

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When we Don’t Die in Battle: A reflection on Thor: Love and Thunder

Thursday, 25 August 2022
 | Michael J. Toy

The metaphor of war runs rampant in the way we speak of illness or disease. But most of us don't die in battle. What other metaphors and images can we find that better describe the inevitably and beauty of change?

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No Ordinary Journey

Sunday, 21 August 2022
 | Patricia M. Robertson

If there is an end to this eternal / path she cannot see it and it / does not stop.

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The Relational Toxicity of Prejudice

Thursday, 11 August 2022
 | Lindsay Tanner

When our relationships with our fellow human beings are overlaid with mindless prejudice, the outcomes are toxic.

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Endnotes for ‘Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong: Civil disobedience and a Christian response to unwarranted state violence’

Thursday, 4 August 2022
 | Belinda Wu

Endnotes for Zadok Paper S260: ‘From Panda to Dragon? China and the West’s Relationship Goes South’, Zadok Perspectives and Papers 155 (Winter 2022), 14-16.

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Remembering Ron Sider

Saturday, 30 July 2022
 | Gordon Preece

We pay tribute to Ron Sider, whose writings revolutionised Christian perspectives on poverty and helped develop the radical discipleship and Evangelical justice movements.

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…Faith and hopes…

Sunday, 17 July 2022
 | John Kidson

I'd like a sunburnt Australia.

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Book review: To Right Every Wrong: The Making and Unmaking of One Improbable Minor Prophet

Saturday, 18 June 2022
 | Matthew Anslow

What is required to produce an improbable minor prophet? Dave Andrews reflects candidly on his life and vocation, the danger of putting people on pedestals (as we’ve seen so often recently), and above all the source of his strength - the knowledge that he is ‘much loved’.

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