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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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The Magpie

Wednesday, 15 May 2024
 | Chris Marshall

The magpie trills a joyful refrain, / A song of Australia it is

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Sunday, 21 April 2024
 | Sarah Lough

Warmth filling my heart / Down on my knees

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Reflecting on the resilience and well-being of individuals, volunteers, organisations and communities

Thursday, 18 April 2024
 | Monica Short

Resilience grounded in the Christian faith can be a valuable part of a well-being toolkit that allows practitioners, volunteers, groups, organisations and communities to make meaning of uncertainty and complex situations. What unique resource do people of faith have to help them navigate tough situations?

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Jesus, Our Friend

Friday, 12 April 2024
 | Alison Sampson

Could Jesus be a conversation partner? Would he stay up late over a crumb-littered table asking good questions, making provocations and listening so carefully that you know you are fully seen? Could connection through shared laughter be part of the healing he brings?

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Book review: Hire Right, First Time: A Practical Guide for Staffing Christian Organisations

Friday, 5 April 2024
 | Claire Harvey

Combining their insights from Christian ministry leadership and psychology, Rev. Peter Corney and Dr Ken Byrne have produced a very relevant, timely, honest and thoroughly practical resource for anyone involved in staffing Christian organisations.

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‘Healthcare for all, together’: An Easter shoutout

Wednesday, 27 March 2024
 | Paul Mercer

Jesus, as the ‘one bread broken’, is a consistent testimony to the grace and healing this world needs, uniting race, class, religion, culture, business, healthcare and politics into a new vision of hope. This good news victory announcement is also a challenge to us to follow Him.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024
 | Alvoli Anderson

why does water fall in the city? / no trees to water, only steeples

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God's Breath

Monday, 25 March 2024
 | Emily Buchanan

The wind blows strongly, / As God exhales.

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Continuing on the road less travelled

Wednesday, 13 March 2024
 | Nils von Kalm

Despite the flaws of the book and the author, M. Scott Peck’s work remains a timeless self-help classic. Wisdom such as committing ourselves to love, delaying gratification and practicing self-discipline is what many of us, including those of us in the church, need to hear today.

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Food, Stories and Communion in the Liquid City: A review of Midnight Diner

Thursday, 22 February 2024
 | Matthew Tan

Shows like Midnight Diner demonstrate the important link between human dignity, stories and community - a reminder that, as Christians, we live as living fragments of a story bound together by the biography of Jesus of Nazareth, highlighted in the celebration of eucharistic communion.

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