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The Big Sick: a film with much more appeal than its name

Sunday, 3 September 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Based on a true story, The Big Sick provides a realistic depiction of a cross-cultural relationship. In doing so, it deals with some pretty serious subjects – racism, unemployment, relational breakdown, major illness, and the importance of honesty, tenacity and love through thick and thin.

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A Tale of Two Gileads: legalism and grace in the eyes of Atwood and Robinson

Friday, 18 August 2017
 | Gordon Preece

Like the best futurist literature, The Handmaid's Tale shouldn’t be dismissed as mere fantasy. But lest we confuse fundamentalism with the freeing fundamentals of Christian faith, a comparison with Marilynne Robinson's depiction in Gilead of humble Christ-like love and service is a good antidote. Will they turn Robinson's Gilead into a TV series?

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Why does The Handmaid’s Tale and our witness of this perhaps-not-so-fantastical tale matter?

Saturday, 12 August 2017
 | Karly Michelle Edgar

I often feel very limited in my impact on society when I am confronted with the issues presented in The Handmaid’s Tale. But after reading Beauty Will Save the World I am reminded that it truly is the small moments focused on the love and care of Jesus that can make the difference. What if the greatest act of subversion was to care for others?

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Link highlights | July 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from July 2017.

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When tolerance is not OK

Monday, 31 July 2017
 | Amanda Jackson

Tolerance is a good thing, but it can end up meaning that nothing is sinful. Often, too, our ‘tolerance’ only extends to those within our own tribe - we tolerate what we agree with and hate everything else.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: a thistopian dystopia

Sunday, 30 July 2017
 | Megan Powell du Toit

The message of Handmaid’s Tale is not that ‘this could happen’, but that ‘this is already happening’, albeit in subtle and insidious ways: the subjugation of women, unequal structures and the abuse of power and religion.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: a timely indictment of conservative religion

Monday, 24 July 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Far from being 'anti-Christian', The Handmaid’s Tale series warns against three key dangers for the church: graceless religion, tolerating abuse and engaging in moral hypocrisy. We would do well to heed its message.

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A final journal? Or some dark days revisited

Sunday, 23 July 2017
 | John Kidson

‘How come I've got this dementia, and he hasn't!?’ Join the journey of despair, prayers and (mis)adventures of a patient diagnosed with a life-changing condition. 

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Review of Smithy: The John Smith Story

Sunday, 23 July 2017
 | Dave Fuller

Don Parham traces the spiritual transformation and ministry of one of Australia’s great Christian leaders - a left-wing ‘maddie’ called by God to speak to both the Church and the nation, like a modern day Amos.

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Getting rid of Christian labels and calling out sexism

Monday, 17 July 2017
 | Karina Kreminski

We need to move beyond echo-chamber church discussions around ‘complementarianism’ and ‘egalitarianism’ that can distract us from noticing the deeper problem that pervades our society and that we desperately need to address: sexism.

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