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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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Earth Day 2023: A spiritual shift is also needed

Friday, 21 April 2023
 | Justin Simpson

Earth Day is a chance for us to pause and ask: Have we, as Christians, internalised a utilitarian paradigm of nature, seeing it fundamentally in terms of how it serves the human economy? Has our theology somehow underpinned this? Is environmental care an ‘add on’, disconnected from our theology?

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Supplication of a Sometime Believer

Thursday, 20 April 2023
 | Jordan Rastrick

God, give me doubt / Doubt, to pierce my too small image of you / To overcome the certainties with which I would fence you

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Book review: Winning in the Workplace

Friday, 7 April 2023
 | Sharon Cheung

How do I balance faithful witness in the workplace with career ambitions? Akemu pushes back against theologically sound resources that are ignorant of real-world pressures. But if you are looking for a rich gospel-driven theology of work and a pastoral voice, this book will disappoint.

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Love and Technology

Thursday, 23 March 2023
 | Daniel Sih

In the digital age, love and technology are intertwined. Engaging in the online world can feel personal, individual and connected. No wonder it's hard to unplug – breaking our digital attachments is emotional. Are we really any different to the idolaters of ancient times?

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Beat

Thursday, 23 March 2023
 | Nichola Chadwick

Where are you now? / Why is what you were so shattered? / Now your power diffuses, confuses and demands showy chatter / Now you are Outside, sheltered by the haze of time / cluttered by critical hallucinations / unreachable and irreproachable.

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Book review: The Quest for Serenity

Thursday, 2 March 2023
 | Rex Dale

The autobiography of former Principal of the NSW Baptist College, George H. Morling, is a book to be read with a prayerful heart and mind - and is a reminder that, when we have an inner composure, we are enabled to do more.

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In the City

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Mallory Thompson

So many people unknown / Yet no one seems alone.

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Book Review: A Fragile Hope: Cultivating a Hermitage of the Heart

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Tim Dickau

Charles Ringma invites us to enter the hermitage of the heart, mind and soul, and leads us towards deep theological and critical thinking, a life of ministry among the poor and justice-seeking, and a perceptiveness of what is actually going on in our world.

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What’s in a Name?

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Christine Sine

The way we name things matters. How many creatures no longer register on our consciousness because we have no name for them or else have given them a name with negative connotations?

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Our Lovely Oblivions: A Life Beautifully Laid Down

Thursday, 16 February 2023
 | Matthew Tan

Jesus is not just the Good Shepherd, but the Beautiful Shepherd that lays down his life for us. This beauty stuns, captivates and leaves us in ecstasy - an ecstacy that draws us out of ourselves to pierce through and illuminate our culture’s many lovely oblivions.

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