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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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We are always on the lookout for new writers! If you'd like to submit an article, a review, a poem, a story or an artwork, email the editor, Armen Gakavian.

 

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20-20 Vision

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
 | John Kidson

What is our role as 'future leader-shapers'? What should be education's aim? Surely we must go beyond giving hope of likely post-Covid employment after graduating.

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Foreign Fields

Monday, 10 August 2020
 | Elaine Furniss

I give thanks for my neighbours in adjacent principalities. I love the ingenuity of the kids on the corner who communicate with their neighbour kids at the apex of their elevation on the resident trampoline in each backyard.

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Myths, Maths, Moths

Monday, 3 August 2020
 | Oscar Delaney

Dead animals, homeless Bangladeshis and empty stomachs. A poem about storm and drought, flood and fire.

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Letter to editor: ‘Climate Emergency NOW!’ (Zadok Perspectives 146, Autumn 2020)

Thursday, 23 July 2020
 | Janet Down

Letter to the editor in response to the Zadok Autumn 2020 issue on climate change, including some thoughts on hope and helpful online resources.

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Dawn Vigils in Lockdown… but it’s not Resurrection Sunday

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Christians have not been very creative when it comes to Easter in a time of pandemic. On Anzac Day, however, we are seeing wide scale innovative liturgical alternatives across the nation. Why?

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Avoiding the (frozen) Cold Shoulder?

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | John Kidson

After reluctantly going under the knife, the old granny psalm' you never appreciate what you have until it's gone' can become more relevant than ever. A short medical story from pre-COVID times.

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TV series review: The Test: A New Era For Australian Cricket

Thursday, 16 April 2020
 | Brendan Byrne

The Test is clearly intended as a shame-to-glory documentary. While the humanity and vulnerability of the participants is painfully on display, the opportunity for deeper reflection is never taken up.

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A prayer for a time of pandemic

Thursday, 9 April 2020
 | Rebecca Forbes

In these extraordinary times, God, give us compassion. Give us prayerfulness.

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Book Review: Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization

Monday, 24 February 2020
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

According to Sam Gregg, the genius of Western civilisation is its unique synthesis of reason and faith - the kind expressed in Jewish and Christian faiths and cultures. To the extent that reason and faith have been uncoupled following the Enlightenment, he argues, we have seen the rise of social pathologies inimical to the pursuit of truth.

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Peter and Paul: apostles and martyrs

Sunday, 26 January 2020
 | John Kidson

Peter and Paul’s theological differences, initially quite divisive, were dealt with openly and amicably. Peter the fisherman and Paul the scholar shared in common an abiding confidence in Jesus. How does their example of apostleship and martyrdom challenge us today?

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