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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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I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Ethos online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree — even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

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Small mercies ...

Tuesday, 22 March 2022
 | John Kidson

A devastated township causes reflective thinking.

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Book Review of Threescore + Ten: Passing the Use-By Date

Monday, 21 March 2022
 | Charles Ringma

With a gentle humour, John Kidson shares his passionate involvement in life in this whimsical, playful and humorous autobiography with a difference.

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A pause in the journey

Wednesday, 2 February 2022
 | John Kidson

Taking time out to ponder and reflect can bring us more than simple rest.

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Book Review: The Fault Lines Founding Liberty

Friday, 7 January 2022
 | Claire Harvey

In this short novella, Sarah Bacaller grapples with questions and reflections about God, faith and church, and reminds us that there is nearly always more going on under the surface, if we are quiet enough to listen.

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Making it official

Friday, 17 December 2021
 | John Kidson

Ohh he had waited calmly, his patience only stretched and tempered with hope; he could not know her past joyful-pain... could not conceive her future hopeful-pain...

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Book Review: Achievement Addiction by Justine Toh

Thursday, 16 December 2021
 | Paul Arnott

What's could be wrong with getting things done – and done really well? Justine Toh asks the hard questions about our addiction to achievement and where grace fits into it all.

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Tribute to Ian Hore-Lacy (1940-2021)

Monday, 13 December 2021
 | Various

We pay tribute to Ian Hore-Lacy, whose tragic death last week left was a shock and loss to many. Ian was a former Ethos board member, ongoing faithful supporter and friendly critic.

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Kairos: the card player

Friday, 3 December 2021
 | Charles Ringma

Is waiting now our greatest calling, like Simeon and Anna who grasped the moment of kairos joy?

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The Tracker, Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country

Wednesday, 1 December 2021
 | Katherine Rainger

With the passing yesterday of renowned actor, dancer, singer and painter David Dalaithngu AM, we republish Katherine Rainger's 2019 Zadok review of his collaborative works with Rolf de Heer. Dalaithngu was one of the first Aboriginal characters portrayed on the big screen.

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the elusive one

Sunday, 21 November 2021
 | Charles Ringma

Why does God seem so elusive, hidden, unknowable?

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