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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 Art of Improvisation

Monday, 26 September 2022
 | Jacqueline Grey

Like the final Act of a play, we join God’s story by improvising the final act of this story of Scripture – staying consistent and true to Scripture, but being led by the Spirit towards the fulfilment of the story in God’s kingdom.

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The Queen: Symbol of Imperialism and Colonialism for First Nations Peoples of Australia

Friday, 23 September 2022
 | Anne Pattel-Gray

For most First Nations peoples in Australia, the Queen is a symbol of British imperialism under which we were colonised, who failed to rectify the wrongs of her forebears. But the church is also complicit.

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God, by whom kings and queens do reign

Monday, 12 September 2022
 | Paul Tyson

The inauguration of King Charles III is a reminder that Australia has a public religion - the Church of England, with its head as our political sovereign - which is the grounds of legal and political authority. ‘Religious freedom’ is therefore private. But we often get it the wrong way around.

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Beauty in the scratches

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
 | Karina Kreminski

We seem to want to hide our scars, imperfections and wounds. But now I wonder if, ultimately, it’s those quirks, wounds, scratches and imperfections that make us a more interesting and meaningful society – and a humane one.

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Experiences of Forgetting: weaving and redeeming in the genealogies of Jesus

Monday, 25 July 2022
 | Sarah Do and Steve Taylor

Does Ruth's ‘your people, my people’ require forgetting one’s origins? Can one embrace the interweaving of diverse cultural experiences? And how can we allow the migrant experiences of sacrifice, grief and loss transform our readings of Scripture?

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Conspiracy Theories and Christians

Sunday, 24 July 2022
 | Charles Ringma

It’s easy to dismiss those who hold to conspiracy theories as ‘irrational’. But there are background factors that draw some, especially Christians, to alternative explanations for world events that focus on the ‘dark side’ of humanity while offering hope in the shadow of a cataclysmic future.

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Non-violence Is Not Enough: the need to deal with coercive control

Tuesday, 12 July 2022
 | Dave Andrews

It's not enough for us to be non-violent; we need to be non-dominant, ‘taking on the form of a servant’, spending our lives enabling, equipping and empowering others. What does this mean for you in your relationships?

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In (God) Guns we trust

Thursday, 30 June 2022
 | Mersina (Tonys-Soulos) Papantoniou

What is the connection between the recent mass shootings in the US, America’s violent history and ‘White Replacement Theory’? And is there a common thread to the actions and motivations of the ‘lone wolf’ shooters?

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Same-Sex Attraction

Tuesday, 28 June 2022
 | John Kidson

The conference concerned: same-sex attraction. The question: how should we (the Church) respond?

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Cancel Culture and the New Puritans: A Response to My Respondents

Monday, 27 June 2022
 | David Griffin

David Griffin responds to Jim Reiher’s and Joanna Cruikshank’s responses to his article on cancel culture and puritanism.

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