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This is not about the postal vote

Friday, 18 August 2017
 | Stephen McAlpine

Regardless of your view about same sex marriage, the moment it is enacted - or at least after the confetti has settled and the party is over - is the moment we see if our religious freedom laws are strong enough to ensure that dissenting voices can continue to dissent publicly without fear of retribution on the other side of the marriage decision.

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Six reasons to vote yes if you hold to a classical Christian view of marriage

Friday, 18 August 2017
 | Susan Adams

I hold to what’s called a ‘classical Christian view of marriage’. It might seem logical, then, that I would vote ‘no’ on legalising same-sex marriage in the upcoming plebiscite. However, I believe there are six reasons why a Christian who holds such a view of marriage might vote ‘yes’.

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The Hall of Mirrors and radical individualism

Saturday, 12 August 2017
 | Peter Corney

Our Postmodern world has embraced an attitude of mind like the Hall of Mirrors, where the self is constantly reflecting on itself. The obsession with self has been facilitated by social media to levels dangerous to youth mental health, setting up a whole generation for great disappointment.

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Social Media and the SSM Plebiscite: a how-to guide

Thursday, 10 August 2017
 | Megan Powell du Toit

How you handle the public debate around the marriage plebiscite will affect your relationships, your ability to be heard when you talk about your faith and how people view the church. Above all, it will affect people in the community for whom this is personal. Here are some tips on how to engage in a thoughtful, Christlike manner.

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National Science Week: a call for intergenerational solidarity

Saturday, 5 August 2017
 | Claire Dawson

Loving our neighbours downstream means leaving a safe and thriving planet for future generations. This year's theme for National Science Week in schools is ‘Future Earth’, a perfect opportunity for the church to address Intergenerational Equity by re-framing the debate and re-forming the hearts and minds of people.

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A response to the ABC Report on domestic violence in churches

Saturday, 5 August 2017
 | Graeme Cann

We as the Church must humbly and regretfully acknowledge that much of the ABC report on domestic violence was fair and true. We must fight against attitudes and beliefs that support the idea that violence can ever be justified and adopt any changes necessary to bring about change.

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Climate change denialism is not just ‘another opinion’

Monday, 31 July 2017
 | Mick Pope

Many people trust the scientific method until it applies to something like climate change. But relying on personal opinion or faulty theological arguments is irresponsible - climate change is a matter of life and death. We need to ask ourselves what is behind our denialism and take seriously the findings of experts.

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Renovating university ministry

Saturday, 15 July 2017
 | Arthur Davis

Our hope in campus ministry is not merely to create more Christians, but a certain kind of Christian: someone whose pursuit of our Master can address the full gamut of academic, professional and urban existence. For this, we need ministries that are not merely on campus or to the campus, but for the campus.

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The undiscovered country

Saturday, 1 July 2017
 | Mick Pope

Time is both cyclical and linear, which means that the end of days is not an end of time, but the beginning of a new time that began with the resurrection. We look forward, not to a disembodied future, but to a New Heaven and New Earth, and we're called to imagine this future in how we live now.

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Electricity market review addresses dysfunction and impending problems

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

The Finkel Review into Australia’s National Electricity Market suggests ways of ensuring reliable and affordable electricity, but doesn't get the modelling right and ignores recent data on technology and costs. Let’s pray it doesn't become another political football to the detriment of homes and industries.

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