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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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Reflections on bread

Sunday, 3 December 2023
 | Gary Harch

What does the prayer, 'Give us today our daily bread', mean for us today - in our world of relative abundance, supermarket bread, global interdependence and supply chain vulnerability?

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Stages of Faith

Monday, 27 November 2023
 | Charles Ringma

The walk of faith is more a rocky and windy road than a steady mountain climb. How does each stage of our Christian life shape our response to the social, political, cultural, environmental and religious issues of our day?

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Where spirituality and justice meet

Thursday, 23 November 2023
 | Brooke Prentis

It was with deep listening, dadirri, and Job 12:7-10 that I packed my pages and joined a month-long pilgrimage across these lands now called Australia, to listen to First Nations peoples with a focus on Creation Care.

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A Christian response to the Melbourne Cup

Monday, 30 October 2023
 | Christine Gobius

Racing horses can be pure joy for horse, rider and spectator. But the ethical issues around horse racing are many and are not just limited to the welfare of the horses themselves, to the detriment of the flourishing of both human and nonhuman.

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Dissolved by Christ: How to discover who you really are

Tuesday, 24 October 2023
 | Jason Swan Clark

My only responsibility as a modern person is to create myself in the image I choose for myself. Yet this self-creating has not brought us more freedom but less. We have less meaning, purpose and a stable sense of self. But Christ calls us to lose ourselves in him.

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Why I will vote ‘Yes’

Sunday, 8 October 2023
 | Tom Slater

I have come to believe that the greatest hindrance to the progress of government support for Indigenous Australians is a lack of genuine, meaningful consultation with, and empowering of, Aboriginal communities. The Voice offers a real prospect of changing that.

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The Crown and the Voice: Does power need authority and sacraments?

Tuesday, 26 September 2023
 | Paul Tyson

However post-religious we might like to think we are, theological categories are still integral to anything concerning sovereignty - both Western and Indigenous.

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An Open Letter to the religious leaders in Australia

Wednesday, 30 August 2023
 | Tim Costello

Martin Luther King’s prophetic words to white religious leaders, written from Birmingham Jail, are a challenge to Australia’s church leaders who offer caution rather than courage on the profoundly important issues of Indigenous injustice.

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Australia’s Redemption: The process of restorative justice for First Nations People

Sunday, 27 August 2023
 | Anne Pattel-Gray

Australia's ‘first sin’ has never been properly or fully addressed by the churches or the ecumenical movement. But true reconciliation is costly - it can never be achieved without restitution and truth-telling. Anything less is ‘cheap grace’.

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Global Capitalism and the Global South: Hearing from the Old Testament prophets

Thursday, 27 July 2023
 | Xin Ying Cheryl Lim

In modern capitalism's obsession with faster, higher and larger, the Old Testament speaks powerfully and prophetically, calling God’s people to live lives of restraint, generosity and neighbourliness. But what does this mean, exactly, in practice?

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