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Poverty in Australia? A Christian response

Friday, 18 October 2019
 | Rosie Kendall

This week is Anti-Poverty Week. Australia is a nation of opportunity, built on equality and a ‘fair go’, yet that’s not how things play out for everyone. How can the Church respond?

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The Gift of Wonder

Monday, 30 September 2019
 | Christine Aroney-Sine

Rediscovering child-like wonder and the joy of play is essential for our spiritual health. Awe and wonder, imagination and curiosity connect us to the God who is present in every moment and everything in a way that nothing else can.

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A good life reconfigured

Thursday, 26 September 2019
 | Siu Fung Wu

Even more dangerous than the overt, crass prosperity gospel of televangelists is a subtle form of prosperity gospel that sees material possessions, financial independence and travelling the world as indicators of a ‘good life’. But how can we be truly rich towards God?

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Cricket, Redemption and the Myths of Modernity

Tuesday, 24 September 2019
 | Brendan Byrne

Cricketer Steve Smith’s recent batting success has been described as his 'redemption'. But what does this claim reveal about modernity’s (mis)understanding of redemption – and its significance for humanity and the church?

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Something wrong, Mr Trump? In the wake of yet another massacre, El Paso

Wednesday, 21 August 2019
 | Mersina Papantoniou

President Trump's rhetoric has fanned the flames of racism, creating the environment for shootings such as the one at El Paso. But Republican, evangelical women of all races may have the final say.

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Religious schools and LGBTI rights: a delicate balance

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
 | Scott Buchanan

Should a faith-based school be permitted to distinguish between teaching staff on the basis of, say, sexual proclivity? Or does such permission implicitly endorse decisions that are manifestly cruel and bigoted?

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Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act: a bag of unforeseen consequences

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
 | John Buchanan

Should the Victorian model of assisted suicide and euthanasia be extended to other States, as is now being considered? The State’s Assisted Dying Act is deeply flawed, with loose criteria and insufficient protections. And evidence from other countries points to the potential for abuse and harm.

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Practical and ethical implications of hell. Part III: Universalism through Christ: a hopeful future starting now

Friday, 5 July 2019
 | Tony Golsby-Smith

How we see the future will influence how we see and act in the present. The church's obsession with heaven and hell has distorted its ability to imagine and declare a great future for God’s creation. A Universalist eschatological vision would shine a sense of wonder and hope over the world around us and radically change the way we live.

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Spiritual Disciplines and Working

Thursday, 4 July 2019
 | Kara Martin

Our work matters to God and has intrinsic value. There is no sacred-spiritual divide - our work is an expression of our worship of God and is a sacred activity. We can be spiritually formed for work by developing spiritual disciplines that we can practice in the workplace.

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Eating more peaceably: the Christian ethics of eating animals

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
 | Jessica Morthorpe

David Clough suggests that for humans to be ‘in the image of God’ means for us to have the responsibility of imaging God to other creatures. We are called to show them what God is like in how we treat them. What does this look like in practice?

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