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The Dominion Mandate: lessons for pastors, theologians and believers

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
 | Neville Carr

How does Paul’s idea of equipping the saints for service relate to the ‘Great Commissions’ of Genesis 1 and Matthew 28? The creation narrative is key to how we understand ministry, human flourishing, Christian maturity and the glory of God.

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Virtual Gnosticism and the Church – some disturbing thoughts about Covid-19

Thursday, 9 July 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Social isolation during a global pandemic makes good public health sense, but should the church seamlessly migrate to an on-line ‘space’? What does this say about our understanding of the gospel, our bodies and the way we gather?

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Kindness amid the bubbles of life

Thursday, 2 July 2020
 | Steve Taylor

With COVID-19 restrictions, 'bubbles' became the word that held our collective, yet uniquely individual, sense of fears and experiences of limits and fragility. Yet limits invite kindness, as the Book of Ruth shows.

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Accidental Fascists: progressive politics and the dilemma of censorship

Sunday, 21 June 2020
 | Brendan Byrne

We don’t resist by silencing and banning and prohibiting, or by creating an atmosphere of reactive fear in which people self-censor. Rather, we should follow Jesus’ example, who resisted his detractors through argument and debate.

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The myth of work-life balance (and how COVID-19 exposes it)

Friday, 22 May 2020
 | Cheryl McGrath

For a long time, we’ve pretended we are ‘disembodied workers’. Maybe a global pandemic is what it will take to abandon the harmful idea that the 24-hour work cycle is healthy for anyone.

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Anzac Day or Easter Day?

Thursday, 30 April 2020
 | Gordon Preece

As churches we have been so cowed by the abuse crisis that we barely raise a peep when we are regarded as an ‘inessential service’. Yet on Anzac Day we can honour the dead and draw on the Easter imagery while also opposing war and critiquing the idolising of national identity.

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The Christian origins and symbolism of Anzac Day

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Darren Mitchell

Pared back to its simplest form, the Anzac Day ceremony draws directly on our Christian heritage. Every year, when we gather at dawn, we proclaim the resurrection. May we also employ the Anzac liturgical elements to pray for the spiritual renewal of our nation.

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Weeping together when the going gets tough

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | Siu Fung Wu

The Apostle Paul tells us to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep’. As the economic impact of COVID-19 affects the lives of our church communities, how can we allow the pain of others to pain us?

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Coronavirus, Liminality and Meditation

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | Charles Ringma

In the liminal space of the Coronavirus, what can we learn? What may need to change? As our normal routines and rhythms disappear, we have an opportunity to journey deeper into the rich resources of Christian spirituality.

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Soul Care for a Chaotic COVID-19 World

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
 | Christine Aroney-Sine

Even in this time of pandemic, many of us are feeling overwhelmed and overworked. But none of us are any good to others if we are basket cases ourselves. How can we use this time to develop resilience and strengthen our faith?

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