All posts by Phil Whittall

Still all alone

I’m interested in the efforts and interest in finding other intelligent life in the universe which recently took a bit of a knock. On the one hand The “exoplanet” revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien

The Curiosity Index (02.08.2018)

The Wise Do Not Always Weigh In “When one has too many answers,” Merton wrote, “and when one joins a chorus of others chanting the same slogans, there is, it seems to me, a danger that one is trying to evade the loneliness of a

Why I don’t think North Korea will give up the nukes

So in yesterday’s least surprising development there came the ‘news’ that North Korea may be working on new missiles. This should not surprise anyone.. I simply don’t believe they will give up the nukes. I will be delighted if history proves me wrong but here are my

The Curiosity Index (01.08.2018)

Welcome to August everybody – five months of 2018 left to invest. 4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today Trevin Wax is on the money here. The biggest challenges we face today are not from tyrannical regimes or oppressive governments. They are

Seeking the good life

On Sunday when our church gathered to worship we did so as a church mostly made of people from elsewhere. There were those in Sweden because they married a Swede giving them the right to stay. There were those who moved for work – educated,

The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels

The rise and rise of transgenderism

As I was writing the headline for this piece I went to write the word ‘debate’ and then changed my mind. No one is really debating this issue. The Economist ran a series of viewpoints on transgender issues but I didn’t see a viewpoint that actually

The Curiosity Index (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel.