Category Archives: Articles

Living with startling abundance

This blog started with a fairly simple premise and topic that I’ve long since wandered from. I saw (and still see) consumerism as a massive problem in our societies and churches because of the way it forms and shapes people. I was going to write,

Beaten to the punch on Pinker

Months ago now I heard of Steven Pinker’s latest book Enlightenment Now. His thesis is that the world is a great place to live and getting better to which he credits the values of the Enlightenment. Here’s an article in the WSJ by Pinker if you don’t want to

The Curiosity Index (19.04.2018)

Perspectives on Islam in Europe In 2016, the Pew Research Centre estimated [the] total Muslim population in Europe to be just under 26 million. This is a significant increase over the 2010 population that Pew reported at 19.5 million…Their research shows that 53% of migrants entering

Rediscovering Hospitality

In Japan lonely senior citizens (especially women) are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. From 1980 to 2015, the number of seniors living alone in Japan increased more than sixfold, to almost 6 million. That’s quite extreme but all across the developed world

Rethinking the Exodus

Last year I read and saved an article by Scott Alexander called Djoser Joseph Osiris where he explores the theory that the Pharaoh Djoser was the inspiration both for the Egyptian god Osiris and the Biblical figure of Joseph. I confess that’s a theory I’d

What I watched in March 2018

I’m a little slow this month in posting this but here we go. I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in March. Films

The Curiosity Index (10.04.2018)

Why Christianity has been pushed underground in China This could be a case of an unstoppable force against an immovable object. How One Baptist Church Has Seven-Times More Missionaries Than Anyone Else Such an inspiring and challenging example. Inside the White House Bible Study group

Knowing the difference between immoral, unethical & illegal

In, what I think, is a very important article, Becky Castle Miller illustrates the differences between immoral, unethical and illegal acts and how organisations and specifically churches should respond to each one. The case in point relates to sex but it could (with care) be