The Curiosity Index (14.06.2018)

The Demise Of The Soul Of Evangelicalism

Scot McKnight fires off some salvos about the decline of evangelicalism.

Pride is no longer accorded those who faithfully read and teach the Bible, who glory in the cross of Christ, who preach conversions and transformations, and who are engaged in a piety- and evangelism-based activism that encompasses the whole person.
The center of gravity of too much of evangelicalism has shifted away from these crumbling core themes to something else, but in the process evangelicalism has lost its soul.

Church Planting in the Heart of Japan

I’m stirred by these stories of courage and faith, of making disciples in difficult places.

In Japan, most of the people we meet have never heard the gospel. People say that it’s one of the most difficult countries to reach. But here’s the good news: God is always with us, to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). So we continue planting churches in hope that the gospel would saturate our land. May it fill all of Japan as the waters cover the sea.

*To understand some of the difficult history of Christianity in Japan take a look at An Island’s Spiritual History, Documented in Haunting Photographs

Estonia will soon offer free public transportation

The plan doesn’t mean Estonians won’t ever have to buy bus tickets again, but rather that state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free. Citizens will also have to pay for train travel, but tickets for the state-owned rail network will be less expensive thanks to enhanced subsidies. Tallinn’s free public transit policies — there city residents can ride buses, trains, trolleys, and trams fare-free — will not extend to other cities, and the offer will only be good for Estonians, not tourists.

But at a cost of just £15 million a  year, it’s the sort of policy that small countries can and should make.

John K. King Used & Rare Books

The sprawling, four-story building houses a collection of more than a million books, from signed copies of Ernest Hemingway novels to free copies of old phone books and magazines.

I now have a reason to visit Detroit.

Why we can’t give up this odd way of typing

Death to QWERTY, long live DVORAK!

Photo by Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta

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