The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains. The Lava Meets the Sea It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption

The Curiosity Index (24.05.2018)

China’s five-year plan for adapting Christianity to Chinese socialism This is fascinating and it will be really interesting to see how the Chinese church and missions organisations respond – and the Chinese governments responses to those responses! What was also interesting was to imagine swapping

The Curiosity Index (23.05.2018)

When a Pastor is a Growth Barrier From Ed Stetzer: Sin can certainly lead us to be workaholics, and we burn ourselves or our people out. But it can also lead to the opposite, a poor work ethic. As a church leader you often do

How Many Christians?

Philip Jenkins asks, ‘how many Christians were there in the year 200?‘ and the answer is not very many. At least not when you consider the population of the Roman Empire. For the sake of argument, let us suggest a global Christian population of perhaps

The Curiosity Index (18.05.2018)

21 reasons to church plant Personally I’d replace church planting in 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11,12,13,14,18,19,20,21 with Make/making disciples but I’m still all for it. Theology majors marry each other a lot, but business majors don’t I’m not pretending to have read the data or understood it but the

The death of the church

Todd Dildine recently did a four-part series on you guessed it, ‘the death of the church’. It’s an analysis of the American scene but I think has much wider implications. In Part 1 he assesses the landscape and sees that in America it’s not only

The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement. My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs. Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right

The Curiosity Index (16.05.2018)

John Newton’s Advice on Family Worship It’s good advice. The biblical gospels were all originally anonymous? How historically plausible is that? Not very plausible. Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo. The Best