Jesus the exorcist

Not far from my house is a field. One early summer as I was riding past it on a Sunday morning I noticed that the field had marquees up and thousands of Ethiopians had descended on the field. Curiosity got the better of me and I

The Curiosity Index (04.04.2017)

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus I’m certainly praying that there would be more stories like this one. The Floating Church I cam across this story from the 19th century. It’s a boat, New York, Swedish sailors, a local church and a revival. The prophet

Tricky questions about the Exodus

I love it when someone in my church asks me tricky questions about the Bible. It tells me that firstly they’re reading it, secondly they want to understand it, thirdly they’re prepared to wrestle with the text. More questions please. Here are some I was

The Curiosity Index (03.04.2017)

After an unexpected week’s absence the sorely missed Index has returned. I hear your gasps of relief. The Strange Persistence of Guilt David Brooks of the NYT has a great column on guilt. Think about this sentence and western civilization. And yet we have no

Devotional: Opposites attract

…put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 I’ve discovered that there’s a certain level of tidiness that I need to feel peaceful and calm in my home. Unfortunately it’s not shared by the rest of my family! One day, after

Devotional: An ever present helper

…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26 Sometimes when I think of the Holy Spirit, I only think of power,

The Curiosity Index (23.03.2017)

America’s most-hated woman I remember, back in the early days of having an email account, getting spam emails wanting me to sign a petition against this woman. Turns out they were rubbish. So before the Nigerians, Asians and Eastern-Europeans trying to scam me, I had American