The Curiosity Index (30.01.2015)

OK, so who stole January? I sound like my Dad, but where did the time go? Tim Challies lists 13 ways you waste money (although some of them may be more suited to North America) The Guardian (of all places) has an interesting article on church plants in Silicon Valley Sticking with churches, Steve Vaughan did an interesting experiment when he asked his colleagues to describe what they thought of church in three words Moving from churches to pastors, Mark Meynell explains why pastoring can never be about power Lastly a…

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Lessons from Riga

One of the things I’m enjoying about living in Stockholm is the connections it offers across northern Europe. I recently was able to visit some friends in Latvia’s capital, Riga and learn first hand of how they’re planting a church in that city. Here are a collection of thoughts from that visit, in no particular order. Church planting is hard work The above isn’t news to anyone, but it is easily forgotten. I met people who without any outside funding, are from scratch building a community of God’s people. The journey has been costly in…

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The Curiosity Index (27.01.2015)

It’s snowing again here in Stockholm, but it’s not the cold you notice most about the winter here it’s the darkness. In December the day is just 6 hours long and in June it’s 18 hours (you can find out how long your day is too!) Winter can be an isolating experience but if your whole town was essentially in one building (like this town in Alaska) then that might help. Or be a bit creepy, I can’t quite decide. This piece, on how the ‘perfect’ female body shape has changed…

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The Curiosity Index (26.01.2015)

How was your weekend? I had a couple of days in Riga, if you’ve never been – I recommend it! What do you think of when you think of Scandinavia and is it really a left-wing liberal utopia? Michael Booth says the answer is ‘no’ As you can see from this tweet, happiness in Sweden is largely reliant on anti-depressants Rank of antidepressant use in 23 OECD countries 1 Iceland 2 Australia 3 Canada 4 Denmark 5 Sweden 7 UK pic.twitter.com/GOZUuoMW83 — Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) January 24, 2015 The debate about…

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Christ in the Old Testament

Over the past few months at church we’ve been working our way through the Gospel of John. Last Sunday we took a closer look at John 5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. I connected this dot to the resurrection appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, where Jesus showed the disciples how the Scriptures pointed to Jesus (Luke 24:27). The question that followed stumped pretty much everybody: ‘Where is Jesus in the first five books of the Bible?’ If we were to…

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The Curiosity Index (23.01.2015)

The last links of the week. Trevin Wax interviews Andrew Wilson about his book Unbreakable It is likely that one of the themes of 2015 (as pretty much every year, ever) will be war. Here are 10 conflicts to keep an eye on If you run a website and you want people to, you know, actually visit it – then these 7 free site graders will help you make it work What language will the world be speaking in 2115? Not as many languages as we do now Sticking with the…

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The Curiosity Index (22.01.2015)

Yesterday was spent fixing, tweaking and ongoing repair of the self-inflicted damage I did to this site. I swear, when it comes to tinkering with this blog I never, ever learn. Multiplying missional communities is an art not a science and is something we’re just beginning to face. I found this article by Brad Watson helpful Justin Taylor shares 5 scientific problems as yet unsolved by evolutionary theory Sweden would probably not have been your first choice for having had the world’s 4th largest air-force, but during the Cold War it…

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