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Six lessons from Interstellar

Insterstellar was one of the big blockbuster films of 2014 and with good reason. It’s epic, telling a big bold story with big themes about the future survival of humanity. If you’ve not seen it already, it really needs to be seen on as a big a screen as you can possible manage, because space is vast and epic. This is not a movie to be watched on your tablet or phone. There’s a lot of stuff here about blackholes, wormholes, planetary exploration, time travel and more. Of course there is…

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The Curiosity Index (29.04.2015)

The Surprising benefits of giving money away include you’ll be happier, you’ll invest in what you think is important & you’ll be freed from the power of money. “Where his money goes is the truer indication of what he deems important. If you care about something, then actually give to it.” Yesterday was my 40th birthday so you may be tempted to draw a connection to this first link: why so many of us experience a mid-life crisis. You would be wrong but here’s the key line: “Midlife essentially becomes a time…

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Evolution: Meanings & Misconceptions

For many Christians reconciling notions of creation from the Bible with the theory of evolution continues to be troublesome. In order to get our heads straight it helps to have some understanding of what we mean when we say evolution and what it’s proponents say it is not. Justin Taylor summarizes an essay by Stephen Meyer and Michael Newton Keas and lays out six different meanings of the term evolution: Evolution as change over time Evolution as gene frequency change Evolution as limited common descent Evolution as a mechanism that…

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The Curiosity Index (28.04.2015)

When the earth moves and the ground shakes: What the earthquake in Nepal left behind. Tim Chester tells you how to argue with tempation: “The pleasures of sin are real, but pleasing God is much sweeter.” Anthony Le Donne gives some background to summing up the law and the prophets: Summation of the Torah – Hillel and Jesus If you want to win at hangman you need to know the hardest word to guess And this video shows why not everything is easy as riding a bike. Especially riding a bike.

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Very special or very, very lucky

The universe is big. Bigger than you think. Actually much bigger than you can think. Depending on who you talk to, there are somewhere in the region of 200 to 500 sextillion (that’s an extra 21 zeroes right there) planets in the universe’s estimated 500 billion galaxies. That’s a lot. So the odds are, that somewhere out there are other planets that are both habitable and populated with life. Recently NASA chief Ellan Stofan predicted that we’d find signs of alien life in the next 25 years. “It’s definitely not…

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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2015)

This is a good description of what a church should be: “A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level” Here’s a radical idea for a church: No rotas. H/T Jake Belder What would cities look like if lit only by the stars? Justice sometimes never comes, sometimes it may take a lifetime. This Korean ‘comfort woman’ is still waiting after 70 years. The crisis in the Mediterranean is about the lives of poor people who want a better life. Here’s the power of…

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Five marks of prayer

So following on from seven reasons to pray and four effects of prayer here are five marks of prayer. Joy There are definitely times when prayer won’t be joyful. One could hardly describe Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane as joyful. So let’s avoid turning these into rules. yet it strikes me that much of the prayer we read of in the New Testament had a certain enegy to it, an assured confidence and yes a joyfulness to it. I grew up in a tradition where praying was serious, somber business…

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The Curiosity Index (22.04.2015)

Who can be against us? “You can’t threaten to kick a man out of his family whose Father is God and whose brothers and sisters number in the millions.” Tim Keller on the book of Judges and violence in the Old Testament “In short, if you believe the rest of the things the Bible teaches, the period of holy war makes sense. Holy war is not, therefore, a reason to reject what the rest of the Bible says about God.” Peter Leithart has some interesting things to say on The Failure of…

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