Technology 

The time to think about transhumanism is now

Recently Max Anderson listened to a conversation between legendary tech investor Peter Thiel and legendary New Testament scholar NT Wright about death. Or more precisely a conversation about the possibility of overcoming death. After listening to them both in public and private, Mr Anderson was convinced or should I say disturbed; I also grew more convinced that there is a dangerous lack of moral philosophy and theological reflection about the rapidly emerging technologies that are forever changing our understanding of death and of life itself. The modern church has, ironically,…

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The Curiosity Index (27.06.2015)

Start with the most important: Glen Scrivener tells youthworkers to STOP telling their youth to give their life to Jesus This map shows you how Europe’s population has moved and grown in the first ten years of the 21st century If you’ve decided to give Twitter a go (for what it’s worth – it’s my preferred social network) then here are some twitter tips for beginners If this summer is for learning a new language here are 5 apps that can help (I’ve used both Duolingo and Memrise and can…

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Christian Living 

The importance of your home

I recently wrote about the lost art of hospitality and how it is an essential for church planting, so it’s vital we realise the importance of how we think about our homes. In this video Steve Timmis and Dhati Lewis talk about why ‘my home is a refuge’ is a lie of the devil and idolatry And in this talk Dhati Lewis expands on how they use their home for discipleship and to counter a culture of fatherlessness Photo by renaissancechambara

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Church 

A brief guide to missional communities

As a church, we’re working on building the church through missional communities. They’re a bit like small groups, they’re a bit like house churches but aren’t really either. There’s already movements, networks, conferences, books about how to be missional and leading, starting and multiplying missional communities. So why have we decided on missional communities? There are three main reasons that have stuck with me: community, mission & discipleship. I believe that the primary image the scriptures give us for the church is family, the primary purpose of the church is to…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (25.06.2015)

Would you ever pay a bribe? The answer, if you live in the developing world, may not be as easy as you think. Was Jesus fatherless? “The Gospel of Mark represents the earliest surviving biography – if that what we should call it – of Jesus’ life. It is often noted by commentators that Mark is either unaware of Joseph (of nativity fame) or simply fails to mention him. The most common solution given is that Joseph died while Jesus was a boy….But does this conjecture have merit in historical reconstruction?” If…

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Christian Living 

Overflowing Abundance

Abundance is a word that perhaps sits a little uneasily for a network devoted to simplicity – in fact abundance is part of the problem in a consumer society isn’t it? An abundance of choice, gadgets, food, credit and appetite for shopping has done significant damage to the fabric of communities, our moral vision and notion of what is valuable. As Jenny Flanagan said, “Everything is available to me right now if I have the money, but I don’t think it makes life better.” Too many of us have had…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (returns) – 24.06.2015

After an inexcusably long and unexplained absence the curiosity index returns (cue fanfare and much rejoicing). The Economist explains why gun control isn’t coming to America anytime soon (something that baffles pretty much everybody else). The Onion says pretty much the same thing but with less explanation. On an equally cheery note scientists believe we’re entering earth’s sixth great phase of extinction, and this one is our fault. And one more to make you think this really is the apocalypse – some amazing photos of volcanic activity in 2015. On…

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Articles 

The enduring power of real books

Ever since the first e-reader was developed people have been preicting the demise of the paper-format. Hardbacks would be the first to disappear and the paperback would follow. I wrote an article for a publishing magazine a decade ago about e-readers and e-ink and the tone was clear, these technologies were a genuine threat to the existence of the book as we knew it. While the internet in general (and Amazon in particular) has proved incredibly disruptive to the publishing industry, most notably to bookstores it seems after ten years what…

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