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The Curiosity Index (31.12.2017)

Wishing you all (whoever you are) a very Happy New Year and a fulfilling 2018! Midnight Mass and Holy Observances of Christmas I’d previously shared some round-up pictures of Christmas celebrations and noted that they had nothing to do with Christ. Here are some that do. What struck me was that unlike all other world religions Christianity has proved uniquely flexible and adaptable. Note the geographical &  cultural diversity on display here. Plus this one: I think only in Nigeria. The Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude No better or more important time…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: A priceless gift

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. John 3:16 Our Saviour is not distant, far off or out of touch with our reality. Our Saviour knows what it is to be human. To be tired and hungry. To feel the pressures and demands of people and the…

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How the Welsh revival came to Scandinavia

I recently came across this fascinating post that shows how, in the age of decent travel options, people have always travelled to see what God has been doing and in some ways import/export it. In 1904-5 Wales experienced its famous revival and it wasn’t long before its impact was felt in Scandinavia and perhaps most keenly felt in Norway. TB Barratt and Albert Lunde connected with Evan Roberts and were baptised in the Spirit. Alexander Boddy invited Barratt from Norway to England and the Pentecostal revival came to Britain. The wonderfully named…

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The Curiosity Index (22.12.2017)

Fake News: Christmas is a hijacked Pagan Festival Tim Thornborough helps you demolish the idea that Christmas is a re-branded pagan festival. Although it remains the case that it’s unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th… And speaking of pagan festivals… It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Not an awful lot to do with Christ but this is what Christmas means today. It’s not Christian, it’s decidedly materialistic. And it’s been that for a while now… Pictures of Christmas Past Who was the genius who thought a bear on…

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Technology 

A new breed

I recently re-watched the (2004) Will Smith movie I, Robot loosely based on Asimov’s book of the same name. It imagines a world (2035) where humanoid robots are about to be everywhere but curiously one where we still go out shopping. At the half way point it’s fair to say we’re nowhere close. Anyway robots are governed by the three laws of robotics. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human…

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The Curiosity Index (20.12.2017)

‘Meet the Nativity’—and Laugh (Episode 4) Part 4 of 5 is here… 6 Surprising Things You Need to Know about Matthew’s Christmas Story Dig a little deeper and you’ll see there’s more going on than you thought Want A Better Answer? Ask A Better Question! This is very helpful advice for leaders and coaches. The Most 2017 Photos Ever The photos (with a particular US feel) that sum up 2017. One of my proudest moments as a Brit was to discover Lord Buckethead. It’s not all bad! 17 things that…

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The Curiosity Index (18.12.2017)

Killing Gävle: The Swedish city where a 40ft goat battles for the spirit of Christmas This (20 minute) little film about a Swedish town (about two hours north of Stockholm) is very interesting. Weird traditions, pagan roots, secular values and Christianity all merge and blend into a compelling cocktail. Watch it. Estonia, the Digital Republic This is one potential future direction of the nation state. It’s an absolutely fascinating experiment that really only a very small country can pioneer. Oumuamua and the Fermi paradox Oumuamua has provoked another sign of the growing…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: Treasure the truth

Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 Mary, a young woman, found herself in a shed having just given birth to a baby that she’d had to put in an animal’s feeding trough because she had nowhere else for him to sleep. I imagine she was exhausted, in pain and aching after childbirth. Then a bunch of scruffy, out of breath shepherds show up with a tale of angels filling the skies, saying that this newborn, helpless, utterly-dependent-on-her baby is the Messiah, the Saviour…

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