Christians, the early church & child abuse

One of the great tragedies of our day is that the church (and I use that in its widest form) has increasingly become known as a place where children have been abused. There are too many scandals, too much secrecy, too many cover ups of abusers using the cover of priesthood and religion. It is religion at its very, very worst. The church cannot, must not, tolerate the abuse of children. It wasn’t always this way. In fact in its earliest days Christians were famous for the opposite – the protection…

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The Curiosity Index (21.02.2017)

After a couple of days unintentional absence we’re back and we’re not the only ones Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection I do hope this isn’t fake news. Still it also point us creepily into the world of Jurassic Park. The Doomsday Clock JSTOR gives you all you need to know on ‘a powerful metaphor for disaster that is never far away’. For more from me on this, read ‘why aren’t we more worried about the nuclear threat?’ Who should own the robots? It’s not entirely unfeasible to ask the…

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Sex, marriage, singleness, gender: the works

Over the years I’ve collected a lot of information on this blog about the whole arena of sexual ethics and the constant battle Christians face to maintain the ethics that have formed them since its inception. So why keep focusing on this area? David Lamb offers 5 reasons to talk about sexual ethics The culture is obsessed The Bible talks about it We discover a gracious God Jesus is magnified It’s a natural cross-generational discussion Lamb argues, “When we don’t talk about sex and the culture yells about it, whose…

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The Curiosity Index (20.02.2017)

Sweden says, say what? So Sweden has found itself in the spotlight thanks to a certain reference in a certain speech by a certain buffoon president. It seems Mr Trump gets his international perspective the same way the rest of us do, by watching TV. And that particular news report is incredibly biased. “Sweden is rape capital of the world because of Muslim immigrants”? This will help you refute that argument (my list now in one screenshot). pic.twitter.com/c3MmczXQ4H — ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) February 5, 2017 Now I’m not arguing that Sweden…

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The Curiosity Index (16.02.2017)

Just a few items today…I’m getting harder to please. On Synod, sexuality, and not ‘Taking note’ I’m not an Anglican and honestly find it hard to understand so much fighting over an institution but for those that care, Ian Paul gives his account of yesterdays goings on at the Church of England Synod. What it has done is highlighted the deep divisions in the Church—but done nothing to heal them. Not only do we disagree, we even disagree about what it is we disagree on. And it has set clergy against…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 5

As a church we’ve been working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3,4) and the final chapter 5 raised a whole ton of questions and insights. Here are just a few of them. Jesus will return Don’t get caught up with dates & times of the coming of Christ – note how many Christians still ignore this (v.1) It will be surprising not unexpected (v.2) So don’t be surprised (v.4) Therefore be people of the day and the light not of the dark and the night (v.5-8) We are called to be alert (v.6), self-controlled…

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The Curiosity Index (15.02.2017)

A little late with this today – that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest These photos tell a compelling story of our world and some are definitely not for the faint-hearted. The 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest These photos tell the story of a completely different world. The underwater one. Sweden joins race for carbon neutrality And why they could win it… The unexpected Christian century This is from a while back but I think few trends would be as compelling…

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Tim Keller on the early church & mission today

On Monday I posted about the not quite so astonishing growth of the early church and today I read a post by Tim Keller on the same subject. Keller writes, Christianity did not adapt to culture in order to gain more adherents, but neither did it remain a small, withdrawn band. Christianity confronted and critiqued the culture, believers suffered for it, and yet the faith also convinced many people, attracting growing numbers of converts daily. It is obvious that in western societies Christians are again seen as too exclusive and narrow,…

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