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The Curiosity Index (29.05.2017)

Anders Breivik was never a Christian Norway’s worst mass killer also became an oft used counter-point to all the murders committed by radical Islam. Christianity was no better because ‘Breivik was a Christian’. Except he wasn’t. Breivik said he had been an Odinist for years and had never truly believed in Christianity, a theme he expanded on in a letter to a Norwegian newspaper: “There are few things in the world more pathetic than the Jesus figure and his message, and I have always despised the weakness and the internationalism…

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Learning to coach

I can’t quite remember when I first came across coaching as a leadership concept but it has been one of those ideas that has slowly invaded my thinking. Last year I read a short taster book on coaching and I began to think some more. This year I followed it up by reading the full version with Keith Webb’s The COACH Model for Christian Leaders. I had finally become fully convinced of the importance of coaching. So last week I went on a coaching course. It wasn’t a Christian course nor one aimed…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2017)

Oh dear. You may have noticed that the frequency of posting has declined but I’m not giving up (again) at least not yet. So here for your interest… Five reasons church members attend church less frequently I think this misses some of the wider trends in western culture that have affected commitment to pretty much everything but these are still good points. The Phenomenal Growth of the Salvation Army William Booth commanded fewer than 100 British Isles stations in 1878, but two decades later his world-wide organization numbered about 3500 posts,…

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The Curiosity Index (17.05.2017)

Has the UK hit peak secular? This article in the Guardian wonders if the decline of religion in the UK has hit its nadir. Its findings tally with this study that cognitive biases don’t explain religion, after all. In fact the most important thing Christians can do in Western Europe is to show their children what being a Christian looks like. In this work of renewal it’s important that we know how to plant a church and not just start a service. Or you could just spend your whole building…

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The Curiosity Index (12.05.2017)

Working well, worshipping well and waiting well A good article on work being a part of you worship by Jonathan Durke. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, whoever you are doing it with and however it is being done, do it well. The first step in pursing where you believe you are called to be is to do well what you already are doing. Jesus said that someone who is faithful in a little will be faithful with a lot. If you work well with the little you have…

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Morality, debating opponents and the future of Christianity

It is by no means a novel insight to declare that the great testing ground for western Christians in the 21st century is in ethics. What is moral? What is sin? What is holy? What is right? It is in these areas that the witness of the Bible and of the teachings of the church are being put most severely to the test. It is most evident in discussions about sexuality and gender. Specifically homosexuality and transgender. But these are just the last & present pressure points. It’s a bit like waves…

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The Curiosity Index (10.05.2017)

I know this came out a few weeks back but in case you missed it the Pew Research Center released its latest report on global religious freedoms. A few things to keep an eye on: firstly the rise of social hostility in Europe towards both Jews and Muslims. Secondly, nobody restricts freedom of religion quite like the Muslims. Few to no freedom across much of North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. Talking of freedom, and again this was from a few weeks back, but there is no freedom of conscience…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2017)

OK, let’s get this thing rolling again. I never knew that there was a revival in North Korea in 1907. I’m fairly sure God’s kingdom has great staying power than the Hermit Kingdom. A revival of a different sort would be need in this Iraqi Christian ghost town. Peter Feuerherd gives us another reason to hate the ‘prosperity gospel’. Donald Trump. According to the Prosperity Gospel, Jesus’ “Blessed are the poor” is transformed into a commandment that God rewards the righteous in this life. Those who do God’s will are bestowed…

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