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The Curiosity Index (26.06.2017)

Habits vs Goals This excellent article explains why habits (good or bad) are more powerful than goals (good or bad). 5 Questions Every Church Planter Needs to Ask Personally I’d have put question number four first but they’re all good questions. What if unbelievers aren’t miserable? I think a lot of evangelistic preaching makes this mistake. Does the NT contradict itself? Does it matter? Ian Paul explains why it does matter and why he doesn’t think it does contradict itself. I don’t think it is then possible to conclude that…

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The Curiosity Index (23.06.2017)

So not exactly back to a daily rhythm yet…anyhoo. Happy midsummer for all you optimists. For everyone else, the evenings are getting shorter… Why Biblical Archaeology matters Catherine McDowell explains at the TGC using the fall of Lachish as her example. In the video below, the amazing connections of the Cyrus Cylinder bring light to the trustworthiness of the Hebrew Scriptures. Is the ESV Literal and the NIV Gender Neutral? Bill Mounce shows how no translation is literal or neutral. Where religious freedom is restricted most You can probably guess which…

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The Curiosity Index (16.06.2017)

Six attitudes that kill evangelism in the church 1,2 & 5 are the ones I’ve heard the most Three lessons I’ve learned about not being a natural evangelist. So here’s a good counter from Chris Green The decline of Christendom Nothing speaks more powerfully of the decline of Christendom than abandoned churches. These beautiful and haunting photos give you the proof. The mystical side of Marshall McLuhan I didn’t know the link between McLuhan and de Chardin. Sweden opens an entire mall full of reclaimed goods I like this story and…

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The Curiosity Index (15.06.2017)

Illiberal Britain Yesterday the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, stepped down from his post because of the tension between faith and politics. Isabel Hardman’s comments will I think prescient for the coming generation in the secular West. He [Farron] appears to fear that the reaction to his own religious beliefs would be so illiberal as to damage his party, and therefore he must obfuscate on those beliefs when asked. We live in a society of liberal intolerance, where only certain worldviews are deemed acceptable by people who often refuse to…

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2017)

So it’s been really busy, what can I say? But back by popular demand (well, I still want to do it)… Nephilim, Anakim, and Why We Care Andrew Wilson on top form showing that a) Bible-believing Christians can believe some pretty weird stuff b) it can save you from believing some even weirder stuff. I’d never spotted the flood-Nephilim-Anak connection before and now that I think of it, it sounds compelling. Is the Bible Good for Women? Here’s a good question by Wendy Alsup: “Is the Bible good for women? How…

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