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The Curiosity Index (27.09.2017)

Jesus Didn’t Die So He Could Love You Glen Scrivener: “If I’m looking at the Son lifted up on the cross, then I’m seeing God’s love for me because there I’m seeing my salvation. I’m seeing infallible proof of God’s immovable, inexhaustible, unfathomable affection for me.” Yes. Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico This is what a hurricane does. Why You Shouldn’t Slog Through Books Another yes. The better idea is to read what seems awesome and interesting to you now and to let your curiosities grow organically. A…

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Book Review: Them

The world is full of conspiracies and when you meet the people that really believe them, the truth gets blurry. Jon Ronson’s account of his time with extremists; from the Ku Klux Klan, to Islamic fundamentalists and his attempts to infiltrate the Bilderberg group ; is funny, weird and revealing. It’s funny because Ronson is such an engaging writer. In an almost unfiltered way  he brilliantly juxtaposes the ordinary details of a scene with the eccentricities of the characters and the bizarreness of their beliefs which leaves you laughing at…

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Technology 

The future of humans

I, along with most Christians, believe in the resurrection of the body. I also believe that this resurrected body will be similar but not the same as the physical body I have now. It will be better. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. – 1 Corinthians 15:53 To believe this lies close to the heart of the Christian hope. Death will be undone, decay will be reversed and the problems of this world will be gone forever. As Christians…

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The Curiosity Index (22.09.2017)

What About the Pigs? We’re working through the Gospel of Mark at Grace Church and this week we’re at Mark 5. I’m expecting to use this answer from Richard Hays. Do you know the 7 differences between Galilee and Judea in the time of Jesus? There’s more to Jesus being from Nazareth than meets the eye. Gospel Parenting This is a good reminder Children are a divine stewardship. They are not for us to own but for us to love, carefully guide, and then release to God’s providential care. We cannot pressure,…

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Articles 

The impact of a worldview

Training Leaders International – have a helpful comparison between a group oriented society and an individual oriented society. Sweden as a whole is a very individual oriented society, yet as a church and for many people we know they have been raised within a group-oriented society. It makes for an interesting dynamic. See what you think. Group-Oriented Societies Individual-Oriented Societies People are born into extended families in which they live their entire lives Everyone grows up to look after himself/herself and organize nuclear families Identity is based on birth and the…

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The Curiosity Index (21.09.2017)

There Can Be Only One Priority I struggle with many ‘priorities’ which as Keith Webb points out: “The reality is, multiple priorities means no priority at all.” John Calvin: the religious reformer who influenced capitalism Love capitalism? Perhaps you believe, like Donald Trump and his coterie, that capitalism is a locus of creativity, genius, and creating wealth. Or perhaps you believe, like many Bernie Sanders supporters, that unbridled capitalism exploits the poor and the powerless. Wherever you stand, John Calvin can be quoted on both sides. But it’s worth considering why…

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Sweden 

Nordic countries are the worst for finding friends

A revealing study into the challenges of Nordic society and the opportunity for a church such as ours: The Nordic countries are popular destinations for expats. They continue to attract foreigners with outstanding education, childcare, and healthcare. Moreover, the highly satisfying work-life balance supports family life and allows foreign residents to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. That’s the part everyone knows. Family friendly with great physical and social infrastructure paid for by high(ish) taxes. Here’s the downside. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden take up the bottom 3 places for finding friends. More than six in…

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The Curiosity Index (20.09.2017)

Bible Contradictions Explained: 4 Reasons the Gospels “Disagree” It can be an easy target to say that the Gospels are ‘full of contradictions’ and this article gives you four reasons to take the sting out of that attack. An Experiment Gives Cash Aid To The Poor. Is That Ethical? It’s an experiment to watch, GiveDirectly are pushing a form of aid called cash aid. “But with cash aid, instead of making the decision of what form the intervention should take on behalf of poor people, you are at least allowing…

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