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Notable Swedish pioneers: Gustavus Schroeder

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.  Gustavus Schroeder or Gustaf Schröder (1821-1914) was another significant figure in the history of the Swedish Baptists. Born in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, Schroder became a seaman at the age of 16. He remained a sailor for the next 30 years, including around 20 years as captain of…

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The Curiosity Index (31.01.2018)

4 reasons to make your kids go to church And on that note also The Key to Saving Teenagers. Parents your kids need to see you love Jesus Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication Such an important skill. This is worth the 11 minutes of you time that it will take to read. A loop eternal: welcome to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra Mental. Ruins of Sweden’s oldest church sheltered by a new A-frame building I think this is something Sweden does well, make something beautiful to preserve…

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The Curiosity Index (30.01.2018)

After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged This is US territory. Miguel Garcia removes debris in what is left of his home after Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017, in Maunabo, Puerto Rico January 27, 2018. Picture taken January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Alvin Baez – RC1C3DA0DD80 Craftsmanship—The Alternative to the Four Hour Work Week Mindset I think this gets as something important: “What is missed in all of this is the mindset of craftsmanship; that one’s expertise and deliberate focus on one’s craft is actually the…

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God’s Giant Miracle Carrots

I remember in 1999 a documentary making quite an impact in the church I attended. The film Transformations recorded instances where whole communities had been changed, it was claimed, by God. Not only had people become Christians but as a result the whole community had in some way been positively changed or transformed. The film pointed to the fact that churches had come together in prayer for their communities and God had answered. I seem to recall our leader making a fresh push with other church leaders to pray for our…

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The Curiosity Index (29.01.2018)

The Jordan Peterson effect So the train is really rolling now. Consider the following:  Jordan Peterson is turning young, Western men into Christians Again and What Pastors Could Learn From Jordan Peterson. Then here are two very different ways of thinking about his new book 12 Rules. The more positive way from Matt Hosier and the not so positive way from John Crace. 20 years: 20 books Toby Skipper reflects on twenty books that have shaped his life since being baptised twenty years ago. It’s an excellent list. The 25 most popular…

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Two minutes to midnight

Yesterday The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced their symbolic Doomsday clock forward by 30 seconds. This is a visual reminder that humanity faces potentially devastating threats. The obvious flashpoint is between nuclear North Korea and the President of America (the WP post linked above does a good job of showing how that escalated last year), but other more insidious dangers lurk. The generally level-headed Economist argues that we are nearer a great-power conflict than at any time since the end of second world war. Powerful, long-term shifts in geopolitics and the…

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The Curiosity Index (26.01.2018)

12 Rules for Life – A Christian Perspective The Jordan Peterson bandwagon rumbles on. David Robertson reviews the book and David Brooks at the New York Times opines on why this is the Jordan Peterson moment. Does coffee actually dehydrate you? Here’s the science. How a Library Handles a Rare and Deadly Book of Wallpaper Samples Reading this book could actually kill you The Ominous Rumblings of Mount Mayon Gearing up for a big one? The gender conversation 2: Lad culture, porn & modest women This one’s from the archives here…

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What is an Honour & Shame culture?

You may well have heard people talk about an Honour/Shame culture and that being the predominant one that we read of in the Bible. However you may not really understand what one is; either because it’s a different culture or because you’ve never really thought about your own culture. Here’s Jackson Wu to explain: What struck me was the difference in authority between the respect accorded to different figures and the very flat, everyone’s equal position of Sweden. I think there are pros and cons to both but the sheer…

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