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The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement. My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs. Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots. What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I…

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The Curiosity Index (16.05.2018)

John Newton’s Advice on Family Worship It’s good advice. The biblical gospels were all originally anonymous? How historically plausible is that? Not very plausible. Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? Why Is Theology Important? Is Jesus Enough? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo. The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus Interesting. Why the Queen Owns All the Swans in England Yep, she still does.

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The Curiosity Index (14.05.2018)

11 killed in Indonesia church bombings A sobering reminder that in many parts of the world it’s a dangerous and brave thing to show up for church on Sunday morning. Muslim Refugees Are Finding Christ—And Facing Backlash While back in Sweden, some good news. A fascinating conversation on Muslims coming to faith in Sweden. Hernando Columbus deserves to be as famous as his father, Christopher I’d never heard of Hernando but he was, it seems, extraordinary and not just because of his large book collection. How to Teach Boys to…

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What I watched in April 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in April. Films The number of films I watched dropped to 8 and the number of good films I watched dropped a bit further still. I watched 3 sequels: Red 2, Now you see me 2, and Paddington 2. Only the last of these is really any good and in fact is at least as good as the original which is to say utterly…

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The Curiosity Index (11.05.2018)

Pesha We’re running a regular evening for people who want to know more about Christianity and last night we had a fascinating discussion about sin and its seriousness. This morning I see that the Bible Project released a new video about the word ‘transgression’. Good stuff. 10 Years Since the Devastating 2008 Sichuan Earthquake I’ve also been working on a book where the author found himself in Sichuan directly after this earthquake. The city of Beichuan was then abandoned. The aftershocks in society have rippled on for the past ten years.…

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The Curiosity Index (10.05.2018)

When Smart People Are Stupid The smarter you are, the more susceptible you may be to imbibing secondhand unverified information and passing it off as your considered opinion, in essence, to make yourself look clever. As if that ever happens. Everyday courage Hospitality isn’t just about making space for others in your home, it’s about making space for them in your heart. I can’t expect that lady from Foodbank to come to my home, let alone my church, if I’m too scared to go to hers. If I say I love…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2018)

A short break because I’ve had a deadline on a big project that took all my writing energies. How the Exodus Connects to Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Andrew Wilson writing over at 9 Marks. Good stuff. Are right-wing evangelicals causing the rise in religious ‘nones’? Evidence suggests that may be true. “Attempts to make society fall more in line with religious principles cause fewer people to be religious.” It’s worth noting that this problem in the past has also happened to the left. Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?…

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The Curiosity Index (Sunday edition – 06.05.2018)

I’ve got so many links ready to share – we’re moving to a seven day schedule. No idea how long I’ll keep it up for. DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church Congo needs your prayers. A Letter to My Brothers To be honest, I don’t really know who Beth Moore is (I’m probably not her target audience) but this open letter is really interesting. There is a culture problem and goes deeper than a simple complementarian (bad) -egalitarian theology (good) analysis. The Quakers are…

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