Articles 

Seeking the good life

On Sunday when our church gathered to worship we did so as a church mostly made of people from elsewhere. There were those in Sweden because they married a Swede giving them the right to stay. There were those who moved for work – educated, employable, desirable – giving them the right to stay. There were those from Syria who have fled hardship, some from Malaysia fleeing religious persecution and then there were a few who just wanted to find a better life than the one on offer in their…

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The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels is flat-out wrong. The only way to hold such a claim is to completely ignore both the miracles of Jesus in which he acts as if he is the one God, as well as the sayings of Jesus in which he speaks as if he…

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Gender 

The rise and rise of transgenderism

As I was writing the headline for this piece I went to write the word ‘debate’ and then changed my mind. No one is really debating this issue. The Economist ran a series of viewpoints on transgender issues but I didn’t see a viewpoint that actually critiqued the prevailing wind. It was a series amongst people who broadly speaking agree with each other. I don’t really see that changing. I do see western society absolutely hurtling towards the most significant social change it has ever made without very little thought and…

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The Curiosity Index (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel. If our hearts are truly for the unbelievers—those who haven’t yet heard the good news of God’s love for them—we’ll be willing to face discomfort, difficulty, and even the possibility of failure to share it with them. No, you probably don’t have a book in…

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The Curiosity Index (26.07.2018)

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity In conversation with a Nigerian Pastor Another encouraging video. Read the context by clicking on the title above. Wise Parenting Dos and Don’ts From 1886 I particularly liked these two: Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice. Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.…

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Technology 

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I recently returned from a nearly 3 week road-trip with the family through some of Europe. I predictably returned to an over-full email inbox. One of the downsides of a digital inbox of course is that it’s never actually full but it can become overwhelming. By some standards mine was relatively light but wading through 250+ emails was still a significant effort. As I ploughed through I noticed that most of them were not from actual people but were mostly newsletter lists, subscription lists, companies, membership rewards and so on.…

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The Curiosity Index (25.07.2018)

‘The only way out is through Jesus’ Well worth 12 minutes of your time. Powerful stuff. The European Heat Wave Is Brutal It really is but I’m also quite enjoying it but that’s not true for everyone. The average July high in Stockholm, for example, is usually 74 degrees Fahrenheit; this week, temperatures will crest 90, and there are 21 wildfires currently blazing across Sweden during its worst drought in 74 years. Some municipalities have resorted to sending leaflets to older residents to give them tips on how to manage the heat. Hospitals are…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Foundation and Earth

Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov My rating: 2 of 5 stars The final book in the Foundation series isn’t really about the Foundation at all. As I’ve re-read this series the more I’ve become convinced that Asimov really ran out of ideas with the series. It started on the idea of a Foundation designed in the final days of a Galactic Empire to overcome 30,000 years of ruin in just 1000 years. The Foundation overcomes a series of crises as it progresses – that’s the first book. Then Asimov…

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