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How long can we live?

As belief in the afterlife fades and as focus on health and tech grows there is a desire to figure out the magical combination of the two that will allow people (or those that can afford it) to live forever. That, frankly, is pie in the sky and still we die stuff. So how long can humans live for? Humans aren’t built to last forever. The oldest person on record was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. In 2040, the average life span for…

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The persecuted church in China

There seems to be little doubt that state sponsored persecution is on the rise in China. The government of President Xi Jinping seems to have realised that the church does not regard the government as their ultimate authority and that is a threat.  First Chinese police raid prominent house church and arrest its pastor Wang Yi. So far so authoritarian. Then something happened that was probably not anticipated by the Chinese authorities.  Foreseeing this circumstance, Pastor Wang Yi wrote the declaration below to be published by his church should he be…

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On Christianity & Islam (bumper links edition)

When I lived in the UK I had very little to do with Muslims and only passing interest in topics to do with Islam. There were very few Muslims in our town and probably zero in the area I was church planting. Now life is very different, we have Muslim neighbours, friends and colleagues. We’re learning but not always remembering to check for gelatine in sweets for friends of our kids, we’re learning how to interact and graciously and thoughtfully engage with our Muslim friends. As a result I notice…

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The Curiosity Index (books edition)

Some more list updates I posted a whole bunch of lists and bests of here and now we have some more The collected best Christian books of 2018 from Tim Challies Best books of 2018 part 1 by Sam Storms Miscellaneous reading & writing posts Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful Men reading literary fiction (or not) from Fleming Rutledge to someone who wants to be a writer by Alan Jacobs How long is the perfect book? James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts…

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On religion (bumper links edition)

I’ve been releasing posts with just a whole bunch of links to various articles. The last few are connected together. Here’s a reminder. On Atheism On Secularism On Religion Not endorsing anything – you know the score. On the endurance of religion The humbling of the atheists: How religion survived the progress of science Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular America’s New Religions Huge Study Shows How a Major Religion Spread Around The World, And Some Things Never Change Is religion a universal in human culture or…

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What does it mean to be good?

One of my favourite TV shows of 2018 was The Good Place – a very funny show that asks a very important question: what does it mean to be good? Nathanael Smith summarizes the first season plot: The premise of episode one is a juicy one: Eleanor Shellstrop has died. She’s ended up in The Good Place, a version of heaven that each religion “got about 5% right”. It’s a perfectly engineered afterlife designed by the angelic Michael (Ted Danson) for the very best people in the world – if you’ve lived…

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On Secularism (bumper links edition)

I’ve collected a huge number of articles and posts on a variety of topics that have caught my eye over the past year. I had at one point intended to write some thoughtful essay or comment on each one but as time passed and the number of links grew that became unrealistic. Yet I’m loathe just to delete them all so for my benefit and possibly yours I’m storing them here on my blog for future reference. Today’s collection is all about secularism – the idea that that societies are…

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The Curiosity Index (16.12.2018 – Sunday edition)

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches The church needs to move into deeper community that truly expresses what love is. We need to bear one another’s burdens, confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and have deep compassion on one another. We are a family. No one is too heavy for us to carry, because they are our brothers and sisters. We should be willing to work together to carry one another’s burdens as we suffer with those who suffer. I hope you’re a part of a church that…

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