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The Persecuted Church

I don’t know if I have the statistics to demonstrate a genuine increase but it certainly feels as if I’ve been reading more and more often of accounts of persecution recently. Certainly there are those that think there is a definite increase. What follows are just the articles that I’ve come across without having to go look for them and it might give you a sense of why I feel that way. We need to think about how should we respond to the persecution of Christians. Globally these are The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2019 (and…

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The Curiosity Index (29.05.2019)

Abortion: some ruminations Abortion is back in the spotlight and as a result people are thinking and sharing their thinking afresh. That’s a good thing. Here are some thoughts from Fleming Rutledge on the issue. She makes some excellent points. I have been ruminating about abortion for many decades, but I don’t think that I have ever written anything about it until now. Since the election of Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh, however, the atmosphere has begun to change dramatically in a way I had not foreseen. The debate about the…

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The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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The Curiosity Index (27.05.2019)

Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? This is an excellent article from Craig Keener. Not every claim to a miraculous raising today is authentic. Everywhere in the world, most people who die stay dead. Even those resuscitated miraculously, such as Lazarus, die again; all healing in our mortal bodies is by definition temporary. Such miracles do, however, remind us that Jesus Christ, who raised the dead during his earthly ministry, is the risen and exalted Lord. Sometimes he continues to grant signs of the future, reminders of the…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2019)

Hello. It’s been a while. Our Father’s Voice I liked this from Emma Scrivener. “God’s words versus mine. But Faith says ‘I am not my feelings.”  Faith says, “Let it be to me according to Your word!” (Luke 1:38).” He Paid The Debt They Would Have Had to Pay Stephen McAlpine is first out of the gate with turning this news story into a sermon illustration. When you throw a gospel stone into a pond the ripples can go beyond what we could ever  expect.  And if that can happen when a…

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