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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2019)

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time The disciples were baffled that this mysterious man hadn’t heard of all that had happened in Jerusalem. As readers, we’re baffled they can’t see whom they’re speaking with! In mercy, Jesus opened the Scriptures and began what must have been the most epic Bible study of all time, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”(Luke 24:27). Let’s imagine what he may have said. Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible? I’m…

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Is the Bible ambiguous on slavery?

It’s an argument that comes up fairly regularly when people are trying to make a point about how Christians have often ended up on, what they see as, the wrong side of justice issues. Look at slavery, look at women, look at sexuality. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Or so the argument goes. And of course the history of Christianity is littered with bad examples or very mixed examples. Take two heroes of evangelical history: George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. Both great men. Both slave owners. Product of their times you might…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2019)

Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story I just thought this was brilliant. Individual Israelites had different qualities of faith, but they were all equally saved. They were equally delivered. Why? Because you are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith: the Redeemer, the God who is fighting for you. Everything about this text says, “Grace, grace, grace, grace. Crossing over is by grace.” Speaking of the Exodus…maybe it looked a little like this: someone did a…

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The Curiosity Index (running edition)

I was pleased to set a new PB for 10k the other week (44:34) so here’s a running flavoured Curiosity INdex. The World’s 8 Toughest Races All of these races allow one to reach their furthest depths of suffering and discovery Meet Lazarus Lake, the Man Behind the Barkley Marathons This is the sort of sadist responsible for the list at the top. When Male Runners Lose to Women Insert your own joke here but it turns out that when it comes to running ridiculous races – women are quite…

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2019)

The Internet Mob: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide This is a brilliant article from Jennie Pollock. We have arrived at this position by our own volition. We sought the freedom to live according to our own, permissive, moral code, and are discovering that violating – or being perceived as having violated – the ever-shifting rules carries consequences as harsh as any we may read about in history. And what those ancient societies had, that we threw out with the bathwater, was the opportunity for redemption. Treasures of darkness Plus…

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Links for writers & readers

Writing and reading, what would life be like without either of those? Not very good, is what I say. But perhaps I could have phrased that better and perhaps if I’d read some of the following I might have done. Then again… Links for Writers Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Some Awesome Books on Writing – One of the books on the list was by Steven Pinker. So here are his 13 rules for writing better And here’s a review by Lex…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2019)

The Prosperity Heresy Yesterday I linked to this story from the BBC on poor Americans being exploited by TV hucksters. I’d like to follow that up with this proposal. 7 Surprising trends in global Christianity in 2019 Yesterday I wrote about The Ebb & Flow of Christianity and just after I pressed ‘publish’ I read this from Facts & Trends. It provides some additional support and is a strong reminder not to think the world will necessarily follow Europe’s path. On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens From…

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The ebb and flow

Just recently, I was out for a walk in the forest with my family and we came across a giant anthill. From around 10 metres away it just looked like a hill of brown earth and pine needles, but as you approached you could see that the whole top of this hill was moving as millions of ants went about doing whatever it is millions of ants do (I wasn’t going to get too close). People are like ants in lots of ways, we swarm about bumping into each other…

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