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The Curiosity Index: The 2019 edition

Time to mark the passing of another 365 days and it has been quite eventful. Not least for volcanoes (which I seem to regularly point out.) The world is still struggling to look after the only planet we’ll ever line on. Losing forest and gaining heat. It was 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. But mass deaths still happen in far too many places Yemen, Myanmar, Congo, Syria. Christians are still persecuted. Yet it’s not all bad news if you know where to look. In Sweden, the nation recovers in…

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My favourite books of 2019

I’m relatively pleased with my reading this past year but only relatively. I think it’s dawned on me this year how much more I could read by squirrelling away a chapter here and there, putting down Twitter (every day), leaving the phone, cutting down on the X-box binges and even reading fewer blogs in favour of more books. I think it’s clear to me that when I read more fiction, I read more of everything. It greases or fuels my reading habit. The easy page turns of a Grisham say,…

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My favourite films of 2019

I enjoy a good film but for a variety of reasons I rarely seem to get out to the cinema so most of my film consumption is at home (Netflix plus the odd rental). As a result, as I’ve studied this list I’ve concluded I’ve played it safe and watched repeats far too many times. That’s a sign of mental laziness. I started noting down the films I watched for a few reasons. It helps me see how much time I’ve given to this (in my case around 120 hours)…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 52

The Week’s Postings It’s Christmas so you weren’t reading blogs anyway, were you? Friday: Is there a reasonable alternative? From the archives Questions from the pool of Bethesda Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently All God’s Laws Are Equal. Are Some More Equal Than Others? The Courage To Say “Help” My Son Did Not Live One Day More or Less Than God Planned — I Take Comfort in That Truth How I came back to Jesus, my first love Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants Cyclist…

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Is there a reasonable alternative?

We would all probably feel healthier if we didn’t spend so much time staring at the car crash that is American evangelicalism and politics but it’s Christmas and we all need something to entertain us. Now I’m not American so I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. In that sense, I have no dog in this fight, or skin in this game. This makes me feel like an impartial outsider observer but of course, that’s nonsense. I’m European (citizen of both the UK & Sweden) and even on my most…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 51

The Week’s Postings For some reason posting kind of fell of a bit this week, I had several ideas but didn’t quite get them down son only three posts including this one. We’ll move on to next week. Tuesday: My 2020 reading list from everyone else’s 2019 recommendationsWednesday: Consumerism remains a deadly enemy to faithThursday: Living in a godless culture in a God-filled worldFriday: Busy, exhausted, burnt out From the archives When it comes to gender everyone is confused Judgement received. Bad news (for now) Stonewall law won this round.…

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Busy, exhausted, burnt out

That’s not a description of me by the way, although I am looking forward to a few days rest over the Christmas season. No, it seems to be a description of an increasing number of people in our modern always-on societies. It’s very prevalent in Sweden. Everyone knows someone in Stockholm who is ‘utmattad‘ (exhausted or burnt out). While not all workers are afforded such luxuries, figures suggest less than 1% of Swedes work 50 hours a week or more, and citizens are guaranteed at least five weeks’ holiday. There’s…

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Living in a godless culture in a God-filled world

Is the world becoming more or less religious? Is the world becoming more or less Christian? How about your country, city or town? When anyone starts from the place where they live, it can be an easy assumption to assume that everywhere else is similar to where you live and everyone else is similar to you. This, can, for the Christian in the Western world lead to a depressing conclusion. We live in a post-Christian secular age. Which is true. We do not, however, live in a post-Christian secular world.…

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