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The Curiosity Index: Week 1

The Week’s Postings A full week! OK, mostly links but still, a full week! Monday: My favourite books of 2019Tuesday: The Curiosity Index: The 2019 editionWednesday: The Curiosity Index: The get ready for 2020 editionThursday: 2019: How did it go?Friday: The Curiosity Index: Swedish Edition From the archives The Swedish origins of ‘How Great Thou Art’ Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently 1% of evidence for Jesus is enough… 3 Ways to Teach Scripture to Children Ok papist The Best of the Best-of-the-Decade Lists 10 things you…

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The Curiosity Index: Swedish Edition

There are a few pieces here that should reveal a lot about some of the best and less than best features of Swedish culture. I’ll let you decide which is which. Swedish priest defrocked A priest in the Svenska Kyrkan (Church of Sweden) had their orders revoked just before Christmas for, earlier in the year, telling a confirmation group that homosexual relationships go against the Bible. As Daniel Ringdahl (in Swedish) points out in the Church of Sweden you can be an archbishop even if you question the Virgin Birth…

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2019: How did it go?

Run Running is a major part of my life. Firstly, it keeps me fit and healthy and I’m thankful to God for a year of good health and strength. I don’t take that for granted. Secondly, it helps keep me mentally and spiritually healthy. Running is a decompression chamber. During a long run, I can process, pray, forgive, reflect, and generally manage pressures. The more I run, the more relaxed I feel and generally closer to God. There are few better places to pray than in a forest or by…

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The Curiosity Index: The get ready for 2020 edition

Happy New Year, let’s make it a good one. How to: Lead Your Church to Read the Bible Together in 2020 because let’s face it we all Have More Time for Bible Reading than You Think How to: Use the Calendar to Reach Your Neighbors How to: eat like a chef for less than £20 a week How to: Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work but you might need some more energy, so here are Nine Habits to Increase Your Energy. How…

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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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