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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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Consumerism remains a deadly enemy to faith

I started this blog sometime last century because I wanted to write about the dangers of consumerism and the woeful response of the church. The goal was to think about ‘ways we could live well as Christians in a consumer age’. Somewhere along the way, that focus has been diluted as I’ve thought about ‘ways we could live well in a social media age’ or ‘ways we could live well in a sexually confused age’ and so on. But despite all that, I remain convinced that consumerism is an enemy…

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My 2020 reading list from everyone else's 2019 recommendations

So having read all the best of lists there are always books I think I should read. So I went through them all and I added 22 books to my ‘to-read’ pile. That pile never gets smaller. Some of the books below I’ve already bought indicating that I already thought I should read them. Now, I just have to, you know, read them. If someone reminds me, I’ll post an update on this throughout the year. I might even get back to reviewing books. Dominion by Tom Holland recommended by…

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The Curiosity Index: Best Books Edition **Updated

Alan Jacobs is pretty downbeat on Christians and books, he says: “My colleague Philip Jenkins asks: “What are the most influential Christian books of the past decade?” I think the answer to that question is: There aren’t any. In our moment Christians are not influenced by books, at all.”   I think the following should prove him wrong. It’s that time of year when pretty much every blog I follow posts its list of the best books of the past year and as it’s 2019 I’m expecting some best of the…

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Water for Lucy

Each year, as many organisations do, our family of churches has a Christmas Appeal. This year they are again teaming up with Edward Buria and churches in Kenya to help bring clean water to villages in the Northern Meru region. As they explain, “Earlier this year we took a trip to North Meru in Kenya with Edward Buria to learn more about the borehole project (the focus of this year’s appeal), that will bring fresh water to the area and will empower many lives. Along the way, we met Lucy,…

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Democracy in trouble

It’s nearly election week in the UK and to be honest I have no idea who to vote for. My current position is: It’s dispiriting and I’m not the only one who feels that way. It’s not just the issues. I accept that there will be no party in a post-Christian nation like the UK or Sweden (the two nations where I can vote) that will represent my views or anything close to them. It’s not even that the leaders are lacking in charisma, character and competence and even all…

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