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It just is.

I recently spent some time wondering where it all came from. And by ‘all’, I mean the stars, the planets and the whole gigantic amazing universe. It really is a vast place. And an incredible place. The Milky Way, our home galaxy, weighs around 1.5 trillion solar masses but we don’t know what it’s made of. I mean we know it’s dark matter but we don’t know what that is. It can boggle your brain in its size and beauty. Some people think the world isn’t real or at least…

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Gender 

The Transgender issue: further links and readings

It seems that over the past few years about once every six months or so I post something on this issue. I started writing about this perhaps as much as six years ago. Then it was still a fringe development in western culture but now it is a campaign whose time has come. The T is fixed in the LGBTQ constellation. As a result there are profound social changes going on and social policies are being formed without any clear (at least to me) philosophical or ethical foundation which makes…

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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2019)

The failure who changed the world There was no state funeral, no miles-long procession following his body to its tomb, no carpet of flowers outside his home. He died an unjust death on trumped up charges and no one protested or even seemed to care. But the story in 2019 is rather different. Twenty centuries after his death he has 2.3 billion followers – 31% of the global population claims affiliation with the religion that takes his name… How come? How did this dismal disaster go on to inspire the…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2018)

Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’? Yes, but…very important post from Ian Paul. For what it’s worth if I were to summarize the apostles core message in three words it would instead be ‘Jesus is Lord’. The conversion of Saul/Paul: multiple accounts – multiple discrepancies and contradictions? Another helpful apologetics post from Colin Green. Photos From the Deadly Eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Study: People who need to wear glasses are more intelligent Now I have ‘studies’ to back me up…. A historic Shanghai mansion hides a spectacular modern…

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The face of the waters

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. So begins the Biblical account of creation. Most Christian accounts tend to focus on the fact that this verse teaches that God created the universe creatio ex nihilo; creation from nothing. In as far as modern science can tell us, that’s a pretty accurate description of the beginning of the universe (although the role of God is hotly…

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The Curiosity Index (18.04.2018)

A hole in the sky One of the dangers for us, as charismatic Christians, is that our equivalent of the Temple is our Sunday worship service. People need to “come” to encounter God. That’s where the hole in heaven is – over our meeting. And for people that can access our Sunday meetings, this is fine. We must invite them and see them saved and added. But what about all the people who cannot come, who do not come, who will not come? Invitational evangelism is insufficient to reach our Jerusalem, never mind our Samaria and the Ends…

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The Curiosity Index (16.04.2018)

14 things you probably didn’t know about Christianity, but really should My guess is, you, probably do know all these things but this is a good example of trying to clear away misconceptions that many people do have. Stephen Lawrence’s father says he forgives his son’s killers A man embraces his faith, realises forgiveness is fundamental and does an incredibly hard thing. Powerful, powerful, powerful. The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’ Myth might be a bit strong but I’ve certainly been taught this in regard both to teaching in schools and preaching…

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The Curiosity Index (21.03.2018)

Did Jesus Promise to Return within the Lifetime of his Disciples? “Is it really true that Jesus predicted that he would return in the lifetime of his disciples?”  Michael Kruger with the answer. Can religion solve El Salvador’s gang problem? Over the past year, the church has become a refuge for recently released prisoners who are trying to leave the Barrio 18 gang and pledge themselves to God. There’s Saúl, whose sister drove him straight to the church when he left prison five months ago after serving 15 years for…

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