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Archaeology confirms not disproves the Bible

Two recent articles caught me on this subject. First is recent discoveries about the location of Bethsaida. Regarding the geographical setting of Bethsaida itself, one historical detail does come to mind that is underscored by its geographical setting, the area our team is exploring right now. When Jesus heard that John had been killed by Herod Antipas (Mark 6:14–29), he withdrew to the other side to Bethsaida (Mark 6:45). This withdrawal to Bethsaida had geopolitical significance. Bethsaida was under the legal jurisdiction of Herod Philip not Antipas. Herod Antipas had…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2018)

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel From Jen Oshman: When my husband and I sensed God calling us to plant a church in our new neighborhood, the man we consider our spiritual father had some wise words for us. “Do not get busy,” he said. “If you want to minister to your neighbors and your community, you need to be home. Don’t make a bunch of commitments. Just be there. They will come.” I didn’t believe him. A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong Just a few decades of…

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The Curiosity Index (02.05.2018)

May already, how did that happen? Gospel Hospitality Rebecca McLaughlin:  Will we act like we are part of a large, messy family that includes singles and couples, young and old, rich and poor, or will we turtle up and keep ourselves to ourselves?  The latter is easier.  The former is where gospel treasures lie. New Evidence Shows The True Extent of The Biblical Kingdom of David The headline is a little misleading but interesting to see the amazement when once again archaeology confirms the Biblical story. Population 2018 by Regions The…

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Rethinking the Exodus

Last year I read and saved an article by Scott Alexander called Djoser Joseph Osiris where he explores the theory that the Pharaoh Djoser was the inspiration both for the Egyptian god Osiris and the Biblical figure of Joseph. I confess that’s a theory I’d not come across before and as Alexander himself says, it’s probably not a theory you should spend all that much time on. The short summary is that the connection between Djoser and Osiris is probably meaningless, but there’s a very small chance there might be…

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The Curiosity Index (05.03.2018)

After 9 days of travelling in the UK I’m back in Sweden and ready to get writing. The UK is terrible at dealing with snow. But it doesn’t have to be this way… Oh my, is this true. 1 or 2cm of snow in London and schools were cancelled, trains were late and no one knew what to do. But the beast from the east did cause proper chaos, even in Sweden. Bill Banning Circumcision in Iceland Alarms Religious Groups This is something to watch and to see if it…

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The Curiosity Index (24.01.2018)

How Alone We Really Are in one photo Told you so One of the Last Two Dead Sea Scrolls Has Been Decoded It provides illumination not exactly into the Bible but into the debates within Judaism around the time of Jesus. It’s also a good illustration How Archaeology Contributes to Biblical Studies Five reasons the homogeneous church is declining and dying So expect to see more churches that look like this How To Digest Books Above Your “Level” And Increase Your Intelligence This is for those of you who need to…

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The Curiosity Index (31.12.2017)

Wishing you all (whoever you are) a very Happy New Year and a fulfilling 2018! Midnight Mass and Holy Observances of Christmas I’d previously shared some round-up pictures of Christmas celebrations and noted that they had nothing to do with Christ. Here are some that do. What struck me was that unlike all other world religions Christianity has proved uniquely flexible and adaptable. Note the geographical &  cultural diversity on display here. Plus this one: I think only in Nigeria. The Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude No better or more important time…

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The Curiosity Index (15.12.2017)

Did the Canaanites survive? One from the summer but it’s a 4000 year old question so I reckon a few more months won’t make much more difference. Scientists have applied DNA analysis to see if the Canaanites had any descendants. Whatever happened to the promised revival? Terry Virgo writes that …revival is not, as some of our American brothers would regard it, a series of evangelistic meetings, but rather a phenomenal sovereign intervention from God which starts in the Church, often leading to profound repentance and fresh encounters with God.…

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