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The Curiosity Index (26.03.2018)

Boko Haram kept one Dapchi girl who refused to deny her Christianity “We begged her to just recite the Islamic declaration and put the hijab on and get into the vehicle, but she said it was not her faith, so why should she say it was? If they want to kill her, they can go ahead, but she won’t say she is a Muslim.” Powerful. Pray for Leah Sharibu. Church planting realities What it’s like being involved in a church plant in Finland. How about this for an endorsement: Moving countries…

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The Curiosity Index (31.01.2018)

4 reasons to make your kids go to church And on that note also The Key to Saving Teenagers. Parents your kids need to see you love Jesus Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication Such an important skill. This is worth the 11 minutes of you time that it will take to read. A loop eternal: welcome to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra Mental. Ruins of Sweden’s oldest church sheltered by a new A-frame building I think this is something Sweden does well, make something beautiful to preserve…

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The Curiosity Index (22.01.2018)

Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost This article tracks an important development. Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. A New Peace Effort Is Needed in East…

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The Curiosity Index (09.01.2018)

How Podcasting Hurts Preaching This one has been shared a fair bit already and is quite interesting. To be clear it’s not about podcasts as much as it is about churches making their sermons into podcasts. There are lots of other formats of podcasts that this argument wouldn’t apply to. How to end congestion without giving up the car Well, not giving up all cars anyway…but the city you live in would be transformed! Visualizing things that happen every second around the world 52,000 likes added, 75 burgers sold, 6.5…

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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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The Curiosity Index (01.12.2017)

Welcome to December. If I was clever I’d have some sort of advent system going on. I’m not so I don’t but these things are quite cool. Infographic of the Year There are awards for everything including the best infographics known to humanity. Here are the winners for 2017 Loss of the week I wasn’t sure that ‘obituary of the day’ was quite the right tone to set but I was saddened to hear of the death of Dewi Hughes, former Tearfund colleague and the author of the excellent God of…

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The Curiosity Index (05.10.2017)

Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035 It’s always 20 years from now but hopers will hope. But our ability to search improves with every technological innovation. I compare the situation to the year 1491. European civilization had been around for 2,500 years, yet the Americas were not on any map. Mesoamerican civilization, for its part, had been around for about as long, but also was ignorant of what lay over the oceans. With a glimpse and a shout from a sailor on the Pinta, everything changed. Here’s…

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The Curiosity Index (02.10.2017)

Meet the Mother of Modern Missions “Though hardly anyone knows her name today, Rebecca helped ignite fires of a new kind of religion that in subsequent centuries has given spiritual sustenance to millions.” We could well call Rebecca Protten the “mother of modern missions.” Remarkable. A pastor becomes a pawn in a spat between America and Turkey SOME evangelical Christians in the United States have stratospheric political connections, and can be sure of gaining access to the White House whenever they want. But Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina…

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