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The Curiosity Index (24.12.2018)

Dutch round-the-clock church service keeps hopes alive for asylum family This is a remarkable effort being made by this church With nowhere to go, the Tamrazyans put their fate in the hands of the Bethel church community in The Hague’s Segbroek district. It was quick to respond. By Christmas Eve, a service in the chapel will have run continuously for 60 days and nights, or for more than 1,400 hours. It is thought to be the longest “asylum service” in Dutch history. Through day and night, pastors hold services for…

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The Curiosity Index (23.12.2018)

Ten Commandments of Jesus From Adrian Warnock I have spent the whole of 2018 with a key focus in my mind as much as my health journey with a blood cancer has allowed. A single goal. Which I expressed at the beginning of the 2018 as my only New Year’s Resolution: To look more closely at the commands of Jesus. And to learn to obey them. I cannot think of a better resolution to continue into 2019 with. And thanks to the glorious grace-filled message of these particular commands, I can come…

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The Curiosity Index (20.12.2018)

Think About Love in a New Way this Christmas December is a frantic month for most of us. But amid all the busyness, the message of Christmas brings us back to first principles. It shows us what love is. And the first principle is this: Jesus gave everything he had, because he loved us. He gave his body to the cross because he loved us. Before that he lived his life in a loveless world because he loved us. But first of all he came because he loved us.  People…

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The Curiosity Index (26.07.2018)

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity In conversation with a Nigerian Pastor Another encouraging video. Read the context by clicking on the title above. Wise Parenting Dos and Don’ts From 1886 I particularly liked these two: Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice. Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.…

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The Curiosity Index (24.07.2018)

The always slightly sporadic CI is back after a family holiday that took us through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. Is church (literally) good for you? It turns out the answer is probably yes. Post-millennial generation ‘more tolerant’ of Christianity More tolerant of fun-less Christians. Why a historic African peace deal is good news for Europe Forget Trump & Korea this is the most genuinely positive development for peace in a long time and the Nobel committee should be paying attention. Sweden Will Meet Its 2030 Green Energy Target…

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The Curiosity Index (30.05.2018)

Today I’m off to London for the Relational Mission Courage Conference, if you’re also there come and say hello. Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs Terry Virgo: As you sing through a hymn you are often introduced to, or reminded of, truths that were not in your consciousness as you began to sing. I find this so helpful. My rather narrow, predictable pattern of thought is enlarged, stimulated and provided with fresh motivation for worship, praise and devotion. More thoughts of Christ, his beauty, steadfastness, love, sacrifice, triumph, eternal reign are opened up…

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The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains. The Lava Meets the Sea It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption because they are all spectacular. See some more here from The Boston Globe. A famine of prayer Jeremy Bailey, rightly, thinks many western churches are experiencing a famine of prayer. And here are Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail. Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Buddhism…

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The Curiosity Index (19.04.2018)

Perspectives on Islam in Europe In 2016, the Pew Research Centre estimated [the] total Muslim population in Europe to be just under 26 million. This is a significant increase over the 2010 population that Pew reported at 19.5 million…Their research shows that 53% of migrants entering Europe between 2010-2016 were Muslim. In addition to the increase in the Muslim population in the EU through immigration between 2010 and 2016 (3.5 million), there was an increase through 2.9 million children born to Muslim parents. Importantly, the Pew research also estimated that over the…

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