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Introducing the Minor Prophets

I hadn’t planned to do anything on the Minor Prophets, to be honest, I’ve never thought of writing much of anything on them here. Then it turns out that the Women’s group in Grace Church had been reading them together. The leader of the group, Kate Almström, then asked me if I’d share her reflections on my blog as we don’t have a church blog and things get lost and forgotten too easily on social media. I was more than happy to oblige. So it will work like this, probably. On the first…

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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 (22.12.2018)

Did Luke get his nativity history wrong? From Ian Paul: I think this is how a lot of people feel about the Christmas stories. They might be profound, they might be of great cultural significance, they might even point to religious truth—but are they really plausible? Perhaps the greatest culprit in raising this question is Luke’s comment about the timing of Jesus’ birth. He appears to claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because Joseph had to travel there to take part in the census, which was taken during the time when…

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How long can we live?

As belief in the afterlife fades and as focus on health and tech grows there is a desire to figure out the magical combination of the two that will allow people (or those that can afford it) to live forever. That, frankly, is pie in the sky and still we die stuff. So how long can humans live for? Humans aren’t built to last forever. The oldest person on record was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. In 2040, the average life span for…

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The Curiosity Index (11.10.2018)

It’s been a while? Anyone missed it? No, you can’t see inside my bible Chris Green explains why: If I only ever read it to teach others, I will never catch my breath in wonder what Christ has done for me, and that is fatal.  How can we expect other to experience what we have only heard in the telling? Guns, Germs and Steel Why do some societies develop faster than others? Why did China develop faster than the people who used to live in southeast Asia, and thus displace them? Why did…

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The Curiosity Index (20.09.2018)

Could God Forgive Even A “Deluded Monster” Like Rose West? John Stevens puts the scandal of the Gospel to the test against a mass murderer seeking forgiveness. The good news of the gospel is that forgiveness is available even for the worst of sinners. This is the utter scandal of the Christian faith, and why it is so completely different from all other religions. Far from being “not a god that I would understand,” a god who could forgive even the sins of Rose West is exactly the God the…

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The Curiosity Index (11.09.2018)

China Bans Zion, Beijing’s Biggest House Church Religious freedoms in China are coming under increasing pressure. Is Anyone Born Gay? Christopher Yuan tackles a difficult question. Who Wrote the Book of Genesis? Tremper Longman III has a crack at answering this one. A full-scale Lego supercar that actually drives I love that they gave the driver a crash helmet. When the Earth Opens Up Oh. My. Goodness.

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The Curiosity Index (19.06.2018)

What the Bible really says about government Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes: The Bible is a tricky text to interpret. Some people think this is because it’s a grab bag of various texts from many centuries; you can make that argument, but there’s no important text from human history that is straightforward to interpret, probably because otherwise, people wouldn’t find them so interesting, and they wouldn’t tell us interesting things about this messy reality we inhabit. The Bible is unclear, but so are Plato’s dialogues, Shakespeare’s plays, and the Constitution of the…

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