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The Curiosity Index: Best Books Edition

Alan Jacobs is pretty downbeat on Christians and books, he says: “My colleague Philip Jenkins asks: “What are the most influential Christian books of the past decade?” I think the answer to that question is: There aren’t any. In our moment Christians are not influenced by books, at all.”   I think the following should prove him wrong. It’s that time of year when pretty much every blog I follow posts its list of the best books of the past year and as it’s 2019 I’m expecting some best of the…

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The Curiosity Index (10.01.2019) – Books edition

Getting (Re)Started with Bible Reading in 2019 “What changed last time you read your Bible? For most of us, the answer is: Nothing. And so, for many of us, Bible reading slides into short spurts punctuating longer gaps. Others are more disciplined and optimistic. So we continue reading our Bible each day, hoping that in tomorrow’s reading, it’ll “work”, it will all click into place, and something will change. But we never reach tomorrow.” A Simple 3-Step Bible Reading Plan for Children To develop a biblical worldview, we need to…

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The best book lists of 2018

It’s that time of year when everyone who reads starts sharing their highlights of the year and recommending books and so on. It’s a time to feel guilty about how much time you spent watching Netflix or doing something even less productive on your tablet device. So here I’m compiling all those lists together in one helpful place (which may or may not get updated). We’ll start by introducing this Icelandic custom I think we need customs like this to help ourselves and our kids as Ben Sasse says become…

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Reading & writing (Bumper links edition)

I had planned to kind of weave the links I’d saved on reading and writing into a wonderful post but I’ve simply saved too many and been too slow in writing this post. So in order not to waste them I’m just putting themm all out there in a bumper weekend list of links to read if you’re a fan of books, reading, writing, libraries and so on. Enjoy! On Libraries Every Library Has a Story to Tell Libraries where the world’s memory is stored Shenzen library The Future Library…

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2018)

The Demise Of The Soul Of Evangelicalism Scot McKnight fires off some salvos about the decline of evangelicalism. Pride is no longer accorded those who faithfully read and teach the Bible, who glory in the cross of Christ, who preach conversions and transformations, and who are engaged in a piety- and evangelism-based activism that encompasses the whole person. The center of gravity of too much of evangelicalism has shifted away from these crumbling core themes to something else, but in the process evangelicalism has lost its soul. Church Planting in…

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The Curiosity Index (13.06.2018)

How breastfeeding changed my view of God Rebecca McLaughlin reflecting on Isaiah 49:15 gives an important insight into God, that no man could give. God’s love for us is no Hallmark sentiment. This image is not primarily a celebration of our newborn cuteness: “God could never reject such lovable little creatures as us!” Rather, this verse reveals God’s hard-won, self-giving, dogged commitment to our good, a refusal to let us go—however frustrating we become, an insistence on seeing his image in us—and a painful provision for our most desperate need.…

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The Curiosity Index (14.05.2018)

11 killed in Indonesia church bombings A sobering reminder that in many parts of the world it’s a dangerous and brave thing to show up for church on Sunday morning. Muslim Refugees Are Finding Christ—And Facing Backlash While back in Sweden, some good news. A fascinating conversation on Muslims coming to faith in Sweden. Hernando Columbus deserves to be as famous as his father, Christopher I’d never heard of Hernando but he was, it seems, extraordinary and not just because of his large book collection. How to Teach Boys to…

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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2018)

A short break because I’ve had a deadline on a big project that took all my writing energies. How the Exodus Connects to Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Andrew Wilson writing over at 9 Marks. Good stuff. Are right-wing evangelicals causing the rise in religious ‘nones’? Evidence suggests that may be true. “Attempts to make society fall more in line with religious principles cause fewer people to be religious.” It’s worth noting that this problem in the past has also happened to the left. Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?…

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