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The Curiosity Index (26.04.2018)

Stop Making Hospitality Complicated Habits of hospitality, on the other hand, are downright subversive in our culture of independence and calculation. They demonstrate that it is not only possible but fruitful and beautiful to share life in a substantive way outside the confines of the nuclear family. And, in so doing, they point to the reality of the common good, not just as a theoretical concept but as a practical one that can animate an authentic Christian community. Also this Why Read Philemon? Ten Reasons Scott McKnight gives you ten…

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The Curiosity Index (17.04.2018)

I’m in the UK for two days of theological discussion around suffering and the sacraments. Expecting my brain to freeze up about half way. Boy Who Came Back From Heaven author sues book’s Christian publisher Messy. For my take on heaven tourism books from a few years back: Not proof of heaven Packing away my 35,000 books was like writing my own obituary Talking of heaven. A barn with my own library and 35,000 books comes pretty close. Reading is a Spiritual Act Four new books on the art, joy,…

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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2018)

The Women of T4G I don’t really know anything about T4G, I’m not following it or watching it or to be honest all that interested, but this by Melissa Edginton showed up in my RSS feed (which by the way is how you should get your content and avoid social media). She made this interesting aside: Most women’s conferences have nothing at all to do with theology, while today I sat and listened to Kevin DeYoung teach for an hour about the immutability of God. There is a huge gulf…

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The Curiosity Index (06.04.2018)

It’s Time to Reckon with Celebrity Power Andy Crouch has written an article that deserves to be digested slowly by any church leader, network leader & conference organiser. And anyone else whose reputation has gone beyond the confines of their own home. if you knew the full condition of my heart, my fantasies and grievances, my anxieties and my darkest solitary thoughts, you would declare me a danger to myself and others. I cannot be entrusted with power by myself, certainly not with celebrity, and neither can you. But we…

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The Curiosity Index (28.03.2018)

The Final Week of Jesus: Wednesday Here’s what happened on Wednesday of Holy Week The Final Days of Jesus: Wednesday from Crossway on Vimeo. Marriage Has Become a Trophy This is interesting not because (particularly) of what it articulates about marriage but for what it observes. For many people, regardless of sexual orientation, a wedding is no longer the first step into adulthood that it once was, but, often, the last. It is a celebration of all that two people have already done, unlike a traditional wedding, which was a…

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The Curiosity Index (15.02.2018)

What Did Jesus Look Like? Well, firstly, not like that. Here’s something I hadn’t really considered. He was probably quite short. What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics? Here’s the data… Why Rural Brits Outlive Rural Americans Live long, live in Rutland so they should say The best audiobooks for kids This is a pretty good list for starters, although we like the Stephen Fry renditions of Harry Potter and we’re currently loving the Swallows & Amazons series. Salvation by . . . Hospitality? Having…

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The Curiosity Index (05.02.2018)

Don’t Be A Shrub Some good biblical meditation from my friend Adam Belle here on Jeremiah 17. Read it and resolve in your heart not to be a shrub. Irish border after Brexit: an expert on Norway-Sweden explains how to keep things smooth It doesn’t have to be complicated, although it probably will be. In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control This example of a regional town investing locally makes a lot of sense. I think we’ll see more towns following this example. Encouraging. ‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’…

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The Curiosity Index (26.01.2018)

12 Rules for Life – A Christian Perspective The Jordan Peterson bandwagon rumbles on. David Robertson reviews the book and David Brooks at the New York Times opines on why this is the Jordan Peterson moment. Does coffee actually dehydrate you? Here’s the science. How a Library Handles a Rare and Deadly Book of Wallpaper Samples Reading this book could actually kill you The Ominous Rumblings of Mount Mayon Gearing up for a big one? The gender conversation 2: Lad culture, porn & modest women This one’s from the archives here…

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