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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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The Curiosity Index (Saturday edition – 05.05.2018)

Life tastes better Terry Virgo has written a new book! Letting Jesus take control of your life is a scary thought and a stumbling block for many. It’s easy to think that following Jesus would make life less fun and more limited…The [perhaps] surprising truth [is] that the Jesus who turned water into wine is ready to make every life taste better, both now and eternally. Because when we let Jesus take charge, our biggest problems are sorted out and we are free from the pressure of relying on ourselves…

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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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