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The Curiosity Index: Week 14

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 3/27/20: We’re Number One How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear The [US] Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming Is Sweden’s Lax Approach to Coronavirus the Right Call? The coronavirus pandemic will break globalisation A cinematographer’s guide to looking good in…

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Over or under represented?

Representation is important. If you see someone like you doing something you didn’t think was possible for someone like you then you start to think, ‘why not me?’ And more of that kind of thing begets more of that kind of thing. That’s been the case for gender, race and now sexuality. When a group is (or even just feels) disadvantaged there is something very powerful in seeing someone who represents you break new ground. I’m a white, western, male so I’ve always had role models in almost every conceivable…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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Thoughts & resources on the online church

A couple of weeks ago you may have been suspicious about being an online church but now that’s what you are whether you like it or not. My dad at 74 years old preached his most recent message through Zoom. He is one of the most technologically incompetent people I’ve ever met but someone (my Mum I think) set him up and so preached he did. In this post, I want to share a whole host of resources about the practicalities of the online church but also remind us that…

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The Curiosity Index (Coronavirus edition)

I know all we ever hear about is this cursed coronavirus (COVID-19) and almost everyone is writing about it. But that does mean there is a lot of good things amidst all the false or the scary or the relentless inundation you get from the news. I’ve tried to piece a few things that I’ve found the most helpful here but have not attempted in any way to be exhaustive as that is way too much! The Coronavirus Explained Photos: Life in the Coronavirus Era Facts, links, good solid info…

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Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)

There are several topics that very clearly demonstrate the gulf that exists between an American and European mindset. The clearest example for me is guns. In the UK I only know one person, as far as I’m aware, who owns a gun and that’s for clay pigeon shooting and I only met him last year. I know, I think, two people who have guns in Sweden for hunting. I’m nearly 45. The first gun I ever saw that was not on TV was held by a policeman in France. I’d…

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Living in a godless culture in a God-filled world

Is the world becoming more or less religious? Is the world becoming more or less Christian? How about your country, city or town? When anyone starts from the place where they live, it can be an easy assumption to assume that everywhere else is similar to where you live and everyone else is similar to you. This, can, for the Christian in the Western world lead to a depressing conclusion. We live in a post-Christian secular age. Which is true. We do not, however, live in a post-Christian secular world.…

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What Betsy Willis taught me about being a family of churches

Back in the 90s the expression ‘a family of churches’ was supposed to express something different. We weren’t a denomination like the fusty Baptists or the liberal Methodists. We weren’t a State or national church like the poor old CofE. But we also weren’t a ‘network’ like those business-obsessed Americans. No, we (and by we I mean Newfrontiers) were a family of churches. Now even the FIEC in the UK call themselves a family of churches, so it can hardly be described as cutting edge anymore. When I grew up…

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