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The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement. My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs. Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots. What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I…

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The Curiosity Index (Sunday edition – 06.05.2018)

I’ve got so many links ready to share – we’re moving to a seven day schedule. No idea how long I’ll keep it up for. DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church Congo needs your prayers. A Letter to My Brothers To be honest, I don’t really know who Beth Moore is (I’m probably not her target audience) but this open letter is really interesting. There is a culture problem and goes deeper than a simple complementarian (bad) -egalitarian theology (good) analysis. The Quakers are…

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Knowing the difference between immoral, unethical & illegal

In, what I think, is a very important article, Becky Castle Miller illustrates the differences between immoral, unethical and illegal acts and how organisations and specifically churches should respond to each one. The case in point relates to sex but it could (with care) be applied to other areas too and especially the use and misuse of power. The view that all sins are equivalent is called sin-leveling. It’s a problematic perspective because it only considers God’s moral law, not the damage on another person nor the breaking of civil…

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Researching the Route

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. After having profiled the personnel and clarified the call, Mike recommends researching the route. In this section Mike helps the prospective worker think through issues such as short or long-term service, what additional ministry training is needed, what cross-cultural training is required, what additional life-skills would be helpful and learning where necessary a new language. In addition Mike reminds us that we need cross-cultural workers to be well grounded in the Word of…

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Clarifying the call

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In his chapter ‘clarifying the call’ Mike says: If we were honest most of us would like a definite unmistakable call to serve God, attended with supernatural signs. After all, wasn’t this the way it was for God’s servants in the past? (For example: Moses at the burning bush; Isaiah in the Temple; Saul on the Damascus road.) Today, we still hear stories of similar dramatic encounters with God that set the course…

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Profiling the Personnel

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In the chapter ‘profiling the personnel’ Mike says: While the old saying still holds true that “availability is more important than ability” and Scripture teaches that “the Lord chooses the weak to confound the strong”, nevertheless, there are some basic qualities one is looking for in those offering themselves for cross-cultural work. (See Judges 6:11-16, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31) Good training can develop character and skills, and good teaching can rectify a…

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Reaching the Nations

Despite the fact that there are more Christians right now than ever before because of population growth there remains more people than ever before who have never heard of Christ. The missions task remains urgent. As Mike Betts says in his foreword to a new edition of Mike Frisby’s  Reaching the Nations: Our concern for God’s glory means that we have a love for all peoples, languages, tribes, tongues and cultures. The whole world was made for Jesus and by Jesus, and His family will be gathered from every tribe and…

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The Curiosity Index (19.02.2018)

Nancy Pearcey and Jonathan Merritt spar on the hottest of hot topics This is a good discussion and Nancy Pearcey offers some excellent answers to hot topics and shows the strength of a consistent theology of the body. 5 reasons why I don’t always sit with my husband in church Here are 5 good reasons why couples shouldn’t sit together so often in church. Men and women in economics have different opinions Who knew? This company may have solved one of the hardest problems in clean energy Could Hydrogen be…

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