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The Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities of 2019

Pretty disappointed that Stockholm is not on this list but well done to the Danes & the Dutch! As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility. Many cities are taking note, building infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate the bicycle as an everyday…

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The Curiosity Index (12.02.2018)

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town The growth of cities is causing water engineers a lot of stress. Proximate vs Root Causes: Why You Should Keep Digging to Find the Answer This is a good article on getting to the root of a problem. On Writing Books and Getting Published Kevin DeYoung with some helpful advice on writing and being published The 7 longest ruling dictators in the world Five in Africa and one each for the Middle-East & Asia. Watch…

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How big was Thessalonica?

I don’t suppose this question has ever particularly troubled you (leave a comment if it has) but it has bothered me. We’ve recently begun studying the book of 1 Thessalonians and so I’ve been boning up. The majority of my reference books and commentaries (not all of them mention population) all quote a similar figure. They (Thomas & Mayhue for example) think that Paul, Silas & Timothy would have found a city  of around 200,000. The figure is just simply stated. So you just have to accept that they know…

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Book Review: Why Cities Matter

You’ll find a number of posts on this site that attest to how I’ve grappled with the issue of cities as prominent leaders called for greater resources to the cities of the world. I felt it somehow sidelined the ministry of those in the backwaters, rural or suburban. The irony wasn’t lost on me then, when around five years ago, with my wife and young family we moved from a medium-sized town of 80-100,000 people in the west of England to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden to plant Grace Church. The greater…

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Reaching the unreached: why Asia is the key

I recently came across this list of the 40 most underserved and unreached places with the gospel and in the same week read this article about the world’s largest cities. Let’s start with the cities because some of the numbers are just staggering. I live in Stockholm which has a metropolitan area of around 2 million people. To the Swedes this place is a stressed out, crazy place with too many people. I’ve lived in London though, which with it’s 10 million people outnumbers the entire nation of Sweden, so Stockholm…

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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2015)

This is a good description of what a church should be: “A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level” Here’s a radical idea for a church: No rotas. H/T Jake Belder What would cities look like if lit only by the stars? Justice sometimes never comes, sometimes it may take a lifetime. This Korean ‘comfort woman’ is still waiting after 70 years. The crisis in the Mediterranean is about the lives of poor people who want a better life. Here’s the power of…

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The Curiosity Index (10.04.2015)

There’s definitely a building theme to today’s links…so there’s that. First Jeremy Williams identifies three different shades to being green An argument against bigger cities: Why increasing urbanization is neither natural nor inevitable nor good for us Dubai is in another construction boom, the BBC asks can it last? While Africa has it’s own construction boom The Economist wonders if the skyscraper curse is real And here are 7 futuristic cities to save mankind that all float but will never happen, sadly. Lastly on a different note: how to cure hiccups – what works for…

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Thinking about your city

I’m not a fan of theologising about cities (I’m not sure it’s necessary) but I do think churches need to understand cities and be responsive to what life and church life in a city should look like. One of the first problems we have is defining a city in the first place. So for example does London have a population of 8.3 million, 10.1 million or 13.6 million? Or Stockholm is it 800,000, 1.2 million or 2 million. Your answer depends on what you call a city. This matters to a…

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