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Change the world. Plant a tree.

A long time ago in a childhood far, far away we were told about massive environmental challenges that our planet was facing. The poster child of the late 80s and early 90s was deforestation in the Amazon – along with saving whales and pandas. Sadly not very much has changed when it pertains to the Amazon (or Brazil’s other forests) and that deforestation continues apace each and every year. Yet our understanding of the peril and plight of the planet definitely has changed. We are aware more keenly than ever…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2019)

The Prosperity Heresy Yesterday I linked to this story from the BBC on poor Americans being exploited by TV hucksters. I’d like to follow that up with this proposal. 7 Surprising trends in global Christianity in 2019 Yesterday I wrote about The Ebb & Flow of Christianity and just after I pressed ‘publish’ I read this from Facts & Trends. It provides some additional support and is a strong reminder not to think the world will necessarily follow Europe’s path. On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens From…

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The Curiosity Index (Sweden edition)

Here are a collection of recent articles that illustrate quite well the strengths and weaknesses of the beautiful country of Sweden. The Environment Sweden has a great environment but there’s always more that could be done. So Green Swedes shun holiday flights for lure of the train and in a development I’m a big personal fan of Why Sweden Wants to Revive Europe’s Night Trains The wrong sort of equality Sweden prides itself on being an equal society or at least leading the way to becoming one. This may not…

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The Curiosity Index (18.02.2019)

The Most Attractive Quality in a Leader As I know most of the guys Andrew Wilson is talking about here, I can confirm it’s a pretty good description and a very helpful description. Something I aspire to. What is the most attractive quality in a leader? No doubt there are all sorts of ways of answering that, and although some responses are obviously wrong, I don’t think there’s any particular one that is obviously right (other than “Christlikeness” or “love”, which just push the question back a stage: “OK, so…

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The Curiosity Index (20.12.2018)

Think About Love in a New Way this Christmas December is a frantic month for most of us. But amid all the busyness, the message of Christmas brings us back to first principles. It shows us what love is. And the first principle is this: Jesus gave everything he had, because he loved us. He gave his body to the cross because he loved us. Before that he lived his life in a loveless world because he loved us. But first of all he came because he loved us.  People…

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The Curiosity Index (16.12.2018 – Sunday edition)

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches The church needs to move into deeper community that truly expresses what love is. We need to bear one another’s burdens, confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and have deep compassion on one another. We are a family. No one is too heavy for us to carry, because they are our brothers and sisters. We should be willing to work together to carry one another’s burdens as we suffer with those who suffer. I hope you’re a part of a church that…

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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2018)

Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions This is a good explainer for the latest flashpoint in the conflict. It’s worth being very clear about the basic fact that Russia invaded another country, seized part of it’s territory, claimed it as it’s own, fostered a civil war all the while denying all knowledge of it. There were sanctions but nothing more.  Not only has it caused immense problems for Ukraine as a nation but also caused a schism in the Orthodox church. 22 months of Syria’s civil war condensed into a 1-minute…

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The Curiosity Index (India edition)

Today I’m flying to Hyderabad, India for a second visit. I was there last year and it’s a privilege to be invited back. So here are a few India related items for you to expand your horizons: Cracking India’s mystifying nod-code One thing all travellers to India talk about – apart from the dreaded Delhi Belly, of course – is the great Indian head nod. It’s not exactly a nod (up and down from the neck, meant to indicate ‘yes’) – or a shake (straight side to side to convey…

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