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The Curiosity Index (25.07.2018)

‘The only way out is through Jesus’ Well worth 12 minutes of your time. Powerful stuff. The European Heat Wave Is Brutal It really is but I’m also quite enjoying it but that’s not true for everyone. The average July high in Stockholm, for example, is usually 74 degrees Fahrenheit; this week, temperatures will crest 90, and there are 21 wildfires currently blazing across Sweden during its worst drought in 74 years. Some municipalities have resorted to sending leaflets to older residents to give them tips on how to manage the heat. Hospitals are…

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The Curiosity Index (16.04.2018)

14 things you probably didn’t know about Christianity, but really should My guess is, you, probably do know all these things but this is a good example of trying to clear away misconceptions that many people do have. Stephen Lawrence’s father says he forgives his son’s killers A man embraces his faith, realises forgiveness is fundamental and does an incredibly hard thing. Powerful, powerful, powerful. The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’ Myth might be a bit strong but I’ve certainly been taught this in regard both to teaching in schools and preaching…

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The Curiosity Index (08.03.2018)

Normal service hasn’t quite resumed as I battle my inbox and schedule. It’s taken me almost a full week to catch up after a week away. Hmmm. Anyway… A West African Damascus Road This story is absolutely amazing. I believe miracles happen and this one is astonishing. Stephen Hawking Explains What Existed Before The Big Bang Imaginary time with extra dimensions…which is not as easy to get your head around as ‘In the beginning God…’. Hugh Ross responds. The science behind Europe’s Siberian chill As I sit at my desk…

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The Curiosity Index (14.02.2018)

Why Hospitality Is Vital to Church Planting I recently unloaded a whole ton of thoughts on Twitter about hospitality. This is a good summary of the whys and hows of hospitality. By opening up our hearts and homes to others in hospitality, we experience fellowship within the Christian community (Rom. 12:13; 1 Pet. 4:9), and we can do mercy ministry and evangelism toward those outside the Christian community (Luke 14:12). How did Valentine’s Day become so commercial—and is it a bad thing? Valentine’s Day has certainly contributed to the way western…

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Two minutes to midnight

Yesterday The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced their symbolic Doomsday clock forward by 30 seconds. This is a visual reminder that humanity faces potentially devastating threats. The obvious flashpoint is between nuclear North Korea and the President of America (the WP post linked above does a good job of showing how that escalated last year), but other more insidious dangers lurk. The generally level-headed Economist argues that we are nearer a great-power conflict than at any time since the end of second world war. Powerful, long-term shifts in geopolitics and the…

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The Curiosity Index (02.10.2017)

Meet the Mother of Modern Missions “Though hardly anyone knows her name today, Rebecca helped ignite fires of a new kind of religion that in subsequent centuries has given spiritual sustenance to millions.” We could well call Rebecca Protten the “mother of modern missions.” Remarkable. A pastor becomes a pawn in a spat between America and Turkey SOME evangelical Christians in the United States have stratospheric political connections, and can be sure of gaining access to the White House whenever they want. But Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina…

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The Curiosity Index (27.09.2017)

Jesus Didn’t Die So He Could Love You Glen Scrivener: “If I’m looking at the Son lifted up on the cross, then I’m seeing God’s love for me because there I’m seeing my salvation. I’m seeing infallible proof of God’s immovable, inexhaustible, unfathomable affection for me.” Yes. Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico This is what a hurricane does. Why You Shouldn’t Slog Through Books Another yes. The better idea is to read what seems awesome and interesting to you now and to let your curiosities grow organically. A…

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The Curiosity Index (21.04.2015)

‘Poor doors’ may be one of the latest signs of income inequality. This is interesting how a sense of material exclusion effects boys more than girls. March was the hottest month on record since 1880 just as the world shifts ever more to renewable energy. Too little, too late? Is there any significance to the four blood moons coinciding with major Jewish festivals? Probably not. This is why teasing a Gorilla is a bad idea.

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