Articles 

Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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Sweden 

Where did Swedish schooling go wrong?

Tyler Cowen links to some new research about the Swedish education system.  Both of our children are in this system so it’s a pretty important issue for us and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline,and grade inflation. Absenteeism is high, and psychiatric disorders have risen sharply among Swedish pupils in the last ten years. In this pioneering analysis of the consequences of combining institutionalized social constructivism with extensive marketization of education, we suggest that these…

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The Curiosity Index (01.08.2018)

Welcome to August everybody – five months of 2018 left to invest. 4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today Trevin Wax is on the money here. The biggest challenges we face today are not from tyrannical regimes or oppressive governments. They are more subtle—proclivities and inclinations smuggled into our churches alongside the cultural sensibilities we’ve inherited. Why It’s So Hard to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like This is definitely me. Local Church Offers ‘Introvert Service’ Where Nobody Has To Talk To Anyone Else This would…

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The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels is flat-out wrong. The only way to hold such a claim is to completely ignore both the miracles of Jesus in which he acts as if he is the one God, as well as the sayings of Jesus in which he speaks as if he…

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The Curiosity Index (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel. If our hearts are truly for the unbelievers—those who haven’t yet heard the good news of God’s love for them—we’ll be willing to face discomfort, difficulty, and even the possibility of failure to share it with them. No, you probably don’t have a book in…

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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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Articles 

In Peterson we trust?

We are, it seems, still living in the Jordan Peterson moment, as every man and his dog chimes in with reaction, praise or criticism to Peterson, his 12 rules and what it all means. One interesting note is how often people link the word ‘gospel’ with Peterson. On the one hand it’s an easy, lazy headline but it also strikes at the heart of what Peterson is doing. He is a herald, he is proclaiming a message. Everyone seems to be agreed on that; but as is our wont we…

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Gender 

Sexuality 3.0 – more freedom, less licence

As a child of the 1980s & 90s I grew up in a culture that saw Christian values and morals as hopelessly out of touch and old-fashioned. The issue of my day was the ridiculous notion of no-sex-before-marriage. Then came the increasingly affirming attitudes towards same-sex relationships and now we have gender-fluidity. Activists for all of the above would argue that whatever legal gains have been made it has not been made equal, nor global nor arguably cultural. From their point of view, the battle is still on. At the same time…

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