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The Curiosity Index (30.11.2017)

Art story of the day I did not know this, but I think it’s great. How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year Rebuke of the day This one is actually from a couple of weeks back, but as the story is still going on I thought I could get away with it. Anthony Le Donne throws the knock-out blow to anyone trying to defend Roy Moore by comparing it to Joseph and Mary. Historically speaking, Zeigler’s statement is in error. Literarily and theologically speaking, Zeigler’s statement is perverted.…

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Technology 

How not to be a slave to technology

I don’t know that I’m necessarily the right person to write this. I spend far too many of my waking hours sitting in front of a screen. I am a learner though, actively engaged in figuring out what technology is, how it shapes us and how we can live well with it. So with those goals in mind, here are four simple steps to stop being a slave to technology: Step One: Stop Acting Like Technology Holds You Hostage Here’s Trevin Wax: So enough with the silly idea that every technological advance is set in…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Contagious Disciple Making

Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery by David Watson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Contagious Disciple Making is a useful resource on the essentials of disciple making and provides good insight if you’re looking into Disciple Making Movements (DMM) or Church Planting Movements (CPM). The basic premise for disciple making goes something like this. Time is spent praying and listening to God about a neighbourhood which is followed up by seeking to meet observed needs in the community. Through serving and loving others, opportunities will…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: God uses the little people too

And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralysed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Luke 5:18–19 I like some of the smaller characters that show up in the New Testament. Perhaps because I feel I…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: You need your church

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another… Hebrews 10:23–25 At times, for all kinds of different reasons, church can feel like hard work. But Paul encourages us not to stop meeting together. We need each other. Our enemy is likened to a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). My son is…

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Christian Living 

Discipleship = maturity

The new life of the kingdom has two different effects. There is what the Gospel does in us and then what the Gospel produces through us. What happens in us is that we grow in Christ-likeness. What happens through us is that we grow in fruitfulness that produces a harvest. I’m becoming convinced that you cannot mature if you do not multiply but you cannot multiply well if you are not mature. What does the Bible say about maturity? Col 1:28 & Col 4:12 – Epaphras prays for maturity and Paul…

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Articles 

Come follow me

Discipleship is at the heart of the Christian endeavour. We are not simply believers in a faith tradition but followers of a person. In Mark 1:17 as Jesus begins his ministry he finds Andrew & Peter fishing by Lake Galilee and James & John mending their nets. His call is instructive. He called them to follow him and we see that Jesus designated the twelve that they ‘might be with him’ (Mk 3:14). It’s this invitation not just into service but relationship that defines our following; Jesus wants his disciples to…

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Church 

The need for patient disciplemaking

Discipleship is something that can begin rapidly but lasts for a lifetime. Logan Gentry rightly reminds us that discipleship is an ongoing process that requires patience. Discipleship has often been viewed as an up-and-to-the-right straight process of successful growth, but discipleship is way messier than that, involves setbacks, patience, and a belief in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to overcome every sin, struggle, and trial. In order to get this we need to see discipleship as a process that over time sees change in three areas: Our…

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