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The Curiosity Index (27.05.2019)

Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? This is an excellent article from Craig Keener. Not every claim to a miraculous raising today is authentic. Everywhere in the world, most people who die stay dead. Even those resuscitated miraculously, such as Lazarus, die again; all healing in our mortal bodies is by definition temporary. Such miracles do, however, remind us that Jesus Christ, who raised the dead during his earthly ministry, is the risen and exalted Lord. Sometimes he continues to grant signs of the future, reminders of the…

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Book Review: Boomerang

Boomerang by Michael Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars The financial crisis of 2008 was a shocking event. But I’m willing to bet you have no idea how shocking it really was. That happens when you truly realise the scale of the greed, duplicity & stupidity of the staggeringly small number of people involved who managed to bankrupt entire nations. Here Lewis tours Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany & the US to discover how whole nations got themselves into a massive mess. No one comes out looking good. In Boomerang,…

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The Curiosity Index (23.12.2018)

Ten Commandments of Jesus From Adrian Warnock I have spent the whole of 2018 with a key focus in my mind as much as my health journey with a blood cancer has allowed. A single goal. Which I expressed at the beginning of the 2018 as my only New Year’s Resolution: To look more closely at the commands of Jesus. And to learn to obey them. I cannot think of a better resolution to continue into 2019 with. And thanks to the glorious grace-filled message of these particular commands, I can come…

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The Curiosity Index (19.02.2018)

Nancy Pearcey and Jonathan Merritt spar on the hottest of hot topics This is a good discussion and Nancy Pearcey offers some excellent answers to hot topics and shows the strength of a consistent theology of the body. 5 reasons why I don’t always sit with my husband in church Here are 5 good reasons why couples shouldn’t sit together so often in church. Men and women in economics have different opinions Who knew? This company may have solved one of the hardest problems in clean energy Could Hydrogen be…

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The Curiosity Index (06.03.2015)

Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion and are there such things as moral facts? Most children don’t think so. Every year China has the single greatest movement of people on the planet during the 40 days around the turn of Chinese year. It is also the means by which the gospel is spreading throughout China. You may hear a lot of talk about deflation but have no idea why it’s important. The Economist explains why prices going down is worse than prices going up. We’ve probably…

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Christian Living 

Inequality: Some facts

I recently posted about a series of articles I’ve written on inequality so here are a few links, notably from the always fascinating Freakonomics blog. But first start here with Foreign Policy’s ‘We’re all the 1 percent‘ which demonstrates how even the middle class are globally sitting pretty at the top of the pile. But it also demonstrates why it’s inequality within and not simply between societies that matter. To further illustrate that this infographic from Mint shows the amount of spare cash most Americans have. The headline point to…

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Doug Wilson, the apostle Paul and bad economics

He’s done it again, with a sharp pen and elbow, Doug Wilson has wound me up. Fortunately for me, I’m right and he’s wrong. I think. In this post (HT: Andrew Wilson) Wilson poses a thought experiment where you can double the incomes and welfare of the least but in doing do increase the wealth of the richest tenfold at the push of a button. He ends with this, “This is your ethical “dilemma,” and part of your test is whether or not you even think of it as a dilemma.…

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The financial crisis: it's part in our life

The financial crisis affects everybody but not everybody equally. Working in the charity sector (and more specifically, the church) insulated us from much of it and our church was fortunate in that very few were hit by redundancies. Now that we’re in a blissful mortgage free state (and house free state) in another country I thought I’d reflect a little on this ongoing mess we call the global economy. On a personal level I think it would be fair to say that we were net beneficiaries of the parlous state of…

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