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The Curiosity Index (14.02.2019)

How Africa is converting China This is a fascinating take. And yet, to the dismay and confusion of the CCP, Christianity keeps growing; many Christians take persecution as a sign that they are doing something right. If US State Department numbers are to be believed, there are nearly as many Chinese Christians (70 million) as the 90 million CCP members reported by Chinese state media, and at current growth rates, China will soon have more Christians than any country in the world. Despite its best efforts, China is losing its…

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The Curiosity Index (09.11.2018)

Wasting your life is easier than you think Another good piece from the guys at Salt. The daily struggle to wrest myself free from a purely selfish view of things is never easy, and I frequently lose sight of any bigger picture other than the immediate needs I face. But ultimately, knowing God gives me a much higher sense of perspective than I could ever arrive at purely on my own.  Visualize the Entire Global Economy in One Chart It makes it easy to see why a trade war between the…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2018)

The unlikely rise of China’s ‘boss Christians’ Fascinating. The concentration of Protestant Christian entrepreneurs and their financial influence in the city has also led to unusually strong house churches with good connections to local government. Here, ‘boss Christians’ preach in the factory or the office as well as at church, encourage their workers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies on site, and use their business relationships with the party-state to smooth the way for church operations. How Reformed Churches Are Growing on the Arabian Peninsula In the city of…

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The Curiosity Index (24.07.2018)

The always slightly sporadic CI is back after a family holiday that took us through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. Is church (literally) good for you? It turns out the answer is probably yes. Post-millennial generation ‘more tolerant’ of Christianity More tolerant of fun-less Christians. Why a historic African peace deal is good news for Europe Forget Trump & Korea this is the most genuinely positive development for peace in a long time and the Nobel committee should be paying attention. Sweden Will Meet Its 2030 Green Energy Target…

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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 (16.01.2018)

How Early Christians Managed to Offend Just about Everybody A good post here from Michael Kruger and a key lesson for today’s church. Why Norwegians Aren’t Moving to the U.S. I’m not quite sure why President Trump thinks Sweden is going to hell but Norway is so great but there you go. Anyway Norway seems to be doing OK. Renewables are about to become our cheapest form of energy “2018 will finally mark a shift in our use of global energy. [This] year will see onshore wind and solar energy…

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The Curiosity Index (12.01.2018)

Things I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on 40 Years in Ministry Steve Timmis shares five good lessons that all church leaders should consider. The Italian church is dissolving its links to the mob That any kind of church had links to the Mafia in the first place is an absolute disgrace to the Gospel. Still better incredibly late than never, I guess. Google Maps moat Why Google own maps and why no one else might ever be able to catch them China is planting 6.6 million hectares of new forest…

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The Curiosity Index (14.12.2017)

The fire and the fury Forget Donald Trump (and I know many would like to) but here’s the real fire and fury. Few things remind us of the force and power of mother earth like a volcano. The Best Global News You (Probably) Haven’t Heard There’s been a lot of bad news this year, but this remains something worth celebrating. Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid File this one under good news too. After the tragedy of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan is finding…

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