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The Curiosity Index: Week 14

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 3/27/20: We’re Number One How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear The [US] Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming Is Sweden’s Lax Approach to Coronavirus the Right Call? The coronavirus pandemic will break globalisation A cinematographer’s guide to looking good in…

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Will a pandemic turn Europe back to God?

Europe is currently the worst affected region of the world during this current pandemic. Although I’d be surprised if it remained that when all is said and done. Europe is also the most secular of continents 1 and has significantly moved away from faith in the last half-century or so. So will this massive shutdown of commerce, movement, association (all fairly key fundamental freedoms) and the constant and relentless coverage of death be enough to make Europe think, even for a moment, about more eternal questions? 2 It is of…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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In the valley of shadows

Not all of us have experience of walking through the valley of the shadow of death but we’re getting it now. There are numbers in my church who have been refugees and have fled war, violence and extreme poverty. They have lived their whole lives in this shadow. Death has been a near-constant companion in their lives. For those from richer nations (and we are a demographically young church), their experience of death or even the fear of death is almost nothing. Yet now they found themselves in a period…

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Not my ways

You may see an uptick in posting over the next few days as I’m in self-imposed quarantine. I have over the last few days developed most of the symptoms of COVID-19. It feels like a mild case of flu but the most noticeable symptom is an intensely tight chest that feels constricted and ‘hot’. But I’m fine and so is my family. I won’t know for sure whether it is this virus or not because Stockholm health authorities are only testing those sick enough to go to the hospital. So…

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Don’t panic

This message might be a little too late really but it seems rich, comfortable people are all in a dither about this coronavirus. There are 68 million people in the UK and 321 cases of coronavirus. Somebody who can be bothered can tell me what percentage that is but it’s not very big. Sweden with a much smaller population has had 260 cases so the percentage is higher but it’s still really small. In Sweden, there is a cultural habit that might help us out: Yet I’ve had friends and…

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The Mystery

The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. – Martin Luther This one is a riddle you’ll never solve, a puzzle you can’t work out, a mystery that will remain a mystery’. And you know what, he’s absolutely right. In many ways we will never ‘understand’ how God became man, for that is what we’re talking about – God becoming human. We will never fully comprehend this or be able to work out how it is possible, but just…

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