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Writing is hard

This by Jen Oshman explains so much of how I’ve felt about writing the last few years and annoyingly said better than I ever could. There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all writers do. Indeed, all writers ask themselves these questions at least…

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The struggles of church without God

In general in western nations a loss of faith has been matched by a rise in loneliness. People noticed the loss of faith first and mostly weren’t in the slightest bit bothered by it. The implications of loneliness on the other hand has people, rightly, very concerned. In discussing this last year I mentioned the rise of secular congregations that had, in part, a desire to build community for the faithless. I’ve never been to a Sunday Assembly but I’m generally positive about them. Why do I quite like what…

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Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history

Not sure this article says anything that endears our new PM to me (or the Anglican church for that matter). The prime minister apparently shares the classical belief in omens and portents, along with a Homeric sense that great heroes should be free to act out their passions and break free from moral constraints. All that may sound like an utter contradiction with the conventional forms of Christianity that marked Mr Johnson’s upbringing and education. But that contradiction is hardly unique to Mr Johnson. It pervades the entire cultural tradition…

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Bringing a Tent Peg to a Sword Fight

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is a brilliant article by Andrew Wilson over at Christianity Today. In the first Battle of Armageddon, the enemy commander was killed with camping equipment. Speculation about the next round has been the stuff of bestselling books and blockbuster movies, replete with speculation about a world government, flying locust-scorpion warships, bar codes, conspiracies, the EU, nuclear weapons,…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2019)

Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story I just thought this was brilliant. Individual Israelites had different qualities of faith, but they were all equally saved. They were equally delivered. Why? Because you are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith: the Redeemer, the God who is fighting for you. Everything about this text says, “Grace, grace, grace, grace. Crossing over is by grace.” Speaking of the Exodus…maybe it looked a little like this: someone did a…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2019)

Hello. It’s been a while. Our Father’s Voice I liked this from Emma Scrivener. “God’s words versus mine. But Faith says ‘I am not my feelings.”  Faith says, “Let it be to me according to Your word!” (Luke 1:38).” He Paid The Debt They Would Have Had to Pay Stephen McAlpine is first out of the gate with turning this news story into a sermon illustration. When you throw a gospel stone into a pond the ripples can go beyond what we could ever  expect.  And if that can happen when a…

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On Atheism (bumper links edition)

For almost the entire history of humanity people have been believers but today more than ever there are millions of people who don’t believe in any God of any kind. Here are some articles that I’ve bookmarked as I read and try to understand the one who don’t believe. On where atheists live In Europe China and Europe stand out on world map of atheism How the USSR Turned Houses of Worship Into Museums of Atheism On famous atheists Borges on God’s Nonexistence and the Meaning of Life “There Is…

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