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The Curiosity Index (21.12.2018)

A little lighter far today but curious and interesting nonetheless. Twenty strange purchases made by churches If anything demonstrates how Christianity has got a little off-track in the States this list could be it. There’s a video linked to number 12 that’s a classic and make me feel very sorry for the camel. That’s right, camel. Great Britain is not a small island on any measure 9th biggest in fact. But Canada has 3 islands in the top 10 and 2 of them are bigger than Britain. How insanely big…

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The Curiosity Index (11.10.2018)

It’s been a while? Anyone missed it? No, you can’t see inside my bible Chris Green explains why: If I only ever read it to teach others, I will never catch my breath in wonder what Christ has done for me, and that is fatal.  How can we expect other to experience what we have only heard in the telling? Guns, Germs and Steel Why do some societies develop faster than others? Why did China develop faster than the people who used to live in southeast Asia, and thus displace them? Why did…

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The Curiosity Index (19.03.2018)

Is there a biblical defence of free speech? Paul Miller has a crack at making a case. Poland’s Sunday trading ban takes effect This is interesting. I’m generally in favour of people having a break from relentless consumerism. Russia and the Curse of Geography Given the unsurprising re-election of Vladimir Putin, I thought I’d share this article from a couple of years back that explains why Russia is involved in Ukraine & Syria for example. It’s taken from Tim Marshall’s excellent Prisoners of Geography. There’s a Remote Norwegian Town Where…

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Book Review: Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall My rating: 4 of 5 stars The subtitle says that these ten maps ‘tell you everything you need to know about global politics’ – well that’s not true. But they tell you much more than you realise. There’s nothing particularly unique or clever about the maps, no weird angle or dataset. Instead just careful studying of the geographical features that is on everyone’s maps: mountains, rivers, deserts, oceans and then drawing…

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The Curiosity Index (11.12.2017)

Where Evangelism Fails When sharing your faith, what do you end up offering people? Jesus or something else? How to be Coached There’s a lot to be said for learning the skills of a coach but it’s also important that you know how to  be coached. Brad Watson breaks it down for you. How to decide whether a food is healthy or unhealthy I’m not sure come Christmas season that this question is all that hard but generally speaking this is helpful Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death…

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