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There are some little actions that done very day can make a big difference to your quality of life. These actions are mostly not difficult, nor require much money or effort. See not difficult at all. Yet these can make a profound difference to your day and if you don’t do them, you really do notice the difference. A few years ago I started drinking water as soon as I woke up. The rehydration and positive effect I felt in my body was almost instant (and there are lots of…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2018)

China’s five-year plan for adapting Christianity to Chinese socialism This is fascinating and it will be really interesting to see how the Chinese church and missions organisations respond – and the Chinese governments responses to those responses! What was also interesting was to imagine swapping out say ‘sinicize’ for ‘progressive’ or ‘American’ or ‘Western’. Let’s not be naive and think China is the only such place where powers are trying to co-opt the Christian faith. How Did Liberalism Become So Illiberal? From a while back but John Stevens ponders 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 (31.12.2017)

Wishing you all (whoever you are) a very Happy New Year and a fulfilling 2018! Midnight Mass and Holy Observances of Christmas I’d previously shared some round-up pictures of Christmas celebrations and noted that they had nothing to do with Christ. Here are some that do. What struck me was that unlike all other world religions Christianity has proved uniquely flexible and adaptable. Note the geographical &  cultural diversity on display here. Plus this one: I think only in Nigeria. The Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude No better or more important time…

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The Curiosity Index (26.06.2017)

Habits vs Goals This excellent article explains why habits (good or bad) are more powerful than goals (good or bad). 5 Questions Every Church Planter Needs to Ask Personally I’d have put question number four first but they’re all good questions. What if unbelievers aren’t miserable? I think a lot of evangelistic preaching makes this mistake. Does the NT contradict itself? Does it matter? Ian Paul explains why it does matter and why he doesn’t think it does contradict itself. I don’t think it is then possible to conclude that…

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The Curiosity Index (08.04.2015)

Syria has been at war with itself for four years now. These pictures are from the last six weeks. Take a moment to pray for peace in that broken land. On a more hopeful note, Jeremy Williams writes about the mega-rich giving away their vast fortunes Generosity though doesn’t have to involve big sums. I love this little story of paying it forwards in a rural town in England. And if you want to make being a generous a habit. Here’s how to make that new habit stick. If you’ve…

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Simply Links (16.03.2015)

OK as you can see I’m road-testing a new name for these type of articles. Feedback would be appreciated. [poll id=”3″] So to today’s links: Andrew Wilson on the clarity of scripture Leslie Newbigin’s tips for church planters Mark Meynell on a book he never realised he was desperate for Michael Hyatt on how to make a new habit stick How to increase your productivity in one simple step Lastly, Stockholm has  been enjoying some fantastic clear blue skies – Beijing, not so much.

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