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The Curiosity Index (19.06.2018)

What the Bible really says about government Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes: The Bible is a tricky text to interpret. Some people think this is because it’s a grab bag of various texts from many centuries; you can make that argument, but there’s no important text from human history that is straightforward to interpret, probably because otherwise, people wouldn’t find them so interesting, and they wouldn’t tell us interesting things about this messy reality we inhabit. The Bible is unclear, but so are Plato’s dialogues, Shakespeare’s plays, and the Constitution of the…

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The Curiosity Index (02.04.2015)

Jon Matthias writes about the missing perspective on leadership If you’re church planting cross culturally here are three compelling reasons why you need to learn the language The Scandinavians remain stubbornly at the top of the happiness charts, not that you’d guess from talking to any of them. This is interesting: being religious is good for society but not good for innovation? But it’s further evidence that while atheists can be good, the religious tend to be better… “Religious persons to be more trusting – of other people, public institutions, and…

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Completely out of step

Following my posts (here & here) on being out of step with culture a huge debate kicked off over at Dave Warnock’s blog. It reminded me of a couple of things, first that there seem to be some debates in which no one changes their mind (or at least very few) – sovereignty/freewill; gender; sex; views on scripture; atonement; heaven/hell; gifts of the Spirit. I’m pretty sure a religious mindset makes it harder to change your mind and I’m pretty sure no one is going to end up in heaven…

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The happiest place on earth…

…has no materialism according to this article from the BBC. Here are some interesting comments: “So what is his secret of happiness? ‘Not having to worry about money,’ he immediately replies, while picking his nose in an uninhibited way. If you asked the same question in the UK, you would probably get the same response. The only difference is that, in Jean Pierre’s case, it means not needing any money, rather than having bundles of it.” “We can all repeat the mantra “money can’t buy you happiness” until we are…

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Money can't buy happiness…

…according to this report on BBC news. Which is, well, not very surprising actually. Instead it shows that the more technology and stuff we have the greater our anxiety and the more likely we are to be depressed. On that note yesterday I kept my laptop switched off all day, and found it hard to do…I think I’m addicted. Alternative ways of passing the time paled in comparison to either working or wasting time on a computer game. So I’ve decided I must have a computer sabbath each week. It’s…

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Book Review: The Myth of Happiness

Happiness is not the same as joy. Happiness comes and goes, joy lasts. What Christians in the West tend to think of as joy is in fact probably happiness. I think that about summarises ‘The Myth of Happiness’, and it’s ok. Not great, not awful, OK. It’s aimed squarely at Average Joe and his wife and is an easy but not very gripping read. It’s well written but it didn’t capture my imagination, it didn’t really deal with all that is wrong with our vision of the world and it…

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A Satisfied Life

Tucked away near the end of Paul’s first letter to Timothy is a little statement that packs a big punch, Paul states very clearly that if he had food and clothing, he would be content (1 Tim 6/8) and that’s it.To be content is to be satisfied, fulfilled, gratified and happy. Paul if he has food to eat and clothes to wear is happy. I genuinely think I’d struggle with that because my life and my house are quite full of stuff. Could I really be happy without music, games,…

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