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The Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities of 2019

Pretty disappointed that Stockholm is not on this list but well done to the Danes & the Dutch! As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility. Many cities are taking note, building infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate the bicycle as an everyday…

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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 (24.07.2018)

The always slightly sporadic CI is back after a family holiday that took us through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. Is church (literally) good for you? It turns out the answer is probably yes. Post-millennial generation ‘more tolerant’ of Christianity More tolerant of fun-less Christians. Why a historic African peace deal is good news for Europe Forget Trump & Korea this is the most genuinely positive development for peace in a long time and the Nobel committee should be paying attention. Sweden Will Meet Its 2030 Green Energy Target…

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The Curiosity Index (12.04.2018)

What does Luke reveal about himself in Luke-Acts? Quite a lot in fact as Colin green explains. Tradition, Scripture and Slavery This is worth remembering from Andrew LePeau: “The 1800s were not the first time slavery ended. They were the second.” Which countries get the most sleep? However tired you feel richer populations tend to be more well-rested China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet What could possibly go wrong if mankind learns how to control the weather and trash the climate? How forest bathing…

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The Curiosity Index (11.04.2018)

What does Jesus mean by ‘new wineskins’? As with most of Jesus’ parables, the information that it drew on was relatively mundane. But what is its significance? What is Jesus referring to? Ian Paul takes you through all the possibilities The Record of a Revival Meeting-houses which had been deserted were crowded. Meeting-houses which had been more than large enough for their congregations for two or three generations had to be made larger. New meeting-houses in great numbers were erected. Cottages were rented in villages; farm-house kitchens were lent; old…

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Weekend Curiosities (31.03.2018)

So much stuff that it’s time for an Easter special edition. What actually happened in Holy Week? Ian Paul works through the differences in the Gospel accounts. The Final Week of Jesus: Saturday The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday from Crossway on Vimeo. Good Friday around the world – in pictures From the beautiful to the bizarre The churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia Incredible effort to dig these churches out. But why? Tesla Looked Like the Future Everybody’s favourite electric car-maker is running into problems. But for those in the…

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The Curiosity Index (05.02.2018)

Don’t Be A Shrub Some good biblical meditation from my friend Adam Belle here on Jeremiah 17. Read it and resolve in your heart not to be a shrub. Irish border after Brexit: an expert on Norway-Sweden explains how to keep things smooth It doesn’t have to be complicated, although it probably will be. In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control This example of a regional town investing locally makes a lot of sense. I think we’ll see more towns following this example. Encouraging. ‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’…

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What is the weight of sin?

A few days ago my friend Matt Hosier wrote this post in which he (rightly) pointed out that our society has some strange ideas about what to tolerate or not tolerate. His examples were our strange acceptance of promiscuity and our hostile rejection of obesity. I wondered (in a comment on his post) whether Matt had gone a bit far in saying obesity didn’t matter, I wondered whether it wasn’t in fact linked to sin in some way. I posted a comment and in reply I got this post. The…

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