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The Curiosity Index (22.12.2018)

Did Luke get his nativity history wrong? From Ian Paul: I think this is how a lot of people feel about the Christmas stories. They might be profound, they might be of great cultural significance, they might even point to religious truth—but are they really plausible? Perhaps the greatest culprit in raising this question is Luke’s comment about the timing of Jesus’ birth. He appears to claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because Joseph had to travel there to take part in the census, which was taken during the time when…

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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 (20.12.2018)

Think About Love in a New Way this Christmas December is a frantic month for most of us. But amid all the busyness, the message of Christmas brings us back to first principles. It shows us what love is. And the first principle is this: Jesus gave everything he had, because he loved us. He gave his body to the cross because he loved us. Before that he lived his life in a loveless world because he loved us. But first of all he came because he loved us.  People…

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The Curiosity Index (14.08.2018)

How Antebellum Christians Justified Slavery I always wondered and now I know. Another instance of the church abusing amongst other things power.  How Christianity created rock-n-roll On a more positive note Christianity this to add to its legacy: The bulk of mainstream music writers and critics betray their discomfort with Christian rock by ignoring it. I suspect that, like Elaine, most music journalists think of Christianity and rock as incompatible, the former less acceptable than dumbness and laziness, the latter, however musically dumb and lazy, still perceived as cool. In…

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The Curiosity Index (01.08.2018)

Welcome to August everybody – five months of 2018 left to invest. 4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today Trevin Wax is on the money here. The biggest challenges we face today are not from tyrannical regimes or oppressive governments. They are more subtle—proclivities and inclinations smuggled into our churches alongside the cultural sensibilities we’ve inherited. Why It’s So Hard to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like This is definitely me. Local Church Offers ‘Introvert Service’ Where Nobody Has To Talk To Anyone Else This would…

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The Curiosity Index (26.03.2018)

Boko Haram kept one Dapchi girl who refused to deny her Christianity “We begged her to just recite the Islamic declaration and put the hijab on and get into the vehicle, but she said it was not her faith, so why should she say it was? If they want to kill her, they can go ahead, but she won’t say she is a Muslim.” Powerful. Pray for Leah Sharibu. Church planting realities What it’s like being involved in a church plant in Finland. How about this for an endorsement: Moving countries…

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The Curiosity Index (12.02.2018)

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town The growth of cities is causing water engineers a lot of stress. Proximate vs Root Causes: Why You Should Keep Digging to Find the Answer This is a good article on getting to the root of a problem. On Writing Books and Getting Published Kevin DeYoung with some helpful advice on writing and being published The 7 longest ruling dictators in the world Five in Africa and one each for the Middle-East & Asia. Watch…

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The Curiosity Index (09.02.2018)

In world first, Bermuda repeals its same-sex marriage law That’s upsetting a lot of people. For the first time in Gerber’s history, its “spokesbaby” is a boy with Down syndrome I’ve no idea who Gerber are but this is apparently a big deal in the US. More broadly this sort of thing is a big deal because it might help push back on abortion of babies with Downs and valuing children with special needs. 3 Ways to Pass on Faith to the Next Generation Tim Keller with some sound advice.…

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