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The Curiosity Index (02.05.2018)

May already, how did that happen? Gospel Hospitality Rebecca McLaughlin:  Will we act like we are part of a large, messy family that includes singles and couples, young and old, rich and poor, or will we turtle up and keep ourselves to ourselves?  The latter is easier.  The former is where gospel treasures lie. New Evidence Shows The True Extent of The Biblical Kingdom of David The headline is a little misleading but interesting to see the amazement when once again archaeology confirms the Biblical story. Population 2018 by Regions The…

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Rethinking the Exodus

Last year I read and saved an article by Scott Alexander called Djoser Joseph Osiris where he explores the theory that the Pharaoh Djoser was the inspiration both for the Egyptian god Osiris and the Biblical figure of Joseph. I confess that’s a theory I’d not come across before and as Alexander himself says, it’s probably not a theory you should spend all that much time on. The short summary is that the connection between Djoser and Osiris is probably meaningless, but there’s a very small chance there might be…

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The Curiosity Index (13.12.2017)

Should Christians be pro-Israel? In light of the recent developments & pronouncements in Israel, I found this interesting post from Ian Paul (first posted a couple of years ago but still in my to-read pile!). How close are we to states giving up their nuclear weapons? Not very The campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons recently won the Nobel Peace Prize (which I think was both premature and a sign that the world is short of genuine peacemakers). As I’ve said before, “Disarmament is never going to happen.…

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Questions: Gaza and Israel

I got an email today from a friend and member of the church and she asked the following: What’s the background to the conflict in Gaza? Does God still think of as special: – the land in that region? – the nation of Israel – the Jewish race How should we pray about the current crisis? Good questions aren’t they? Answers on a comment please…

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