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The Curiosity Index (23.05.2018)

When a Pastor is a Growth Barrier From Ed Stetzer: Sin can certainly lead us to be workaholics, and we burn ourselves or our people out. But it can also lead to the opposite, a poor work ethic. As a church leader you often do a lot of the work outside of the view of your people, and that can be a temptation toward doing less and just trying to look busy. Ministry is hard, but God empowers us for it. Leading churches that grow takes sacrifice, focus, and hard…

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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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The Curiosity Index (10.04.2018)

Why Christianity has been pushed underground in China This could be a case of an unstoppable force against an immovable object. How One Baptist Church Has Seven-Times More Missionaries Than Anyone Else Such an inspiring and challenging example. Inside the White House Bible Study group So hard to imagine this ever being said about UK or Sweden. Which most people here would say is a good thing. 7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led But if there’s going to be a Bible study in the White House you hope they…

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The resurrection of Jesus (links)

There are several posts here all dealing with the historical evidence for the resurrection and inevitably they cover similar ground but also with slightly different contributions. But before I share all of that one extract stood out to me from Scot McKnight  I know all of that, I said. I know all of the alternative suggestions and reasons given by some why the resurrection couldn’t have happened. I know about the confusion of the gospel accounts. I know all of that and yet, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christ…

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Good Friday (links)

A few links to give you some Good Friday reading & viewing. Firstly it’s worth a little time reflecting on What does it mean that the Word became flesh? The crucifixion of a man is one thing, the crucifixion of God’s own Son is whole other thing. It is The Astonishing Humiliation of Christ. It’s also worth reviewing the events of the day: The Final Days of Jesus: Friday from Crossway on Vimeo. We have a Good Friday faith Good Friday faith knows that Jesus has died for us and through is…

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The Curiosity Index (29.03.2018)

Children’s crusades I think Alan Jacobs is an incredibly astute observer & commentator and well worth reading. One clever little speciality of adult humans works like this: You very carefully (and, if you’re smart, very subtly) instruct children in the moral stances you’d like them to hold. Then, when they start to repeat what you’ve taught them, you cry “Out of the mouths of babes! And a little child shall lead them!” And you very delicately maneuver the children to the front of your procession, so that they appear to be…

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Mary Magdalene: The reviewers reviewed

I haven’t seen the film in question but I’ve read a lot of reviews now and it’s not clear whether this film is really terrible or really powerful. It’s also not clear what people think about the main character Mary Magdalene. History hasn’t treated Mary very fairly. The Economist explains it like this The film’s declared aim is to exonerate Mary Magdalene from a centuries-old charge, and a common misconception. In the sixth century, the Roman church opined that she was the same person as the unnamed sinful woman who,…

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The Curiosity Index (22.03.2018)

Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists? Apparently so. But what the research actually says is that religious people are more intuitive. “This work suggests, religious belief predisposes people to rely more heavily on intuition in decision-making – and the stronger their belief, the more pronounced the impact.” It also seems to suggest that religion causes intuition but could it not be the case that intuitive people discern that there must be more to life than this? Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer: The New Trinity? And why it won’t…

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