The Curiosity Index (23.04.2015)

This is a good description of what a church should be: “A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level” Here’s a radical idea for a church: No rotas. H/T Jake Belder What would cities look like if lit only by the stars? Justice sometimes never comes, sometimes it may take a lifetime. This Korean ‘comfort woman’ is still waiting after 70 years. The crisis in the Mediterranean is about the lives of poor people who want a better life. Here’s the power of…

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Christian Living 

Porn: How to talk about it & what to do about it

Pornography is a pretty ubiquitous subject on blogs these days and sadly a common one on Christian blogs like this one. It’s a significant problem and the use of pornography by Christian men (still mostly men) and women is growing not diminishing. Pornography is a big issue and a big problem. Google tried to ban it from its blog platform and then swiftly backtracked on the decision because well, lots of people like and use and look at porn a lot. This culture is a challenge to Christians on a whole number of levels and…

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Christian Living 

Why should I?

Our family (and especially my wife) has long enjoyed the fruits of George Cadbury’s labours, yet his chocolate was not his greatest legacy. Cadbury, a devout Quaker, built towns, country parks, sports fields all in the interest, not of profit but of the lives of the men and women who worked for him. I was particularly struck by the quote above when visiting the Cadbury factory in Birmingham. Cadbury realised that there is a measure of freedom in how you choose to spend your money. This freedom increases with your wealth.…

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Leave none alive

I recently had a conversation with a friend about one of the big apologetic questions: God’s involvement in what would seem, to modern eyes and ears, to be genocide. I followed up the conversation by collecting some blog resources that addressed the issue and thought they may helpfully serve others. There are a few points worth remembering when trying to frame an answer here, we need to think hard about all of God’s character. What does it really mean if we affirm God is holy and God is just and God is…

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In an ocean of material prosperity

I’ve just watched Martin Luther King’s rightly famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. Even 40 plus years later it’s powerful, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck raising stuff. The man was a gifted wordsmith and an extraordinary communicator, but he needed a dream. It was the dream that carried the day, it was the dream of freedom that people hungered for, but no one read the menu better than MLK. Interestingly, it’s only after 12 minutes of a 17 minute speech does he get to the dream, but don’t think about skipping the first 12…

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Write down guidance

Here’s some advice and I’ll let you have this one for free. When you believe God is speaking to you write it down and don’t lose the notebook. I discovered today an old notebook that I haven’t looked in for years. In 1996, five years before I was asked to plant a church, I felt the call of God to do that. The call to plant churches, to teaching, preaching and justice. It would have helped if I’d had that notebook in 2001! More encouragement to come because there are…

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Government responds to trade badger

A while ago I used the Facebook application Superbadger to hassle the government over trade justice. This is the email I sent, with their reply below. “Dear Minister Almost two years after EPA talks were due to conclude, negotiations are far from over. More than half of the ACP countries have not reached any form of agreement because of their deep concern with the proposed deals. Following the 2007 deadline for wrapping up EPAs, the European Commission promised to be more flexible. Instead it has: • continued to push countries…

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