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Women & complementarian churches

What follows is a few thoughts and a tonne of links. It seems to me that in recent months the debate about the role of women in the church has burst into life again (at least judging by the sheer amount of links I’ve saved). This isn’t all that surprising although the reasons have generally shown people like me (complementarian) in a pretty bad light. In what follows I’m going to share some links and resources that I’ve been saving the last while. They work through where I position the…

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How to Emotionally Detach From Criticism

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. If only it was as easy as reading an article! This is not from a Christian perspective (and one swear word) but it’s helpful. You’ll never make everybody happy—and the people that aren’t happy are liable to tell you why. Criticism is part of the price of being human. But even though we know that, it’s hard to…

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The Curiosity Index (29.05.2019)

Abortion: some ruminations Abortion is back in the spotlight and as a result people are thinking and sharing their thinking afresh. That’s a good thing. Here are some thoughts from Fleming Rutledge on the issue. She makes some excellent points. I have been ruminating about abortion for many decades, but I don’t think that I have ever written anything about it until now. Since the election of Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh, however, the atmosphere has begun to change dramatically in a way I had not foreseen. The debate about the…

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The Curiosity Index (18.02.2019)

The Most Attractive Quality in a Leader As I know most of the guys Andrew Wilson is talking about here, I can confirm it’s a pretty good description and a very helpful description. Something I aspire to. What is the most attractive quality in a leader? No doubt there are all sorts of ways of answering that, and although some responses are obviously wrong, I don’t think there’s any particular one that is obviously right (other than “Christlikeness” or “love”, which just push the question back a stage: “OK, so…

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2018: How did it go?

If you’re going to take stock of your life and see how things are going then the turn of a year is as good a time as any. I have four main areas which are repeating areas of investment for me: Run. Read. Write. Lead. I did this exercise a year ago where I reflected on the previous year and set some goals for 2018. So how did it go and how did I do? Run. Running is here because it is good for my physical, mental and spiritual health.…

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The Curiosity Index (16.12.2018 – Sunday edition)

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches The church needs to move into deeper community that truly expresses what love is. We need to bear one another’s burdens, confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and have deep compassion on one another. We are a family. No one is too heavy for us to carry, because they are our brothers and sisters. We should be willing to work together to carry one another’s burdens as we suffer with those who suffer. I hope you’re a part of a church that…

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The Curiosity Index (20.09.2018)

Could God Forgive Even A “Deluded Monster” Like Rose West? John Stevens puts the scandal of the Gospel to the test against a mass murderer seeking forgiveness. The good news of the gospel is that forgiveness is available even for the worst of sinners. This is the utter scandal of the Christian faith, and why it is so completely different from all other religions. Far from being “not a god that I would understand,” a god who could forgive even the sins of Rose West is exactly the God the…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2018)

The unlikely rise of China’s ‘boss Christians’ Fascinating. The concentration of Protestant Christian entrepreneurs and their financial influence in the city has also led to unusually strong house churches with good connections to local government. Here, ‘boss Christians’ preach in the factory or the office as well as at church, encourage their workers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies on site, and use their business relationships with the party-state to smooth the way for church operations. How Reformed Churches Are Growing on the Arabian Peninsula In the city of…

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