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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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Breaking news: Still no alien life

To be fair I was thinking of The Onion when I wrote the headline, but the truth is every so often I get a fresh opportunity to remind people of some fundamental facts about the universe. As far as it pertains to life in the universe: we’re it. Recently a fresh attempt at finding traces of alien life through radio signals once again came up empty handed. One of the team behind Breakthrough Listen said, We scoured thousands of hours of observations of nearby stars, across billions of frequency channels.…

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Foundational habits

There are some little actions that done very day can make a big difference to your quality of life. These actions are mostly not difficult, nor require much money or effort. See not difficult at all. Yet these can make a profound difference to your day and if you don’t do them, you really do notice the difference. A few years ago I started drinking water as soon as I woke up. The rehydration and positive effect I felt in my body was almost instant (and there are lots of…

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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 (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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Book Review: When breath becomes air

Death, it awaits us all but few of us think about that very much. Even less of us live as if that fact is important. We live as if life will just carry on until one day it doesn’t and we, despite all the overwhelming evidence, find that somehow shocking. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the age of 36. When Breath Becomes Air  is his moving account of his journey from neurosurgeon to cancer patient. From driven student to doting father and from life to death.…

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The Curiosity Index (05.12.2017)

Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity As we approach Christmas there’ll be a mix of fact & fiction about Christmas. here are 5 ‘fictions’ to be aware of. Meet the Nativity 2: The Girlfriend Sticking with Christmas – here’s episode 2 40 Ways To Live A Full Life (And Leave Nothing On The Table) By Age 30 I don’t usually go for these kinds of articles (especially as I’m 42) but there’s more wisdom here than go skydiving and scuba diving. Worth sharing around your younger adults…

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Not scared of life

Some time ago we had some friends over for dinner and I asked them to ask each other one question during each course. I asked my Chinese friend, what he noticed about Christians and his answering was both encouraging and challenging. Amongst things like being nice people he said he thought Christians were ‘not scared of life’. They embraced life, they had joy, they had peace and they weren’t thrown by difficulties. Wow. Especially as we were the people he was talking about. What do you think of that description? Is…

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