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The Curiosity Index (30.01.2018)

After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged This is US territory. Miguel Garcia removes debris in what is left of his home after Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017, in Maunabo, Puerto Rico January 27, 2018. Picture taken January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Alvin Baez – RC1C3DA0DD80 Craftsmanship—The Alternative to the Four Hour Work Week Mindset I think this gets as something important: “What is missed in all of this is the mindset of craftsmanship; that one’s expertise and deliberate focus on one’s craft is actually the…

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Technology 

Rethinking my use of social media

At some point last autumn I did something, that was for me, quite radical. I deleted Twitter from my phone. I dislike Facebook and have never allowed it on my phone, I briefly had Instagram but quickly tired of people posing. Twitter though was, for me,  different. It’s been my favoured social media network for years. It was a source of news, interesting images, facts, articles, comedy and conversation. I’ve evaluated my use of social media before but if I’m being honest I didn’t follow through and make any substantial…

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The Curiosity Index (07.12.2017)

100 years of Finland Yesterday Finland celebrated 100 years as an independent nation, it’s a beautiful country. But 100 years isn’t all that long and reminds me that nations are not permanent. What Christians believe…in 90 Seconds! I have a very high regard for the way Glen Scrivener presents things. Lake Chad: The world’s most complex humanitarian-disaster There is a lot of tragedy around the world that most of us are completely ignorant of. The Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity December is an excellent month to try to practice this important discipline.…

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The Curiosity Index (11.09.2017)

Was Jesus internationally famous in his own lifetime? Colin Green once again gets to the truth of things. So why do so some people nowadays expect to find evidence of Jesus surviving from his own lifetime painting him as a much admired miracle-working figure, and complain when they cannot find it? It can only be that some people are looking for a very different Jesus from the one that the Bible tells us about. Looking for a different version, which is not in the Bible, and then complaining that it…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 4

We’re working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3) and chapter 4 gives you a lot to think about. Here are just a few. A good life There is a way of living that pleases God (v.1) and wins the respect of outsiders (v.12) It’s not a check box way of living but something Paul urges the Christians to do ‘more & more’ (v.1-2) This way of life involves avoiding sexual immorality (v.3), impurity (v.7), and being driven by passionate lust (v.5) but controlling our desires (v.4). Rejecting this is rejecting God (v.8)…

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Articles 

The gym has replaced the church as the place to belong

For a significant part of human history the church, mosque, synagogue, temple or shrine has been at the centre of community life. The life of the tribe revolved around these places of meeting. The community gathered with common values, common understanding, common beliefs. In many places, that’s still true. But in societies that are now increasingly secular and also fragmented, where do people go? The answer is the gym. Or some other fitness group. Listen to this description of the November Project by Meaghen Brown in her article Fitness Isn’t a Lifestyle Anymore. Sometimes…

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Four words

As I approached my 40th birthday in 2015 I began to think through what I wanted and needed to focus on in the next season of my life. I wondered what were the themes of my life that I should give myself to and that in some way described who I was? It wasn’t quite so much tasks or goals, it was more personal, more essential to who I am. These weren’t quite areas of responsibility as much as they were the defining characteristics. I boiled it down to just…

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Six reasons why we don't own a car

For the first time in more than a decade we do not own a car. During the autumn last year, the car we shared with some friends went to meet its breaker – the cost of repair too high for a car worth so little. At that point we decided to experiment, how about we not replace the car and live without one? Sure, let’s give it a month and see how we go. Four months later, we’re still experimenting but no one is talking about buying a new car.…

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