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The Curiosity Index (06.11.2018)

Hmmm, another gap in posting but hoping to pick things up again. We’ll see. Is a religious upbringing child abuse? I became a Christian when I was eight years old.  To many, this sounds like I was subject to brainwashing or even child abuse. How could responsible parents coerce their child into accepting their understanding of the world and force her to live by some standard of behaviour dictated by an invisible force? How can an eight-year-old make an informed choice about something as controversial as religion? If you’re not…

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The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement. My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs. Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots. What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I…

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The Curiosity Index (04.09.2017)

North Koreans are turning to Christ While North Korea is almost daily in the news for threatening world peace, the Prince of Peace is at work reconciling souls to himself. Pray for North Korea. ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’ Honoured with Historic Funeral I’d never heard of Ruth Pfau (pictured) before but what a remarkable woman. “Not all of us can prevent a war; but most of us can help ease sufferings—of the body and the soul,” Martyn Lloyd-Jones on everyday church My dear friends, I say again that this is our unique opportunity at…

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The Curiosity Index (30.03.2015)

It’s something of a world tour this morning. First to Asia. If you’re ever tempted to complain about religious freedom in America or Europe, take a moment to consider the situation in Pakistan. Just for perspective. Here are ten reasons why learning another language is good for you Heading back to Europe, Finland is planning on scrapping subjects in school The hole in Bucharest that became a nature reserve A photo essay of how oil barrels are used around the world. Number 6 is my favourite.

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Reaching the nations

You can’t visit a country like Pakistan and not be affected by the great call to preach the gospel to the nations. 164 million people in one country alone who need to hear about Jesus. Check out this list for details on unreached people groups in Pakistan. As Tim Chester writes the story of the Bible is the story of mission and yet there are gospel opportunities. If we can’t go then we must pray, this is after all not their great commission but ours ‘to go into all the…

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Building a memorial

I’ve never thought f building a memorial, not sure who or what I’d build one to but in the centre of Karachi is the Mazar-e-Quaid, the tomb of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of the nation of Pakistan. It’s a national monument and a symbol of the respect that Pakistanis continue to have for their founder. It’s guarded and people come from all over to visit the tomb. It’s a peaceful place, the mausoleum is set in an attractive park, even though the fountains weren’t working and not every pool…

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Learning the value of schools

I wish I went to a school with a name like Holy Shepherd Grammar School or for that matter with one with its values and attitudes only I didn’t. I’m now very grateful for the education I’ve received and the more I visit schools in developing countries the more grateful I become. My friend Dave took me out to visit this school on the outskirts of Karachi, which is supported by Starfish Asia. It’s a bit of a trek into a dusty, dirty, poor edge of the city but oh…

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Building something significant

On the way to Hawkes Bay beach (it’s about 45 minute drive outside Karachi) we stopped at a boat yard and it was really impressive. To be honest I’d be surprised if this could be done in the UK on the same scale because we’ve lost both the need and the skills (although very happy to be corrected). We witnessed these huge boats (50m long and at least 10m deep and wide) being constructed by hand, taking at least two years to build. We had a good clamber around them,…

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