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The Curiosity Index: Week 43

The Week’s Postings Wednesday: Church planting in EuropeThursday: The only intelligent life?Friday: What if We Nuke a City? Also thankful to King’s Church Norwich for letting us introduce ourselves to their church Related Reading Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary So What Does Church Planting Actually Look Like? Six Thoughts After Six Years of a Public Church Plant 5 years and still going… From the archives Porn: How to talk about it & what to do about it Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently Holy infographics:…

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2019)

The Internet Mob: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide This is a brilliant article from Jennie Pollock. We have arrived at this position by our own volition. We sought the freedom to live according to our own, permissive, moral code, and are discovering that violating – or being perceived as having violated – the ever-shifting rules carries consequences as harsh as any we may read about in history. And what those ancient societies had, that we threw out with the bathwater, was the opportunity for redemption. Treasures of darkness Plus…

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The Curiosity Index (23.12.2018)

Ten Commandments of Jesus From Adrian Warnock I have spent the whole of 2018 with a key focus in my mind as much as my health journey with a blood cancer has allowed. A single goal. Which I expressed at the beginning of the 2018 as my only New Year’s Resolution: To look more closely at the commands of Jesus. And to learn to obey them. I cannot think of a better resolution to continue into 2019 with. And thanks to the glorious grace-filled message of these particular commands, I can come…

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The Curiosity Index (28.11.2018)

Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions This is a good explainer for the latest flashpoint in the conflict. It’s worth being very clear about the basic fact that Russia invaded another country, seized part of it’s territory, claimed it as it’s own, fostered a civil war all the while denying all knowledge of it. There were sanctions but nothing more.  Not only has it caused immense problems for Ukraine as a nation but also caused a schism in the Orthodox church. 22 months of Syria’s civil war condensed into a 1-minute…

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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 (11.09.2018)

China Bans Zion, Beijing’s Biggest House Church Religious freedoms in China are coming under increasing pressure. Is Anyone Born Gay? Christopher Yuan tackles a difficult question. Who Wrote the Book of Genesis? Tremper Longman III has a crack at answering this one. A full-scale Lego supercar that actually drives I love that they gave the driver a crash helmet. When the Earth Opens Up Oh. My. Goodness.

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The Curiosity Index (06.08.2018)

Chris Pratt and taking our place on Schaeffer’s Staircase You may remember this video causing quite a stir some weeks back. The most thoughtful response to it, I thought, was this one. What was most striking to me though was the way it fitted so neatly into the current conversation in the arts. With our culture increasingly at loggerheads with Christianity, you’d have thought that for a Hollywood A-lister to nail his colours to the mast so didactically would have resulted in, at least, some raised eyebrows, mild discontent, or…

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The Curiosity Index (02.08.2018)

The Wise Do Not Always Weigh In “When one has too many answers,” Merton wrote, “and when one joins a chorus of others chanting the same slogans, there is, it seems to me, a danger that one is trying to evade the loneliness of a conscience that realizes itself to be in an inescapably evil situation. We are all under judgment. . . Our choice is not that of being pure and whole at the mere cost of formulating a just and honest opinion.” Again, before Twitter. By decades. A…

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