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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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The Curiosity Index (25.07.2018)

‘The only way out is through Jesus’ Well worth 12 minutes of your time. Powerful stuff. The European Heat Wave Is Brutal It really is but I’m also quite enjoying it but that’s not true for everyone. The average July high in Stockholm, for example, is usually 74 degrees Fahrenheit; this week, temperatures will crest 90, and there are 21 wildfires currently blazing across Sweden during its worst drought in 74 years. Some municipalities have resorted to sending leaflets to older residents to give them tips on how to manage the heat. Hospitals are…

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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2018)

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel From Jen Oshman: When my husband and I sensed God calling us to plant a church in our new neighborhood, the man we consider our spiritual father had some wise words for us. “Do not get busy,” he said. “If you want to minister to your neighbors and your community, you need to be home. Don’t make a bunch of commitments. Just be there. They will come.” I didn’t believe him. A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong Just a few decades of…

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The Curiosity Index (10.05.2018)

When Smart People Are Stupid The smarter you are, the more susceptible you may be to imbibing secondhand unverified information and passing it off as your considered opinion, in essence, to make yourself look clever. As if that ever happens. Everyday courage Hospitality isn’t just about making space for others in your home, it’s about making space for them in your heart. I can’t expect that lady from Foodbank to come to my home, let alone my church, if I’m too scared to go to hers. If I say I love…

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The Curiosity Index (Saturday edition – 05.05.2018)

Life tastes better Terry Virgo has written a new book! Letting Jesus take control of your life is a scary thought and a stumbling block for many. It’s easy to think that following Jesus would make life less fun and more limited…The [perhaps] surprising truth [is] that the Jesus who turned water into wine is ready to make every life taste better, both now and eternally. Because when we let Jesus take charge, our biggest problems are sorted out and we are free from the pressure of relying on ourselves…

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