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The Curiosity Index: Week 16

Not sure what happened this week but blogging ground to a halt. Let’s see if, in the spirit of Easter, I can’t resurrect things a little next week. But for now, here’s a lot of helpful, interesting, diverting, inspiring things to read, watch or look at. The Pandemic… Well the world continues to be in the grip of this disease but I think the shift in the richer north back towards a more sustainable approach is under way. Yet there is a very wide range of views about Sweden’s approach.…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 11

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – I’ve been suitably apocalyptic in my writing this week. But further down are some things to cheer you up. The Week’s Postings Tuesday: Don’t PanicWednesday: A plagueFriday: Still the greater threat Related Reading Running Towards the Plague by Matthew Hosier“The present crisis will give us many opportunities to display ‘the abundant provision of grace’ that is ours in Christ. We have a solid hope and good news to tell. Death is deadly, but we are in the life-saving business.” 2020 Has Barely…

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The Curiosity Index: The 2019 edition

Time to mark the passing of another 365 days and it has been quite eventful. Not least for volcanoes (which I seem to regularly point out.) The world is still struggling to look after the only planet we’ll ever line on. Losing forest and gaining heat. It was 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. But mass deaths still happen in far too many places Yemen, Myanmar, Congo, Syria. Christians are still persecuted. Yet it’s not all bad news if you know where to look. In Sweden, the nation recovers in…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 41

The Week’s Postings Monday: Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to writeTuesday: The Fellowship of the AshamedWednesday: Partnership for the GospelFriday: Good church leadership Related Reading So You Want to Be a Writer? 11 Characteristics of Spiritually Weak Christian Leaders From the archives Was Sweden ever a Christian country? Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently How should we describe David’s sin with Bathsheba? – a helpful and balanced summary of the recent internet debate A Forgotten Bomb From WWII Has Ripped a Huge Crater in Central Germany –…

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The Curiosity Index (20.12.2017)

‘Meet the Nativity’—and Laugh (Episode 4) Part 4 of 5 is here… 6 Surprising Things You Need to Know about Matthew’s Christmas Story Dig a little deeper and you’ll see there’s more going on than you thought Want A Better Answer? Ask A Better Question! This is very helpful advice for leaders and coaches. The Most 2017 Photos Ever The photos (with a particular US feel) that sum up 2017. One of my proudest moments as a Brit was to discover Lord Buckethead. It’s not all bad! 17 things that…

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The Curiosity Index (11.03.2015)

My friend Simon Guillebaud paid for two Burundian prostitutes recently. Here’s what happened. Yesterday I wrote about Europe, and this article offers another symptom of Europe’s malaise. A depressed and lethargic young generation There has been dramatic economic improvements for millions of people but development is coming with a high ecological price tag, as Jeremy Williams explains. I recently reviewed Feral by George Monbiot which argued for the reintroduction of key species. It turns out Britain may soon get the Lynx back. Images from the Sony 2015 World Photography competition This one is…

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