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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 (11.06.2019)

The preachers getting rich from poor Americans The Prosperity Heresy is one of the worst exports ever to have come from across the Atlantic. A number of those making the most persistent pleas for money tap into something called the prosperity gospel, which hinges on a belief that your health and wealth are controlled by God, and God is willing you to be prosperous. Believers are encouraged to show their faith through payments, which they understand will be repaid – many times over – either in the form of wealth…

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The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains. The Lava Meets the Sea It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption because they are all spectacular. See some more here from The Boston Globe. A famine of prayer Jeremy Bailey, rightly, thinks many western churches are experiencing a famine of prayer. And here are Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail. Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Buddhism…

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The Curiosity Index (02.02.2018)

Praying for London: Five Highlights Really encouraging report of both united prayer and kingdom advance in London. 11 New People Join Social Media Every Second How about this stat: “There are now only 25 countries around the world where a Facebook-owned app isn’t the top messenger platform.” Much of this is happening on smartphones which means we’re about to make the world a very rude place to live: Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods Infidelity around the world How about this for a fact that makes…

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The Curiosity Index (19.01.2018)

The heart of a heartless world In an interesting editorial, The Guardian talks about prayer. The bleak universe that science appears to reveal, initially random and ultimately purposeless, is not one that anyone can feel at home in. Most people do want to feel at home. Even if religion, as Marx said, is only the heart of a heartless world, those who pray are acknowledging that the world needs a heart. Some might even be led to try to help give it one. Cape Town Is Set to Run Out of Water…

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Overcoming hindrances in your prayer life

In the middle of Greg Haslam’s big book on preaching is a section by Terry Virgo on the preacher giving themselves to the word and to prayer. Terry writes, Since prayer surrounding our ministry in the Word is so vital, we need regularly to examine whether we are as devoted to prayer as we should be. Terry then identifies a number of reasons why our prayer life might be flagging:  A lack of sense of purpose A lack of discipline A lack of planning A lack of clear objectives And what…

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Relational Mission: The prayers of many

In the fourth chapter Mike brings a neglected subject into focus: corporate prayer in the church. Prayer in churches is often solely focused on the prayer life of an individual rather than the prayer life of the church. Drawing inspiration from Jonathan Edwards’ A call to united extraordinary prayer Mike calls the churches in Relational Mission to regular evenings of corporate prayer. Before that, he briefly outlines some characteristics of prayer that it is important to remember. Prayer is intimacy Prayer has primacy Prayer is corporate Prayer has drama Prayer is about asking Prayer…

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