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The Curiosity Index (15.11.2018)

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception This news should surprise precisely no one. North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. Your Mother’s Romantic Past Affects Your Own Dating Adventures This is not determinative, it’s not fate but it should give us concern for the generations growing up now and what…

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I recently returned from a nearly 3 week road-trip with the family through some of Europe. I predictably returned to an over-full email inbox. One of the downsides of a digital inbox of course is that it’s never actually full but it can become overwhelming. By some standards mine was relatively light but wading through 250+ emails was still a significant effort. As I ploughed through I noticed that most of them were not from actual people but were mostly newsletter lists, subscription lists, companies, membership rewards and so on.…

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The Curiosity Index (28.05.2018)

Women in the Storyline of Redemptive History 21 important observations The Flood in the Ancient Near East Scot McKnight interacts with the book by John Walton and Tremper Longman. Hold Fast to the Gospel Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday Some creative and productive ideas here 9 Times The World Almost Had Nuclear War Without Us Knowing Lucky, lucky, lucky.

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2018)

China’s five-year plan for adapting Christianity to Chinese socialism This is fascinating and it will be really interesting to see how the Chinese church and missions organisations respond – and the Chinese governments responses to those responses! What was also interesting was to imagine swapping out say ‘sinicize’ for ‘progressive’ or ‘American’ or ‘Western’. Let’s not be naive and think China is the only such place where powers are trying to co-opt the Christian faith. How Did Liberalism Become So Illiberal? From a while back but John Stevens ponders the…

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The Curiosity Index (04.05.2018)

Wives “Submit” or “Respect”? The other thought that crossed my mind was that if [my wife] Robin respects me, then it would naturally follow that she would be willing to voluntarily follow my lead. When I was pastoring, I saw the effects of women thinking that the essence of their relationship with their husband was submission. No matter what the husband did, no matter how evil their behavior, no matter how damning the consequences, they just acquiesced and “submitted.” I don’t believe that is what Paul intends (and I am…

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The Curiosity Index (30.03.2018)

The Final Week of Jesus: Friday You probably know what happened to Jesus on the Friday. The Final Days of Jesus: Friday from Crossway on Vimeo. Galaxy without dark matter challenges scientific theories In light of yesterday‘s post, this is interesting. Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person Plenty of good reasons as to how gratitude shapes you. Cultivate a thankful heart. The radical plan to give every homeless person an address This is a smart workaround a frustrating catch-22 for the most vulnerable in western nations. The 3 questions…

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The Curiosity Index (29.03.2018)

Children’s crusades I think Alan Jacobs is an incredibly astute observer & commentator and well worth reading. One clever little speciality of adult humans works like this: You very carefully (and, if you’re smart, very subtly) instruct children in the moral stances you’d like them to hold. Then, when they start to repeat what you’ve taught them, you cry “Out of the mouths of babes! And a little child shall lead them!” And you very delicately maneuver the children to the front of your procession, so that they appear to be…

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The Curiosity Index (05.03.2018)

After 9 days of travelling in the UK I’m back in Sweden and ready to get writing. The UK is terrible at dealing with snow. But it doesn’t have to be this way… Oh my, is this true. 1 or 2cm of snow in London and schools were cancelled, trains were late and no one knew what to do. But the beast from the east did cause proper chaos, even in Sweden. Bill Banning Circumcision in Iceland Alarms Religious Groups This is something to watch and to see if it…

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