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The Curiosity Index (09.05.2017)

OK, let’s get this thing rolling again. I never knew that there was a revival in North Korea in 1907. I’m fairly sure God’s kingdom has great staying power than the Hermit Kingdom. A revival of a different sort would be need in this Iraqi Christian ghost town. Peter Feuerherd gives us another reason to hate the ‘prosperity gospel’. Donald Trump. According to the Prosperity Gospel, Jesus’ “Blessed are the poor” is transformed into a commandment that God rewards the righteous in this life. Those who do God’s will are bestowed…

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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2015)

Sanderson Jones, founder of the atheist Sunday Assembly, recently visited three churches in one day. This is what he thought. There is a lot to learn from this article about Robert Schuller and shows the emptiness of prosperity teachings. The Second World War continues to make it’s presence felt. These photos of old defences have a ghostly quality to them. The power of volcanoes is frankly staggering. But still nothing compared to that of the sun.

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Pay attention to the parody

I don’t know enough about the ministry of Hillsongs to know whether this parody hits the mark or not. I don’t know how focused on money they are or how generous to the poor they are. In some ways that’s not really the point. They have clearly built a reputation and a perception that they are essentially after your money and have made the gospel a commodity item. That worship and buying CDs are a natural fit on a Sunday morning. That might be the wrong perception but usually these…

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The natural outcome to the prosperity message

This report about the World’s largest Christian TV channel ‘funding owners’ exorbitant lifestyle’ is an obvious example (if any were needed) of the logical outcome of preaching a prosperity message (gospel is not a word to be used in this connection as it is not good news). It seems clear to me, once again, that Jesus was right, you cannot serve both God and Mammon and the prosperity message serves Mammon. It focuses on your material needs, it appeals to your material desires and promises you treasure on earth. So…

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