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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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Links for writers & readers

Writing and reading, what would life be like without either of those? Not very good, is what I say. But perhaps I could have phrased that better and perhaps if I’d read some of the following I might have done. Then again… Links for Writers Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Some Awesome Books on Writing – One of the books on the list was by Steven Pinker. So here are his 13 rules for writing better And here’s a review by Lex…

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Introducing the Minor Prophets

I hadn’t planned to do anything on the Minor Prophets, to be honest, I’ve never thought of writing much of anything on them here. Then it turns out that the Women’s group in Grace Church had been reading them together. The leader of the group, Kate Almström, then asked me if I’d share her reflections on my blog as we don’t have a church blog and things get lost and forgotten too easily on social media. I was more than happy to oblige. So it will work like this, probably. On the first…

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The best book lists of 2018

It’s that time of year when everyone who reads starts sharing their highlights of the year and recommending books and so on. It’s a time to feel guilty about how much time you spent watching Netflix or doing something even less productive on your tablet device. So here I’m compiling all those lists together in one helpful place (which may or may not get updated). We’ll start by introducing this Icelandic custom I think we need customs like this to help ourselves and our kids as Ben Sasse says become…

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Reading & writing (Bumper links edition)

I had planned to kind of weave the links I’d saved on reading and writing into a wonderful post but I’ve simply saved too many and been too slow in writing this post. So in order not to waste them I’m just putting themm all out there in a bumper weekend list of links to read if you’re a fan of books, reading, writing, libraries and so on. Enjoy! On Libraries Every Library Has a Story to Tell Libraries where the world’s memory is stored Shenzen library The Future Library…

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The Curiosity Index (11.10.2018)

It’s been a while? Anyone missed it? No, you can’t see inside my bible Chris Green explains why: If I only ever read it to teach others, I will never catch my breath in wonder what Christ has done for me, and that is fatal.  How can we expect other to experience what we have only heard in the telling? Guns, Germs and Steel Why do some societies develop faster than others? Why did China develop faster than the people who used to live in southeast Asia, and thus displace them? Why did…

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Global reading: a failed test

Adam Roberts conducted an exercise to see how globally read he was in terms of fiction. I started this exercise curious to see, really, how large is the gap in my knowledge of world literature. It turns out: it’s pretty huge. The majority of nation-states listed below are followed by I have never read any fiction from that country. I am, of course, limiting myself to novels written by citizens of the countries concerned (which is to say, I am not counting fiction merely set in that country, or by people born elsewhere…

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The Curiosity Index (01.08.2018)

Welcome to August everybody – five months of 2018 left to invest. 4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today Trevin Wax is on the money here. The biggest challenges we face today are not from tyrannical regimes or oppressive governments. They are more subtle—proclivities and inclinations smuggled into our churches alongside the cultural sensibilities we’ve inherited. Why It’s So Hard to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like This is definitely me. Local Church Offers ‘Introvert Service’ Where Nobody Has To Talk To Anyone Else This would…

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