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The Curiosity Index (25.04.2018)

A little bit late to the gate with this one. My excuse is that it’s Monday. Only I never pressed publish and now it’s Wednesday. Hey ho. Does God discipline those whom God loves? Ian Paul engages with Andrew Wilson’s doctoral thesis on Paul’s combination of warnings and assurance for his readers. Should a pastor ever own a private jet or a luxury yacht? I would say, no. Mike Frost digs a little deeper. How much more concerning is it when ministers of religion who already wield male power, ecclesial…

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The Curiosity Index (17.04.2018)

I’m in the UK for two days of theological discussion around suffering and the sacraments. Expecting my brain to freeze up about half way. Boy Who Came Back From Heaven author sues book’s Christian publisher Messy. For my take on heaven tourism books from a few years back: Not proof of heaven Packing away my 35,000 books was like writing my own obituary Talking of heaven. A barn with my own library and 35,000 books comes pretty close. Reading is a Spiritual Act Four new books on the art, joy,…

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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 (29.01.2018)

The Jordan Peterson effect So the train is really rolling now. Consider the following:  Jordan Peterson is turning young, Western men into Christians Again and What Pastors Could Learn From Jordan Peterson. Then here are two very different ways of thinking about his new book 12 Rules. The more positive way from Matt Hosier and the not so positive way from John Crace. 20 years: 20 books Toby Skipper reflects on twenty books that have shaped his life since being baptised twenty years ago. It’s an excellent list. The 25 most popular…

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The Curiosity Index (24.01.2018)

How Alone We Really Are in one photo Told you so One of the Last Two Dead Sea Scrolls Has Been Decoded It provides illumination not exactly into the Bible but into the debates within Judaism around the time of Jesus. It’s also a good illustration How Archaeology Contributes to Biblical Studies Five reasons the homogeneous church is declining and dying So expect to see more churches that look like this How To Digest Books Above Your “Level” And Increase Your Intelligence This is for those of you who need to…

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The Curiosity Index (10.01.2018)

Reading the world: my news project for 2018 I love this idea of learning about the world by getting your news from different places. Man Declared Dead by 3 Doctors Wakes Up in Morgue Just Hours Before Autopsy Lucky man. The 2018 Procession of the Black Nazarene This set of photos is remarkable but also disturbing. There’s something about this type of religious mania that I don’t understand and I’m fairly sure is not healthy. Three Reasons to Read to Our Kids And they are three good reasons. Although if it’s…

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Reflections on the year that was

So 2017 is in the rear view mirror and the road of 2018 is nearly all before us. I spend most of my time (as I think we all should) looking forward. If we stick with the driving analogy, by far and away the safest course of action is to keep your eyes on the road ahead and not the one behind. Yet given that life doesn’t actually have roads and is instead more akin to crossing an uncharted territory then looking back is also useful to see how well…

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The Curiosity Index (05.01.2018)

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians I don’t know how your Christmas was but it probably wasn’t like this. While lots of us in safe countries are focused on productivity, life goals and so on that for many Christians life is lived under constant pressure. Contextualised Christmas Dinner This gives you a little insight into how you figure out Christmas traditions in a different culture. A New Year’s Wish: Better Social Media This asks a brilliant question: “Why is everyone hooked on a product that makes them miserable?” 10 Rules to…

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