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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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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 (22.01.2018)

Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost This article tracks an important development. Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. A New Peace Effort Is Needed in East…

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Relationships & Scripture: A story of comfort & conflict

The issue of sexuality and the church continues to occupy much space, especially in the UK just now, you would be forgiven for thinking that the all the church cares about is marriage and is busy excluding people from it. Yet the New Testament offers both a disconcerting mix of comfort and conflict with regards human relationships whether straight or gay, married or single. There is it seems no entirely comfortable place to rest. Instead the scriptures prod you in your weaknesses and challenge you in your strengths. Here are…

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What’s wrong with weddings?

This was the question asked by Andrew Brown in the Guardian online last week calling them a ‘celebration of the ego and the biggest enemy of the subsequent marriage’. Now I don’t go quite as far as Mr Brown in preferring funerals but I think he has a point. Mostly. The cost is too high (on average £20,000), the content too light, the preparation often non-existent and for many it is paper over cracks. Brown is right when he says, “What you’re doing isn’t a step into fairyland. And if…

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Ministry can kill relationships

Kill is quite a strong word isn’t it? But I think it’s probably true – those who want to be about the work of the kingdom of God can end up losing it all because we make the work the most important thing. It’s a trap I think I fall into on a daily basis, but at least I’m starting to realise the trap is there in the first place. I notice it when I start another piece of work instead of heading home, when my schedule fills up and…

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A lament for letters

Over the past few days I’ve been sorting through the household paperwork and getting the filing in order. Bills to be paid, records to keep you know the sort of thing. Amongst the important but boring were some things of a more personal nature, a few photos, some certificates of achievement and a stack of letters. Most of them were written to me while I was a student (1993-1996) and while I was working in Burundi (1999-2000). Some of the letters contained nothing of any great note and they went…

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