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The World’s Fastest (Old) Man

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. So I have a new hero: Charles Allie. Charles Allie is 71 years old, and he is fast. Chances are, he is a much faster runner than you are — faster, in fact, than you ever were. Last year in Spain he broke his own world record in his age group for the 400 meters by more than…

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The Curiosity Index (27.05.2019)

Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? This is an excellent article from Craig Keener. Not every claim to a miraculous raising today is authentic. Everywhere in the world, most people who die stay dead. Even those resuscitated miraculously, such as Lazarus, die again; all healing in our mortal bodies is by definition temporary. Such miracles do, however, remind us that Jesus Christ, who raised the dead during his earthly ministry, is the risen and exalted Lord. Sometimes he continues to grant signs of the future, reminders of the…

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The Curiosity Index (15.12.2018 – weekend edition)

How to redesign cities to fight loneliness I recently wrote about loneliness and this explores how design changes could bring us together. This article on the other hand questions the narrative of a loneliness epidemic.  Wisdom and folly: the bishops’ guidance on transgender welcome It seems we have a new article on the transgender agenda almost every day. Here Ian Paul analyses the latest confusion from the Church of England.  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and there seems to be little that is angelic about this guidance.…

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The Curiosity Index (18.09.2018)

Saving Lives in the Church This from Andrew Blunt is important: If we want to save the lives of young same-sex attracted men and women, we don’t need less deliberate application of theology; we need the deliberate application of a lot more theology. And that means we all have a role to play in living out God’s vision for sexuality and making sure that everyone can experience it as good news. A New World Marathon Record Almost Defies Description On Saturday I ran a half-marathon in what was for me…

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The Curiosity Index (26.04.2018)

Stop Making Hospitality Complicated Habits of hospitality, on the other hand, are downright subversive in our culture of independence and calculation. They demonstrate that it is not only possible but fruitful and beautiful to share life in a substantive way outside the confines of the nuclear family. And, in so doing, they point to the reality of the common good, not just as a theoretical concept but as a practical one that can animate an authentic Christian community. Also this Why Read Philemon? Ten Reasons Scott McKnight gives you ten…

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The Curiosity Index (06.04.2018)

It’s Time to Reckon with Celebrity Power Andy Crouch has written an article that deserves to be digested slowly by any church leader, network leader & conference organiser. And anyone else whose reputation has gone beyond the confines of their own home. if you knew the full condition of my heart, my fantasies and grievances, my anxieties and my darkest solitary thoughts, you would declare me a danger to myself and others. I cannot be entrusted with power by myself, certainly not with celebrity, and neither can you. But we…

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The Curiosity Index (03.04.2018)

Eight myths about hell Sam Storms clears a few things up Should we teach the story of Ananias and Sapphira to children? Tim Thornborough thinks not. Not sure I agree. Futurologist Predicts Human Immortality Might Be Closer Than You Think If you pay close attention you’ll notice this sort of breakthrough is always 20-30 years away. Close enough to sound plausible, far enough away to be unaccountable. Is boasting good or bad for business? This article focuses on Sweden…so not too much boasting. How to drink when you’re running Trickier…

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The Curiosity Index (31.01.2018)

4 reasons to make your kids go to church And on that note also The Key to Saving Teenagers. Parents your kids need to see you love Jesus Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication Such an important skill. This is worth the 11 minutes of you time that it will take to read. A loop eternal: welcome to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra Mental. Ruins of Sweden’s oldest church sheltered by a new A-frame building I think this is something Sweden does well, make something beautiful to preserve…

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