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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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Updated: Not a single girl

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. This is awful. Authorities are investigating why not one girl was born across dozens of villages in a northern Indian district in the last three months. In a country grappling with a skewed gender ratio, data has revealed that of the 216 newborns in 132 villages across the Uttarkashi district, in Uttarakhand state, none were girls, the news…

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Christian Living 

When I Grow Up

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. This from Andrew Wilson. Whenever I teach on eschatology, someone asks me about sex. I get fairly passionate about the new creation, and do my best to paint it in vivid colours and present something of the joy and wonder we will experience when we get there. But someone—usually, in my experience, a young man—will always ask whether,…

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The Curiosity Index (11.01.2019)

The “Judge Judged in Our Place”: Substitutionary Atonement Reclaimed A challenge here from Roger Olsen: If a person rejects substitutionary atonement I only care about two things: 1) Has he or she grappled sufficiently with the New Testament identifications of Jesus Christ with the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah? and 2) Has he or she really understood traditional, historical substitutionary atonement correctly? I often find these tasks not yet finished by those who out of hand reject substitutionary atonement—often because they cannot seem to escape the distortions that surround it in…

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The Curiosity Index (15.11.2018)

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception This news should surprise precisely no one. North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. Your Mother’s Romantic Past Affects Your Own Dating Adventures This is not determinative, it’s not fate but it should give us concern for the generations growing up now and what…

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Knowing the difference between immoral, unethical & illegal

In, what I think, is a very important article, Becky Castle Miller illustrates the differences between immoral, unethical and illegal acts and how organisations and specifically churches should respond to each one. The case in point relates to sex but it could (with care) be applied to other areas too and especially the use and misuse of power. The view that all sins are equivalent is called sin-leveling. It’s a problematic perspective because it only considers God’s moral law, not the damage on another person nor the breaking of civil…

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The Curiosity Index (23.01.2018)

Bolivia’s President Revokes Evangelism Restrictions Last week I shared a story about religious freedom restrictions in Bolivia. Sounds like the government has changed its mind. Trump hasn’t just done a good job, he’s done a great job’  I think it can be quite hard for many people to understand the appeal of Trump. This article is as good and as balanced as any I’ve read. India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world That’s almost equal to the entire continent of Europe or two USAs.…

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Confused: About sex

It’s easy to see signs of confusion in contemporary society, confusion over children and even confusion about sex. Pornography is rife and promiscuity is normal, is probably how most religious conservatives would sum up the zeitgesit when it comes to sex. The notion of faithfulness was exposed by the Ashley Madison although their need to create tens of thousands of fake female would-be adulteresses to meet the need of all the cheating men shows where the majority of the problem lies. The idea of abstinence before marriage is ridiculed yet WIRED can write a feature on an…

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