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The Curiosity Index (12.11.2018)

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens For the past few years, whenever a mass shooting occurs in the US that gets wide press coverage, the satirical news site The Onion runs an article with this headline written by Jason Roeder: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”. The reason they only do it when a shooting gets big coverage is that there have been 307 mass shootings so far this year and if they covered every one, about half of The Onion’s…

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The Curiosity Index (08.11.2018)

Communist-Party-Led . . . Church Multiplication? As the Party-state attempts to shift from merely “managing” religious affairs to “actively guiding” religion, Christians (and especially church leaders) will have to make difficult choices about how to respond. Some will want to maintain a confrontational stance, while others will seek to function within the space still allowed, even if it may be smaller. Differing opinions regarding these responses may lead to even more division, not just between the registered and unregistered churches, but among house churches as well. I found this update on…

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The Curiosity Index (20.09.2018)

Could God Forgive Even A “Deluded Monster” Like Rose West? John Stevens puts the scandal of the Gospel to the test against a mass murderer seeking forgiveness. The good news of the gospel is that forgiveness is available even for the worst of sinners. This is the utter scandal of the Christian faith, and why it is so completely different from all other religions. Far from being “not a god that I would understand,” a god who could forgive even the sins of Rose West is exactly the God the…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2018)

The unlikely rise of China’s ‘boss Christians’ Fascinating. The concentration of Protestant Christian entrepreneurs and their financial influence in the city has also led to unusually strong house churches with good connections to local government. Here, ‘boss Christians’ preach in the factory or the office as well as at church, encourage their workers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies on site, and use their business relationships with the party-state to smooth the way for church operations. How Reformed Churches Are Growing on the Arabian Peninsula In the city of…

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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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The Curiosity Index (26.07.2018)

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity In conversation with a Nigerian Pastor Another encouraging video. Read the context by clicking on the title above. Wise Parenting Dos and Don’ts From 1886 I particularly liked these two: Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice. Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.…

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The Curiosity Index (25.05.2018)

The Irish Exception As Ireland votes on changing its laws on abortion, the achievements of Ireland is perhaps more remarkable than you might think as Ross Douthat explains. The Lava Meets the Sea It’s quite the contest. I’ve been posting pictures of this volcanic eruption because they are all spectacular. See some more here from The Boston Globe. A famine of prayer Jeremy Bailey, rightly, thinks many western churches are experiencing a famine of prayer. And here are Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail. Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Buddhism…

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Planting a Church Is Lonely

John Starke at The Gospel Coalition has a good article on church planting in major cities. Here are some things that stood out to me and that I have really identified with during the last five years here in Stockholm. The Need Right now, in Manhattan, only 2 percent to 4 percent of the population claims to be evangelical or “traditional” Christian. To get something close to 8 percent to 10 percent, we don’t just need to hear of three or four great stories of growing churches in New York…

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