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The Curiosity Index (11.12.2017)

Where Evangelism Fails When sharing your faith, what do you end up offering people? Jesus or something else? How to be Coached There’s a lot to be said for learning the skills of a coach but it’s also important that you know how to  be coached. Brad Watson breaks it down for you. How to decide whether a food is healthy or unhealthy I’m not sure come Christmas season that this question is all that hard but generally speaking this is helpful Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death…

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The Curiosity Index (11.02.2015)

Ian Paul has a moving article about the faith of Kenji Goto who was recently murdered by ISIS The BBC carried an interesting article about the growing number of people who realise that they have too much stuff. Here are some tweetable comments from the article: [Tweet “People gather stuff to protect themselves. It’s an illusion though. It doesn’t make them happy – it’s a cover-up.”] [Tweet “”Stuff is much more than stuff. Stuff touches on our emotional and spiritual state”] Related to that and much more helpful is to cultivate…

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How to get rid of your stuff *updated*

We suffer from having too much stuff. Sometimes I think we have too little space but mostly I think we have too much stuff. The question then is ‘how do you get rid of it?’Here are my top places for getting rid in (mostly useful) ways of the surplus in my life. For books (of which we have plenty) we use BookMooch. It allows us to pass on books that we’ve read but aren’t sure we want to keep and request books we might like to read one day. Just…

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Let the Music Play

I’ve slowing been adding my CD collection to iTunes on my laptop and the project is now complete. Somehow over the past say 15 years I’ve amassed 218 albums that would take me a total of 7.9 days to listen to and takes up 10.58GB of space. 218 albums is about 14 a year or just over one a month. Actually, I’ve not bought all those and before you chasten me for stealing, I was sent a fair number to review – most of the Christian music came to me…

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what about the goal of our lives being the accumulation of wealth?

It’s my guess (and it is just a guess) that if you asked any evangelical Christian in the UK the question “is the goal of your life the accumulation of wealth?” then I’m confident the answer you would get is ‘no’. When asked straight like that the answer is obvious and clear, same as if you asked whether pornography was wrong or some other blindingly straight forward question. Christians will almost instinctively feel that wealth should not be our goal. We know that following Jesus is the goal of our…

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What about the desire for ownership?

The desire to call something ‘mine’ is strong indeed, in fact it seems it’s born within us. You only have to look at very young children playing with toys to see how strong a desire is linked to the word ‘mine’. That desire never really diminishes, so many people argue that the desire is natural. It’s natural that I should want to own a home and once I have a home to own the the things that fill the space up. As I go through life I see things, I…

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What about consumption?

At some point in the years after WWII our economies changed. The western world evolved into consumer economies. You are a consumer. I am a consumer. We have even designed our systems to measure your level of consumption. In fact from the point of view of a nation’s economy, the more you consume the more useful you are, even if you acquire massive debt in the process. The only point where this becomes problematic is when you can’t pay and default on your debts, because someone has to pay. Someone…

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What is it about money?

The last few weeks have been crazy busy and busyness tends to lead to a blogging drought but as the level of activity resumes more normal (and sustainable) levels, space for reflection opens up again. So today I was recapping on the discussion I led at the recent Breathe conference on finances and it makes me wonder what is it about money that ties up in knots so much? How did this form of exchange gain such power and influence? Here are a few hunches (shot from the hip), let…

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